Vic man charged over cop protest assault

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A man has been charged after allegedly assaulting a police officer during a violent anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne's CBD last weekend.

Victoria Police said detectives searched a southeast Melbourne property on Friday morning as part of an investigation into several assaults of police officers at Saturday's rally.

As a result, a 44-year-old Mulgrave man has been charged with affray, assaulting an emergency worker on duty and breaching health directions.

The man has been released on bail and will appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court in February next year.

Police have also identified two other protesters who took part in the demonstration after urging eight to come forward on Thursday.

Inquiries are now underway into those two individuals, police said, but investigators are still looking to speak to six people about the protest.

Earlier this week, Victoria Police Commissioner Shane Patton described the protest as one of the most violent the city has seen in 20 years, with officers forced to use non-lethal weapons to defend themselves.

More than 200 protesters were arrested and 236 fines totalling almost $1.2 million were issued.

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