Protesters Charged After Causing Commuter Chaos
Human rights activists have been charged after causing chaos for commuters travelling to and from the Melbourne Cup.
The protesters hung banners from a crane at a building site near Flemington Racecourse reading "SOS: Evacuate Manus Now", and even blocked train tracks with a graffitied car.
Train services were stopped at 1:30pm as emergency services worked to remove the car from the tracks near Ascot Vale, which had been spray painted with messages regarding the treatment of refugees at Manus Island detention centre.
People travelling to and from the Cup were forced to jump from trains as services were brought to a halt.
Police later arrested a 27-year-old female from Poland who is believed to be the owner of the car and she has been charged with conduct endangering serious injury among other things.
Train services eventually returned back to normal on Tuesday evening but racegoers faced serious delays during the day.