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Protest backs Vic pepper-sprayed activist

AAP logoAAP 24/09/2016

A protest has been held in Melbourne's CBD in support of an anti-racism campaigner who was pepper sprayed by police.

Ugandan-born Jafri Katagar has, for over a year, regularly stood outside Flinders Street Station holding a sign that reads "Stop Racism Now".

But on Friday afternoon he was pepper sprayed by Victoria Police after apparently refusing to move on from the busy intersection.

Police were concerned he could be struck by traffic.

He told dozens of supporters on Saturday night: "I have good intentions - I'm not someone who commits violence."

The woman who filmed Friday's altercation, self-described political activist Dilmen Ramadan, told the protest the police officer who sprayed Mr Katagar should be sacked.

"Surely three trained police officer could have handled one unarmed peaceful protester without having to resort to pepper spray," she said of the incident which has been watched more than 150,000 times on Facebook..

Police attended Saturday night's protest with a spokeswoman stating "we respect the right of the community to express their views peacefully and lawfully but will not tolerate those who break the law".

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