Immigration counter-protests end in violence and arrests

Anti-immigration protesters clash with police in Coburg in Melbourne, Saturday, May 28, 2016.
Anti-immigration protesters clash with police in Coburg in Melbourne, Saturday, May 28, 2016. AAP Image - Julian Smith

UPDATE: AT LEAST seven people have now been charged or issued with a warning after riots between opposing groups at a rally in Melbourne. 

Victoria Police told media two men had been charged with riotous behaviour, another man with armed robbery, one with assaulting police and another with hindering police. 

Two other men were arrested, one for possessing a lock pick and the other for possessing knives. 

The march originally planned, to protest against anti-immigration attitudes, has now been able to go ahead. 


EARLIER: FIVE people have been arrested amid violent scuffles between anti-racism and anti-immigration groups holding counter rallies in Melbourne's north.

Hundreds of police officers had to form a line between the two groups, while mounted police also patrolled the crowd in the multicultural suburb of Coburg.

But they failed to keep some protesters apart, and officers used capsicum foam as rolling scuffles broke out between the rival groups as they made their way down the street.

A group of officers in riot gear pounced on two protesters, pinning them to the ground, tying their hands with zip ties before leading them away.

One of them yelled "What am I under arrest for?" as the incident unfolded.

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