People protesting against coronavirus lockdown arrested in Melbourne amid clashes with police – ABC News

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-13/victoria-coronavirus-anti-lockdown-protest-arrests-melbourne/12659410

Officers said the “most significant activity” took place at the Queen Victoria Market where protesters chanting “freedom” were met with a heavy police presence…

Scuffles broke out as arrests were made.

A police officer was filmed placing their knee near the neck of one demonstrator as other officers handcuffed him.

When asked whether the tactic was standard police procedure, a Victoria Police spokesman said officers “often have to conduct arrests in highly dynamic circumstances”.

The spokesman said there were between 200 and 250 people involved in the protest activity, and 176 were fined.

“A 44-year-old Burwood East man, believed to be a primary agitator for these protests, remains in police custody and is expected to be charged with incitement,” the spokesman said.

Police said a search warrant would be issued for his home.

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