Mace, tear gas and tasers are allegedly being used on Melbournians supporting the Occupy Melbourne camp. Over 1000 people are currently occupying a major intersection in the city centre. Police are trampling people with horses.
Protestor BenjaminSolah tweets he "was punched in the stomach by a riot cop." Many other tweeters are claiming police have removed their name tags so they can't be identified, allowing them to assault protesters with impunity. At lease one person has sustained a broken nose as a result of police action according to this picture by Peacenicsta. http://twitpic.com/73cpud
After reports that a 12 year old girl sustained a black eye, protestors are asking people to call Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle "(03) 9658 9658 and ask why 12 yr old girls deserve black eyes".
SilenceWedge on Twitter says crowd has swelled five times since this morning, says, When you send in riot police against unarmed citizens, it doesn't matter what their agenda is. I know which side I'm on."
OccupyMelbourne twitter feed says, "We have collectively agreed not to sign any bail conditions that prevent us from returning to the city square".
Greens MP Adam Bandt asks, "Whether or not you agree with the protest, sending in riot police is not the way to respond to the non-violent #occupymelbourne".
Livestream has been shut down. Twitter overcapacity.
YouTube vid here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRgxXgUh1Vg
Pics from http://twitter.com/#!/silencewedge/status/127199404317880320/photo/1