World Economic Forum Day 2:
Police go on the offensive
Andrew was one of the many young people who took part in the non-violent blockade of the World Economic Forum at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. He was in the frontline on the second day when at about 7am, the police turned violent. "We were confronted with one row of horses, two lines of police in riot gear clearing the picket for bus loads of delegates", Andrew told The Guardian. "People were being roughly shoved aside in the most aggressive fashion. One man was hit on the side of the head with a baton and knocked unconscious. "A young woman had obviously been shoved around by a horse and came walking out of the line of police very dazed and looking in pain." The police violence was unprovoked. If the aim of the exercise was to get buses through, then the police could have approached other gates where there were a handful of protesters on the picket. Instead they chose an entrance where there were several hundred protesters. At one of these gates there was no picket, just one bloke talking to the police. "One officer jumped the barricade and lashed the man and dragged him into the casino", said Andrew. At another gate a police officer suffered a chest problem, so the protesters moved aside to let the ambulance in. Once they did this the police took advantage of the break in the picket to try to force their way through.