Women filmed in shocking brawl after horse racing meet in Brisbane
Shocking video has emerged ahead of the Melbourne Cup, showing a violent brawl between six women during the Spring Racing carnival in Brisbane.
The brawl reportedly took place in Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens near Fortitude Valley after a racing meet recently.
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The brawl started when a woman in a green dress ran at another woman and barged her to ground with a knee and hand to the face.
A man immediately tried to break up the brawl before other women got involved.
Onlookers could be heard yelling for the women to stop fighting as the chaos ensued.
One woman in a red dress was dragged over a guard rail after getting involved in the fight.
She then appeared to get pinned against a fence after a woman in a blue dress entered the fray.
A woman in a white dress could be seen raining down a number of punches to another woman on the ground.
One man could be heard shouting: "Oi, oi, stop it! Get off her! Don't hit her - get off her."
Queensland Police have seen the footage but said they had not received any reports of fighting taking place.
A police statement said: "Our searches did not locate any incidents of this nature that police were called to attend, nor any subsequent reports made."
Protests start against 'cruel' Melbourne Cup
Meanwhile, animal rights protesters sporting inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex costumes have descended on Flemington calling for an end to horse racing.
Puzzled onlookers watched on as a group of dinosaurs holding signs that read 'Horse Racing is Prehistoric' converged for a race on Monday ahead of Tuesday's Melbourne Cup.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) along with the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) organised the protest to encourage a boycott of the race.
CPR says 139 racehorses died on Australian tracks in the past year, in addition to the thousands of horses that die every year off the track from racing-related injuries or are killed for not being profitable.
"The Melbourne Cup - and all other events that cause horses to sustain catastrophic injuries and even die in the name of greed - deserve to go extinct," PETA's Emily Rice said.
"Today's dinosaur dash proves you can have fun by cheering on willing participants who enjoy themselves. No one needs to suffer for entertainment."
CPR Campaign Director Elio Celotto urged people to say 'Nup to the Cup' this year.
"We are inviting people to boycott horse racing by saying 'Nup to the Cup' and joining one of these many events taking place across the country," Mr Celotto said.
More protests are being organised ahead of Tuesday's event, which will mark the first with full crowds since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Victoria Police said it would have a highly visible presence trackside at Flemington, in the Melbourne CBD, and at major entertainment precincts across the four race days.
Uniform and plain clothes officers will be focused on deterring anti-social behaviour.
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