Moment protester tries to outrun a group of cops during Melbourne’s violent anti-lockdown rally before they tackle him to the ground after he gave up
- Anti-lockdown demonstrator chased by police before being tackled to ground
- Incident occurred during Saturday’s protests in Melbourne suburb of Richmond
- Footage emerges of man surrendering to police before tackled to the ground
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Footage has emerged of a Melbourne protester surrendering to police before being tackled to ground and surrounded by up to a dozen officers.
The incident was among dozens of ugly scenes when anti-lockdown demonstrators clashed with police in Melbourne on Saturday, resulting in 235 arrests.
Ten officers were injured during violent confrontations with protestors, sparking widespread anger on a day Victoria recorded 535 new Covid-19 cases.
More footage has since surfaced of a man being tackled to the ground following a wild police chase on foot during the protests in inner-city Richmond.
The man is seen running with dozens of police officers chasing after im on Saturday
The 30 second clip begins with the man running away from dozens of police officers in hot pursuit as several shocked passers-by watch on.
He eventually surrenders by putting his hands in the air as two officers catch up to him in a laneway.
He’s quickly surrounded by officers who tackle him to the ground and detain him.
Voice For Victoria slammed the forceful arrest when it shared the extraordinary footage late Saturday night.
‘Tax dollars hard at work today. Serve and protect,’ the footage was captioned.
‘Should protesters be violent? No. Should cops be violent? Also no. It’s really not that hard.
‘Anyone abusing a side from the protest and not calling for this isn’t helping anything.’
The man surrenders by putting his arms in the air as police catch up to him
The footage angered many online viewers who accused police of abusing their powers.
‘If I was a cop and someone would raise they hands up, I could never hit them and punch them like that. This is abuse of power. This isn’t right,’ one commented.
Another woman added: ‘How is that many cops chasing and tackling an unarmed person for protesting their free rights ok?’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Victoria Police for comment, which was unable to provide more details.
Police made 235 arrests on Saturday, most for breaching health directions while some were charged with assault, riotous behaviour and weapons and drug offences.
Those arrested will be fined $5,452 each, with 193 infringements handed out so far.
Police officers suffered injuries including a broken elbow and broken nose, a broken finger and torn muscles. Six officers were taken to hospital.
Police tackle the man to the ground and surround him following the wild chase in Richmond
Commander Mark Galliott said bottles and stones were thrown at officers while an authorised vehicle was severely damaged.
‘Angry aggressive young males (were) there to fight the police, not to protest about freedoms,’ he told the media late on Saturday.
Victoria recorded 507 new cases and one death on Sunday as Premier Daniel Andrews prepare to unveil the roadmap out of lockdown once 70 per cent of eligible Victorians are fully vaccinated.
Melbourne remains in strict lockdown and has been since the start of August – as it nears an unpopular world record.
Buenos Aires, in Argentina, currently holds the record after the city endured 234 days under lockdown. Melbourne – which has gone through six lockdowns – is expected to hit 235 days on September 23.
Tensions boiled over after a tense standoff between anti-lockdown protesters and police in Melbourne on Saturday