MissDissent (missdissent) wrote,
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APEC - Sydney Becomes a Police State

"This is not a Police State - we have a right to demonstrate!" echoed down the 10,000+ strong rally this morning. Let me show you why we needed to be reminded that we don't live in a police state.

Let's start with the peaceful Friday 07th September, 2007 rally which had to be surrounded by the 'Tactical Police BMX Unit'.



The police felt it necessary to record images of the protesters. I think it goes on our ASIO files. Luckily, we were able to get on camera many times between our two days of protesting, so we will have nice thick files:



Here are the dangerous (and clearly violent) protesters (Bums for Bush) they were recording. Wonder if hairy cracks will make it into the funny column in the next police newsletter?



Luckily there were some great people HELPING ensure the human rights of protesters were not violated. They were wearing vests labeled HUMAN RIGHTS MONITOR and you can see them here recording the police. Their group was made up of 30+ lawyers who were there to defend protesters from unlawful arrests. They rocked.



We hear they have photos of more than 50 police who were not showing identification... naughty naughty - and with that many clearly this was not a mistake - rather it was a directive. Has somebody called the ombudsman yet I ask?

Here is a montage of over-policing from Friday. Note the police officer standing underneath the 'Reinvent Democracy' sign. I'd suggest 'intelligent policing' would dictate reading any banners before you stand under them with an eye for satirical irony... and there certainly seemed to be a reinvention of democracy this weekend (and not in a good way).



And finally we see 'the skirmish' where peaceful protesters lined the streets and laughed at the police using their bikes as a barricade, whilst searching one of their own APEC vehicles. Me thinks it was stupid to bring a motorcade through as the mooning protest was winding up. Check out the Police Dirt Bike Bandits who came in from behind us across Hyde Park, the choppers buzzing us from above, and of course the lines of feds (jn overalls), and state police.



A special 'thanks for the laughs' goes to this dude - Officer Robocop, Head of the Tactical BMX Unit. Note the police officers in the 'urinal position' behind him. It's certainly sent out a 'we piss on protesters' message:



Check out my next post for how on Saturday they upped this already ridiculous amount of police. By the way, this protest attracted 300-400 people AT THE MOST.
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