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Rival groups to protest in Melbourne CBD

17 September 2017 2:52 AM
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Rival groups to protest in Melbourne CBD

A PROTESTER has been arrested after allegedly clashing with journalists and police at an anti-racism rally in the Melbourne CBD.

About 500 protesters holding “Melbourne says no to racism” placards have marched to parliament.

The opposing groups are being kept apart by police and large orange barriers.

The anti-racism protesters have yelled “Nazi scum” and “unite to fight the right” while holding signs for a range of social issues including racism, refugees and marriage equality.

“Drown out their message of hate with our message of solidarity,” one of their members announced on the microphone.

Andy Lebusque, 31, said he had joined the gathering to show far right protesters that there was staunch opposition to their opinions.

The Glen Waverley man said he feared racists were protesting under the guise of caring about Victoria’s crime rate and Victorian’s safety.

A protester has been arrested after allegedly clashing with journalists and police at an anti-racism rally in the Melbourne CBD.

Police cuffed the woman and she was later placed in a van and driven away.

A masked anti-racism protester has also been moved and had his mask removed under new laws.

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The anti-racism protesters are making their way from State Library as they prepare to confront members of racist groups rallying at State Parliament.

Police pounced on one noisy protester as he screamed obscenities at journalists.

Protesters heckled the masked man, labelling him a racist despite him appearing in support of the anti-racist groups.

Protesters are chanting “Nazi scum. Off our streets” at a barricade manned with dozens of police.

The anti-racism protesters have come to a stand still after marching down Swanson St from the State Library, up Bourke St, to Parliament.

One man was pulled over the barricade and taken away as the protesters continued to chant.

Earlier one right wing protester who goes only by the name The Guru said they were only trying to make the streets safer.

“This is a peace rally aimed at raising awareness about increasing street violence.

“It is an unfortunate fact that a lot of that violence is caused by African gangs.

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