Civilians assaulted, flags burned as violence erupts here in Australia

Violence has erupted in Melbourne’s CBD after rival rallies involving more than 150 anti-racism and anti-immigration activists where several people
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Violence has erupted in Melbourne’s CBD after rival rallies involving more than 150 anti-racism and anti-immigration activists where several people were arrested and an Australian flag was burned, reports ABC News.

Anti-racist protesters assaulted a man in the Carlton Gardens following the rallies outside State Parliament on Spring Street.

More than 100 anti-racism activists had earlier gathered at the steps of Parliament, chanting lines including “No hate, no fear, fascists are not welcome here”.

Further down Spring Street, up to 60 anti-immigration activists marched in a rally organisers said was to “celebrate” the Australian flag.

Despite the large number of police including officers in riot gear and on horseback which tried to separate them, some anti-racist protesters still managed to splinter off .

Police were able to surround and cordon off the anti-immigration group at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton and escort some of the protesters to buses.

The clashes came as Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville announced new police powers and higher penalties to deal with protesters covering their faces with masks.

“Victorians have had enough of seeing this sort of incitement of hatred and violence,” she said.

“It does send a message that if you wear a facemask, you will be removed from a protest. If you wear a facemask and commit an offence, you will go to jail for longer.”

Ms Neville said the new laws would be introduced later this year.

How does this news make you feel?

  1. [email protected]  

    Just a shame that so few people can get so much publicity. A total of 100 people in one group and sixty in another I normally wouldn’t comment on the stupidity on either side, as publicity is what they thrive on. Shame so many of our police force members are tied up with disgraceful display.

  2. [email protected]  

    Just a shame that so few people can get so much publicity. A total of 100 people in one group and sixty in another I normally wouldn’t comment on the stupidity on either side, as publicity is what they thrive on. Shame so many of our police force members are tied up with disgraceful display.

  3. Bette Campbell  

    Burn the flag and it should be an automatic Federal offence , brought before a Federal court, and jailed , maybe in a military prison.

    • Anne dzufer  

      I AGREE, ISN’T THAT TREASON?

  4. bruce taylor  

    The anti racist protesters then go and burn an Australian flag. That act in itself is racist or are they just as dumb as the anti immigration protesters who want to stop the major source of growing our population?
    Let’s face it this country needs to have a large increase in numbers to be able to compete not only in world markets but here at home too. Our small population is the major reason that local industry either shuts down or sells out to overseas conglomerates.

  5. rikda  

    I don’t think this has been thought through really.
    Immigration is an asset providing it is wisely instituted. At the present, it is anything but.
    The infrastructure is thread-bare with people living in Motels & just money thrown at the problem to stem poverty.
    On those grounds, people are entitled to protest & providing it has the appropriate clearance, interference should be illegal.
    Frankly though, there is an irony about some being allowed to wear a face mask & others not.

    • Pat  

      I agree, let people in that are qualified, that are willing to live the Australian way,
      They dont assimilate, they cause trouble , let good migrants in, if money is given to too many whilst our own are homeless and hungry

  6. Anne dzufer  

    THE BURNING OF OUR AUSTRALIAN FLAG TO ME MEANS YOU DO NOT WANT TO LIVE HERE, SO WHY NOT LEAVE RATHER THAN DISRUPT THE COMMUNITY…IF YOU WERE A PROUD AUSTRALIAN YOU WOULD NOT COVER YOUR FACE.

    • Bette Campbell  

      I totally agree, to burn our flag or even have it on the ground should be a Federal offence and dealt with in a federal court with a 10 yr minimum sentence actually served.People might think twice about burning it. If they are not Australian citizens deport them back to their own countries after time served.

  7. Gail Walslh  

    Burning or desecrating the Australian Flag should hold one of the strongest penalties, by law, that we have as a nation.
    Our freedom came at a high price indeed, the men and women fallen in defence of this country and our flag symbolises that.

    Deport offenders immediately, or jail with hard labour. No b/s fines should apply in this instance.

    No if’s or but’s.

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