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Australian riot police break up 'Occupy Melbourne' protest

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Police clash with 'Occupy Melbourne" protestors on October 21 in Melbourne, Australia. Protesters and riot police clashed in Melbourne today after police, acting on a Melbourne City Council eviction order, attempted to break up the crowd of hundreds that had been positioned in City Square for a week.

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Police clash with 'Occupy Melbourne' protestors on October 21.

The AP reports from MELBOURNE, Australia:

Riot police in Australia's second-largest city broke up a demonstration linked to the "Occupy Wall Street" movement Friday, after a group of around 100 people protesting corporate greed defied an order to vacate a plaza.

Several members of the "Occupy Melbourne" group screamed and cried as police dragged and carried them away from the city square, where protesters had been camped out for nearly a week.

Victoria state police spokeswoman Belinda Nolan said she did not know whether anyone had been arrested or injured during the scuffle, though several handcuffed protesters were seen being loaded into police vans. Continue reading.