Dozens arrested as Australia mining protest turns violent

Police arrest a climate change protester attempting to disrupt the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) being held in Melbourne on October 29, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 29 October 2019

Dozens arrested as Australia mining protest turns violent

  • Australia has been actively engaged in the recent wave of climate protests across the globe
  • The climate change protesters accused police of heavy-handed tactics on Tuesday

MELBOURNE: Dozens of protesters were arrested and several people injured Tuesday when police and demonstrators clashed outside an international mining conference in Melbourne.

Some 50 people were detained as mounted police forced back hundreds of protesters from the convention center hosting the International Mining and Resources Conference.

Footage posted on social media showed police using pepper spray and batons to push back protesters, with one woman sent to hospital after allegedly being trampled or kicked by a horse.

Another protester was treated for head injuries at the scene while two police were also sent to hospital for treatment, police said.
More than 300 police officers have been deployed.

“The actions (of police) have been more than justified,” Victoria Police acting commander Tim Tully told reporters after the heated altercation.

“It is in line with the training. It is in line with trying to facilitate a peaceful process,” he added.

Most of the arrests relate to obstruction, Tully said, but two people were detained for “slapping a police horse in the face.”

The annual mining conference is promoted as Australia’s largest industry event, with thousands of delegates from over 100 countries expected to attend.

Australia has been actively engaged in the recent wave of climate protests across the globe.

Hundreds of thousands of children, parents, and supporters rallied across the country in September for the global climate strike led by students.

The Extinction Rebellion protests also have drawn thousands into the streets this month, with regular smaller targeted demonstrations taking place over the last couple of weeks.

The climate change protesters accused police of heavy-handed tactics on Tuesday.

“There has been some incredibly aggressive and intimating tactics from the police,” protest organizer Emma Black told Channel Nine TV.

“Some of my friends have been thrown to the ground — people that were just standing around doing nothing,” she added.


Afghans honor Japanese aid worker killed in ambush

Updated 15 min 41 sec ago

Afghans honor Japanese aid worker killed in ambush

  • On Saturday, in a memorial ceremony after accompanying the body to Kabul airport, Ghani called Nakamura a hero
  • “Nakamura was a great personality who dedicated his life to the goodness and strengthening of Afghanistan’s deprived people,” Ghani said

KABUL: A 73-year-old Japanese aid worker killed in an ambush outside Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan has been described as a “hero” by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Testu Nakamura and five fellow aid workers died when gunmen attacked their car on Wednesday.
Tributes to the popular aid worker continued to pour in on Saturday with candlelight vigils held in different areas of the country. Schools erected posters of the aid worker while the national airline displayed images of him on its aircraft. 
“The level of grief and respect expressed by Afghans show how much people loved him. None of our current leaders would receive so much respect and attention should any of them die like this Japanese aid worker,” Rasoul Dad, a civil servant, told Arab News on Saturday.
Nakamura’s wife, daughter and three of his colleagues, including a childhood friend, arrived in Kabul on Friday as the Afghan government prepared to return his body to Japan.
The Afghan leader met them at the presidential palace and described Nakamura as a “hardworking personality.”
On Saturday, in a memorial ceremony after accompanying the body to Kabul airport, Ghani called Nakamura a hero.
“Nakamura was a great personality who dedicated his life to the goodness and strengthening of Afghanistan’s deprived people,” Ghani said.
The Afghan national flag was placed on Nakamura’s coffin as his family, accompanied by Japanese Ambassador Mitsuji Suzuka, left for Japan.
Nakamura, who spent more than half his life helping Afghan refugees as a doctor in Peshawar and later worked on several projects in the country, has become a national hero for many Afghans.
He was granted honorary citizenship several years ago after deciding to remain in the country despite the attempted abduction and murder of one of his colleagues.