Anti-racist protesters clashed with sympathizers of British political conservative Nigel Farage in Melbourne on Friday night.
More than 200 protesters gathered in front of the Sofitel hotel to protest the presence of the right-wing figurehead, who was one of the driving forces behind Brexit.
The controversial politician turned media commentator was present at the venue to present the last speech of his tour of Australia.
Police made five arrests when protesters clashed with Farage supporters when they arrived at the hotel.
A large crowd gathered in front of a hotel in Melbourne to protest the appearance of British politician Nigel Farage
The protesters clashed with supporters of Nigel Farage with the police forced to intervene several times
Right-wing activist Neil Erikson was arrested by police while trying to enter the event.
& # 39; He was arrested at the Farage event in Melbourne. I just got out of jail, "Erikson said later on Facebook, along with a photo of his arrest.
There were other aggressive confrontations between demonstrators and supporters with the police forced to intervene several times.
It was also an opportunity for the police to use their new powers to search anyone without an arrest warrant in the CBD bounded by Spring, Bourke, Flinders and Russell streets.
The crowd of demonstrators was organized by the Coalition against Racism and Fascism (CARF).
& # 39; We will have chants, banners, yourselves, your friends, and your hatred of this fascist filth. It's going to be an incredible night, "the group posted on Facebook on Friday.
Nigel Farage during a talk at the Perth City Hall earlier this week
This woman supporter had to be escorted by the police to the place of celebration
Up to 100 officers surrounded the Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne on Friday night
Andrew Nolch, the man accused of defacing the monument to Eurydice Dixon after the recent rape and murder of the young woman, was one of those who entered the event.
A publication on CARF's Facebook page said that Nolch's assistance "revealed the true nature of the Farage movement."
– Nigel Farage you can not hide, we can see your Nazi side & # 39; and – the Nazis are racist, the Muslims are not – & # 39; They were among the shouted songs.
A protest organizer told the crowd (pictured) that the protest had succeeded in reducing attendance to the event
The police said that the promoters of the Nigel Farage event will pay the highest security
A spokeswoman for the Victoria Police told Daily Mail Australia that five arrests were made at the event.
Two people were arrested in connection with pending issues, one for criminal damage, another for riot control while the last person was arrested for covering his face and assaulting the police.
At least a hundred policemen were at the event and formed a deep barricade of four officers at the entrance of the Sofitel.
A protest organizer told the crowd that the event had reduced attendance to the event.
Five arrests were made outside the Sofitel hotel on Friday night
– Nigel Farage you can not hide, we can see your Nazi side & # 39; and – the Nazis are racist, the Muslims are not – & # 39; they were among the screamed songs
Penthouse magazine editor and event promoter Damien Costas told The Age he had worked with the police in the months leading up to Friday night's event.
He also dismissed claims that he would pay the bill for security.
& # 39; I do not wait for them [police] to charge me, we have not discussed fees of any kind and I would really think that it is an international disgrace for Victoria if the police asked for protection from a member of the European Parliament, "he told the publication.
Police arrested five people Friday night for various crimes
But a spokesman for Victoria's police told The Herald Sun that the promoters of the event will pay the bill.
"According to the Victoria Police Regulations (rates and charges) of 2014, the Victoria Police has the right to charge any organizer of the event for the use of police resources," he said.
"The Victoria Police does not disclose the cost of hiring our services or the private conversations that are held as part of the agreements."
Melbourne was the last leg of the Nigel Farage conference tour in Australia. He is photographed earlier this week in Perth
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