Milo Yiannopoulos spoke at the Melbourne Pavilion in Australia on Monday night. Around 500 protesters turned up, as did 50 right-wing Milo supporters. A riot broke out, and five police officers were injured with two arrests made. And after the Milo Australia show, the alt-right douchebag is being billed for the police presence.
Lisa Neville, the police minister from Victoria, the Australian state where Melbourne told radio station 3AW that Yiannopoulos and the event organizers will be receiving a bill of “$50,000 AUD minimum” (about $37,500 USD).
The riot in Melbourne required “a few hundred” police officers. The police charged the crowd and used pepper spray. Five police officers were injured by rocks and bottles thrown at them.
In Australia, it’s standard for organizers of commercial events to be billed if their event requires (or leads to) police presence. Neville said “Police do some community-based events that are not-for-profit, where they will provide that service to the community. But for these sort of rallies, but also for the AFL and those big events, there is an agreement around the cost.”
This is not the only time a Yiannopoulos event has caused police problems in Australia. The following night, he spoke in Sydney, where seven people were arrested. There have been riots in the United States as well. A person was shot at Yiannopoulos’ event in Seattle, Washington in January.
Yiannopoulos has worked with white supremacists and a man arrested for terrorism. He lost a book deal when he publicly proclaimed how grateful he was to have been molested as a child by a priest. Robert Mercer, the former owner of Breitbart severed ties with Yiannopoulos last month.
Neville also said that she did not know whether or not Yiannopoulos and the promoters had agreed to pay. However, she also said that most promoters have paid similar bills.