Statement 6PM 21/10/11... The legal support team at the Occupy Melbourne events condemn the excessive use of force by the Victorian Police today against peaceful protesters.
“Our observers have witnessed and been told of numerous incidents of excessive force and violence against the peaceful protesters,” said Erin Buckley, coordinator of the legal observer team. “We are very concerned at the level of violence, and concerned particularly about the welfare of young people who have experienced significant police brutality today.”
Arrests have been documented and legal support is being coordinated for arrestees at the demonstrations as much as is possible.
The purpose of the legal support team has been to inform people of their rights and the law, and to contribute as much as possible to the safety and well being of protesters.
The legal team have recorded around 45 arrests so far, though the numbers are expected to be closer to over a hundred.
Numerous incidents of police violence and brutality have also been recorded.
If you witnessed or have been a victim of police violence then Occupy Melbourne Legal can be contacted on 0434 126 515 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org