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Victoria police viciously attack student demonstration

Cops attack demonstrators

Students protesting against education cuts were attacked by police in Melbourne today writes Red Flag. Seven were arrested during the demonstration.

Sarah Garnham, spokesperson for the Victorian Education Action Network, which organised the rally, told Red Flag:

“Victoria Police clearly had a premeditated agenda of attacking our peaceful protest. They came out of nowhere. Riot cops moved in on the crowd and pulled people out. One of the first people they arrested, Lauren Stevenson, was unconscious as they pulled her towards the paddy wagon. We attempted to get an ambulance to her, but police said an ambulance would not be allowed to attend because she was under arrest. So they put her in the paddy wagon unconscious and drove away.”

Among those arrested was Jay Wimarra, the 2014 First Nations Officer at the La Trobe student union. Garnham says that his arrest was no coincidence: “Organisers of the protest believe this is in accordance with the racial discrimination that is well known in Victoria Police; they regularly harass and arrest indigenous people.”

Wimarra spoke to Red Flag after his release from police custody, saying: “Under no circumstances should any student stand for this kind of hostile reaction from the state. No student should have to bear the brunt of some bureaucrat’s decision to slash nearly $3 billion out of education. This is our education. The only ones who should be defining it is us and our educators and of course our unions.”

Jessica Lenehan, recently elected Education Officer at La Trobe University, and an activist in the La Trobe Socialist Alternative student club was also at the rally. La Trobe students had a particular incentive to join the anti-cuts protest today. Their university administration has just announced devastating cutbacks of $65 million. Lenehan told Red Flag:

“We had a peaceful protest. After starting at Parliament House we marched to Liberal Party headquarters. While we were there we threw a couple of shoes at the building, we chalked some slogans on the ground. Nothing violent. But at a certain point the police clearly decided this was unacceptable, and marched through shoving people out of the way, and made a couple of arrests.

“They dragged one woman away. They shoved her into a police van, and another man was arrested. After that the police again and again charged the crowd. They dragged people away, they beat people up. It was just an incredibly brutal display.

“Accusations of protester violence from the police are ludicrous. We told them what our intentions were. We told them we were marching to Liberal headquarters. We had informed them about shoes being thrown at the building. It’s just ridiculous, especially given there were so many police there. Many times more than were necessary for the protest. They were deliberately trying to intimidate people out of protesting.”

Declan Murphy, recently elected Education Officer at Monash Student Association, explained how the police attacks continued even after demonstrators had left Liberal Party headquarters:

“Some of us decided to march down to East Melbourne police station to make a formal complaint. The police told us we were allowed to do this. Nonetheless on the way down the police assaulted the demonstration four additional times. I think a further four people were arrested. They were clearly targeting non-white people and women who happened to find themselves on the fringes of the demonstration.

“Then, on Swanston Street after we’d decided not to continue marching on to East Melbourne police station and we were coming up to Trades Hall, they assaulted the rally again and arrested another person. It was a clear and despicable attempt by the police but we will not be intimidated and we’ll keep protesting both for our democratic right to demonstrate and for a fair and equitable education system.

“People are a bit shocked by the disproportionate response of the police but are also quite defiant. We just had a post rally meeting where we got together and decided how we’re going to respond as a collective campaign. The clear vibe was that there would be more demonstrations. We’re not going to put up with attempts by police to shut us down.”

Until Sunday 15 December I believed this article to be true. On that day Mick Armstrong at the National Conference of Socialist Alternative said about our explanation of the shoe throwing that ‘we bullshitted, but we got away with it. ‘ This article from Red Flag is a lie to the working class and the members of Socialist Alternative.  I resigned from Socialist Alternative shortly afterwards.

Here is an interview with Sarah Garnham on 3AW.

And Sarah on Sunrise.

To comment or see what others are saying, hit the comment slink under the heading. Like all posts on this blog comments close after 7 days.

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Comment from Two sides to a story
Time October 30, 2013 at 7:13 pm

What a load of biased bullshit. Yes they were throwing shoes in the direction of a building, neglecting to mention the police were standing in front of the building.

How about our friend king hitting a copper who is currently in hospital? Are you going to report on that? Peaceful protest? Please.

What about the offensive language and threatening language from so called peaceful protestors? Nope, you must have missed that too.

This is not journalism. This is an opinion piece based on pre existing anti police sentiment. Shane on you.

Comment from John
Time October 30, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Yes, written by people attacked by the cops. Shane on you too, ignoramus. I was going to make a cricket joke but it would be Warne out. Maybe I should just say I don’t like your spin.

Comment from Dirty Unwashedcunts
Time October 31, 2013 at 8:42 am

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story hey cockhead?

Comment from Lorikeet
Time October 31, 2013 at 9:16 am

I don’t support anyone provoking or attacking the police, but I am very concerned about the Victorian government’s actions, which seem to mirror those of the federal and other state governments. Despite protests from Labor, these agendas are shared by both of the major parties, who aim to de-democratise the nation while kissing the corporate neo-communist backsides of the UN.

Undemocratic attacks on bikies are common to both Queensland and Victoria at the present moment.

I have a young niece who teaches in WA. Cutbacks are occurring there also and she is now uncertain as to whether she will have ongoing access to full-time employment.

Attacks on our education system are just another symptom of the agenda to conduct a worldwide redistribution of populations and wealth.

Attacks on curricula, discipline and funding have been going on for decades. They have resulted in high levels of youth unemployment, while other people are brought in from overseas to take their jobs.

As we know, those who cannot find full-time permanent work cannot take out a bank loan to buy a house. When foreign workers are used to hold down wages, the younger people cannot afford to service a mortgage. This gives money hungry bankers (corporate neo-communists) the opportunity to control the housing market and charge everyone rent, including those who have defaulted on their mortgages due to job losses.

Other pointers towards global wealth redistribution are the Carbon Tax and Emissions Trading Schemes. We should clean up by manufacturing our own goods, and growing and eating our own food, which would do much to reduce the unnecessarily heavy flow of “traffic” across the seas, and also help to reduce the high concentration of third world pollution.

John, it may also interest you to know that some supporters of the DLP put the Coalition last on their ballot papers, a position usually left available for the Greens.

Comment from John
Time October 31, 2013 at 9:35 am

Oh boo hoo German Sausage. Truth from people who were there, not from the armed blue thick line of liars and thugs. Of whom, having checked your address, it seems you are one. How are things at the Victoria Police Centre at 637 Flinders St Melbourne? I wonder if the Age whom I have contacted will chase this up.

Comment from John
Time October 31, 2013 at 9:40 am

By the way ‘Dirty unwashedcunts’ Whois indicates your IS address is Victoria Police. That should help undermine the case against protesters.

Comment from David
Time October 31, 2013 at 10:18 am

The choice of ‘dirty unwashed cunts’ my the police misinformation squad gives a good idea of their attitude toward protestors, as well as their blatant misogyny in using the word ‘cunt’ as a term of abuse. Who exactly do these pigs protect?

Comment from Magnet
Time October 31, 2013 at 11:30 am

Just reading the comments…I cop govt spin all day over HR abuses. This unspun, pov is comparatively refreshing. I try to engage all sides of a debate – the cops won’t usually come to the party though – you guys have made a breakthrough.

Comment from Two sides to a story
Time October 31, 2013 at 1:14 pm

No, you were fed bullshit by those who assaulted police. Luckily there is a number of independent witnesses who verified the protestors were the antagonists and they were behaving in a disgusting manner.

By the way, nobody reads the age.

Comment from John
Time October 31, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Nobody reads the Age – except your Commissioner and the Minister for Police. The false charges by your crew – the police – won’t stick by the way.

Comment from Ben Dover
Time October 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Wake up to yourself dickhead

“While the vitriol was directed at the Abbott Government it was the Gillard administration which took the decision to slash university funding which they were so angry about.”

Never go full retard

Comment from Ben Dover
Time October 31, 2013 at 8:10 pm

“While the vitriol was directed at the Abbott Government it was the Gillard administration which took the decision to slash university funding which they were so angry about.”

Your chums should never go full retard John boy.

Comment from John
Time October 31, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Ben Dover. Get it? Another idiot. No doubt another cop.

Comment from Cameron
Time October 31, 2013 at 8:32 pm

There is video of them throwing shoes at police. Socialist Alternative are the thugs, even the other left wing groups hate them, because they purposely provoke people and have absolutely no tact.

Comment from Chris Warren
Time October 31, 2013 at 9:08 pm

The IP address of the police covert poster needs to be referred to some authority.

Such conduct needs to be exposed in decibels.

Comment from Jason
Time October 31, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Can I throw shoes in your general direction John? It’s non violent.

They have a right to protest, but when it starts getting out of control (it certainly was, don’t even try and deny) the police are allowed to use reasonable force to stop them from causing harm. There was no riot squad involved. Just general police that shoved the “peaceful” protestors away.

Comment from Pias Jon
Time October 31, 2013 at 9:53 pm

I cant believe I saw the words peaceful and “throwing shoes” in the same paragraph.

my sides.

WTF WERE THEY THROWING SHOES FOR JOHN.?

Comment from Steven Marks
Time November 1, 2013 at 1:49 am

What kind of one sided shit is this? Seriously, if you can’t write something that isn’t biased and spun then maybe you should shut down this website and go back to being a drain on society. You’d make good money in advertising until consumers realised how bad you are at spinning facts. Seriously if angry students started to try and mob me I would want the police to get them away. Its a shame ignorant stupid garbage like this is still on the internet. They should put a bullet in you, for the good of everyone else.

Comment from Steven Marks
Time November 1, 2013 at 1:51 am

I should throw a knife at John in a non violent way. I’m sure he would spin it so I am and evil dictator and a terrorist or something.