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May 9, 2000
Protesters return to Bondi, vow to disrupt Olympics

 SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Olympic protesters were dragged off famed Bondi Beach by police Tuesday but promised disrupt construction of the beach volleyball site for the Sydney Games.

 Twenty protesters locked arms and attempted to create a human wall to stop a truck from entering. Police again heavily outnumbered protesters and easily broke up the picket line.

 On Monday, six people buried themselves in sand in the path of a bulldozer. Those and about 20 other protesters were removed by police to allow construction of the 10,000-seat stadium to start on schedule.

 Police described the protests as peaceful and reported no arrests. Several protesters complained of being "manhandled" by police.

 Preliminary foundation work continued inside a steel wire fence, patrolled by dozens of security guards and police.

 Bondi Olympic Watch, which is orchestrating the protests, said the stadium would cause environmental damage, cut access to the shoreline and a beachside promenade and create public safety concerns.

 BOW spokesman Kevin St. Alder said Monday's eight-hour standoff against police and Tuesday's follow-up demonstration would motivate up to 1,000 people to join a rally planned for the weekend.

 "The people are angry down here, you have ripped out the heart and soul of the community," he said.

 "There is enough anger to carry this campaign right through, not only the building of this crazy, stupid stadium on Bondi Beach, but the staging of the event as well."

 Sydney organizers expect the temporary stadium to be built, used and dismantled within six months.
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