After seeing on Friday exactly what constitutes Australian policing these days, we felt that we needed to go to the Saturday 08th September, 2007 Stop Bush! Make Howard History!
protest too - so off we trotted into the breach once more.
On the way I marveled at the police ingenuity taping closed bins with plastic, gaff and police tape:
Police buses filled with the Federal Storm Trooper Units
were fitted with riot shields right before our eyes:
It was a good day for slogans, but there has to be a winner... and here she is - a VIOLET PROTESTER
A close second in the humour stakes was this one - "Kevin Rudd DRUNK attends a strip club. John Howard SOBER sends out troops to Iraq.
Here are some of the rest of the slogans we saw:
Now after the good stuff, there unfortunately was a lot of bad... bad policing that is. Let's begin with the police taking the poles from peaceful protester's signs:
Then there were the creepy spying police up on the (very well guarded) Town Hall:
Some protesters covered their faces to avoid this surveillance:
The police line, forcing the protesters into the surrounded park (this part was frightening):
Here come a marching battalion of reinforcements for the line (already 5 rows deep with bikes, feds, motorbikes and ordinary state police):
Even more frightening was watching the line be told to put on their mace goggles as the protest was funneled past:
So many helicopters buzzing the protest that it felt like we were in a war zone:
And here is a poignant contrast - the police used their bikes as barricades; the protesters used them for music transportation:
The police had a water cannon (parked on Elizabeth Street); the protesters had a bubble cannon (strapped on the push bike):
I'll leave you with one part of Howard's Wall of Shame
. I am disappointed that we went from being a democracy to a police state, just so lil' Johnny could show what a big wig he was on a world scale, and agree that they should (in a non-binding way) 'talk' about climate change.
This is not the Australia I want to live in.