More than 500 people in Perth’s CBD injured as police battle for control of the city’s CBD
Posted On August 8, 2021
Posted February 01, 2018 19:03:47 The city’s streets are still under police control, but the chaos that ensued on Saturday morning has left at least five people injured.
More than 50 officers were injured during the riot that occurred outside the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Perth, just over a kilometre from the CBD.
A spokeswoman for Perth Fire Service said two people had been taken to the Royal Perth Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while a third was taken to Royal Perth General Hospital.
“The injuries were quite significant, and we have a number of those people who have been treated at the scene,” Ms Mee said.
“They are all stabilised.”
She said there were “quite a few” people involved in the riot and it was unclear how many people had returned to the hotel.
“At this stage we don’t know exactly how many have been involved in this, but they have all been transported to the scene.”
Police say they are using “lethal force” and a helicopter to control the situation.
One man was shot by police and two others were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
The incident occurred at around 4:00am local time, as people were leaving the hotel after attending a music festival.
“We are continuing to work closely with our partners in the community to address the situation and provide support and assistance for residents,” Ms Ritchie said.
Perth’s riot erupted after a protest by Indigenous activists in front of the hotel escalated into an attack on police and property.
The group were protesting against the hotel, which was hosting a concert on the weekend.
A video circulating online shows police officers running from a group of protesters who are throwing rocks at them.
“I have been working for the last 12 years and I have never seen anything like this,” Ms Noyes said.
The video, posted on social media, showed a group protesting against a proposed expansion of the Royal Adelaide Hotel and a property that would become a residential complex.
“It’s a disgrace.
This is not what the city of Perth is about,” Ms Poulton said.
Police say a large crowd gathered outside the hotel and a number were arrested.
“Police are attempting to make contact with the protesters outside,” a spokesperson for the police said in a statement.
“A large number of individuals have been arrested for unlawful assembly.”
“They will face the courts to answer for their actions.”
One of the group who were arrested said that police were trying to arrest him “like they were trying on a terrorist”.
He was released on bail and told to appear in court on March 1.
A spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service said the police had “condoned” the protesters.
“While it’s disappointing that we were not able to secure the protesters’ arrest, our focus remains on getting these protestors released,” the spokesperson said.