MILO is expected to pick up the tab to cover the heavy police presence at his Melbourne event due to violence against the police.
Hundreds of police officers were sent in to control the violence initiated by a group of up to 500 left-wing protesters, who clashed violently against 50 MILO supporters who showed up in counter-protest outside MILO’s Kensington event on Monday night.
Police were forced to deploy pepper spray to break up the fights, and arrested two men for their involvement in the violence.
Leftist protesters, including members from the Melbourne-based Antifa group Campaign Against Racism and Fascism (CARF) pelted police with rocks and other objects, injuring several law enforcement officers.
The police held their ground while MILO, who has been on his speaking tour throughout Australia, spoke before a sold-out audience at the Melbourne Pavilion. The show was replete with high fashion, humor, and political discussion.
The Australian reports that Police Minister Lisa Neville said MILO’s event organizers will be sent a bill for at least $50,000 to cover police presence.
Events organized by leftist speakers rarely, if ever, require police presence.
“I’m not sure whether they have (agreed to pay it) but they will certainly be getting a bill for it,” said Neville on Wednesday.
According to the Australian, organizers for MILO’s Australian tour previously said they expected to be billed around $150,000 for the police presence in the nation, in total.