Class action launched on behalf of anti-mining protesters who were capsicum sprayed by Victoria Police

A class action has been launched against the Victorian government over the use by police of capsicum spray against anti-mining protesters in Melbourne three years ago.
The legal action relates to demonstrations outside the International Mining and Resources Conference at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in October 2019.

Police arrested numerous people over several days of protests, and used capsicum spray to break up climate activists who’d gathered outside the venue.

The class action claims the use of capsicum spray was unlawful and excessive, and that protesters were not causing an immediate threat to police officers or the public.

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