Treasurer urges peaceful protest
November 16, 2006
TREASURER Peter Costello has called for peaceful demonstrations at this weekend’s G20 meeting.
He urged protesters not to disrupt the meeting of finance ministers and central bankers at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt Hotel.
“It’s perfectly legitimate to make your point on any of these issues, but the important thing is that they are non-violent,” he told Southern Cross radio. Up to 10,000 people are expected to protest against the meeting, which has been criticised for its “neo-liberal” agenda. Police said they had been talking to protest organisers and will be there to avoid the violence that erupted in 2000.
Mr Costello said: “There are some socialists, there are some anarchists, there are some people that want to disrupt world trade. What do you want the international footage to be of? People trying to disrupt world leaders or a warm, friendly, welcoming city?”