Police Officer Assaulted As Protesters Descended On Martin Place In Sydney

Pockets of violence broke out like spot fires around Martin Place as a largely reserved protest dissolved back in to the streets of Sydney shortly after midday.

While instances of provocation between the two warring mindsets broke out sporadically — the huge number of riot police kept unrest to a minimum.

Police confirmed at least five arrests were made, including that of a woman who allegedly assaulted a police officer.

Operation Commander, Assistant Commissioner Alan Clarke that police were pleased with the behaviour of protest participants.

“While there were a small number of people who chose to do the wrong thing, the majority of participants cooperated with police, which allowed for a peaceful demonstration,” said Assistant Commissioner Alan Clarke.

“We were clear from the start that we would not tolerate any criminal, anti-social or dangerous behaviour and we had sufficient police in place to ensure the safety of participants, local residents and visitors in the CBD.

“There was a minority who chose to ignore police directions and they were removed from the area immediately,” Clarke said.

Read more in The Daily Telegraph.

Source: www.perthnow.com.au

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