I listened to Lord Mayor Robert Doyle’s interview with Jon Faine on Radio 774 this morning and was very surprised to hear that Robert Doyle does not support an independent inquiry into the Occupy Melbourne eviction and the methods used.
He seemed to get quite angry at Jon Faine’s observations about the eviction of Occupy Melbourne protesters from the Melbourne City Square and was evasive when asked about the violence that occurred.
He was strongly opposed to an independent inquiry into the decisions and events surrounding the the eviction yet he stated that the correct actions were taken by him and the Police and that were “issues of public safety, malcontents, people looking for trouble, elements of professional protest, and people posing a risk to public safety”.
If that is the case, then what does Robert Doyle have to fear from an independent inquiry? I am left wondering if he has something to hide. The information I have seen to date does not back Robert Doyle claims.
Doyle even cautioned Jon Faine that he “must be careful about what he says and not over react”
I have seen many images and videos of violence during the eviction. I think an independent inquiry is essential to determine exactly what happened. Violence against passive protesters is not acceptable in our society.