3 arrested, others moved from Occupy Melbourne

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Posted: Nov 15, 2011 10:09 PM
3 arrested, others moved from Occupy Melbourne

Police in Australia have swooped down on the Occupy Melbourne camp, arresting three protesters as they enforced city orders requiring demonstrators to take down tents and tarpaulins.

A Melbourne spokeswoman says campers weren't evicted Wednesday morning, but were issued notices giving them an hour to remove the shelters. She said some protesters have lawfully remained at the camp.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said aside from the arrests, more than a dozen protesters were pulled away by officers and then later released. Both spokeswomen declined to be named under Australian media custom.

The anti-corporate "Occupy" protest in New York has inspired demonstrations around the world. Police in Melbourne made several arrests last month at an Occupy demonstration.