First they came for the hippies
October 21, 2011 2:17 AM Subscribe
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Protesters in the Occupy Melbourne
camp have been physically removed by riot police
ahead of the Queen's visit to the city next week. The violence has prompted the small sit-in to escalate into a march of thousands
through the city's central business district.
Australia weathered the GFC well and isn't as badly affected by the problems that gave rise to Occupy Wall Street, so its equivalent movements have largely been met with criticism. Outcry over the violence surrounding its dispersal, however, spread quickly through social media and the protest swelled to several thousand, clashing with more than 600 police
and marching through the city during peak hour, disrupting traffic.
The eviction notice and police orders were given by the city's conservative Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle, who is drawing criticism from commentators and politicians
for provoking the situation into violence. It looks likely that the protests, or protests about the protests, will continue over the weekend.