Word on the streets of Sydney is that the New Reich (‘New Right’) has gathered together a mob and is distributing fascist propaganda under the guise of ‘national anarchism’. Under the watchful gaze of ex-NPD and ex-ONP member Welf Herfurth (a German businessman who relocated to Sydney in 1987), the group is present at the APEC summit demonstrations, where it is distributing (or attempting to distribute) anti-anarchist propaganda.
More details later. In the meantime, a garbled account is available via:
APEC protesters confront police / Arrests, injuries during APEC march / Blah blah blah
Ean Higgins [and Dan Box and Godwin knows who else]
September 08, 2007
PROTESTERS at APEC gathered in pouring rain and police were bracing for expected violence by dissident groups today.
The protesters gathered outside Sydney’s Town Hall station this morning.
As they prepared to march, police formed a solid line three deep to block off George Street.
Behind them, four police buses blocked George, their wheels covered with steel grates.
Police started forming lines confronting the [Notional Anarchist] group.
A police officer told his men, “This is the trouble here, these are the ones who are violent.”
There were about 30 of the [Notional Anarchists], who described themselves as the New Right, all dressed in black hooded jackets. Some of the group wore dark sunglasses and all had bandanas around their faces…
The silly wankers didn’t take part in the march, apparently, preferring to scurry off home early. News reports also suggest that one of the wallies may have been arrested; then again, news reports also claimed Sydney would be on fire by this stage.
In other news, as predicted, in addition to luxury accommodation, meals, inner Sydney and a police state, the 21 heads of state have been given Driza-Bones and Akubras in which to have their $105,000 holiday snaps taken:
World leaders to receive Driza-Bones
September 8, 2007
Sydney’s official APEC outfit has been revealed – tailor-made, knee-length Driza-Bone coats made of the original brown material and spiced up with a contrasting colour for each of the 21 world leaders.
The leaders are about to walk out on to the steps of the Opera House for their official photograph in the national costume, chosen by Prime Minister John Howard and his wife Janette.
The so-called “silly shirt” is the highlight of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting, with host nations over the years choosing outfits from batik shirts to silk coats to wear in the official photograph.
Most pundits had expected Mr and Mrs Howard to choose a Driza-Bone – the iconic Australian stockman’s attire – for the outfit.
Each leader has been given a choice of contrast colours for their coat from the range of slate blue, mustard yellow, red ochre and eucalyptus green.
The jackets have the APEC logo embroidered on them and each leader will also be given an Akubra felt hat.
The leaders’ lunch was held at the prestigious Guillaume at Bennelong restaurant.*
They dined on an entree of barramundi with endives, mushrooms, pearl of vegetables, yabbies and scallops, followed by roasted saddle of lamb with field mushrooms, kipfler potatoes, confit of tomato and thyme jus.
Lunch was to end with a selection of Australian fruit and cheese.
*Review from the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2007
Guillaume at Bennelong
Good Wine list
“Surrender to the world-class view, to an iconic masterpiece from a Danish legend and to legendary food from a French master. Guillaume Brahimi delivers a decadent, Dionysian experience that makes this site a modern wonder for reasons culinary as well as architectural. A recent make-over has made it all the more spectacular. Feasting under the Opera House’s cavernous concrete ribs can feel surreal and perhaps the food can be a little too rib-stickingly rich, but this is true fine-dining theatre. Roasted marron wrapped in proscuitto with risotto, veal jus and truffle is comfort food for kings. Kangaroo Island chicken breast is breathtakingly moist beneath a crisp skin, with duck foie gras ravioli. Whole books could be written about the huge wagyu beef rib eye for two, cooked on the bone and served with field mushrooms and merlot sauce – plus that wonderfully, wickedly rich Paris mash. Superb service under Craig Hemmings and sommelier Stuart Halliday high wires between expert and charming. Grand Marnier souffle with chocolate sorbet is a symphonic finale.”