A non-political protest?



 PLAY: Acting Police Commissioner Ken Lay with Neil Mitchell


PLAY: Adam Bandt, the Greens, refuse to speak

PLAY: Neil Mitchell doesn't hold back against the protesters

PLAY: Occupy Melbourne Spokesperson Jason Grech confirms with 3AW News that the Queen will be targeted (He denied an interview with Neil Mitchell)

IMAGES: Violence ensues as the City Square is emptied by police

PLAY: Dramatic protest coverage as 9am deadline passes

PLAY: Seb Costello captures the drama at 11:30am

PLAY: Robert Doyle speaks to 3AW's Neil Mitchell

PLAY: Ross and John cross to Occupy Melbourne spokesman

PLAY: Neil Mitchell tries to have sensible chat with protester

Occupying Melbourne; but why?

Protesters TOM ELLIOTT: "The fact they’ve been allowed to protest for six days and in doing do, make a huge mess of the City Square actually proves that they have little to complain about in modern Australia."

28 comments so far

  • Pity Neil didn't look as hard at the organisers of the anti carbon tax rally. Pathetic radio at it's best :p

    Date and time
    October 24, 2011, 8:12AM
    • Come off it the only reason the police were called in, The QUEEN is arriving. Can't have her royalness seeing that sort of rabal now can we.

      janet p
      Date and time
      October 24, 2011, 8:23AM
      • With the help from police, the REAL 99% can reclaim use of public land as its meant to be used by ALL public.

        Date and time
        October 24, 2011, 9:03AM
        • As I said in a previous comment, could the police have done anything right in the eyes of the protesters? They had no intention of moving on peacefully. I would like to know how people expect the police to move protesters along that want to fight, that want maximum media exposure and expect no legal ramifications for their actions? It is about time that some of the protesters faced serious legal consequences for the injuries they cause police through biting, kicking, throwing urine, throwing objects and all manner of violent activity that they get away with.

          Date and time
          October 24, 2011, 9:11AM
          • No surprise, the loopy Greens are supporting these morons>!

            Date and time
            October 24, 2011, 9:30AM
            • Mitchell ask the question; Was the police response any different to what we've been used to?.Lay answers; "No",and Mitchell leaves it at that. Ken,please,it was as obvious as the proverbial canine testicular bundle that the pussy foot approach used by previous regimes has been placed where it belongs,in the rubbish skip of history,and not before time.

              jgl Melb
              Date and time
              October 24, 2011, 10:11AM
              • I am a little surprised and concerned to see Mitchell taking such an untenable position on such an important issue. Fewer competitors in any market increase the incidence of price fixing, prevents a free and competitive market and decreases the overall tax revenue of a nation. In addition much of the revenue generated within a given country goes out of that country and back to the home country of the multinational corporation. The unfortunate truth is that this situation has grown to such a point that nations simply cannot generate sufficient tax revenue to service the people. However the people simply cannot pay any more and still survive. It has to be abundantly obvious to everyone where this will lead. In addition we have witnessed the shylock bankers grow in wealth and power to the extent they now control entire nations completely. If not for the shylocks Greece would not have supported the blockade which amounts to a war crime and genocide of Palestine. By association the shylocks are clearly and overtly controlling wars. Of course not a single war could occur without the support of the shylocks. There is now an abundance of evidence to confirm that even with all the money in the world a shylock will never transcend that status and become a productive member of any society. And behind every corporation, financial institution and religion is the same handful of people. Behind EVERY substantial source of revenue is the same few people. It has been the same families for hundreds of years. Capitalism is the answer but IT MUST BE CAPPED. You cant hold beck the water indefinitely by putting a finger in the dyke. The pressure of the people is growing through necessity and it will continue to grow.

                We Must Accept The Only Solution
                Date and time
                October 24, 2011, 10:21AM
                • Since when was removing your name tag and then punching peaceful protesters in the head part of the job description for Victorian Police Force member?

                  There is much evidence to the fact the head impacts can lead to dementia much later in life (my father died at 64 of dementia and was king hit some years earlier by a fool who mistaken thought the my father was the owner of a dog that used to run circles around the greyhounds he walked in local park. I'll never know if he killed my father).

                  While all professions have their share of psychopaths, Victoria police seems to have a disproportionate share amongst those who broke up the peaceful demonstration which was at ALL times peaceful.

                  Date and time
                  October 24, 2011, 10:39AM
                  • What a bunch of misguided tosspots! Ask each and every one of them what they are there for and I'll bet over 90% have no idea. They see a protest and leave the dole queue their in to run along and join in. If any of them actually had any brains they'd be far more dangerous. The Police have a hard enough job fighting real crime without these jobless no-hopers wasting their or our time. GET A JOB!

                    Date and time
                    October 24, 2011, 10:56AM
                    • If they were so peacefull, what were they going to do with all the rocks and knives>??

                      Date and time
                      October 24, 2011, 11:12AM

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