Flinders St camp takes a violent turn

Tensions boiled over as Victoria Police moved in to clear the homeless camp outside Flinders St Station on February 1, resulting in five arrests.

It is alleged that violence ensued after the arrival of a group of protesters. One officer was punched in the back of the head while others were rammed by a man on a mobility scooter.

75 police officers lined Flinders St to stop protesters and the public from advancing. The area between Swanston and Elizabeth streets was blocked and public transport stopped as hundreds of onlookers swarmed the street.

The camp was cleared to make way for the long-planned Flinders St station restoration works.

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