Shocking moment Seven News reporter is pushed around by police as tensions boil over at anti-coal protest in Melbourne
- Hundreds of activists took to the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne
- The protests aimed at preventing delegates from entering a mining conference
- It took a violent turn as Seven News reporter Paul Dowsley was pushed by police
Police were seen pushing Seven News reporter Paul Dowsley around in a rough exchange during volatile protests in Melbourne.
Hundreds of climate change demonstrators tried to prevent delegates from entering the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC).
Police and protesters clashed on Wednesday outside the conference as violent scenes broke out at about 12.30pm outside Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne.
Protests in Melbourne have taken a chaotic turn on Wednesday, protesters are seen attempting to stop conference members The International Mining and Resources Conference
Seven News reporter Paul Dowsley was caught up in the chaos as footage was posted to Twitter showing him being pushed by police officers.
The video shows him attempting to walk into the protest while female officers push him, before pulling at his clothing to prevent him from entering the protest.
Ugly scenes erupted outside the global mining conference as police charged crowds and protesters were hit with pepper spray.
Protesters even took to gluing themselves to the ground on the second day of action outside the conference.
A dozen activists were arrested on Wednesday, the majority for intentionally obstructing an emergency services worker, as they blocked access including via disabled ramps.
Two people who glued themselves to a carpark access ramp were removed while another woman who ‘locked on’ to a handrail came unstuck, police said.
‘Whilst we respect the rights of people to peacefully protest the unlawful action undertaken today is a drain on police resources from across greater Melbourne,’ a police statement reads, adding all actions taken by officers were in line with training.
Police and protesters clashed on Wednesday outside the conference as violent scenes broke out about 12.30pm (pictured)
An unnamed protester said she’d been told to move back before police ‘went wild’.
‘My friend got arrested, I got pepper-sprayed, it was crazy,’ she told 3AW.
Premier Daniel Andrews has backed police efforts to bring order to the protest.
‘I will always support the right of every Victorian, if they so choose, to peacefully protest. But there is a big difference between peaceful protest and what we saw yesterday and potentially today,’ he said, during question time in parliament.
It comes after hundreds of police and protesters clashed on Tuesday outside the conference, with four officers injured and a protester hospitalised with leg injuries.
Ugly scenes erupted outside the global mining conference as police charged crowds and protesters were hit with pepper spray
Almost 50 people were arrested on Tuesday and police continue to dedicate hundreds of officers to the protest as the conference continues until Thursday.
Victorian Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien backed the police who are ‘trying to make sure that these ferals can’t stop people going about their lawful business in this state’.
Conference organisers insist it was ‘business as usual’ inside the centre and protests had failed to disrupt the meeting, which is due to attract some 7000 delegates from more than 100 countries.
Delegates heard about commitments within the industry to prioritise ethical sourcing and meet climate change goals, organisers said, having accused protesters of being misdirected in targeting the conference.