Friday, August 31, 2007

APEC Critical Mass

After all the media hype and the threats from our Premier I was a little bit concerned that there might be some sort of confrontation at Mass tonight. Instead it was one of the friendliest rides I've been on.

The Police were going out of their way to be friendly and helpful. This guy told me how much he was enjoying the ride and the music. He'd come in from Burwood for it. At the end of the ride the Police hung around to chat and have their photos taken with the riders.

It seems to me that the media and the politicians are the only people who want to see violent protests at APEC. The media are hungry for a sensational story and the pollies get the chance to flex their muscles and strut about being strong men. The Police and the People just want a peaceful protest.

Compare this to what happened in Minneapolis where the Police attacked people with Tasers and Mace without any provocation.

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