THE Occupy Melbourne protest was allowed to continue for a week. That’s a reasonable time to make a point, but the city must return to normal at some point……
POLICE and City of Melbourne officers and the Metropolitan Ambulance Service officers performed bravely, professionally and efficiently. Yet of course there were the usual “Police brutality” bleatings.
The police carried out the whole operation with restraint and minimal use of force in the face of screaming provocation. Any contrary claim is wrong.
NO ONE gets arrested for protesting: you have to escalate it, break the law, get violent. And there were more than 50 arrests.
I think police have acted lawfully, they have acted in the interests of the public and have acted responsibly…..they requested that the demostrators leave - those requests were refused (and) police took appropriate action.
Sophie Mirabella to Anti-Carbon Tax Protestors after Anthony Albanese’s “Convoy of No Consequence” comment:
Please maintain your right to a democratic say. Please do not ever be intimidated, no matter how smarmy, how sarcastic any member of parliament (is), no matter how exalted their position. Never be intimidated.
The Liberal Party - fearlessly defending the Freedom of Speech of those they agree with since forever.
When they kick in your front door - Police and the #Occupy Movement
The recent actions of Police at both the Occupy Melbourne and Sydney protests are as distressing as they are illuminating. The extraordinary and brutal lengths that the police have gone to in order to break the protests is bound to spread disillusionment and anger amongst many people. However, these actions also raise important lessons around the role of the Police and their relationship to social movements. These lessons must be addressed by the Occupy Movement if we wish to survive.
Those criticising the Occupy Sydney (and the rest of the Australian Occupy events for that matter) on the basis that the Australian economy isn’t as fucked bad as the American economy ought to look at the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data for Wealth Distribution:
The richest 20% now own 62% of household wealth.
The bottom 60% of people own a whopping 18% of household wealth.
The bottom 20% own just 1% of total household wealth.
In the last years, the household worth of the richest 20% has increased at almost 4 times the rate of the bottom 20%.
1.2 million households have a total net worth of $50,000.
77,000 households (read: families) owe more in debt then there total household worth
So yes, while we’re not quite as bad as the US, we should have the decency to admit that there is serious structural problems with the Australian economy. Considering this accumulation of wealth is happening in relative boom years, where we all supposedly benefit, one has to wonder how the state of inequality in Australian would fair if the country was to slide into recession on the back of a US downturn and continuing sovereign debt crisis in Europe.
So to those Occupying Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and those occupying Cities around the World, I say continue to fight the good fight, no matter what the cynics say. Those in power have taken so much and have no intention of stopping, so it is left for us to say no more.
“What’s most striking about this is not that the U.S. Government has seized and exercised exactly the power the Fifth Amendment was designed to bar (“No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law”), and did so in a way that almost certainly violates core First Amendment protections (questions that will now never be decided in a court of law). What’s most amazing is that its citizens will not merely refrain from objecting, but will stand and cheer the U.S. Government’s new power to assassinate their fellow citizens, far from any battlefield, literally without a shred of due process from the U.S. Government. Many will celebrate the strong, decisive, Tough President’s ability to eradicate the life of Anwar al-Awlaki — including many who just so righteously condemned those Republican audience members as so terribly barbaric and crass for cheering Governor Perry’s execution of scores of serial murderers and rapists: criminals who were at least given a trial and appeals and the other trappings of due process before being killed.”—Glenn Greenwald on the assassination of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki