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.