East West Link protesters and police clash in heated scenes in Clifton Hill

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Herald Sun: East West Link protesters and police clash in heated scenes in Clifton Hill. Jonno Nash. February 27, 2014

Police moved in after protesters refused to back away from the site. Picture: Nicole Garmston Source: News Corp Australia

East West Link protesters have clashed with police at a drilling site in Melbourne’s north.

Dozens of protesters near the Alexandra Parade and Queens Parade drilling site in Clifton Hill formed a blockade in front of construction vehicles as about 50 police encircled the site.

Police ordered protesters to step away, but when they refused, officers forcefully engaged with the group to break up their blockade.

Protester Kathleen Galea is tackled by police after jumping onto a truck. Picture: Nicole Garmston Source: News Corp Australia

Kathleen Galea, 23, was one of several protesters who attempted to breach the fence and climb into the drilling site.

A shoeless Ms Galea earlier tried to climb onto the back of a construction vehicle before police descended on her.

She sustained minor cuts when police pulled her from the fence.

Police temporarily blocked traffic from entering Queens Parade during the incident.

It has since reopened.

An east-bound lane on Alexandra Parade has been closed off until members of the picket line disperse.

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