23 Oct 2011

Police launch dawn raid on Occupy Sydney protesters

2:54 pm on 23 October 2011

Police have defended using force to move Occupy Sydney protesters from Sydney's Martin Place during a dawn raid on Sunday.

The ABC reports that officers removed about 80 protesters from the square they had occupied for about a week in protest against corporate greed.

Protesters say they were pinned down and man-handled by officers.

But the police say the group showed defiance by locking arms when police arrived.

Two protesters have been charged with assaulting police officers.

Forty protesters were arrested and some issued with fines for breaking council regulations.

The Occupy Sydney protest started last week as part of the worldwide movement which began in New York against what protesters describe as corporate greed.