Trio wanted by police for lighting FLARES during violent anti-lockdown rally in Melbourne
- Police hunt three people in violent anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne
- The two men and a woman were pictured carrying torches during the rally on July 24
- Seventy-three people have already been fined and the police will continue to impose fines
Three protesters who waved lit torches dangerously around a crowd during Melbourne’s anti-lockdown rally are being hunted down by police.
About 5,000 attended Saturday’s protest outside the Victorian Parliament, which was violently brought to a halt when police used pepper spray to clear the crowd.
Fines have been issued to at least 73 people and investigators searched hundreds of hours of footage from police social media, CCTV and bodycams.
Two men and a woman (pictured above) are pictured carrying flares at the Melbourne anti-lockdown rally just outside Victoria’s parliament building and police think they can help with investigations
Victorian’s were under orders to stay at home when the protest took place while fighting the Delta variant entering Victoria from Sydney.
Several flares had gone off during Saturday’s rally, which police said “endangered not only the police but also people close to the incidents”.
Police released photos on Thursday of three people, two men and a woman, holding torches during the protest, urging them to surrender to police.
Anyone who recognizes any of the protesters in the photos or has information is asked to contact police.
In the days since, at least 73 people have been fined and police have searched hundreds of hours of footage from social media, CCTV and body-worn cameras.
Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius said the protest was illegal and should never have happened, and promised to find and fine hundreds more participants.
“Detectives have been looking at body-worn CCTV and CCTV footage, we have many more hundreds of hours of that footage to look at, and we’ve already identified known organizers or participants in the protest,” he said.
“Those people can certainly expect the full weight of the law to be thrown against them.
“I would say to any Victorian outraged by this, if you know who these people are, call Crime Stoppers and let us know who they are and we’ll take action.”