No, in terms of APEC reportage, while there have been scattered references to say, ‘climate change’ — and the possibility that some people in China may on occasion be prevented from fully exercising the entire spectrum of their civil and political rights under international law — the fact that a probable (US) war criminal is visiting these shores has been markedly overlooked. So too, the fact that another (Russian) war criminal has presided over a regime in which investigative journalists have been decimated. In a remarkable (or perhaps not) display of loyalty to their employers, however, no Australian journalist has raised these or any other difficult subjects in their writings on the upcoming Summit. Instead, the public is expected to take (frankly ludicrous) tales of anarchist malfeasance seriously. For example, the state-owned Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports — without attribution — that an:
Anarchist training manual ‘justifies’ APEC security
New South Wales Police Minister David Campbell says a training manual distributed by a protest group proves the need for the strong security presence in place for APEC.
An anarchist group calling itself the ‘Mutiny Collective’ is reportedly distributing the manual to would-be protesters.
Mr Campbell has labelled the manual as “disturbing”.
“The fact that this group called Mutiny have distributed a violent protests step-by-step guide I think demonstrates what police have known all along – that there were people intent on violent behaviour at APEC,” he said.
“It justifies this planning around a strong security presence that has been put in place.
“Any reasonable person in our community would be disturbed that there is a step-by-step guide on how to create mayhem, how to take part in a violent protest, how to hide your identity and even how to evade paying fares on the public transport system as you go about your violent protests.”
Oddly enough, by his own admission, New South Wales Police Minister David Campbell hasn’t even read the bloody thing! Thus: “Detectives are yet to see a copy of the document, but New South Wales Police Minister David Campbell says reports of its existence justify the heavy security presence in and around Sydney. “Police have known of the tactics of these groups through their preparation and through their training,” he said. “The fact that this manual is being distributed as widely as it is by this organisation is of concern” (an extract from another ABC report titled Rudd backs APEC crackdown; yet another one of the seemingly innumerable cases of Rudd’s me-tooism).
Taken literally, Campbell is claiming that the estimated $170 million cost of security at the conference may be justified by reference to reports of a manual which may or may not exist, but which is purportedly ‘violent’.
One might note at this point that it’s quite odd that a manual may be both ‘widely distributed’ and at the same time NSW Police be unable to obtain a copy in order to examine its contents for themselves. Either the Police are massively incompetent (possible, but unlikely), or simply lying (both possible and likely).
But where did all this nonsense about a violent manual come from anyway?
APEC ‘rioters’ plot to target Bush
EXCLUSIVE by Joe Hildebrand and Malcolm Farr
The Daily Telegraph
September 3, 2007
ONE group of militant APEC protesters is secretly plotting an outbreak of violence for US President George W. Bush’s arrival in Sydney tomorrow, distributing a rioter’s training manual on how to wear gas masks, confront police and even evade fares.
The clandestine anarchist action, six weeks in the making, has been dubbed “FLARE in the void” and is described as an “Anti-APEC counter convergence”…
The FLARE (For Liberation Autonomy Resistance Exodus) manual openly declares an prepardeness [sic] to commit violence.
It tells protesters engaging in “direct action” to form small groups of five to 15 people and to wear masks so they cannot be identified.
“It is important to defy police attempts to frighten us,” the so-called Mutiny Collective has written in one section.
The manual also tells protesters to wear gas masks, goggles, running shoes and full-body clothing to protect from tear gas and capsicum spray. It also advises carrying water and a bandanna soaked in vinegar to combat the effects of pepper spray.
Joe: “Wow! How’d you track ’em down, Malcolm?”
Malcolm: “Good question. On one of my frequent trips to the ground, I noticed Mutiny wore sneakers… for sneaking!”
Busloads of interstate activists expected to descend on Sydney are also told how to evade public transport fares, including forcing their way through railway station ticket barriers.
Mr Howard has acknowledged the threats of violence and the response of intrusive security precautions in Sydney’s CBD.
This morning the Prime Minister has made another YouTube appearance to spruik his APEC agenda.
But he has also said that if violence occurred people should not blame him or Mr Bush.
“Don’t blame the police, don’t blame the NSW Government, don’t blame any of our (heads of government) guests, don’t blame the Federal Government,” he said.
“Blame the people who threaten violence.”
Mr Howard said the APEC summit was an opportunity, despite the expected clashes, to present a positive image of Australia.
He said the nation’s largest city, “undeniably the most beautiful big city in the world”, would be seen as as a modern, sophisticated, tolerant, multi-racial society.
Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd said violence would be unacceptable and backed a zero-tolerance policy by police towards protests who were not peaceful.
“I would appeal to anyone who is thinking of protesting out there to protest in peaceful terms only,” he said…
For a corrupt old millionaire queen’s perspective on events, see also The Parrot, who joins John HoWARd on YouTube to provide all and sundry with deep insights into the meaning of ‘democracy’ in contemporary Australia. Choice quote, in reference to the 20 visiting heads of state: “I’d be down on bended knee, saying please spend a few more billion dollars [on] us. Instead, we’ve got the spectacle of what happened last year at the G20 summit in Melbourne. Frightening! Barricades burnt, police pelted with bottles and garbage; we’ve only got 14,000 police. Do we need the Army? There’s no reason these people should be allowed to march…” The Parrot then goes on to phantasise about the use of water cannons and tanks. “If there’s a 12,000 litre tank with shatterproof glass and a push bar in the front that can clear barricades and other obstacles, use it… Remember one thing: the rabble and the ferals are watching“.
Next: Punching bags!
- In a building of gold, with riches untold,
lived the families on which the country was founded.
And the merchants of style, with their vain velvet smiles,
were there, for they also were hounded.
And the soft middle class crowded in to the last,
for the building was fully surrounded.
And the noise outside was the ringing of revolution.
Sadly they stared and sank in their chairs,
and searched for a comforting notion.
And the rich silver walls looked ready to fall,
as they shook in doubtful devotion.
The ice cubes would clink as they freshened their drinks,
wet their minds in bitter emotion.
And they talked about the ringing of revolution.
We were hardly aware of the hardships they beared,
for our time was taken with treasure.
Oh, life was a game, and work was a shame,
and pain was prevented by pleasure.
The world, cold and grey, was so far away,
in distance only money could measure.
But their thoughts were broken by the ringing of revolution.
And the clouds filled the room in darkening doom,
as the crooked smoke rings were rising.
How long will it take, how can we escape,
someone asks, but no one’s advising.
And the quivering floor responds to the roar,
in a shake no longer surprising.
As closer and closer comes the ringing of revolution.
So softly they moan, please leave us alone,
as back and forth they are pacing.
And they cover their ears and try not to hear,
with pillows of silk they’re embracing.
The crackling crowd is laughing out loud,
peeking in at the target they’re chasing.
Now trembling inside the ringing of revolution.
With compromise sway we gave it half away,
when we saw that rebellion was growing.
Now everything’s lost as they kneel by the cross,
where the blood of Christ is still flowing.
Too late for their sorrow they’ve reached their tomorrow,
and reaped the seed they were sowing.
Now harvested by the ringing of revolution.
In tattered tuxedos they faced the new heroes,
and crawled about in confusion.
And they sheepishly grinned for their memories were dim,
of the decades of dark execution.
Hollow hands raised, they stood there amazed,
in the shattering of their illusions.
As the windows were smashed by the ringing of revolution.
Down on our knees, we’re begging you please,
we’re sorry for the way you were driven.
There’s no need to taunt just take what you want,
and we’ll make amends, if we’re living.
But away from the grounds the flames told the town,
that only the dead are forgiven.
As they vanished inside the ringing of revolution.
~ Phil Ochs