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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Australians Riot

CANBERRA () -- Rioters wielding sledgehammers and a battering ram stormed Australia's parliament Monday in protest against labor reforms and Tuesday's 1996-97 budget, but financial markets rallied in anticipation of a tough budget.

Hundreds of rioters smashed through glass doors at the front of the parliament and clashed with police in the public foyer in a confrontation lasting about two hours -- the worst violence ever experienced in the Australian parliament.

Despite riot shields, one police officer suffered burns to his face after a protester threw acid on him. A total 60 police and protesters were injured in the scuffles and from broken glass, but police charged only four people.