Charges laid after Vic police horse hit

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A man has been charged after allegedly lashing out at police horses with a flagpole at a "Freedom Day" rally in Melbourne last month.

Footage of the attack during the at-times violent protest at the Shrine of Remembrance on October 23 was widely condemned.

In the vision, a demonstrator - wearing a black head covering and denim jacket - repeatedly tries to hit advancing police horses in the head with his pole and connects on his final strike.

While doing so, the man or another member from the crowd yells: "You're racist. Your horse is racist. Your horse is racist. Get away from me, you racist horse."

Police released a still image of the culprit in the aftermath of the attack and confirmed they'd arrested a 40-year-old man on Wednesday during a Narre Warren South raid.

"The man has been charged with animal cruelty and a number of other offences including affray, reckless conduct, possessing a prohibited weapon and the storing of unauthorised explosives," Victoria Police said in a statement.

He has been released on bail, but will face Melbourne Magistrates Court in June next year.

There were 16 people arrested during the hours-long stand-off, with hundreds of protesters rallying against Victoria's COVID-19 restrictions.

A 29-year-old Werribee woman who allegedly kicked a horse, and a 24-year-old Bentleigh man allegedly responsible for smashing a police car mirror, were also arrested and charged four days later.