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.