Melbourne’s most wanted: Police release photos of nine men wanted for questioning over the city’s violent anti-lockdown protests
- Police seek protesters after anti-vaccination rallies in Melbourne
- Five men are wanted for questioning after assault by police on September 18
- Officers want to speak to man after driver spit during rally on September 21
Police have issued a public appeal to identify nine protesters who attended violent rallies in Melbourne in September.
Five men are wanted for questioning by police after officers were attacked and their vehicles damaged during one of the demonstrations in Richmond on Sept. 18.
Officers would also like to speak to them about sedition.
Another protester is wanted for questioning after a driver was spat at during another demonstration on Westgate Bridge on September 21.
Police have launched a public appeal to help identify several protesters who attended demonstrations in the Victorian capital in September
Five men are wanted for questioning by police after officers were attacked and their vehicles damaged during one of the protests in Richmond on Sept. 18 (pictured, one of five men wanted for questioning)
One of five men wanted by police for questioning after the September 18 protest in Richmond
One of five men wanted by police for questioning after the anti-lockdown demonstration on September 18
Police would also like to speak to three other men after more vehicles were damaged in Carlton on the same day.
The men were just a handful of the thousands of protesters who swept through the city demonstrating against orders to stay at home.
The demonstrations gained momentum after construction workers joined the rallies to protest a two-week industry shutdown imposed due to the rising number of Covid cases.
Many were legitimate traditions, but others were anti-lockdown rioters dressed as construction workers, with the organizers of the demonstrations asking protesters to attend the protests in ‘work clothes’.
Protesters attacked police, attacked CFMEU headquarters, set off smoke bombs, abused and threw urine at the media and swarmed to Victoria’s Shrine of Remembrance, which was built to honor men and women who served and died in World War I .
Another protester (pictured) is wanted for questioning after being spat on a driver during another demonstration on Westgate Bridge on September 21
The police want to question this man following the demonstration in Carlton on September 21
Police are also keen to speak to several other men (pictured) after more vehicles were damaged in Carlton on the same day
At least four CFMEU members tested positive for Covid-19 after trying to prevent protesters from storming the union headquarters.
Footage shows protesters hurling swear words and a plastic bread crate at union representatives.
In total, more than 300 people were arrested while at least two officers with Covid-19 were hospitalized.
CFMEU Secretary of State John Setka condemned the violent demonstrations at the time.
“This outbreak, caused by the disgusting behavior of selfish and reckless people without regard for the well-being of the thousands of construction workers or their families, will not deter us from reopening construction and getting all our members back to work.” the statement said. .
The men were just a handful of the thousands of protesters who swept through the city demonstrating against those at home