POLICE USE FORCE Premature Celebrations of Peace N Z Press Association —Copyright Rec. 1 p.m. x SYDNEY, this day. Crowds in the Australian capitals continue prematurely to celebrate the end of the Pacific war. Scores of thousands of people swarmed through the Sydney streets last night. Hoodlums and young servicemen in a crowd of 40,000 rioted for an hour in Martin Place and the police had to use force to disperse them. Rioters uprooted a poplar tree at the Cenotaph. It was one of two trees sent from France after World War I. They overturned and smashed a number of flower kiosks operated by limbless returned soldiers and set two on fire. At the same time other hoodlums in Martin Place clambered to the top of the Australian Comforts Fund wooden hut and tried to set it on fire.- Two city fire engines with sirens screaming raced to Martin Place, but hundreds mobbed the engine, preventing firemen from using their hoses. Ladders were torn from the engines and carried away. Firemen finally extinguished the blaze on the hut roof with chemical extinguishers. Tram traffic in Pitt Street was stopped and trams put out of action when poles were pulled from overhead wires. Victory Day Plans Official Victory-in-the-Pacific Day celebrations will include rocket displays, gun salutes, formation of planes, a victory march through the city, the floodlighting of buildings, entertainment b3' radio artists, special church services, street dancing and band and orchestra playing. More than 100,000 former servicemen and women are expected to take part in the victory march. The Prime Minister, Mr. J. B. Chifley, said the Government considered that hotels, theatres, music halls and cinemas should remain open at the usual times during the victory celebrations, except during the thanksgiving services between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
'All New South Wales hotel employees, however, ' have been instructed by the Liquor Trades Union to cease work as soon as the surrender of Japan is announced. The union claims that its members would be exposed to danger from the crowds if the hotels remained open.
Queensland has decided to celebrate in advance. To-day has been declared a public holiday to celebrate' the Japanese peace offer.
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SYDNEY RIOTS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945
SYDNEY RIOTS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945
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