Here they are, noisily burning Mr Baillieu in effigy. (Update: For his response see my next post but one.)
Reports the Herald-Sun newspaper (hat tip: reader Ian):
"Police moved in to stamp out the flaming effigy minutes after it was lit, sending toxic smoke wafting through the mass of chanting protestors.
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."The original uploader of the following footage of the event onto YouTube explains, rather confusedly:
"Pro-Palestine protestors and police lined up outside the Windsor Hotel in Spring Street Melbourne.
Ted Baillieu (Victorian Premier) is inside the hotel with the Zionist Council of Victoria celebrating the expulsion [sic!] of Palestinians from their homeland 45 years ago."
From Channel 7:
(Incidentally, Australian prime minister Julia Gillard and senior ministers, as well as Ted Baillieu and his counterpart in New South Wales, have signed a request to the International Olympic Committee to institute a moment's silence at this year's Games in memory of the eleven Israelis murdered at the Games 40 years ago. Read more here)