An article in today’s Herald Sun (Australian Open chiefs slam brawl, Ellen Whinnett and Mark Buttler, January 17, 2007) — regarding local youths’ impromptu re-enactment of the Balkans War at the Australian Open — confirms what has been known for some time: the corporate media is an arm of the state. According to the report: “Police will examine media images of the violence to try to track down those responsible. Officers yesterday contacted Melbourne newspapers and TV stations. Police used media images to investigate the violent chaos at November’s G20 summit. Some of the 11 arrested were identified through media images, particularly from the Herald Sun.”
In other news:
Protester faces court
Moonee Valley Community News
January 16, 2007
A 25-YEAR-old Moonee Ponds woman charged over protests at the G20 summit faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court last Thursday. [XYZ] appeared at a filing hearing charged with riot, affray and criminal damage. She has been scheduled to reappear on May 11 in the same court for a committal mention. Operation Salver detectives recently charged three more people — including a 19-year-old East Brunswick man and a 17-year-old male — over the protest. Police have now charged 11 people over the protests in November.
By my count, police have arrested and charged ten — not eleven — individuals. In addition to the above-named woman — whose name was previously suppressed, along with those of a 17 year old youth and a 19 year old male arrested last week — Danya Bryx, David Caldwell, Rosalie Delaney, Julia Dehm, Dominic Richardson, Akin Sari and David Vakalis have also been arrested and charged for a variety of offences allegedly committed during the course of the protests last November.
Of course, it’s possible that the identity of the eleventh person arrested and charged as a result of the protests has simply not been publicly released. Or that legs eleven is Drasko Boljevic. Only problem is Boljevic appears not to have been in Melbourne at the time of the protest, and that police, in a case of ‘mistaken identity’, unlawfully arrested and assaulted the wrong man (or alternatively, a “Fucking bastard” who should “Shut the fuck up” and “Get the fuck out of this city”; and whom police allegedly declared that they would bash should he refuse their helpful advice).