Understandably, police feared violent clashes between the Reclaim Australia crowd and the Socialist Alliance groups calling them “Nazis”. Scuffles broke out, despite their best efforts.
At one point, a counter-racism protester dressed in a niqab alighted from a car which police alleged had been speeding.
An officer asked the woman for the names of the other people in the car. The woman’s friend filmed the encounter and put it up on Facebook, as an example of police harassment.
But what the video actually shows is an unfailingly polite police officer trying to do his job while the woman harangues him.