Two police officers injured in Australia Day riots in Perth
Several people have been arrested in Perth over Australia Day mass brawls that left two police officers seriously injured.
Police are investigating several riots that have erupted across the city, including an incident in East Perth where bricks and broken pavers were hurled at officers as they responded to an argument.
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One officer suffered a head injury and another an injured shoulder while attending an incident near McIver train station early Friday morning.
Police were called around 1.20am to reports of a large group fighting on nearby Moore Street.
As officers began to disperse the crowd, bricks and broken pavers were thrown before police made several arrests.
Two officers were taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
Several suspects have been arrested and investigations are ongoing.
It comes after a separate brawl at Perth Central Railway Station on Thursday night following Australia Day celebrations.
As police tried to break up a group of about 150 people, several people threw rocks and bottles at officers, but no injuries were reported.
A police spokeswoman said several people had been arrested and an investigation into the incident was also ongoing.
Acting President of the WA Police Union Paul Gale condemned the attacks on police officers.
“Not only is crime in Australia becoming more violent, but our politics are also becoming more violent,” Gale said.
“I have a simple message for anyone considering using political violence against a police officer: If you have a problem with the politicians, take it to the ballot box. Don’t except police officers who work unsocial hours and do their best to protect property and keep the community safe.”
He added that the WA Police Union would support any of their members injured in the brawls.
It was a disappointing end to the night, with crowds in Langley Park watching scaled-down fireworks and a well-behaved drone show.
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