3 arrested, others moved from Occupy Melbourne

November 15, 2011 - 7:50 PM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Police in Australia have swooped down on the Occupy Melbourne camp, arresting three protesters as they enforced city orders requiring demonstrators to take down tents and tarpaulins.

A Melbourne spokeswoman says campers weren't evicted Wednesday morning, but were issued notices giving them an hour to remove the shelters. She said some protesters have lawfully remained at the camp.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said aside from the arrests, more than a dozen protesters were pulled away by officers and then later released. Both spokespeople declined to be named under Australian media custom.

The anti-corporate "Occupy" protest in New York has inspired demonstrations around the world. Police in Melbourne made several arrests last month at an Occupy demonstration.