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Blockade IMARC: Four police officers injured in anti-coal protest



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A female protester has glued herself to the road, while police have been forced to use capsicum spray as well as chaotic anti-coal protests continue in Melbourne.

Two activists have been arrested, while dozens of protesters have gathered outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center for a third day of planned disruption.

The woman has glued herself to the carpark, blocking one of the four lanes.

Police are attempting to remove her.

The police guard who is arriving by vehicle.

The protest has continued into a third day. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
media_camer toThe protest has continued into a third day. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

Protesters at the main site.

“This is not a police state,” they chant.

Police made their first arrest about 7.35am, arresting a man.

A woman was arrested at about 9am, following an intense stand off between police.

Police have been forced to use capsicum spray to quell the clashing protest group.

Connor, 20, was caught up in the capsicum spray and said police behavior was “disgraceful.”

“Police are using force against peaceful protesters, it’s a f ***** disgrace,” he said.

. I had my hands up, I’m peaceful.

“It’s an absolute disgrace.”

A woman has been arrested at the protest following an intense stand off between police at Imarc protest in Melbourne this morning. Picture: Brianna Travers
media_camer toA woman has been arrested at the protest following an intense stand off between police at Imarc protest in Melbourne this morning. Picture: Brianna Travers

Protesters are linking arms to the convention center.

Some are yelling at police saying “this is Australia” and “this is a democracy”.

Splinter groups emerge from the main pack.

There is a significant police presence on the scene.

Police have set up orange barriers to assist with crowd control.

“Resist, rebel, IMARC can go to hell,” is one of the chants being used this morning.

Delegates are due to start arriving at 8.30am.

The protest is fluid in nature, with splinter groups moving around and keeping the police on their toes.

The chants used are profanity laden.

“Rio Tinto, f *** you,” the group chants.

Many Too many coppers, not enough justice.

“IMARC, blood on your hands.”

The IMARC conference at the Melbourne Exhibition Center. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
media_camer toThe IMARC conference at the Melbourne Exhibition Center. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

Police tactics are a point to the group, with many yelling at the police.

Some have come prepared for capsicum spray being used, wearing face masks.

Four police officers were injured and 47 activists were arrested on Tuesday as the protest descended into chaos.

Victoria Police released a statement saying the offenses related to failing to obey police, intentionally obstructing emergency services and intentionally obstructing a footpath.

Two protesters were charged with animal cruelty after they slapped a police horse in the face.

Victoria Police acting Commander Tim Tully said: showed police police str police str when when Tim when when when Tim when Tim when when when when

“It is totally unnecessary. ’I don’t know why it is appropriate in any shape or form to slap a member of our mounted branch – a horse.”

Four officers were injured as they clashed with the protesters. Two other officers with head injuries were treated at the scene.

Two people were arrested after allegedly assaulting a police horse. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
media_camer toTwo people were arrested after allegedly assaulting a police horse. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
A protester is sprayed in the face by an officer. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
media_camer toA protester is sprayed in the face by an officer. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
A man is held on the ground by the police. Picture: James Dowling
media_camer toA man is held on the ground by the police. Picture: James Dowling

Police are also investigating after a woman allegedly broke her leg. She was taken to the hospital.

The arrests come after violent clashes with the second day of Melbourne’s International Mining and Resources Conference.

Victoria's police spoke out against today’s brutality, saying ’any action taken by officers this morning has been in response to the protesters’ activity and in accordance with training. ”

“We have shown a lot of discretion and a lot of tolerance, C said Cdr Tully.

He said his officer did a tremendous job in dealing with the ront confrontational nature ”of the protest groups.

He encouraged the public to avoid the area while the IMARC event was on for the next two days.

He said there was a de-escalation of protesters methods in the afternoon and he hoped that would continue for the rest of the week.

Police intervene to protect an man from a mob of protesters. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
media_camer toPolice intervene to protect an man from a mob of protesters. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross

About 150 hardcore activists were barring the entry to the mining conference. Police have already used capsicum spray and horses to combat the unruly demonstrators.

This morning’s blockade saw activists link arms while blocking the main entrance to the center.

At around 11am, protesters sprawled onto Clarendon St., momentarily blocking traffic.

Officers pushed the group off the road. One woman was shoved, sending every crashing to the ground.

Protesters shouted “it’s all on video” at police.

A police line has now been set up, made up of uniformed officers and the mounted brigade, blocking access to the road.

One lane along Clarendon St. has been closed as a precaution.

Earlier, footage shot around 6.30am showed scuffles.

Protesters link arms as mounted police look on. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
media_camer toProtesters link arms as mounted police look on. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
OC spray was used on environmental protesters outside the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
media_camer toOC spray was used on environmental protesters outside the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross

At least one man was placed in a headlock and removed by the police.

Another man was arrested, with six officers plucking him from the crowd.

The police used horses to push back the human blockade.

A police officer was also seen using his baton, striking a female protester who was holding her hands up.

As officials attempted to enter the conference, protesters shouted “shame” and booed them.

One conference attendee was knocked to the ground during a tense standoff with activists.

An injured police officer is seen on the ground after an incident with protesters. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
media_camer toAn injured police officer is seen on the ground after an incident with protesters. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
Police chase down a protester. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
media_camer toPolice chase down a protester. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

the Herald Sun witnessed the man fall backwards onto the ground as protesters and police swarmed.

Capsicum spray was fired into an unruly crowd, with officers yelling at protesters to attend get back ”as more attendees attempted to enter the conference.

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Another scuffle broke out to the side, with a female protester pushed into a public bench seat.

At around 9am, the group blockaded two main entrances to the MCEC and was attempting to block Clarendon St.

Protesters grabbed the suitcase of one conferencegoer, running off along the river with officers close behind.

Others continue to swarm those arriving, yelling, “blood on your hands”.

IMARC conference attendees try to enter the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center amid the protests. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
media_camer toIMARC conference attendees try to enter the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center amid the protests. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
Police officers fall to the ground after a clash with protesters. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
media_camer toPolice officers fall to the ground after a clash with protesters. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
Police horses move in a group of protesters. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
media_camer toPolice horses move in a group of protesters. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman confirmed Alfredo.

She could not comment on the woman's injuries, but unconfirmed reports suggest that the woman may have seriously injured or broken her leg.

the Herald Sun saw the woman loaded into an ambulance wearing a neck brace, with a wh green whistle ”pain reliever in her mouth.

Former Greens MP Lidia Thorpe said she was at the protest to have “respectful conversations” with “mining criminals”.

Ms Thorpe said that she had asked the police to allow them to do so.

She said an address would have calmed extensions at the demonstration.

A woman lies on the ground after a scuffle at the IMARC protests. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
media_camer toA woman lies on the ground after a scuffle at the IMARC protests. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
A man makes his way through the crowd of protesters. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
media_camer toA man makes his way through the crowd of protesters. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
A woman is taken to the hospital after being hurt in the fracas. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
media_camer toA woman is taken to the hospital after being hurt in the fracas. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

DEFIANT PROTESTERS CLAIM POLICE BRUTALITY

Despite the chaos, a defiant protester clashed with Sky News hosts on-air, claiming that police started the violence.

Jacob Andrewartha told Laura Jayes and Peter Stefanovic that the protesters were picketing against “climate criminals”.

Violence What violence are you talking about? Who are you talking about? Are he asked.

Think I think the onus is on the police. The police attacked us first. We are peacefully demonstrating.

Conference This conference is putting together some of the worst climate criminals who are profiting off polluting the earth.

Activists link arms to block an entrance to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
media_camer toActivists link arms to block an entrance to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
Protesters have claimed police started the violence in today’s protests. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
media_camer toProtesters have claimed police started the violence in today’s protests. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
A protester faces off with police. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
media_camer toA protester faces off with police. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross

Peace We peacefully assembled, locked arms and police pushed us.

People The people attending this conference need to be made accountable. We are living in a climate crisis.

Rebecca Hill, a striking worker from RMIT, said she was pushed to the ground by police.

“There was a whole line of police behind us,” she said.

Got I got shoved in the back. And I was pushed to the ground. My back is still sore.

“It was a man using his whole strength. I think I have a sprain, I am going to go to a doctor.

Kept He kept saying you can move. But I was stuck. I was protesting peacefully.

“Some of the cops are very… and needlessly aggressive. I can’t understand – we all know we’re in a crisis. ”

The Victorian Greens also criticized officers, tweeting: IM A disgusting display of police force this morning as people peacefully protest IMARC. ”

Environmental protesters are picketing a mining conference. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
media_camer toEnvironmental protesters are picketing a mining conference. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
Two people were arrested after allegedly assaulting a police horse. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
media_camer toTwo people were arrested after allegedly assaulting a police horse. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

Sheer rog arrogance ’of climate protesters‘ holds a city to ransom ’

Sky News hosts Laura Jayes and Peter Stefanovic have clashed with the organizers of a protest to shut down a mining conference in Melbourne.

Supporter Sheena, who did not give her surname, brought every three-year-son to the protest.

She said she was fighting so she could grow up in a safe place.

Think I think it’s incredibly important – they’re taking Aboriginal land and are the main cause of climate change, ”she said.

“And they have blood on their hands. I think it’s important that he grows up in a planet safe for him. ”

Organizer Emma Black, from the Blockade IMARC Alliance, said police were “incredibly hostile” already.

Police The police have been incredibly hostile. I’m quite shocked, ”she said.

“This morning we were standing here very quietly the and the cops have been interrupting our ability to free speech.”

Police lead a protester away. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
media_camer toPolice lead a protester away. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
A woman and child at the protest. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
media_camer toA woman and child at the protest. Picture: Jake Nowakowski

Ms Black said the aim was still to shut down the conference. She said there were 23 groups involved in today’s protests.

“We're hoping to drum up public pressures,” she said.

A police spokesperson said that the protesters were blocking the disabled and moving into the building.

“Police moved in and the protesters were arrested. One police member received minor injuries during an arrest and is receiving medical treatment at the scene, sp the spokesperson said.

The injured police officer.

The activists are lashing out in Melbourne. The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center's main entrance.

The “mass disruption” will likely shut down Clarendon St. during morning peak and aims to “make life hell” for those heading to the conference.

A protester faces off with another man. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
media_camer toA protester faces off with another man. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
The IMARC protest has turned ugly as environmental activists clash with police. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
media_camer toThe IMARC protest has turned ugly as environmental activists clash with police. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross

Premier Daniel Andrews said the right to protest was important but that violence was unacceptable.

“People have to obey the law, they have to behave in a reasonable way,” he said.

Attorney-General Jill Hennessy did not rule out harsher penalties for blockading protesters, but said she would be guided by the police and their needs.

“Police are obviously making their way to the government, Hen Ms Hennessy said.

“Police do have the power to move on.

“Ultimately trying to have cooperative protests helps the protesters make their point, but also ensures that people who are going about their lawful business are not impeded – and it seems we have a few challenges in getting that balance right.”

A mounted policeman attempts to break the crowd up. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
media_camer toA mounted policeman attempts to break the crowd up. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
Police take a man away. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
media_camer toPolice take a man away. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
Environmental protesters clash with police in ugly scenes. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross
media_camer toEnvironmental protesters clash with police in ugly scenes. Picture: AAP Image / James Ross

ANOTHER WEEK OF PROTESTS IN MELBOURNE

It comes as about 100 protesters brought in to a temporary standstill in the CBD on Monday.

The protest was the first of the four days of activism by groups.

Prot IMARC, blood on your hands, “Ad shut Adani down” and “burn, burn, burn the rich. "

The group then marched down Spencer St and Collins St, before the blockading entrance of the Australian mining giant Oceana Gold.

Protesters in action on climate change march through the city on Monday. Picture: Andrew Henshaw
media_camer toProtesters in action on climate change march through the city on Monday. Picture: Andrew Henshaw

Riot police were also stationed across the road outside Rio Tinto’s office.

Chants of “money for health and education, not for mining corporations” could be heard throughout the street.

Organizer Emma Black, 29, from Blockade IMARC Alliance, said they were protesting for a better future.

“The main message, our goal, is to shut down this conference,” she said. “We don’t want executives and policy makers to be meeting in our city.

This So this is a global message that, no, we won’t stand for a big corporate green washing event.

Long As long as it’s profitable for them, they will keep raping the earth.

The protest will continue for the four days of the international mining conference. Picture: Andrew Henshaw
media_camer toThe protest will continue for the four days of the international mining conference. Picture: Andrew Henshaw

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“We really just want to get a message out here.’

More than 1200 people responded “going” to the official Facebook event for the group this week, with multiple activist groups encouraged to join in.

Victoria Police Acting Commander Tim Tully said, police Planning for the worst case scenario. Police

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