Five arrested at Nigel Farage Melbourne protest

Five arrested at Nigel Farage Melbourne protest, by

FIVE people have been arrested during a protest outside a Melbourne CBD hotel against conservative UK politician Nigel Farage’s speaking tour.

About 200 demonstrators gathered outside the Sofitel on Collins St on Friday night, where the former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party gave his last Australian tour speech. …

Protesters tried to block guests from entering the event. Police had to form a human barrier around the guests and guide them through the crowd of protesters.

Five people were arrested, one for criminal damage, another for riotous behaviour and a third for covering their face and assaulting police, while two others were arrested for unrelated outstanding matters, police said.

Victoria Police previously billed tour organisers for right-wing activists Milos Yiannopoulos and Lauren Southern for security at their Melbourne events, at a cost of $50,000 and $68,000 respectively.

Its decision to charge for security came as news to the Farage event organiser Damien Costas. “I’ve had no discussions with VicPol regarding payment for police presence regarding Mr Farage’s speaking event in Melbourne,” he told The Australian.

“It’s an international disgrace if the police in Victoria charge for protection of a member of the European Parliament … I’m not expecting a bill.”

This is most of what the people who got into the event heard (highly recommended if you have time):