G20 : Arrest #28 in Brisbane

According to police media:

G20 protestor arrested in Queensland
Release date: Tue 11 December 2007

More than one year on from the event, police continue to pursue protestors involved in last year’s G20 forum. Queensland police today arrested a 37-year-old High Gate Hill man in High Gate Hill, on behalf of Victoria Police. He has been charged with riot and will face Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, after making his own way to Victoria. It is expected more charges will be laid against him later. This arrest takes the total number of G20-related arrests by the Salver Taskforce to 28.

Katherine Jess
Media Officer

Newscorpse by way of The Australian regurgitates the police media release while adding a few more details of its own:

Man arrested over G20 violence
The Australian
December 10, 2007

A QUEENSLAND man today became the 28th person arrested in relation to violent protests outside the G20 economic summit in Melbourne last year. The 37-year-old man, from the inner Brisbane suburb of Highgate Hill, was arrested by Queensland Police on behalf of officers in Victoria and charged with riot, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said. The man was arrested at an address in Highgate Hill. He will make his own way to Victoria to face a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Friday. Police expect to lay further charges against him.

The man was arrested as part of Operation Salver, which was formed to investigate violence at the G20 protests in Melbourne in November last year. At the time, police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon described the level of violence at the protests as the worst seen in Melbourne since the demonstrations outside the World Economic Forum at Crown casino in 2000. Ten police were injured in the G20 protests and seven protesters were arrested at the demonstrations.

A few points: if Nixon claimed that ‘the violence’ at G20 was the worst seen since S11, in a way, she’s correct — although perhaps not in the terms implied. To put it another way, while not one single member of the public was convicted of a violent offence at S11, earlier this year Victoria Police settled a number of claims out of court, made by S11 protesters injured by police, with the law firm Slater & Gordon. Note that as a result of this settlement, Slater & Gordon — in a manner completely unrelated to either the signing of a lucrative contract with the not-at-all corrupt police union, or its multi-million dollar listing on the local sharemarket — has declared it will no longer handle such cases.

In the meantime, since G20, over 11,000,000 children have died from poverty-related causes.

It remains unclear at this stage if police will be laying any charges.

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