Olympic Torch protests

tap 10 April 2008 91

Does anybody know much about the Canberra pro Tibetan protests that are supposed to be taking place at the olympic torch relay? Who is organising it, where are people supposed to meet etc?


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tap tap 12:43 pm 18 Apr 08

He was back then anyway. Im not too sure how much of a say he even has in it anymore.

Thumper Thumper 12:25 pm 18 Apr 08

Rudd sticking to his guns?

he has no idea, or if he does, he won’t tell anyone because it keeps changing virtually every day.

tap tap 12:06 pm 18 Apr 08

On the bus… off the bus… near the bus… painting the bus…

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 11:31 am 18 Apr 08

First there were no chinese attendants.
Then there were three chinese attendants.
Now there will be six chinese attendants.

Apparently the manufacturing flaws inherent in China-produced goods will mean the Oympic torch will need to be physically relit by elite soldiers every 250 meters.

tap tap 12:51 pm 16 Apr 08

Credit to Kevin Rudd for sticking to his guns over this.

But yeah, call it off.

Thumper Thumper 12:47 pm 16 Apr 08

Except I’m sure that DFAT, at the Chairman’s request, will give them diplomatic imunity.

The whole thing stinks. Call it off.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 12:30 pm 16 Apr 08

As they’re not licensed security persons within Australia, the moment they step off their Magic Diplomatic Bus they’re no longer active members of the chinese military and just tourists\working visitors.

If they’re assaulting any fellow Chinese\Tibetans in exile, Taiwanese, Australian citizens or people who don’t want to be assaulted, they’re subject to the same laws as everyone else ought to be, so either get the attention of AFP to witness the alleged assault (and remember the name from the badge of your witnessing officer, who should be wearing some ID if they are on duty) and follow it up.

Thumper Thumper 11:56 am 16 Apr 08

I think every one can agree on that point…

caf caf 11:12 am 16 Apr 08

Gosper’s a goose.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 10:47 am 16 Apr 08

lloks like we both posted the same thing at the same time skid.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 10:39 am 16 Apr 08

Story on the ABC on security arrangements for the “Run with burning stick”:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/04/16/2218059.htm
It appears the local constabulary has been granted Police extra powers to search people and seize items including eggs, paint bombs, fire extinguishers and flares. (so don’t do the shopping and stand beside the road with a carton of eggs and a bag of flour)

Also, the head of the Oztralyan leg of the “run with burning stick” Committee, Ted Quinlan, says Chinese torch attendants could be arrested if they lay a hand on people during the relay and the ACT branch of the AFP are saying that the Chinese blue trackie dack brigade WILL NOT be used under any circumstances. Sounds as if the AFP are getting shirty about them being on their patch.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:37 am 16 Apr 08

Stolen from http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/04/15/2217755.htm

No Chinese security on torch relay: Police
Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:34pm AEST

The head of security for the Canberra leg of the Olympic torch relay has moved to clear up confusion over the role Chinese military officials will play.

Deputy president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Kevan Gosper says the Chinese will accompany the torch but will only be called on in an emergency.

But ACT deputy chief police officer Shane Connolly says Chinese authorities will not be used for security under any circumstances.

“Under no circumstances, no matter what occurs, will they be called on to perform a security function,” he said.

“In fact if there was an urgent situation the runners that we may have out at any one time would be put back into the bus for their own security.”

Mr Gosper had earlier said that if protests become too violent, the Chinese officials would be called on to provide security assistance.

So apparently, neither the left nor right hand knows what is happening.

Thumper Thumper 6:45 pm 15 Apr 08

I can’t wait to hear the howls of outrage from Margo Kingston about Rudd lying 😉

Thumper Thumper 6:23 pm 15 Apr 08

I’ll lower myself and buy a copy of the CT 😉

tap tap 5:27 pm 15 Apr 08

Because John Howard never went and did whatever other, stronger countries told him to do? No… unheard of…

Mælinar Mælinar 5:13 pm 15 Apr 08

@Thumper – you haven’t read the front page of the Canberra Times today have you ?

Buy a copy anyway, see if you can see my advert 😛

BTW JonasGrumby with the ‘Minnow’ 3 hour tour – sorry I can’t respond to your sms because you changed the ‘from’ from a number to JonasGrumby 🙁

Funny as all hell though.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 5:04 pm 15 Apr 08

“Does anybody else think that Kevin Rudd might be a Chinaman in a zip up “dorky looking, soft and white, guy with a monotone voice” suit? Something akin to a Dr Who villian. Or is it just me?”

Nah, he’s the Milky Bar Kid!

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 4:58 pm 15 Apr 08

See earlier comments re: New Leadership on Spin Cycle.

Now all we need are for the cogs of this freely-spinning Government to engage and either sheer off all of their teeth or start actually changing something.

Thumper Thumper 4:45 pm 15 Apr 08

As I said Mael, JWH is long gone now…

And aren’t the hippies enraged! No-one to vent their spleen at any longer….

At the moment Rudd is all spin and symbolism, nothing more.

Mælinar Mælinar 4:43 pm 15 Apr 08

@Thumper – you know full well that was a hypothetical analogy. I couldn’t be bothered typing in about Tampa, Siev-X, WMD or any of the other readily avaliable, but long winded, examples I have to hand.

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