21-10-11 - Occupy Melbourne Day 6 - Part 2 SHAME SHAME VIC POLICE STATE





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Published on Oct 22, 2011

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- * by: Mike Steketee * From: The Australian * October 22, 2011 12:00AM

Occupy movement will go on as long as the people are feeling aggrieved

THEIR grievances are diverse and not always articulate and they lack leadership. But that doesn't mean the Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread across the world can be airily dismissed.

It's not really that hard to work out what they are protesting about: they feel they are being screwed. That is not surprising when American banks that were bailed out by the government a few years ago, partially at taxpayers' expense, are back merrily paying out fat bonuses to their executives. Meanwhile, unemployment in the US is at 9.1 per cent and people are selling their homes for less than they paid.

The "We are the 99 per cent" website that posts the comments of thousands of angry people sprang from a statistic that has become well-known in the US: 1 per cent of Americans hold 40 per cent of the nation's wealth. It gained impetus from a sharp increase in inequality, in terms of income and wealth

* by: Peter Munro, Deborah Gough and Mark Russell
* From: The Age
* October 23, 2011

VICTORIA Police and the City of Melbourne are facing legal action over the alleged use of ''unlawful and excessive'' force to break up global anti-greed protests that are continuing peacefully in Sydney and Brisbane.

Lawyers acting for protesters who claim they were kicked and punched by police in riot gear have called on the state government to hold an inquiry into the actions of authorities.

On Friday, police arrested 95 people after protesters defied an order from Melbourne City Council to leave the square by 9am, but later released them without charge on condition they not enter the CBD for 48 hours. ''Police used the least amount of force possible for removing protesters from the City Square,'' a spokeswoman said.


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