PO­LICE SEEK MEN AF­TER PROTEST

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - KEELY MCDONOUGH

PO­LICE want to speak to these four men af­ter a protest last week in which City of Syd­ney coun­cil­lor Chris­tine Forster’s jacket was torn in half. More than 200 pro­test­ers sur­rounded and grabbed Ms Forster and her part­ner Vir­ginia Ed­wards as they walked into a Lib­eral Party fundraiser at Aus­tralian Tech­nol­ogy Park in the in­ner city sub­urb of Eveleigh last Fri­day evening. There is no sug­ges­tion the men pic­tured were re­spon­si­ble. Cen­tral Metropoli­tan Re­gion Com­man­der, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Mark Wal­ton said he was “ex­tremely con­cerned” about the con­duct of some at the protest. Po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the event and be­lieve the four men pic­tured can help them with their in­quiries. More than 30 po­lice had to in­ter­vene to help Ms Forster en­ter the func­tion held for her brother, for­mer prime min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott.

Mr Ab­bott and Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton were due to speak at the fundraiser, and the group gath­ered to protest the Manus Is­land standoff.

One pro­tester, not among those pic­tured, was seen hold­ing a sign: “Death to Dut­ton.”

Po­lice ar­rested four peo­ple af­ter pro­test­ers tried to block en­try to the Doltone House func­tion cen­tre, forc­ing po­lice to herd in each guest as they ar­rived. The Pub­lic Order Riot Squad was called in.

The four men po­lice want to speak with.

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