Victoria Police have acted on Lord Mayor Robert Doyle's demands to evict members of Occupy Melbourne from their indefinite camp in the City Square, calling in the force's shield-wielding riot squad to disperse the tent city. As Crikey's deadline approached a core group of about 100 supporters were continuing to resist the overwhelming police presence with the officers employing controversial "kettling" tactics to box the stalwarts in. A tight ring of around 200 police were corralling those remaining with other loyalists occupying the corner of Swanston and Collins Streets. Police then descended, physically pulling protesters out of the intersection.

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