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The Government, as a result of the lumpers' strike, announced that it had taken possession of tho wharves and would work shipping, and protect the Nationalist workers. Following this decision barriers were erected on the wharves to protect the workers. When tho volunteers were being 'driven to work in motor-cars, a large body of strikers" mot them with a volley of stones.. The police arrived with buyonets, but were powerless. Another body of volunteers in a launch next attracted the strikers' attention and boulders and stones were showered down from tho bridge/ Although •■trielaunch was badly damaged, no one was injured. VVhon tho wharf was reached the strikers from tho bridge charged a large body of mounted and foot police, and a scene of wild confusion ensiled. After many on both sides had been injured, tho" strikers were forced back. Although repulsed, the strikers again came to the assault and the situation of the police became so desperate that the Riot Act was read, and cartridges handed out to the police. By this time the crowd had reached, enormous dimensions', bellmen having been sent to outlying districts by strikers' Tf or reinforcements. After several shots were tired, the- police again charged, during which a returned soldier received a bayonet wound in the leg. The Government agreed to withdraw the volunteers from the wharves. After the melee, a meeting of returned soldiers carried a resolution announcing their intention to defend their rights against the tyranny of the present Government, and avenge the blood of their wounded comrade. Later in the day, a body of four thousand unionists "wrecked the employment bureau on the wharf. The total casualties during the riot were thirty-three, twenty-six being among the police.

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FREMANTLE RIOTS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919

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FREMANTLE RIOTS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919

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