Pro-Palestinian protesters burn effigy of Premier Ted Baillieu opposing Israeli apartheid
Police moved in to stamp out the flaming effigy minutes after it was lit, sending toxic smoke wafting through the mass of chanting protesters. Activists from Students for Palestine torched the dummy outside the Hotel Windsor on Spring Street, where the Israeli Ambassador to Australia and Mr Baillieu are attending a gala dinner to celebrate 64th anniversary of the creation of Israel.
Mounted police were called in to control the crowd, which spilled onto Spring Street several times, affecting traffic.
Movement spokesman Jerome Small said he didn’t think burning an effigy of the Premier was too extreme.
"We think it’s a disgrace our premier is supporting an apartheid regime, that’s why we’re burning the effigy," he said.