World Economic Forum Day 2: Police violence
On Tuesday morning, police on foot and on horseback surrounded a blockade of one gate at the Crown Casino and baton charged and assaulted the protesters. This brutality opened the way for five buses of delegates to the World Economic Forum to get into the Casino. Seven protesters were taken to hospital by ambulance, dozens more had minor injuries and many were sitting around after the police attack shocked and in tears. "We hold the Victorian State Premier, Steve Bracks, directly responsible for this violence", Communist Party of Australia President Dr Hannah Middleton said this morning. Bracks' public statement yesterday that the police were not acting forcefully enough to ensure that the WEF could go ahead was the green light for today's police brutality. Mr Bracks is reported to have been one of the people in the buses taken so savagely into the Casino this morning. The appalling scene this morning was in stark contrast to another gate where negotiations between the trade unions and the blockaders resulted in workers being allowed into or out of the Casino with no problems whatsoever. "The people outside the Crown Casino have a right and duty to protest against the robber barons meeting inside who ravage our communities and our environment for profit", Dr Middleton said. "We are appalled at the position taken by a Labor Premier who rejects our right to protest and condemns alleged protester violence but does not condemn the violence inflicted on the world by corporate greed. "It makes it clear that the Labor Party needs to be replaced along with the Liberals. The two-party system has to be thrown out so we can get a new government which comes from and speaks for working men and women, Aborigines, migrants, women, and all the other ordinary people in our society."