Watch: Fuhrer Morrison’s brown shirts beating shielas

Some nice examples of belting sheilas around the face so that they can no longer terrosise billion dollar miner conglomerates, via Crikey:

Attempts by protesters to blockade the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne have been met by a… let’s call it a heavy-handed police response.

Videos of cops shoving, hitting and unleashing pepper spray have gone viral, even as Victoria Police repeatedly tried to shift the blame onto the protesters themselves.

On Tuesday, footage emerged of an officer hitting a woman in the face with a baton while she had her hands raised in submission.

Acting Commander Tim Tully said he was unaware of the use of batons. Victoria Police later said they were in, fact, aware, and would be reviewing the footage.

In another video, an officer appears to punch a young woman in the head.

According to police, this was not a punch but a “palm strike”, which is a “commonly applied clearance move in dynamic public order scenarios”.

As the protests continued, journalists found themselves caught in the crossfire. Channel 7 reporter Paul Dowsley was shoved by police. Ailish Hallinan, an editor of the University of Melbourne student magazine Farrago, got pepper sprayed.

Victoria Police’s media team said it was “unfortunate that members of the public, including journalists, are not following instructions”. According to Dowsley, he was shoved while attempting to follow directions.

Senior Constable Travis Gray (responsible for the “palm strike”) was also caught on camera making the “OK” hand gesture, which is becoming increasingly appropriated as a white supremacist symbol. Victoria Police claimed there were no “white power” motivations behind it.

Before long, social media archeologists tracked down the officer’s Facebook page, deleted after the hand gesture image did the rounds, and found it was full of alt-right memes. Police finally expressed their “extreme disappointment” at the officer’s social media material, but maintained the gesture was innocent, despite protesters saying otherwise.

I feel safer already.

David Llewellyn-Smith

David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal.

He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.

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Comments

  1. Maybe the CCP ruling over us won’t be so bad after all? Hard to tell the difference in this country anymore..

    • The Horrible Scott Morrison MP

      Don’t be so thick. The next time you’re threatened at your work by secular fundamentalists you’ll be glad of police protection.

    • Actually, this violence is a good thing – it might lead to an awakening of the Australian sheeple population.
      We’ve been too passively accepting of being screwed over by politicians and big business. Maybe some “yellow vest” action will improve things?

      • Most are too concerned with paying for shelter to take time off work or ruin their day off protesting. Its a catch 22. I mean their would not be enough public transport to the city for one… Our facist leaders already have a campaign of demonising protestors. The remarks suggesting they were all unemployed and therefore had no right to protest was a direct attack on freedom, democracy and human rights.

    • Well, the swastika was a religious symbol with indicating divinity, good luck and auspiciousness until the Nazis started using it… Pretty easy for an innocent symbol to be taken over by a group and the meaning radically changed to mean something completely different. Language can change in the same way (surely you’ve heard an elderly person saying “what do you mean I can’t call them that”!).

    • The Horrible Scott Morrison MP

      “In 2017, the “okay” hand gesture acquired a new and different significance thanks to a hoax by members of the website 4chan to falsely promote the gesture as a hate symbol, claiming that the gesture represented the letters “wp,” for “white power.” The “okay” gesture hoax was merely the latest in a series of similar 4chan hoaxes using various innocuous symbols; in each case, the hoaxers hoped that the media and liberals would overreact by condemning a common image as white supremacist.”

    • Steve1036MEMBER

      The OK hand gesture if done with the right facing forward looks like a WP – White Power

  2. when did police got the idea that they can say to public whatever they want and public has to follow their instructions?

    police cannot decide where individual and group rights of citizens begin and end, police has to obey the law at least as much as general public

    • That is why its the Police commanders and commissioners that should be held to account as this is cultural and appears that “zey vas just following orders” !

    • I believe the law you are looking for is trespass, and the protesters were breaking it.
      Given they failed to stop when asked politely, the police clearly decided to ask them a little less politely.

  3. reusachtigeMEMBER

    The problem with Australian police is that they are way too soft. They need to smash the sh1t out of those trying to destroy profits so that those societal leeches learn a lesson and maybe go get a job or something like normal people are doing during the day.

    • “The officer in question was seen following up the strike with a sprinkle of salt and some fresh oregano for an aromatic adventure.”

  4. SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

    Victorian police have always been like this, the joke used to be shoot first then ask questions, also look at the oppressive road speed limit policing just fvking unbelievable I’ve never seen harsher speed limit policing anywhere else in the world.

    I have a theory, because Vic is so over policed and oppressive the people of Vic are such unbearable snowflakes as a result, the shythole has no balance, I’ve always avoided the state like the plague

    • Agree on the speed enforcement stuff, what a joke. Never got 1 speeding fine in Europe. Never saw many cameras either. But as soon as you’re in Sydney or Melbourne. Boom.

  5. I saw the same police behaviour during the reign of Joh Bjelke-Pieterson in Qld.
    In the end it is self defeating, especially when the police attack the press.
    Historically Victoria has been a police State going back to the Eureka Stockade.
    NSW and the other penal Colony’s that became States were fouded on Police corruption and brutality.
    Nothing new to see here … MOVE ALONG

  6. No one establishing the link between police (those that can institute state endorsed violence, up to and including firearms) and the lack thereof, a second amendment (a disarmed populace without firearms) yet?

    When one side has a monopoly on lethal force, the other side can go through a lot of suffering.