View Full Version : Protests in Sydney today

31st Aug 2005, 05:16
ah, brings me back to the 1980'sin London and the Poll tax riots, well not really.

Pathethic stuff, Bunch of Greenie students who are protesting against Halliburton, [INSERT whatever here] are absolutely railroaded by mounted police, what an absolute joke, I think it says alot about your poli's when you have 30-40 protesters being coralled by 16/20 mounted and about 30-40 foot and associated police.

I understand the police have a job to do, but their application and deployment in this case stinks to high heaven.

Don't blow smoke here, it was disgracefully heavy handed and totally inflamed the situation.

It will be a shock if we ever get professional demonstrators who are organised here in Sydney, then the Police and the Government will be out of their depth, and thats a fact.

If they make a complete mess of such a small crowd, then how would they cope with 10 times the number.

pathethic stuff, I await with delight how Faux and Murdoch are going to spin it tonight.

31st Aug 2005, 06:09
1000 protesters at scene says Skynews at midday. On a more serious note these characters are the targets of removing compulsory student fees. A lot of the cannon fodder for the green protests are environmental studies students and remanents of the red ragger lefties that have grown disgruntled with their right leaning parliamentary wing. All funded from student union fees:E

31st Aug 2005, 06:13
Put them in the Army.

31st Aug 2005, 06:21
SkyNews is talking out of its ar :mad: se. Sky news is also telling lies.

But I concede that 1000 is a more newsworthy number than 60.

We saw them before going to lunch at 12:30 at the corner of King and George, and it looked like a joke.

We came back from lunch and saw them at the little memorial park opposite Martin Place, being hemmed in by mounted and foot police, they were finally escorted away down the middle of george.

The Sky News "journos" were in amongst them, very brave to be in amongst a 1000 angry protestors, what a load of :mad: .

but then again you knew that.............

31st Aug 2005, 06:24
Army don't want no low life scum like that . The police should round them up and hand them to centrelink to take their dole bludging allowances away from them. Funny how they all can get time off from work to protest about.....what is it this time...do they even know?

Pimp Daddy
31st Aug 2005, 06:46
Poor horses.

Water cannons and rubber bullets - should sort out those waste of space protesters.

31st Aug 2005, 09:18
ok I'll bite.....

I spoke to 4 girls who were carrying a banner today, two are studying law at sydney uni, the two others medicine.

so hardly centerlink material, which ever way you look at it.

Jenna Talia
31st Aug 2005, 09:54
Errr...... Why is this posted on D & G Reporting Points?

Pinky the pilot
31st Aug 2005, 10:43
Before this thread is whipped off to Jet Blast;
Saw some brief scenes on various news broadcasts and must admit having an unkind thought....
"Ah yes, the usual suspects!"

You only live twice. Once when
you're born. Once when
you've looked death in the face.

31st Aug 2005, 11:55
I believe the police response would have been based on estimated numbers, so the protest didn't get the support they had hoped for and advised the police of, as is a requirement?

31st Aug 2005, 12:07
Bugger; now if someone would be so kind as to make any reference to aviation however slight then I can continue my evening stroll.:O

31st Aug 2005, 12:15
Leeeeaving on a Jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again......

31st Aug 2005, 14:33
Should've saved the cops for more useful activities byusing aerial water bombing! :}

Keep strolling W! :E

31st Aug 2005, 22:09
7gcbc obviously was one of the protestors who got a mouth full of horse hair.

I just love the irony of a pom telling us we did a lousy job. More ironic (or was that "moronic") that he refers to the Poll Tax riots in the UK to proove his point.

For the record idiot - sorry, I mean 7gcbc - the poms wouldn't know how to handle a piss-up in a brewery, let alone a riot. The poll tax riots are a classic case in point - half of London got destroyed on a daily basis; and as we all know this was "rent a riot" and not legitimate protestors. Take any civil disobedience event in the UK and you'll see cops and protestors injured by the dozen; bulidings, cars, etc damaged beyond repair.

The SYD event was hardly a cause for protest; as was reported on the news no 2 protestors agreed on what they were protesting about. Therefore, the perceived risk was that this was another professionally managed attempt at creating anarchy for the sake of it through civil disobedience. Heavy handed is appropriate - less than one thousand people showed up - why should the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of other Aussies and tourists be threatened by this minority element? Perhaps if the poms adopted a "dont f*ck with us" approach then London would look less like a battleground and more like the brilliant city that it is.

31st Aug 2005, 23:12

Just take a look at the "rent a crowd" mob.
You'd never employ one of them, but then again as previously mentioned this mob wouldnt work in an iron lung.

They complained about multinationals making billions and say its not fair.
Maybe they'd prefer massive losses, massive unemployment and more poverty.

Ths is from a guy that was wearing a "diesel" brand T shirt, brand name jeans and probably uses a Nokia mobile phone.
He probably frequents McDonalds and eats processed cereal as well.
And what about the cigerettes a percentage of them probably smoke??

Hypocrites the lot of them.
This was rent-a-crowb and a bad one at that.

The funniest point was that while this mob was trying to rumble with the police, the politicians and business leaders were across the quay in the ocean terminal building drinking champagne and watching this mob make fools of themselves !!!

1st Sep 2005, 00:27

true, My original thoughts were that the protest was a joke, and it was totally counterproductive for them, but I guess the estimated numbers were well below what the police expected.

I still think it looked pretty bad for both sides, can't say what the main protaganists were doing, they were not visible behind the ranks of police, which just made the whole thing look silly.

As far as controlling the situation peacefully, then I'm afraid that even with such overwhelming numbers, the police only did a fair job, regardless of the "rent-a-crowd" or "anarchist" elements, the police should really have just ignored them and snatched the one or two agitators, rather than hemming them all into the memorial park in Wynard Lane.

By all accounts it was a fairly inept demonstration, and thats the reference I was making, although I can't help wondering (yes barbarossa) if this is the reaction to a fairly pathethic demo, what methods would the police use if it was serious ?

Rubber Bullets ?

mr hanky
1st Sep 2005, 00:28
Much as I hate to be defending the Poms when we're 2-1 down in the cricket, but the poms wouldn't know how to handle a piss-up in a brewery, let alone a riot - you're kidding, right? After the magnificent:rolleyes: way the Redfern and Macquarie Fields riots were handled here in NSW, I'll take the Poms' brewery piss-up any day, thanks.

1st Sep 2005, 06:00
Pilots Riot on Sydney streets.

By Michael Veeblefitzer.

Massive riots occurred yesterday around the Sydney Opera House forecourt and spread to the streets of the Sydney CBD.

Leading the riot was professional anarchist Qantas Second Officer Michael Hunt, whilst representing both Jetstar and Virgin Blue were Yitzak Goldberg and Jimmy Jones.

"How can a second officer hope to survive on the paltry sum of up to $140,000 a year?" screamed Hunt.
"We're being ripped off black and blue.
Qantas made over $1 billion in profit and look what pathetic figure they pay us.
Before you know it they'll be expecting us to actually perform take-offs as well as landings! It just isnt cricket"

Yitzak Goldberg from Jetstar was flustered about Jimmy Jones (Virgin Blue) accepting a pay cut and never to be outdone, the Jetstar counterpart insisted on a higher salary cut as well as lower overall conditions.

"How can we compete unless we undercut the opposition in a major way.
Besides, its OK at the moment...my Mum and Dad can afford to keep me at home in the Double Bay Mansion so I can continue to work for Jetstar.
Jetstar is just great.They even gave me a 10% cash discount when I paid for my own Airbus endorsement. What a great crowd and besides, it's things like that which make Jetstar a true family airline!"

Jimmy Jones from Virgin Blue just sucked on a cigarette, gave half a grunt and refused to comment.

Beer Can Dreaming
1st Sep 2005, 06:13
Absolute classic that sums it up pretty well.

Rather than see all wages go down, I'd like to see VB and J* wages go up to a more realistic level.

Ah, the hard done by second officer thing again.

That Vertical Promotion must be a real bitch eh boys !!

1st Sep 2005, 22:46

Am I going blind or are you developing a sense of humour?
Must be something in that country Victorian water!

Agree with Beer Can D that the likes of Jetstar should be trying for higher wages rather than undercutting VB, or at least match their pay scale.

Very amusing nonetheless.