The Pain Of Protesting

May 29th, 2016

A photograph taken during a wild brawl between anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters shows a demonstrator who appears to be suffering the after-effect of being pepper sprayed.

The picture was taken after police were called in to control demonstrators from the right-wing United Patriots front who were marching to ‘stop the far left’ in response to a ‘No To Racism’ rally taking place in Coburg, Melbourne, on Saturday morning.

The young man is seen crouched with his back against the wall with a police officer beside him.

An incredible photograph taken in the middle of a wild brawl between anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters
A photograph taken in the middle of a wild brawl between anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters

The protester was clearly suffering the effects of being pepper sprayed 

Suffering the effects of being pepper sprayed

The protester’s eyes appear extremely red and irritated from pepper spray, while large streams of mucus are seen pouring from his nose.

A red shirt is hanging loose from his neck, and his hands are tied behind his back.

It comes after a special taskforce will be created to catch protesters who covered their faces with flags and masks during ugly clashes between anti-Islam and anti-racism groups.

A large police presence of about 500 riot squad officers was on hand to try to control the peace, however the day quickly turned violent, with some protesters even being bashed with flagpoles flying the Australia flag. 

A special taskforce will be created to catch protesters who covered their faces with flags and masks during ugly clashes between anti-Islam and anti-racism groups
A special taskforce will be created to catch protesters who covered their faces with flags and masks during ugly clashes between anti-Islam and anti-racism groups

Police commander Sharon Cowden called those who hid their identity during the protests 'cowards', and said those who behaved 'inappropriately' will be punished

Police commander Sharon Cowden called those who hid their identity during the protests ‘cowards’, and said those who behaved ‘inappropriately’ will be punished

Officers also used pepper spray on protesters as the rallies descended into ugly street brawls.

Police commander Sharon Cowden called those who hid their identity during the protests ‘cowards’, and said those who behaved ‘inappropriately’ will be punished.

‘When people hide their identity and I believe it makes them more violent when they are on the streets,’ Ms Cowden told the Herald Sun.

‘What happened today is not on and we will be looking at the footage, finding out what else we can do, to track these people down and bring them to justice.’

About 500 riot squad officers was on hand to try to control the peace, however the day quickly turned violent, with some protesters even being bashed with flagpoles flying the Australia flag
About 500 riot squad officers was on hand to try to control the peace, however the day quickly turned violent, with some protesters even being bashed with flagpoles flying the Australia flag

Acting Premier James Merlino said: 'Protesters who wear face masks, carry weapons and engage in violent behaviour are cowards, and this behaviour is unacceptable.'
Acting Premier James Merlino said: ‘Protesters who wear face masks, carry weapons and engage in violent behaviour are cowards, and this behaviour is unacceptable.’

Acting Premier James Merlino also told the newspaper: ‘Protesters who wear face masks, carry weapons and engage in violent behaviour are cowards, and this behaviour is unacceptable.’   

It comes after footage captured by 9NEWS showed protesters stabbing one another with the end of flag poles while others threw punches at anyone in close range.

The chaotic brawl had more than 300 people draped in the Australian flag and most with their faces covered – with some wearing Guy Fawkes masks.

Police made seven arrests amid the violent scuffles with two people arrested for riotous behaviour, one for assaulting a police and one for hindering police, while one was arrested for robbery
Police made seven arrests amid the violent scuffles with two people arrested for riotous behaviour, one for assaulting a police and one for hindering police, while one was arrested for robbery

Police made seven arrests amid the violent scuffles with two people arrested for riotous behaviour, one for assaulting a police and one for hindering police, while one was arrested for robbery.

The two groups hurled abuse at each other during the marches with some swearing and others making derogatory remarks.

Anti-racism protesters chanted ‘Nazi Scum, off our streets’ while UPF members carried a sign which read ‘No Refugees. Our home, our future.’

Protesters brandished Australian flags (pictured) and used them as weapons when two rival rallies violently clashed in in Melbourne¿s northern suburb Coburg
Protesters brandished Australian flags (pictured) and used them as weapons when two rival rallies violently clashed in in Melbourne’s northern suburb Coburg

Demonstrators from the True Blue Crew and United Patriots Front (UPF) were marching to ¿Stop The Far Left¿ at the same time as the ¿No To Racism¿ rally by anti-racism and anti-Islam groups (pictured)\

Demonstrators from the True Blue Crew and United Patriots Front (UPF) were marching to ‘Stop The Far Left’ at the same time as the ‘No To Racism’ rally by anti-racism and anti-Islam groups (pictured)

Footage captured at the rally shows protesters stabbing one another (left) with the end of flag polesOthers were hit with violent punches from demonstrators on Bell street in Coburg

Footage captured at the rally shows protesters stabbing one another (left) with the end of flag poles while others threw punches at anyone in close range (right)

 Anti-racism protesters chanted ¿Nazi Scum, off our streets¿ while UPF (pictured) members carried a sign which read ¿No Refugees. Our home, our future¿

Anti-racism protesters chanted ‘Nazi Scum, off our streets’ while UPF (pictured) members carried a sign which read ‘No Refugees. Our home, our future’

UPF leader Blair Cottrell threatened rivals by saying 'force and terror' will be used, before telling supporters the anti-racism demonstrators were 'smashed'Commander Sharon Cowden has since condemned the riot calling the violence inappropriate and ¿cowardly¿

UPF leader Blair Cottrell threatened rivals by saying ‘force and terror’ will be used, before telling supporters the anti-racism demonstrators were ‘smashed’

UPF leader Blair Cottrell threatened rivals by saying ‘force and terror’ will be used, before telling supporters the anti-racism demonstrators were ‘smashed.’

Demonstrators for the No To Racism rally, which included members from the Anti Fascist Action, gathered to protest the forced closure of Aboriginal communities, off-shore detention centres and Islamophobia.

Commander Sharon Cowden has since condemned the riot calling the violence inappropriate and ‘cowardly’.

Authorities have said the violence was attributed to extremists within both groups blaming both rivals for their 'cowardly' behaviour 
Authorities have said the violence was attributed to extremists within both groups blaming both rivals for their ‘cowardly’ behaviour 

The riot police stood between the opposing demonstrators in an attempt to stop a clash from occurring but protesters tried to break the police lines

The riot police stood between the opposing demonstrators in an attempt to stop a clash from occurring but protesters tried to break the police lines

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on protesters to respect one another and said: ¿We are the most successful multicultural society in the world

Police were forced to make arrests as protesters turned violent throwing punches and crates at rivals

Commander Sharon Cowden praised the efforts of police in maintaining the crowd and ensuring no one was seriously injured

Commander Sharon Cowden praised the efforts of police in maintaining the crowd and ensuring no one was seriously injured

She said: ‘We saw inappropriate and often cowardly behaviour with people wearing masks and hiding their identity … I believe it makes them more violent when they are on the streets.

‘What happened today is not on. We will be looking at the footage, finding out what else we can do, to track these people down and bring them to justice.

‘There were clashes on both sides, so I condemn the behaviour of both sides but mostly it’s the extremists.

Police were forced to use capsicum spray during a rally involving anti-racism and anti-Islam protesters in Melbourne on Saturday morning
Police were forced to use capsicum spray during a rally involving anti-racism and anti-Islam protesters in Melbourne on Saturday morning

Desperate to calm down the crowd riot police were seen using the capsicum spray on numerous occasions

Desperate to calm down the crowd riot police were seen using the capsicum spray on numerous occasions

One protester was brought down to his knees as the spray hit him directly in the face

One protester was brought down to his knees as the spray hit him directly in the face

Officers were eventually able to settle down the demonstrator in order to restrain him

Officers were eventually able to settle down the demonstrator in order to restrain him

‘You get the extremists and they are often very cowardly and they will come along looking for a fight and that’s what we saw today.’

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on protesters to respect one another and said: ‘We are the most successful multicultural society in the world.

‘We are united, we have so much in common and we are stronger and more prosperous as a nation because of that diversity.

Police detain a man as the clashes between the rival protesters turned violent in Coburg
Police detain a man as the clashes between the rival protesters turned violent in Coburg

A riot officer stands on guard ready to aim his capsicum spray at demonstrators who continue to cause havoc as photographers pose ready to take photos while wearing goggles

A riot officer stands on guard ready to aim his capsicum spray at demonstrators who continue to cause havoc as photographers pose ready to take photos while wearing goggles

A man is pictured sitting down on the side of the road attempting to relieve his pain with water after being capsicum sprayed

A man is pictured sitting down on the side of the road attempting to relieve his pain with water after being capsicum sprayed

Members from the far-left Anti Fascist Action group gathered to join the No To Racism rally and concealed their identities by covering their faces

Members from the far-left Anti Fascist Action group gathered to join the No To Racism rally and concealed their identities by covering their faces

‘My message today and every day, as your Prime Minister, is that mutual respect, respect for each other, giving the respect to others that we ask of them is key to our success.’

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale blamed the riots on the ‘toxic debate’ off asylum seekers in Australia.

‘We need both the Labor Party and particularly this Government to rein in the comments it is making.

A demonstrator wearing the Australia flag to cover his face also attempted to escape from the riot squad as they used capsicum spray

A demonstrator wearing the Australia flag to cover his face also attempted to escape from the riot squad as they used capsicum spray

 Members of the Anti Fascist Action group were protesting the forced closure of Aboriginal communities, off-shore detention centres and Islamophobia

Members of the Anti Fascist Action group were protesting the forced closure of Aboriginal communities, off-shore detention centres and Islamophobia

One man aids another protester while wearing gloves in a bid to avoid touching the OC spray covering the man's face

One man aids another protester while wearing gloves in a bid to avoid touching the OC spray covering the man’s face

Commander Sharon Cowden has since condemned the clashes calling the violence and inappropriate behaviour 'cowardly'

Commander Sharon Cowden has since condemned the clashes calling the violence and inappropriate behaviour ‘cowardly’

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged demonstrators to respect each other as well as stating Australia is 'the most successful multicultural society in the world'

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged demonstrators to respect each other as well as stating Australia is ‘the most successful multicultural society in the world’

‘It’s contributing to ugly race politics, the consequences of which were seen in Melbourne today.’

Senior police and weapons checkpoints have been present since early Saturday morning costing tax payers approximately $1.7 million.

Police are expected to continue their investigations by examining footage in hopes of bringing violent demonstrators to justice.

Police are expected to continue looking at footage in hopes of bringing certain protesters to justice 
Police are expected to continue looking at footage in hopes of bringing certain protesters to justice 

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale blamed the riots on the 'toxic debate' off asylum seekers in Australia

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale blamed the riots on the ‘toxic debate’ off asylum seekers in Australia

Tax payers have been forced to pay approximately $1.7 million for resources used to manage the protests

Tax payers have been forced to pay approximately $1.7 million for resources used to manage the protests

Members from ANTIFA wore Guy Fawkes mask and held signs saying 'there is no authority but yourself' and 'Muslims are welcome, racists are not'

Members from ANTIFA wore Guy Fawkes mask and held signs saying ‘there is no authority but yourself’ and ‘Muslims are welcome, racists are not’

An old woman attempts to continue her daily routine as she walks past a group of protesters 

An old woman attempts to continue her daily routine as she walks past a group of protesters 

– Liam Quinn and Aneeta Bhole and Martha Azzi

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About Jumpin' Jack Cash

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