Nathan goes to S11

Before you email me please read the note at the bottom

start: After missing pfh at the station I wandered down to join the protest. I wasn't sure whether I wanted to be involved at that stage, I agreed with the facts presented by the S11, but was unsure whether protesting was the right way to go about presenting the issue to the public.
casino-entrace: The first group of demonstrators I saw seemed quite able to fend of attack, so I went looking further.
Why are the police on the opposite side of the road to the protests?
Further down the road the crowd was begining to swell.
The river was covered in police boats and seals (or whatever they're called here, dugongs? turtles?).
The prime minister was brought to the casino on a boat.
Even the small side entrances were covered.
police-ram-1: For no obvious reason, while I was standing at the lights, a police car drove up and tried to drive through the protest line
There were a lot of media drifting around. More media than Cops.
police-ram-2: The car gave up after a few minutes. I'm not sure whether the drivers were scared of hurting someone, the crowd really did manage to hold the car back, or the whole exercise was to keep the crowd occupied.

The real entrance

Helicopters were flying overhead. I figured they must have been ferrying people inside via helicopter. This was later confirmed on TV.

The whole Richard Court debarkle

richard-caught-1: Richart Court, the WA premier is seen here sitting out a mini rally, as his car is taken hostage.
One man took Richard to court over his role in mandatory sentencing. He explained to the crowd how many aboriginal children were locked up due to these laws.
Police started to intervene. The first group of police were friendly, and seemed to be there to prevent people being stupid.
They chatted with Court.
police-brutality-1: the second wave were violent and used battons indescriminately.
It got very rushed, as the police lashed out.
A man next to me was bashed in the face with a baton. He had said nothing while I was standing there. Four people all told the police man he was out of control. (Not the head in this picture)
The three leftmost police in the foreground here were clearly there to pick fights. They pushed people and swung their batons around threateningly.
You can see the police were not in control.
They made a single thrust, using their batons to try and provoke rage.
The surprise and speed of their attack worked. They surrounded the car.
In some ways, there is a lot of parallels between this protest, and a giant game of go.
Police on horses with lowlevel riot gear.
The third wave had horses running through the crowd pushing people out of the way.
With the police's help, Richard Court finally started to leave.
And got out. I wonder why there was such good footage of Richard in the car? Do all the premiers get their own personal camera crew? Why was he travelling across the spencer street bridge, when he could have travelled around the long way and got in like everyone else? Why was he the only person to have made this maneuvre and why were the Cops lined up waiting?
Good to see communication between police and the Media! (I don't think they are actually talking here.)
You can see this blockade from further back in this shot.
Only 1 protestor was seriously hurt. And the Ambulance is right behind this person's head :-)

Kings bridge

The king's bridge line was much more peaceful, with a row of cops facing a row of protestors.
For a while there was a divvy van parked nearby. It left.
The police tried very hard to be intimidating. Unfortunately, the crowd laughed at them. And they started laughing back. I had a chat with one cop, who said that he was impressed with the peacefulness of the crowd. He said that some of the trucker's union protests he had been to were much more agitated.
Here they are trying to slowly march towards the blockade.
A mini-forum started up for people who perhaps didn't understand the full issues, or wanted to challenge the organisers, could ask questions. had people like this one constantly updating the crowd on what has happened around the place.

Interesting Banners

No idea what this banner means. (void thinks it might be an entry in the TripleJ beat the drum competition where the person who produces the most public/original display of the JJJ logo wins).
The channel Nine-Microsoft-Network helicopter comes in for a landing.
Hmmm, is a news company half owned by the richest member of the WEF going to give a balanced view?

The set

The WEF was set, some would say appropriately, in the 'Crown Casino'. organised the rally in protest of globalisation, which one WEF speaker interpreted as "Allowing US companies more access to other countries' resources and markets.". A big deal was made of Nike, who have been employing people in third world countries at 1cent a day to make say, 100 shoes, which sell for $200US. McDonalds has been in the spotlight for a number of years for their encouragement of Amazon rainforest clear felling agriculture. Microsoft has been found by the US government to have been using unethical, and illegal tactics to maintain their software monopoly.

Here are some other pictures I took while in the City :-)

The aquarium: A nice picture of the aquarium on an over cast day...
A nice overcast day on the Yarra.
The orphan train.

Update, 20020911

I received several emails essentially telling me to remove this page in respect for the events of september 11, 2001 in New York. The events depicted on this page relate to september 11, 2000. Not only that but the things that people were protesting about in these pictures are even more relevant now considering just how many more rights have been taken away, especially in the united states of america, supposedly the land of the free(Source):

Some of the fundamental changes to Americans' legal rights by the Bush administration and the USA Patriot Act following the terror attacks:

* FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION: Government may monitor religious and political institutions without suspecting criminal activity to assist terror investigation.

* FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: Government has closed once-public immigration hearings, has secretly detained hundreds of people without charges, and has encouraged bureaucrats to resist public records requests.

* FREEDOM OF SPEECH: Government may prosecute librarians or keepers of any other records if they tell anyone that the government subpoenaed information related to a terror investigation.

* RIGHT TO LEGAL REPRESENTATION: Government may monitor federal prison jailhouse conversations between attorneys and clients, and deny lawyers to Americans accused of crimes.

* FREEDOM FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCHES: Government may search and seize Americans' papers and effects without probable cause to assist terror investigation.

* RIGHT TO A SPEEDY AND PUBLIC TRIAL: Government may jail Americans indefinitely without a trial.

* RIGHT TO LIBERTY: Americans may be jailed without being charged or being able to confront witnesses against them.

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