Some disturbing footage has emerged online, apparently showing a security guard at the Brisbane leg of FOMO Festival pinning a punter down by his throat.
The ten-second clip has gone viral online today with thousands of shares, after an onlooker at the Riverstage venue posted it to Facebook with the tagline: “this is not okay”.
The festival attendee pinned down in the footage appears to be in a state of distress, flailing his arms around and going visibly purple in the face as the secca appears to choke him.
After another security guard tries fruitlessly to intervene, another punter jumps in and tries to push the security guard off the dude, prompting the visibly PO’d guard to jump up, yelling “Fuck off!”
FOMO organisers have since commented on the incident, posting a statement to Facebook which reads:
“On Saturday the 7th of January an incident occurred at our FOMO FestivalBrisbane site between security and a festival attendee.
We appreciate your continued patience whilst we work with the external security company Asset Protection Systems and QPS (Queensland Police Services) to further investigate the matter.
FOMO Festival do not condone the use of excessive force or violence at any of our events.”
We’ll bring you any more news on this as it develops. In the meantime you can view footage of the incident below.
UPDATE 08/01/17 9.50pm: There are unconfirmed claims from multiple witnesses on Facebook that the festival punter being held down in the footage actually lit a flare and threw it into the crowd prior to being held down by security. Music Feeds has contacted FOMO organisers for comment.
UPDATE 09/01/17: In a statement, security company Asset Protection Systems says, “The security guard involved in the incident at the Brisbane FOMO Festival on Saturday 7th January has been stood down pending investigation.
“We understand that the offender involved was throwing a burning flare into a crowd of onlookers and our security took action to prevent potential injury to the concert guests. Until our internal investigation and the police prosecution of the offender is completed, we are advised not to comment further to the incident.”
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