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Hundreds of left and right-wing protesters clashed outside the Melbourne Pavilion in Kensington in December at the Yiannopoulos event. Milo Yiannopoulos Credit: Alex Ellinghausen.
Riot police stormed the protest and used pepper spray to subdue the crowd, which included members of left-wing group Campaign Against Racism and Fascism and right-wing groups Reclaim Australia and The Freedom Party. But Police Minister Lisa Neville revealed on Monday that Yiannopoulos and the organisers behind his 'Troll Academy' tour, are yet to foot the bill, more than six months after they were ordered to do so by police. I know there is discussions going on at the moment with Ms Neville added it was common practice for organisers of large-scale or controversial events to be billed if large s of police resources were required.
Any commercial activity, we ask for a contribution from those commercial providers where police are required. Hard left and right protesters clashed outside a Milo Yiannopoulos event in Melbourne.
Credit: Jason South. Up to police were called in to separate the protesters when fights broke outside Yiannopoulos' show.
The former Breitbart writer, who has been linked to neo-Nazis and mocked sexual abuse victims, was the subject of a push to deny him a visa before his visit. Late last year, the show's promoter Damien Costas, who publishes Penthouse magazine and bankrolled the 'Troll Academy' tour, said Ms Neville's claim his team would be billed for the cost of the hundreds of police officers required to handle violent protests outside the shows was "political grandstanding".
When asked if she was concerned similar violent protests would erupt when far-right Canadian YouTuber Lauren Southern holds a show at a yet-to-be-disclosed venue in Melbourne on Friday night, Ms Neville warned police would be out in full force. After initially being denied a short-term visa, Southern landed in Australia on Friday for her national tour, wearing a shirt emblazoned with "It's okay to be white". Far right Canadian Youtuber Lauren Southern has landed in Australia after reportedly experiencing delays in getting a visa.
Credit: Youtube. She and right-wing Canadian podcaster and YouTuber Stefan Molyneux, who will be appearing at events together from next week, were granted temporary activity visas subclass earlier this week. Southern, who has spoken against immigration, feminism and Islam, was denied entry to the UK in March on the grounds that her "presence in the UK was not conducive to the public good". Please try again later.
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