Police investigating reports of incitement after independent MP’s Daniel Andrews comments

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Police investigating reports of incitement after independent MP’s Daniel Andrews comments

Victoria Police is investigating a report of inciteful behaviour outside Flinders Street Station, where independent MP Catherine Cumming told a rally that Daniel Andrews should be turned into a “red mist”.

Ms Cumming is a Member of the Victorian Legislative Council for Western Metropolitan Region and aligned herself with the Angry Victorians Party (AVP) in November.

In a video capturing Ms Cumming standing on the steps of Flinders Street Station, the Member for Western Metropolitan Region said she joined the AVP to make Mr Andrews turn into “red mist”.

A police spokesperson confirmed that authorities were looking into the matter.

“Police will investigate following a report of inciteful behaviour during a speech at a rally outside Flinders Street Station on 19 November. As the investigation is ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage,” the spokesperson said.

In a statement, Ms Cumming said her comments had been misinterpreted and that she only wished for the premier and his “red-shirts brigade” to be blown up “at the ballot box”.

“I want to make it explicitly clear that I do not wish or call for any physical harm to come to Daniel Andrews MP or his red-shirts brigade,” Ms Cumming said.

“I am calling on all Victorians to deliver the accountability our state needs, at the ballot box, to erase the red stain of Daniel Andrews MP from our beautiful state.”

The rally at Flinders Street Station came after protesters marched through the streets of Melbourne’s CBD, waving an assortment of flags and anti-Daniel Andrews signage.

Protesters march through the Melbourne CBD holding flags and signs
Protesters marched through the Melbourne CBD holding flags and signs on Saturday.(ABC News: Joseph Dunstan)

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