Dare to "occupy Melbourne"? If you dare to try, a fine of 200 million Australian dollars is waiting for you!
While everyone was discussing the Hong Kong Occupy Central movement, the Australian media reported today that although the "Occupy Melbourne" campaign spawned by the US "Occupy Wall Street" in 2011 only lasted for a short period of time, Miss Sara Louise Kerrison still Constantly fighting for this. Miss Kerrison participated in the protest. Although she was not arrested, she has been challenging the police in order to fight against her arrested companion. Recently, she was told that she might face a astronomical fine of 200 million Australian dollars.
It is reported that Ms. Kerrison has been suing the Melbourne City Council, the Chief Police Officer and the Victorian Government in the Federal Court, but she lost the case. The Federal Court rejected her application for further appeal on October 10.
On October 10, the mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle, said that the court war was a mockery of taxpayers. He said: "Just because the protesters were unwilling to forget the matter, and therefore selfishly spent a lot of public resources on this matter, this matter should be over long ago."
According to documents published under the Freedom of Information Act, in order to defend the protesters’ initial “occupation of Melbourne” action, the City of Melbourne has paid a $5.54 lawyer's fee for them, and paid for clearing the roadblocks and the environment around the city square. 7.1 yuan. According to the understanding of the "Herald Sun", the legal expenses in this case have exceeded A$200 million, and the police may spend twice as much on this case as the city council.
Government spokesman James Copsey deeply agreed with the October 10 judgment. He said: “Protesters have the right to protest peacefully and in accordance with the law. However, this judgment also clearly pointed out that the law can set rules to ensure that demonstrators do not Interfere with the legal activities of other Victorians, and the police can also enforce legal requirements."
Collison said he would appeal to the High Court. It is reported that the protesters of the "Occupy Melbourne" campaign stationed in city squares and other places from November to December 2011, and the city council issued 11 penalty notices in accordance with the regulations prohibiting camping.