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Tuesday, 9 May, 2000, 14:14 GMT 15:14 UK
Protesters fight Olympic beach stadium
Police
Police take up positions on Sydney's Bondi beach
Protesters campaigning to halt the construction of an Olympic beach volleyball stadium on Sydney's famous Bondi Beach have warned of a long battle ahead and disruptions at the Games in September.

The protesters have twice this week disrupted construction of the 10,000-seat stadium.


Protestors buried in the sand
Demonstrators needed protection from the sun
About 50 people occupying the area earmarked for the stadium had to be removed by the police on Tuesday with minor scuffles breaking out.

The protest followed an eight-hour standoff on Monday, when protesters buried themselves in the sand near bulldozers.

The construction area has been fenced off and is being manned by police day and night.

Local anger

Bondi Olympic Watch spokesman Kevin St. Alder, one of the leaders of Monday's protest, vowed not to give up the fight.

"I can't speak for everybody, but I can assure you there is enough anger in the community that will cause the whole campaign to carry on right throughout, not only [during] the building of this crazy, stupid stadium but the staging of the event as well," he told Channel Nine news.

Another protest organiser, Lenny Kovner, said locals were not opposed to a beach volleyball stadium, but felt the location was wrong.


Protestor
Protesters are convinced the location is wrong
"Anyone who's been to Bondi on a weekend will know it's almost gridlock on the roads and to put in a 10,000-seat stadium here is stupid," he said. "This is the worst possible site."

Protesters are also complaining of the risk of environmental degradation and lack of access to the sea from the world-famous beach.

Sydney 2000 organisers say the beach volleyball stadium will be built, used and dismantled within six months.

The Olympic games take place in Sydney from 15 September and 1 October.

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