Protests Erupt as South Korea’s Most Notorious Rapist Walks Free


SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s most infamous rapist was released on Saturday after serving 12 years in prison, sparking angry demonstrations and anonymous death threats that led to an increased police presence outside the predator’s home.

Protesters gathered outside a prison in southern Seoul on Saturday, shouting “Send him to hell!” and “Castrate him!,” as the rapist Cho Doo-soon was released.

Mr. Cho was arrested in 2008 and later convicted for raping an 8-year-old girl, and his name has since become synonymous with the soft-glove treatment sex offenders are said to receive in the country’s courts.

When Mr. Cho, now 68, was released at dawn on Saturday, people were still enraged.

“What kind of country is this, protecting such a rapist?” protesters shouted as Mr. Cho was driven out in a gray government van under heavy police protection.

Some protesters lay on the pavement, holding signs and shouting slogans, in an attempt to prevent Mr. Cho from leaving. Police officers removed them and built barricades to allow the van carrying Mr. Cho to pass. Protesters kicked at the van and hurled eggs and insults at the vehicle. Anonymous death treats were issued against Mr. Cho online, forcing the authorities to add more police officers and surveillance cameras around his home.

Public anger has surged in recent months as the date of Mr. Cho’s release approached. Last Wednesday, the National Assembly passed a bill, nicknamed the “Cho Doo-soon law,” which banned people convicted of sexually assaulting minors from leaving their homes at night or during hours when students commute to and from school. The law also bans such sex offenders from going near schools.

South Korean courts have long been accused of leniency in meting out justice to white-collar criminals and sex offenders.

In April, a 24-year-old man named Son Jong-woo was released from prison after completing an 18-month sentence for running one of the world’s biggest child pornography websites. In July, a local court rejected the United States Justice Department’s request to have him extradited to face money-laundering and other charges in an American court.

Women’s rights advocates have said the justice system’s inability to properly punish sex offenders has allowed sexual abuse to proliferate nationwide.

But sex crimes here have also attracted more scrutiny in recent years, coupled with the country’s growing #MeToo movement, and the government has vowed tougher punishments. Last month, a 25-year-old man named Cho Joo-bin was sentenced to 40 years in prison for blackmailing young women, including eight minors, into making sexually explicit videos that he sold through encrypted online chat rooms.

Cho Doo-soon, who is not related to Cho Joo-bin, was drunk when he kidnapped a first-grader on her way to school and raped her in a church restroom in 2008. His drunkenness, age and “weak mental state” were cited as mitigating factors when the court sentenced him to 12 years in prison. The prosecutors, who in South Korea can push for stiffer punishments after sentencing in an appeal, chose not to.

Mr. Cho’s pending release from prison captured the attention of many South Koreans and the local news media for weeks. The Justice Ministry had not revealed from which prison Mr. Cho would be released on Saturday or at what time. But hundreds of protesters and journalists found out and gathered outside the Seoul prison from which he was released, the Justice Ministry facility in Ansan south of Seoul where Mr. Cho made a brief stop, and a house in Ansan where he planned to live with his wife.

Ansan residents have protested his return home, saying that they don’t feel safe with him in their neighborhood.

The police promised round-the-clock monitoring. Mr. Cho was seen wearing an electronic ankle monitor when he left prison on Saturday and was ordered to wear it for seven years. His whereabouts and photograph will be available on a government website for registered sex offenders.

The police also installed a monitoring system at his home and will make random visits there to check on him. They also have added 35 surveillance cameras, brighter streetlights and police booths in Mr. Cho’s neighborhood to monitor his movements and also deter people who have threatened to attack him. Police officers specially trained in martial arts will patrol his neighborhood.

Mr. Cho, wearing a cap and mask, did not respond to questions shouted by reporters on Saturday. But Ko Jeong-dae, a Justice Ministry official assigned to supervise Mr. Cho during his post-prison life, said Mr. Cho was surprised by the rage directed at him.

“While we were moving in the car, he told me he hadn’t expected this,” Mr. Ko told reporters in a briefing. “He said he had committed an unpardonable atrocity and he would live in repentance for the rest of his life.”



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Clashes Erupt as Paris Demonstrators Protest Against Proposed Security Bill


Clashes erupted as demonstrators took to the streets in Paris on Saturday, December 5, to protest a proposed law that would restrict sharing images of police officers, despite government vows to rewrite the controversial bill. The French government said on December 1 it would rewrite the part of the bill that has sparked protests. More than 53,000 protested across the country, with at least 5,000 in Paris, Le Monde reported. The French Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, said 95 people were arrested across the country on Saturday. He said 48 members of Paris’ security forces were injured during the clashes. This footage was shared by @Hub8745 and shows fires burning and clashes on Saturday. Credit: @Hub8745 via Storyful



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AFL Trade Period 2020 | Collingwood Magpies deal with fallout as members erupt over trades


Walsh said suggestions the trades were made purely to ease pressure on the salary cap were exaggerated but conceded Collingwood fans were entitled to question whether the return they got at the trade table for the players that left was adequate after the Magpies were left with picks 14 and 16 (which they already had) and an extra second-round pick in 2021.

“We’re answerable to our board and to our CEO but we are also answerable to our members and supporters,” Walsh said.

“I understand the immediate emotion because they are losing what they see as flesh and blood and replacing it with a number on a whiteboard.”

The backlash among supporters was reminiscent of the reaction to Hawthorn’s decision in 2001 to trade Trent Croad to Fremantle in order to secure the No.1 draft pick they used on Luke Hodge, with Stephenson saying he was forced to contact coach Buckley to determine whether the club wanted to trade him.

“He just pretty much said, ‘Mate, look for a trade as aggressively as you want and we’ll try facilitate it.’ There wasn’t a very clear reasoning or anything,” Stephenson told SEN soon after he was traded.

Walsh said Stephenson should have been under no illusion when he left his exit meeting that he had not met the club’s expectations in the past two seasons and needed to work on several aspects of his game to play up to his contract.

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“I really can’t let Jaidyn’s comments be etched in history as the version of what he said,” Walsh said.

“Now I’m not saying he’s been mischievous or anything, but certainly throughout the year on a number of occasions, Jaidyn was spoken to by both teammates and coaches and administration on what he needed to do to become or get back to being the footballer that he briefly displayed in his first year.”



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Protests Erupt in Armenian Capital of Yerevan after Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire Deal – Videos



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Protests have erupted in Armenia’s capital following the announcement of a new Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire deal which is expected to end the conflict. According to Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the text of the joint statement is extremely painful for himself and the Armenian people, but the decision had to be made.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had signed a joint declaration on a new ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, which is expected to come into force starting Tuesday, November 10. Under the new deal, Azerbaijan and Armenia will stop at their current positions, exchange prisoners and allow peacekeepers to be deployed in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

​Demonstrators protesting against the joint statement on terminating the war in Karabakh went to the government building.





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Crowds in New York, Washington erupt in celebration as Biden beats Trump


Minutes after major television networks declared Biden the winner following four nail-biting days since the November 3 election, people streamed to the White House to celebrate outside a security fence as the sound of booming fireworks was heard in the distance.

In nearby Dupont Circle, several hundred people formed a parade, playing music, singing and dancing and marched towards the White House to the sound of honking horns and clanging cowbells.

Outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol, a man brandished a huge poster “Trump, you’re fired”, while nearby people punched their arms in the air.

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Loud cheers erupted in the halls of the hotel where Biden aides are staying.

“Worth every minute,” of the wait, a Biden aide said. Campaign staff exchanged elbow bumps and air hugs in the hotel lobby.

People are jubilant as they gather outside the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

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In the New York borough of Brooklyn, cars honked and people pumped their fist and cheered on the street.

“The nightmare is over,” said Andrew Ravin, 45, while his neighbour Kenneth Henry, 51, said, “We can breathe again.”

Olivia Cox is emotional as she learns that Biden has been declared the winner.

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Within minutes of the news of Biden’s win, New Yorkers gathered outside one of Trump’s hotels on Columbus Circle, laughing and shouting for joy. An African American man dragged a MAGA hat behind him to enable people to stamp on it.

Cheers and fireworks sounded in Atlanta’s Democratic stronghold East Atlanta Village neighbourhood.

Jubilant scenes: New Yorkers danced in a fountain in Washington Square Park.

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Emmi Braselton, 37, a freelance graphic designer of Atlanta, was walking her two-year-old daughter Sylvie, who asked “What’s all that Mummy?,” Braselton said.

“I told her, the good guy won. And also, now there’ll be a woman as vice president. And she told me, ‘I want to be president.'”

Biden had a 273 to 214 lead in the state-by-state Electoral College vote that determines the winner, having won Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes to put him over the 270 he needed to secure the presidency, according to Edison Research.

A Biden supporter cheers while driving past a Trump rally protesting the election results.

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To secure the win, Biden faced unprecedented challenges. These included Republican-led efforts to limit mail-in voting at a time when a record number of people were due to vote by mail because of the pandemic, which has killed more than 235,000 people in the United States.

When the former vice president enters the White House on January 20, the oldest person to assume the office at age 78, he likely will face a difficult task governing in a deeply polarised Washington, underscored by a record nationwide voter turnout in a fight to the finish.

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Protests erupt in Philadelphia after police shot and killed a knife-wielding black man, 27


Rioting, vandalism and looting erupted in Philadelphia on Monday night hours after police fatally shot a 27-year-old black man armed with a knife during a domestic disturbance call.

Late into the night, growing anger boiled into a violent riot near the Philadelphia Police 18th District building, as several officers were injured by bricks and other projectiles thrown at them by a crowd of demonstrators.

At least four officers have been hospitalized, including one female cop who was struck by a speeding pick-up truck that was videoed driving towards a line of officers close to the city center shortly before 1am.

Multiple instances of looting have also been reported across the city, with at least on cop car set on fire amid the chaos.

The unruly scenes were sparked by the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., who was killed by officers during a domestic call along the 6100 block of Locust Street, just before 4pm.

When cops arrived, they said found Wallace holding a knife. Police said they repeatedly told Wallace to drop the blade but he wouldn’t listen.

Two officers then opened fire, striking the 27-year-old multiple times. He was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

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Protests have erupted in Philadelphia after police officers fatally shot a 27-year-old black man armed with a knife during a confrontation on Monday afternoon

The protests were sparked by the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., who was killed by officers during a domestic call along the 6100 block of Locust Street, just before 4pm.

Walter Wallace Jr. shown above

Protests were sparked by the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. (above), who was killed by officers during a domestic call along the 6100 block of Locust Street, just before 4pm

At least four officers have been hospitalized, including one female cop who was struck by a speeding pick-up truck that was videoed driving towards a line of officers in the city center.

One officer is showed laying on the ground in the above photo, moments after being struck by the pick-up truck

At least four officers have been hospitalized, including one female cop who was struck by a speeding pick-up truck that was videoed driving towards a line of officers in the city center.

By Monday night, a group of residents took to the streets protesting Wallace's death close to where he was shot, yelling a police and questioning the officers’ use of lethal force

By Monday night, a group of residents took to the streets protesting Wallace’s death close to where he was shot, yelling a police and questioning the officers’ use of lethal force

Late into the night, growing anger soon turned into a violent standoff outside the Philadelphia Police 18th District headquarters in the western part of the city as several officers were injured by bricks and other projectiles thrown at them by a crowd of demonstrators

Late into the night, growing anger soon turned into a violent standoff outside the Philadelphia Police 18th District headquarters in the western part of the city as several officers were injured by bricks and other projectiles thrown at them by a crowd of demonstrators

The fatal confrontation was captured on video by a bystander, who later posted the clip to social media.

The video shows two officers pointing their guns at a man as he walks away from them in the street and ducks around a car.

The man then re-emerges in frame and is seen walking towards the officers with his arm outstretched.

The officers are seen backing away from him as he continues to advance towards them in the middle of the street, with their guns still drawn.

‘Put the knife down, put the knife down,’ one officer can be heard saying in the clip.

Both officers then open fire at Wallace, shooting at least 14 shots. Wallace then collapses in the street.

A woman, believed to be Wallace’s mother, is seen running over towards Wallace, hysterically screaming ‘no’ towards the officers. She then appears to throw something at one of the cops. Several other bystanders then race over.

‘You really had to give him that many f***ing shots?’ the man recording the footage is heard shouting out.

At least a dozen evidence markers were found at the scene.

Witnesses and neighbors told ABC6 that they want to know why less-lethal force wasn’t used.

Police spokesperson Sgt. Eric Gripp told the Philadelphia Inquirer that officers ordered Wallace to drop the weapon, and he ‘advanced towards the officers’ Gripp said investigators are reviewing footage of what happened; both officers were wearing body cameras.

Gripp said it was unclear how many times the man was shot or where in his body he was struck.

Sharif Proctor lifts his hands up in front of the police line during a protest in response to the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. on Monday

Sharif Proctor lifts his hands up in front of the police line during a protest in response to the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. on Monday

Protesters confronted police who stood in a line with riot shields behind metal barricades close to the police headquarters

Protesters confronted police who stood in a line with riot shields behind metal barricades close to the police headquarters

Video posted to social media shows protesters throwing bricks, trash cans and other projectiles at an advancing line of riot police

Video posted to social media shows protesters throwing bricks, trash cans and other projectiles at an advancing line of riot police

Glass is also heard smashing in the background of the video, as projectiles strike the officers’ shields

Glass is also heard smashing in the background of the video, as projectiles strike the officers’ shields

Multiple cars have been set ablaze during the protest. At least cop car (shown above) was among the torched vehicles

Multiple cars have been set ablaze during the protest. At least cop car (shown above) was among the torched vehicles

By Monday night, a group of residents took to the streets protesting Wallace’s death close to where he was shot, yelling a police and questioning the officers’ use of lethal force.

At around 6:30pm the crowd dispersed from Locust Street and dozens of around 200 protesters were seen gathering at Malcolm X Park at 51st and Pine Streets, chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’, according to the Inquirer.

They then marched to the police station at 55th and Pine Streets as they chanted, ‘Say his name: Walter Wallace.’

Protesters confronted police who stood in a line with riot shields behind metal barricades close to the police headquarters.

Video posted to social media shows protesters throwing bricks, trash cans and other projectiles at an advancing line of riot police. Glass is also heard smashing in the background of the video, as projectiles strike the officers’ shields.

A female police officer was hospitalized after being run down by a speeding black pick-up truck outside 5201 Chestnut St shortly before 1am.

In video posted to social media, the truck is seen speeding through an intersection and striking several officers, knocking them to the ground. At least one officer stayed down, with bystanders seen racing to their aid.

The truck was later stopped by police and the driver is now in custody, according to freelance news photographer Shane B. Murphy.

The exact number of officers struck or status of the hospitalized officer is not immediately known.

Protester Mahogany, who shot the footage of the cop being hit, told DailyMail.com: ‘The cop that got ran over, I think she was either a sergeant or a lieutenant, she got hit by a truck or a car. She was hit real bad, she fell on the ground, I think her leg was hurt. A couple of cops got f***ed up, what they deserved, got hit in the head with bottles. They deserved everything that they received.’

In video posted to social media, the truck is seen speeding through an intersection and striking several officers, knocking them to the ground

In video posted to social media, the truck is seen speeding through an intersection and striking several officers, knocking them to the ground

At least one officer stayed down, with bystanders seen racing to their aid. The truck was later stopped by police and the driver is now in custody, according to news photographer Shane B. Murphy.

Multiple officers were downed by the truck

At least one officer stayed down, with bystanders seen racing to their aid. The truck was later stopped by police and the driver is now in custody, according to news photographer Shane B. Murphy

A female police officer was hospitalized after being run down by a speeding black pick-up truck outside 5201 Chestnut St

A female police officer was hospitalized after being run down by a speeding black pick-up truck outside 5201 Chestnut St

Fireworks are set off in the middle of the street during the protest in West Philadelphia on Monday night

Fireworks are set off in the middle of the street during the protest in West Philadelphia on Monday night

Another group of demonstrators also marched into University City, where at least one TV news vehicle was vandalized

Another group of demonstrators also marched into University City, where at least one TV news vehicle was vandalized

Mahogany continued: ‘We need a change, because if change don’t come, it will get worse. We need to come about some neutral ground about how the police are treating Americans, especially black males and females, Latinos, anybody of color is being treated ridiculously.

‘If that was a white man with a knife, they would have handled it different. The cops are taught to apprehend criminals in different ways and different procedures. They are shooting first and asking questions later.

‘Us the black people are tired of being shot at from officers, we are tired of being scared and afraid for our lives from officers. We are sick and tired of having to be scared when we’re driving, when we’re walking down the streets because we’re black. We are tired of being racially profiled.

‘The protest wasn’t meant to be violent, but the only way these cops understand is fighting violence with violence. Our young black men are dying at the hands of people who are meant to protect and serve. We are scared to death of police officers.’

Another group of demonstrators also marched into University City, where at least one TV news vehicle was vandalized. Police reported that windows had been broken on Chestnut Street and walls have been marred with graffiti.

Instances of looting have also been reported across the city, according to local reports.

A group of 20 to 30 males were reported to be ransacking a Target store along Chestnut Street. A video posted to social media also appeared to show a large group attempting to break into a nearby Sunray Drugs store.

A SWAT Team and K-9 unit reportedly responded to a Rite Aid store in the area, after looters allegedly used explosives to gain access to a rear money-storage room. A bomb disposal unit has reportedly been summoned to the scene.

Multiple cars and dumpsters were also set on fire. At least one of those vehicles was a cop car, with Inquirer reporter Anna Orso uploading an image of the torched SUV along 52nd and Market streets to Twitter.

A video posted to Twitter by Post Millennial Editor Andy Ngo also showed what appeared to be a group of activists breaking into a Philadelphia PD truck.

It’s currently unclear if any arrests have been made and how many officers have been injured during the protests.

Wallace’s father, Walter Wallace Sr., told reporters it appeared his son had been shot 10 times.

Wallace’s father, Walter Wallace Sr., told reporters it appeared his son had been shot 10 times.

Wallace Jr. was rushed to the hospital after being shot, where he was later pronounced dead

Wallace Jr. was rushed to the hospital after being shot, where he was later pronounced dead

Walter Wallace Sr (above) said his son had mental health issues and was on medication

Walter Wallace Sr (above) said his son had mental health issues and was on medication

At least a dozen evidence markers were found at the scene. Around 14 shots are heard ringing out in the video

At least a dozen evidence markers were found at the scene. Around 14 shots are heard ringing out in the video

Officers immediately drew their guns, he said. Wallace’s mother was stood next to him, and chased after him as he walked down the steps of his porch towards the officers, still holding the knife

Officers immediately drew their guns, he said. Wallace’s mother was stood next to him, and chased after him as he walked down the steps of his porch towards the officers, still holding the knife

Wallace’s father, Walter Wallace Sr., told reporters it appeared his son had been shot 10 times.

‘Why didn’t they use a taser?’ he asked outside his family’s residence. ‘His mother was trying to diffuse the situation.’

According to Wallace Sr., his son had mental health issues and was on medication.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kennedy issued a statement Monday night, saying: ‘My prayers are with the family and friends of Walter Wallace. I have watched the video of this tragic incident and it presents difficult questions that must be answered.

‘I spoke tonight with Mr. Wallace’s family, and will continue to reach out to hear their concerns firsthand, and to answer their questions to the extent that I am able,’ he continued, promising a full investigation would be carried out.

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw also offered residence her ‘assurance that those questions will be fully addressed by the investigation.’

‘While at the scene this evening, I heard and felt the anger of the community,’ she said. ‘Everyone involved will forever be impacted. I will be leaning on what the investigation gleans to answer the many unanswered questions that exist. I also plan to join the Mayor in meeting with members of the community and members of Mr. Wallace’s family to hear their concerns as soon as it can be scheduled.’

Witness Maurice Holloway, who was talking to his aunt along the street when he heard the police arrive, said Wallace had been stood on the porch of his home holding a knife.

Officers immediately drew their guns, he said. Wallace’s mother was stood next to him, and chased after him as he walked down the steps of his porch towards the officers, still holding the knife.

Holloway said Wallace’s mother attempted to shield him from the officers, telling police he was her son.

‘I’m yelling, “put down the gun, put down the gun,” and everyone is saying, “don’t shoot him, he’s gonna put it down, we know him,”’ Holloway recounted to the Inquirer.

Wallace’s mother attempted to grab her son, he said, but he shrugged her off and then walked towards the officers.

‘He turns and then you hear the shots,’ Holloway said. ‘They were too far from him. It was so many shots.’

Police have reportedly had bricks and a number of other projectiles thrown at them

Police have reportedly had bricks and a number of other projectiles thrown at them

Another group of demonstrators also marched into University City, where at least one TV news vehicle was vandalized

Another group of demonstrators also marched into University City, where at least one TV news vehicle was vandalized

People gather in protest in response to the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

People gather in protest in response to the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

Around 200 people were seen marching through the city on Monday evening, scenes which have since descended into chaos

Around 200 people were seen marching through the city on Monday evening, scenes which have since descended into chaos

It's unclear if any arrests have yet been made by police. Several officers are said to have been injured so far

It’s unclear if any arrests have yet been made by police. Several officers are said to have been injured so far

Instances of looting have also been reported across the city, according to local reports

Instances of looting have also been reported across the city, according to local reports

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner released a statement Monday saying his office’s Special Investigation Unit will be working with police in their investigation into the shooting.

‘The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office takes its obligation to try to be fair and to seek evenhanded justice seriously,’ Krasner said. ‘The DAO Special Investigation Unit responded to today’s fatal shooting of a civilian by police shortly after it occurred, and has been on scene with other DAO personnel since that time investigating, as we do jointly with the PPD Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Unit, in shootings and fatalities by other means involving police.’

Krasner also encouraged witnesses or others with information to contact the District Attorney’s Office.

‘In the hours and days following this shooting, we ask Philadelphians to come together to uphold people’s freedom to express themselves peacefully and to reject violence of any kind,’ he continued.

John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, said in a statement that police were being ‘vilified this evening for doing their job and keeping the community safe, after being confronted by a man with a knife.’

‘We support and defend these officers, as they too are traumatized by being involved in a fatal shooting.’

Both officers have been placed on administrative assignment, pending an investigation.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting should call the DAO Special Investigation Unit hotline at 215-686-9608.





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Police use pepper spray, arrest 16 people as scuffles erupt at Melbourne anti-lockdown rally


Police have arrested 16 anti-lockdown protesters and handed out 61 fines during an hours-long stand-off with hundreds rallying against the Victoria’s coronavirus restrictions.

The “Freedom Day” protest started at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance at 2pm on Friday, with hundreds shouting “free Victoria” and for Premier Daniel Andrews to be sacked.

Scuffles with police erupted at the shrine, with an AAP photographer reporting that officers used pepper spray on some demonstrators.

Protesters moved on to St Kilda Road and went in different directions – some clashing with police on horseback at the Arts Centre and others ending up surrounded by officers at Kings Way in South Melbourne.

In a statement Friday evening, Victoria Police said it was “extremely disappointed” in the behaviour of a large number of protesters who disregarded the health and safety of the community.

“Police are investigating an incident where several police horses were hit in the face with a flagpole by a man,” the statement said.

“Thankfully the horses were not injured during the assaults.

“An incident where a police van was damaged after being pelted by items thrown by protesters will also be investigated.”

Protesters are seen during an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on 23 October.

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Three officers were injured during the protest and one was taken to hospital.

“Victoria Police will not accept the selfish behaviour of those who continue to breach the CHO directions,” the statement said.

The 61 penalty notices issued relate to breaches of health directions, such as not wearing a mask, failing to meet public gathering limits and travelling more than 25km from home, assaulting police and failing to state name and address.

An AAP photographer on the scene saw protesters damage a police car, steal a policeman’s hat and let off a flare.

Some protesters wore t-shirts with the slogan “Let Victoria work”, in reference to the shutdowns which remain in force across most industries.

An anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne has continued for hours

An anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne has continued for hours

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Many held placards with slogans such as “Media is the virus”, “COVID-19 is a scam” and “Wake up Aussies”.

While lockdown rules have been eased recently, Melburnians can still travel no more than 25km from their homes, and are not permitted to have visitors to their home, unless for care-giving.

People are allowed to gather in groups of no more than 10 people from two households, and must wear masks and socially distance.

There have been regular protests over the last few months but Friday’s rally was the most significant in size and duration.

Police used pepper spray amid scuffles with demonstrators at an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne.

Police used pepper spray amid scuffles with demonstrators at an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne.

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Mr Andrews urged protesters on Friday morning not to attend the Shrine because it was a sacred place for Victorians.

“Protests don’t work against this virus and potentially put at risk all the good work we are doing,” he said.

Opposition leader Michael O’Brien, who is an advocate for easing of restrictions faster than the Victorian government has allowed, urged protesters not to break public health rules.

And he said the Shrine was not the place to protest because it was a place of “reverence” and “sacrifice”.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your jurisdiction’s restrictions on gathering limits. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus.

Please check the relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSW,Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmania.



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Clashes in Portland erupt again, police make 11 arrests


Protesters in Portland and police have clashed near City Hall in Oregon’s largest city

Protesters in Portland and police clashed near City Hall in Oregon’s largest city early Wednesday and police in a statement said that they made 11 arrests.

Protesters hurled what police described as “projectiles” at officers during the demonstration that started late Tuesday night and stretched into Wednesday, the statement said.

Officers started to disperse the protesters after they refused to do so and used crowd control munitions that were not described in the statement, though tear gas was not used.

Portland has been gripped by nightly protests for nearly three months since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The demonstrations, often violent, have targeted police buildings and federal buildings. Some protesters have called for reductions in police budgets while the city’s mayor and some in the Black community have decried the violence, saying it’a counterproductive.

President Donald Trump sent more than 100 federal agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to safeguard federal property — a move that instead reinvigorated the protests.

He has denounced the demonstrations as part of his law and order reelection campaign theme targeting cities led by Democrats.



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Protests erupt in Wisconsin after police shooting of black man – Channel 4 News


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Protests broke out overnight in the US state of Wisconsin – after video emerged showing police officers apparently shooting a Black man several times in the back.

Police in Kenosha said they had been responding to a call about a domestic dispute, while the man is now in a serious condition in hospital.

Riot police used tear gas to disperse groups of protestors – as cars were set alight and windows of city buildings were smashed.



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Protests erupt in Wisconsin after shocking video shows police shoot ‘unarmed black man in back seven times’



A shocking video which appears to show police shoot an unarmed black man in the back seven times has sparked outrage in the US, with protests erupting across Wisconsin.

Officials confirmed the victim, identified as Jacob Blake, is in hospital in a serious condition after he was shot by police.

A city-wide curfew has been imposed until 7am local time after protesters clashed with police in Kenosha.


Hundreds marched to the scene of the shooting to chant “no justice, no peace”. Footage circulating on social media appeared to show protesters throw bricks and Molotov cocktails at officers.

Police said they had been responding to a “domestic incident” in Kenosha.

Jacob Blake is in a serious condition in hospital (attorneycrump/Instagaram)

A video which is said to show the incident shows a man walk towards a car followed by police officers.

Three officers can be seen shouting and pointing their weapons at the man as he walks around the front of an SUV parked on the street.

The man opens the car door as one of the officers grabs his shirt from the behind and fires his weapon a number of times into the vehicle.

The victim was immediately taken to a hospital by the police, according to a statement issued by the Kenosha police department.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers in a tweet. “We stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites”.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice said early on Monday that officers involved in the shooting had been placed on administrative leave.

One officer was reportedly injured after crowds marched down streets and threw items at police.

Multiple fires were reportedly set at the scene by people protesting the incident as police fired tear gas at the crowds.

Kenosha Police said in a statement that the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation will be investigating the shooting.

“At 5.11pm Kenosha Police Officers were sent to the 2800 block of 40th Street for a domestic incident and were involved in an officer involved shooting,” said Kenosha Police.

“Officers provided immediate aid to the person. The person was transported via Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee. The person is in serious condition.”

Civil rights advocate and lawyer Ben Crump said on Twitter that Mr Blake had been trying to break up a fight between two women.

He also claimed that Mr Blake’s three sons were in the car at the time of the shooting.

Govenor Evers condemned the shooting of Jacob Blake in “broad daylight” in Kenosha.

“Kathy and I join his family, friends and neighbors in hoping earnestly that he will not succumb to his injuries,” said Governor Evers.

“While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.

“We stand with all those who have and continue to demand justice, equity, and accountability for Black lives in our country… And we stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites.

“I have said all along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action. In the coming days, we will demand just that of elected officials in our state who have failed to recognise the racism in our state and our country for far too long.”

There have been ongoing Black Lives Matter protests in the US against police brutality and racism since the death on May 25 of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Additional reporting by Associated Press.



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