Occupy Melbourne Tent Monster "The Baron" was arrested after midnight on Wednesday night. Once again the absurd yet disturbing nature of State harrassment of this movement was highlighted. Many police clinically and very forcefully tried to remove the tent costume from "The Baron" as he stood his ground in a dignified and non-violent way. He insisted the tent costume was a form of political expression and was in fact a "protest sign". He refused to let it go despite painful force being used against hi. When they were unable to remove it from him they put in the divvy van under arrest whilst the frame was still around him.
Related: The Baron arrested -- Police lash out at Sarah (again) -- 10th Decemebr International Humans right day tent action at OM
To make matters worse a police after the arrest can clearly be seen pushing Sarah - the most high profile "Tent monster" who was publically stripped a few days ago to the ground, in a clear case of targetting. It seems with Ken Lay's encouragement that police are being given the green light to ramp up violence as "patience" has run out and police move to shut down Occupy Melbourne with a 24/7 police presence.
Harassment has esculated with one protestor being charged with offensive language whilst an officer swore at him!
Show some solidarity on international human rights day! - help the movement and the "the tents" fightback!"
At 1 PM on Saturday 10th of December get yourself to Occupy Melbourne's 1st Annual Tent Monster Fashion Extravaganza at the Flagstaff Gardens.
Come celebrate the latest trend in fashion at the Fabulicious Tent Monster Fashion Extravaganza in beautiful Flagstaff Gardens this Saturday starting at 1pm. Feel free to come wearing your very own tent designs if you wish or simply show your support.
Occupy Melbourne h...as put out a call for Occupy protesters around the word to wear their tents this Saturday for World Human Rights Day.
This call follows two separate incidents at Occupy Melbourne in which Victoria Police and Melbourne City Council officers stripped a young woman and then a young man of their tent costumes, leaving them on the ground in their underwear.
The tent costumes originally gained international fame as the subject of the ‘Tent Monsters’ incident in which several tents at Occupy Melbourne grew legs and ran away to avoid capture, literally running circles around authorities and becoming an overnight internet meme.
Occupy Melbourne protesters conceived the ‘Tent Monsters’ strategy to highlight the absurdity of the situation that has unfolded over several weeks, in which Melbourne City Council officers have been issuing Notices to Comply for tents, blankets, food, tarpaulins and other materials to remove them from the peaceful protesters in an effort to prevent the growth of the movement.
World Human Rights day will be marked in 2011 by thousands of peaceful coordinated actions around the world, including the global Occupy Movement. Twitter hashtag: #D10