Category: Riot

NSW Court Rules that Identification Based Partly on a Media Report is Admissible


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A riot broke out in the Fowler Compound of Villawood Detention Centre on April 20, 2011. What initially began as a rooftop protest against conditions in the centre by a handful of detainees, soon escalated into a chaotic disturbance involving about 100 asylum seekers. Around 11 to 13 men climbed ...

Brexit Vote Leads to Surge in Hate Crimes


Since Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, police in London have made 75% more arrests for hate crimes. In weeks before and after the vote, the number of reported hate crimes has surged by 42 per cent – with 3076 incidents in the fortnight from June 16, an increase of 915 offences on the ...

Prison Riots Over Smoking Ban in Victoria


In February, we wrote about the upcoming ban on smoking in NSW prisons which is scheduled to take place on August 10. But just days ago, a smoking ban was implemented in Victorian prisons. Many social commentators predicted that unrest would follow the ban, which has proven to be correct. Fears realised On the day ...

The Right to Protest: A Thing of the Past


Protesting has long been a way for people to publicly express their views and demonstrate their grievances. It has achieved a great deal since the late 1800s; from workers rights to female suffrage, and from civil rights to environmental protections. But around Australia, legislators are constantly looking for ways to suppress this important form of ...