“I love you!” Occupy Melbourne responds to Brutality with Tent Monsters

4 12 2011

(Updated 6X.)

Original Post:

Occupy Melbourne asks: “Who’s breaking the law now?”

A brilliantly playful response to a series of brutal police actions:  chaos on November 25, and a prior eviction using “attack horses” and point blank pepper spray on October 21, shown in respective videos below.

Official Response: “Police have informed Occupy Melbourne that anyone wearing a tent will be arrested.”  Seriously, illegal to wear a tent?

UPDATE:  Another angle on Tent Monsters, still hilarious

UPDATE 2:  Occupy Melbourne has retaken City Square

UPDATE 3: (12/5/11)
Tent Protest Costume Violently Stripped from Protester’s Body

UPDATE 4:
CNN plays Imperial Stormtrooper march when police try to evict Tent Monsters

‘Tent woman’ seeks intervention order against police: allegations of extrajudicial policing as well.

UPDATE 5 (12/8/11):  Police continue to assault women

http://omdigest.org/2011/12/09/sean-bedlam-responds-to-concerns-about-omel-and-anger-towards-victoria-police-video/

UPDATE 6 (12/14/11)

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7 responses

4 12 2011
valeriesoe

The police look especially foolish in the tent video. But now it’s illegal to wear a tent? Could that actually be on the books?

4 12 2011
asiansart

On what authority is anyone’s guess. Based on what Occupy Melbourne is tweeting, the popo are moving in on the tents now.

5 12 2011
valeriesoe

Sorry to hear that OM is being shut down. A side note: the Melbourne police are not dressed to the hilt in riot gear like their stateside counterparts.

Artist Joni Spigler has an interesting representation of this:

5 12 2011
asiansart

It sounded promising last night

but in the past hour has taken a turn for the worst

5 12 2011
asiansart

UPDATE 3: (12/5/11)
Tent Protest Costume Violently Stripped from Protester’s Body

6 12 2011
asiansart

UPDATE 4:
CNN plays Imperial Stormtrooper march when police try to evict Tent Monsters
http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2011/12/05/pkg-moos-tent-monsters.cnn

8 12 2011
asiansart

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