G20! Millions of Dead Children! Nazis!

Former police union boss, the bloke they call Mullett, has gone on a little holiday — possibly to face charges of perverting the course of justice, perjury, breaching the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act, misleading the OPI director and breaching the OPI Act secrecy provisions — so it’s been left to his temporary replacement, Bruce McKenzie, to moan about police being subjected to unfair treatment:

Six members who were involved in last year’s G20 riots attracted some media attention today as they have, for more than a year, been ineligible for transfer or promotion as their conduct during the riots remains under scrutiny. It is both outrageous and unfair that members simply performing [their] duty, especially under such violent and dangerous circumstances[,] have remained under investigation and consequently unable to advance their careers. Protesters (some of who[m] punched, kicked and bit police during the G20 conflict) have already appeared in court, while it is hard-working members, who simply turned up to do their job, acting in good faith and in the interests of community safety[,] that remain under investigation. The inquiry into the G20 riots must be accelerated to allow these six members to continue their policing careers – the Police Association will continue to put pressure on those in charge of the investigation to expedite the process as a matter of urgency.

Typical bloody union thugs.

Strangely, the Herald Sun — the paper that backed the Tories in their failed attempt to maintain power (even in the face of union intimidation) — has backed the (police) union, describing the six subject to internal investigation as being ‘heroes’. What is unacknowledged is that the six are being investigated for possible offences committed on Sunday, November 19, outside of Melbourne Museum, when approximately 50 individuals, mostly women, who had peacefully assembled outside of the building, were confronted and then assaulted by several hundred police (including members of the riot squad).

Real heroic stuff. In the meantime:

G20 protesters facing legal setback
AAP
The Age
December 5, 2007

A group of 19 people charged over last year’s G20 riots in Melbourne has lost its bid to have a possible trial heard in a lower court.

Lawyers for 19 demonstrators applied to have riot and affray charges dealt with at Melbourne Magistrates Court rather at a higher court if they went to trial. But magistrate Sarah Dawes on Wednesday refused the request, following prosecution arguments that the matters were too serious.

The defence lawyers wanted the case be dealt with by a magistrate, who has the power to deal with some serious offences such as riot in a contested hearing. This is essentially a trial in a magistrates court. But Ms Dawes ruled this was inappropriate. She ordered the defendants appear before a contested committal hearing to determine whether there was enough evidence for them to stand trial in a higher court.

Ms Dawes said five people were already set to appear before the Victorian County Court charged over the riots and it would make no sense to run a lengthy trial twice. However, the defence lawyers argued their clients would face a significant delay of more than a year if ordered to appear before the County Court. Having the case heard in a lower court would also result in a significant saving of public money. The defence also argued that conduct by the defendants represented only an “average or ordinary” example of riot and affray offending.

Ms Dawes also rejected this argument.

“I take the view this offence is more serious than that,” she said. She said the fact some demonstrators wore disguises during the riots indicated an element of pre-planning.

Ms Dawes set a further hearing date at the same court on February 11 for a mention and ordered a four-week contested committal hearing begin at Melbourne Magistrates Court on February 18.

    “…a parcel of big ugly fat-necked wombat headed big bellied magpie legged narrow hipped splaw-footed sons of Irish Bailiffs or english landlords which is better known as Officers of Justice or Victorian Police…”

    – Ned Kelly (1855–1880), the Jerilderie Letter, February 1879

Speaking of violence, in the year since the G20 Summit in Melbourne — in which a number of rock *s, in addition to bureaucrats, foreign and imported, warbled about ‘making poverty history’ — the UN estimates 11,460,000 children have died of “poverty-related” causes (one might just as well say ‘wealth-related’ causes). But hell, who’s counting? And yet, even now, there are some socialists, there are some anarchists, there are some people that want to disrupt world trade. Thankfully, police forces around the world give short shrift to such troublemakers. Of course, not all troublemakers are bad. In Putin’s Russia, for example, police happily collude in the fascist butchering of oppositionists; while in Germany, they’re just plain tricksy.

German police ‘routinely ignore racist attacks’
Harry de Quetteville
Daily Telegraph
December 5, 2007

Police in eastern Germany routinely ignore racially motivated attacks, according to local politicians. They have also been accused of manipulating statistics to hide the soaring number of incidents involving neo-Nazis.

The chief of police in the state of Saxony-Anhalt was forced to resign yesterday after it emerged that he had instructed officers not to classify incidents as hate crimes unless the perpetrators were caught. The force headed by Frank Hüttemann claimed its region went against Germany’s national trend of rising race crime when it reported that attacks by neo-Nazis had halved in the first six months of the year. But state interior ministry statistics show the number of hate-crime victims rose by more than a quarter in the first nine months of the year.

The resignation of Mr Hüttemann is the latest blow to the Saxony-Anhalt police, which is already the target of a state parliamentary investigation into its failure to act against neo-Nazi activity. The committee is examining six cases, including one assault in which police failed to detain the suspects even though they remained at the scene after officers arrived.

Germany has been rocked in recent months by an upsurge in neo-Nazi attacks, with mobs targeting people from ethnic minorities. Jewish and anti-racist groups claim parts of eastern Germany have become “no-go areas”.

Last month a 17-year-old girl had a swastika carved into her hip by a gang of neo-Nazis after she tried to stop them bullying a six-year-old foreign girl. A pregnant Iraqi woman needed hospital treatment last weekend after being punched on a bus in Magdeburg, the state capital of Saxony-Anhalt. In another incident, a group of German men attacked three men and a woman from Niger as a crowd of 30 people looked on.

In Melbourne meanwhile, gumby punks continue to support Gary K’s venue in Fitzroy, where until recently neo-Nazi skinheads have gathered. However, word on the street is that last weekend’s benefit gigs were slightly spoilt by an assault on a punter… more details to follow. In a tearful address, leader of the gumby punks, Chris Crocker, has denounced the boycott of the pub, declaring: LEAVE GARY ALONE!

About @ndy

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2020 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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6 Responses to G20! Millions of Dead Children! Nazis!

  1. grumpy cat says:

    11 million… god what a horror it all is…

  2. Ana says:

    That we are being hung out to dry for pig pr is disgusting, the pigs had an ‘expert’ on the Wombles from Scotland Yard attend the G20 and give operational advice, also asio and the nsw poaka were all there to build a hysterical platform for apec. What about the unfair harassment and treatment of us arrestees, being slammed by the pigs and the authoritarian left and the corporate media. So unlike the solidarity and support that our brothers and sisters received in Aotearoa lately. Why can’t people in Straylia see the bigger picture?

    http://uriohau.blogspot.com/2007/12/spin-cycle.html

    http://uriohau.blogspot.com/2007/12/nothing-new-under-this-sun.html

    http://uriohau.blogspot.com/2007/12/police-corruption-cops-hit-front-page.html

  3. @ndy says:

    Cheers Ana.

    I wrote a little about that:

    Police praise over G20 riot
    Kelvin Healey
    Sunday Herald Sun
    July 1, 2007

    THE police response to Melbourne’s violent G20 riot was “effective”, but frontline officers needed better protection, an independent audit has found. The report, completed by a senior Scottish police officer who monitored Victoria Police’s planning and response to demonstrations outside the November summit, also suggested:

    THE crack Force Response Unit might not have enough manpower and the unit should be equipped with new purpose-built personnel vehicles.
    INCREASING the city’s closed-circuit TV camera network [beyond its current level of approximately 40,000 units] to help police with future riots.
    FURTHER development of barriers to block aggressive protesters.

    Protests outside the Grand Hyatt erupted in violence on November 18, when a group of hardcore anarchists, known as the Arterial Bloc, led an assault. The thugs wore jumpsuits and used bandanas across their faces to disguise their identities as they kicked, bit and spat on police, hurting 10 officers. They smashed a police van and hurled metal stakes, flares, horse manure, fake blood and urine-filled balloons.

    In the aftermath, police were accused of taking a “softly, softly” approach to the demonstrators. But the official audit, by Scotland’s Dumfries and Galloway Chief Constable Patrick Shearer, backed the police action. “Overall, the policing response to the G20 was very effective,” Mr Shearer’s report said. “There were learning points arising out of the operation . . . but Victoria Police must be commended for their measured and proportionate action to this challenging event.”

    Mr Shearer played a key role in security for the 2005 Edinburgh G8 summit.

    His report praised frontline officers for their restraint. “The members were very effective and measured in their response . . . doing well not to respond to the goading acts of the extreme protesters,” he said in the report.

    But the report said the officers — many equipped with a baton, goggles and gloves — could have had better safety gear. “The protective clothing provided to members . . . was limited,” it said. “Additionally, they would have benefited from being deployed (or) supported with purpose built personnel carriers which are suitably protected with grids that allow a 25-man unit to be transported in three vehicles and deployed quickly and effectively.”

    Yes; the police officer hand-picked by Victoria Police* to provide expert advice on containing the G20 protest (based on his previous role as “…the Mutual Aid Co-ordinator for the G8 Summit” in Gleneagles in 2005!), has concluded that, on balance, his employer made the right decisions. Shearer’s suggestions regarding the need for more police with more and better equipment also find an echo in the initial report by Australia’s best union, although — strangely — this report makes no specific reference to metal stakes, flares, horse manure, fake blood and urine-filled balloons raining down on police lines, merely registering concern “that our members were able to be threatened with a range of missiles, including water-filled barriers that had apparently been emptied of water by protesters”.

    *Hard-core gang intent on violence
    Mark Dunn
    Herald Sun
    November 20, 2006

    A HARD-CORE gang behind most of the aggression and damage during the weekend riots was intent on violence from the outset.

    The group, Arterial Bloc, originated in Sydney but used the internet and local training sessions to recruit Melbourne activists in the lead-up to the rally.

    The gang was inspired by a notorious international anarchy movement known as Black Bloc.

    Arterial Bloc, several dozen of whose members were disguised in hooded white coveralls and masks, was formed specifically to cause mayhem outside the G20 summit.

    It was described by two senior police sources as being organised criminals with likely connections to violent factions within the global protest movement.

    It is known that at least two British radicals, several from the European mainland and activists from New Zealand had flown to Melbourne for the protests. Police are investigating whether those international protesters were among the Arterial Bloc ranks.

    Several Arterial Bloc members, including protesters from NSW, were arrested on the weekend.

    Europe’s Black Bloc protesters dress in black and also hide their faces to avoid identification.

    But the Australian Arterial Bloc group appears to have chosen its white uniforms based on another militant European group called the WOMBLES — an acronym for White Overall Movement for Building Liberation through Effective Struggles.

    WOMBLES and Black Bloc have been responsible for much of the ugly violence at May Day marches in the UK, G8 summits in Scotland and Canada, and the fiery World Trade Organisation protests in Seattle in 1999.

    Black Bloc originated in Germany in the 1980s, but is a movement of diverse groups based on tactics rather than a specific organisation.

    Scotland’s Grampian Police Deputy Chief Constable Patrick Shearer, in Melbourne as a consultant to Victoria Police on the demonstrations, said his experience showed the group was volatile and dangerous.

    He said it appeared Black Bloc and Arterial Bloc shared tactics.

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some communication between the two groups,” Deputy Chief Constable Shearer said.

    “They go far beyond the passive element and are very aggressive.”

  4. Ana says:

    Kia Ora Andy

    Thanks for that, been looking for that reference about Patrick Shearer.

    Regards
    Ana

  5. Adam says:

    Black Bloc originated in Germany in the 1980s, but is a movement of diverse groups based on tactics rather than a specific organisation…

    and then

    He said it appeared Black Bloc and Arterial Bloc shared tactics.” I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some communication between the two groups,” Deputy Chief Constable Shearer said.

    now that’s just sloppy reporting not to call him on it … bad HERALD SCUM *Hits reporter with on the nose with rolled up news paper* … NO

  6. Steven says:

    I heard today that next year the G20 will be meeting in Canada. My question is who can I contact about any planned demonstrations? Thank you.

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