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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 11:22 PM
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Melbourne Tent Monsters, violently stripped to bra and panties
Edited on Mon Dec-05-11 11:57 PM by Fire Walk With Me
Run time: 10:06
Posted on YouTube: December 06, 2011
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Views on YouTube: 306
Posted on DU: December 06, 2011
By DU Member: Fire Walk With Me
Views on DU: 9923

Liberty Victoria Condemns Police Action
At Occupy Melbourne Protest

6 December 2011

Liberty Victoria today condemned police interference with Occupy Melbourne demonstrators in the Flagstaff Gardens this morning, 6 December 2011.

At approximately 8.30 am, several police officers approached a female demonstrator who was wearing a small tent.

This appeared to be the demonstrators way of protesting against an instruction by Melbourne City Council that no tents should be permitted in the Gardens.

The police action, which was captured on a cell phone and posted on Youtube, shows a Council officer demanding that the demonstrator remove the tent. She refused, saying that the tent was her clothing.

Upon this refusal five police officers began cutting the tent away from the demonstrator. This action involved the use of considerable force and continued despite the demonstrators refusal to consent to the forcible disrobing.

Finally, the tent was removed, leaving the demonstrator in only her underwear
and in full public view.

Liberty President, Professor Spencer Zifcak, said that if this bodily violation werent so serious, it would be ridiculous.

It is serious because it is unlawful, it is ridiculous because it is so unnecessary.

The police action is in clear violation of the right to freedom of speech and assembly as protected in Victorias Charter of Rights and Responsibilities.

It is unconstitutional as it is in breach of the Australian Constitutions protection of the freedom of public and political communication.

The use of excessive force by several police to disrobe a person plainly engaged in political protest is also deeply to be regretted, quite apart from being profoundly embarrassing to the person concerned.

Liberty requests that the Melbourne City Council and the Chief Commissioner of Police launch an immediate inquiry into the matter, the findings of which should be made publicly available.

For further comment please contact:

Professor Spencer Zifcak
President, Liberty Victoria

Ph. 0417 490110

Please note that Professor Zifcak will be unavailable for comment on the morning of December 7. In his absence please contact:

Ms Anne ORourke
Vice-President, Liberty Victoria

0409 334581


Occupy Melbourne
Comment on Police Victoria page. Be respectful, don't stoop to their level.

Ask for them to stop listening to Dictator Doyle before they get in more trouble.

Click share if you care.


Thank you to DUer Matilda for the heads up on this in GD.
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