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Oct 21, 2011

Doyle breaks up the Occupy Melbourne party in the city square

Victoria Police have acted on Lord Mayor Robert Doyle's demands to evict members of Occupy Melbourne from their indefinite camp in City Square, calling in the force's shield-wielding riot squad to disperse the tent city.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

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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  1. SBH

    “We have enough resources to reclaim the land for the City of Melbourne”

    so what were the ‘occupiers’ if not part of the city.? I know there’s a leagl entity called CoM but being able to arrest people for being on public land seems to call into question the term ‘public’.

    Any lawyers out there who can clarify?

  2. Jimmy

    This article is inflamatory clap trap.

    The attitude of the protestors is summed up with this quote “Practically speaking it’s going to be awhile before I get hungry so I’ll be here until I get arrested,”. They want the police to arrest them, they want to be seen to be victimised. In reality they were given 6 days of occupation to raise awareness of their issue (one that relates more to the US than it does here but an issue all the same) and they were then given plenty of time to move on. It seems to be very fair treatment to me.

  3. Jimmy

    SBH – ” being able to arrest being on public land seems to call into question the term ‘public’” First has there actually been any arrests and second public land belongs to everyone, not just a hundred odd people making a political point.

  4. Jimmy

    Further to my point this is much more of an issue in the US:

    According to the CIA World Fact Book, the U.S. is ranked as the 42nd most unequal country in the world, with a Gini Coefficient of 45.

    In contrast:
    – Tunisia is ranked the 62nd most unequal country, with a Gini Coefficient of 40.
    – Yemen is ranked 76th most unequal, with a Gini Coefficient of 37.7.
    – And Egypt is ranked as the 90th most unequal country, with a Gini Coefficient of around 34.4.

    Australia’s Gini index was 35.2 (1994) and 30.5 (2006)

    This link also has a map which shows the issue pretty clearly
    theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/09/map-us-ranks-near-bottom-on-income-inequality/245315/

  5. TheTruthHurts

    With Occupation…. comes Liberation.

    Crack some skulls Vic Police and make sure they never come back. While hard working Australians are busy at work paying taxes, these dole bludging louts are sucking the public tit then causing as much trouble as possible for people to go about their every day lives.

    Scum, the lot of them.

  6. Jimmy

    TTH- Just once could you surprise with a rational intelligent post, just once.

  7. David Allen

    TTH

    Err! Once again you’re up a gum tree. The ‘occupy’ movement represents the interests of working and middle class taxpayers.

    You’ll get something right one day. I just wonder if it will be before the monkey finishes writing Shakespeare.

  8. madelinelizabeth

    Just went down in my lunch break. Protesters being dragged out by their hair, bashed and pinned to the ground. Office workers crying after witnessing brutality.
    This is in the city’s public square! As far as I was aware too, you can’t be arrested for tresspass on public land, so I’m not not sure what they’re being charged with. Heard one person say they’d been arrested for taking photographs of police.

  9. Cade Buchanan

    The TruthHurts: Generalising is lazy and makes you look like a simpleton. Do you ANYTHING about any of the 100 or so protestors? Age? Job Status? But then what should I expect from someone who calls themself ‘the truth hurts’, which is generally another way of saying ‘shoot your mouth off first ask questions later’.

  10. Noiresque

    Riot police? Is that really necessary? Lord help us. We do live in a nanny state. But people are happy with it, and the people who do challenge it are considered wastrells. The DT poll shows a negative response to the (unsurprisingly, much smaller) Occupy Sydney protest at 75-25.

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