Police hunt anti-lockdown protesters after alleged assaults at Shrine

Police have released photos of two men they are hoping to identify after officers were injured in a scuffle with anti-lockdown protesters at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance in October last year.

Sixteen people were arrested and three police officers injured when the October 23 rally – which occurred during Melbourne's second coronavirus lockdown – turned violent.

Several police horses were hit in the face with a flagpole during the event dubbed "Freedom Day" by organisers, and a police van was damaged by protesters pelting objects at it.

Victoria Police wish to identify these two men after officers were assaulted at a protest in October.Credit:Victoria Police

Two police officers sustained minor injuries in a scuffle while arresting two protesters around 2.30pm at the Shrine on St Kilda Road.

Detectives have released images and descriptions of two men they wish to speak to in relation to the incident at the Shrine of Remembrance, where the officers received minor injuries.

One man is described as a slim built caucasian man, 20 to 30 years old, with short brown hair and tattoos on his left arm. The man was wearing a black t-shirt and pants at the rally.

The second man is described as having a medium build, 20 to 25 years old, and short brown hair.

He was wearing a grey and black hoodie, black shorts and tights and was wearing sunglasses with one lens which were damaged during the affray.


Anyone who recognises either of the men or has information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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