Victoria Police and Melbourne City Council workers narrowly averted a terrorist attack yesterday morning when they were forced to publicly strip a young woman @ OccupyMelb of her clothing, thereby denying another angry violent liar her ”little self-indulgent moment in the sunshine”. According to one professional protester armed with a camera:
The individual in question was part of the Occupy Melbourne protest and was dressed in a protest costume made from a converted tent. The significance of the costume was to [highlight] restrictions placed on protesters staging a 24/7 protest in Flagstaff Gardens.
The protester was surrounded by at least 4 Melbourne City Council officers and 8 Victoria Police officers.
Her movement was restricted by the formation of officers surrounding her and she was subsequently restrained as officers proceeded with aggressively removing her costume.
At each stage she declared that she did not consent or feel comfortable with the actions of the council and police officers, stating that this was a sexual assault. “This is not consensual.”
Her requests and declarations were ignored as officers continued to rip and [jostle] her costume and person. A knife was requested and used by MCC officers as the protest costume was cut from her body. The remaining severed costume was violently torn from her while the protester herself was [discarded], [left] semi-naked and crying on the ground as Victoria Police and MCC officers walked away with the costume.
No effort was made to assess her health or [well-being] after the incident.
I says: if she didn’t want to be stripped in public of her clothing by a large group of armed men and women, she should have stayed at home.