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If you’re plan­ning to protest while the APEC legis­la­tion still stands, take note of the advice from Human Rights Mon­it­ors (I got this as a handout at the SULS APEC talk).

Some high­lights:

  • There is no leg­al oblig­a­tion to tell the pub­lic where the red areas are…
  • The legis­la­tion does not appear to provide a lim­it on how far a per­son can be escor­ted from the green area…
  • No crim­in­al con­vic­tions are neces­sary to be on the list. It is only neces­sary that the Police Com­mis­sion­er sat­is­fy him­self that a par­tic­u­lar per­son would pose ser­i­ous threats…

Giv­en the good-natured protests thus far, police con­cerns have hardly been war­ran­ted, and a please explain might be in order as to why their fears were even remotely believ­able to begin with.

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Protesters at Railway Square

Pro­test­ers protest­ing about some­thing at Rail­way Square: pass­ers-by (like me) seemed to treat them as a curi­ous spec­tacle with all our cam­era phones instead of pon­der­ing whatever mes­sage they were try­ing to get through. (I tried to work out what they were try­ing to say, but I couldn’t work it out. Prob­ably “Bush Sucks” or some para­phras­ing there­of.)

An insane num­ber of police — every­one was well behaved though. I saw an officer record­ing the entire thing on tape — prob­ably not for fun­ni­est home videos. I was going to take a photo of him but I remembered the lady from Red­fern Leg­al Centre at the SULS APEC talk — “there’s only one crime, and that’s piss­ing off a police officer.”

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