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Police investigating shoving, spraying of woman at anti-lockdown protest

Hundreds of demonstrators marched from Bridge Road in Richmond to a cutting on Barkers Road in Hawthorn on Saturday as part of the rally.

They had originally planned to march through the CBD but changed their location hours before the protest after Victoria Police and the state government moved to shut down public transport into the city.

Footage of the redirected protest shows few demonstrators were left in the area when a contingent of police moved through and members of the media were accosted.

Ten police were injured during the protest with six taken to hospital. A further 235 demonstrators were arrested as they broke through police lines near Richmond early on Saturday afternoon.

There, protesters also hurled projectiles and abuse at authorities before surging through the police line, screaming and being soaked in capsicum spray as they went. One female police officer was trampled in the chaos, with scuffles breaking out along the road.

Victoria Police confirmed professional standards were also investigating the incident involving Ascui.

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