‘We have the right to go home safely too’: pepper-sprayed photographer speaks out

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Anti-lockdown protests turned violent in Melbourne at the weekend when police clashes with more than 700 protesters on the streets of Richmond in the inner city.

More than 230 people were arrested and ten police officers injured as the initially peaceful march devolved into violent clashes, with projectiles thrown at officers and OC spray deployed.

But as the situation turned, it wasn’t just protesters caught up in the melee; working journalists and photographers were also injured by police in the clash.

Footage from the incident shows a police officer rushing and knocking into a photographer who was filming the incident as the photographer repeatedly yelled “media”.

The Age’s photographer Luis Ascui was sprayed directly in the eyes while photographing the rally on Saturday afternoon despite identifying himself as a member of the media.

Today on Please Explain, Ascui joins Nathanael Cooper to examine what happened during the incident.

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