Did anyone else catch the skywriting this morning? Image here is from the ArtWranglers blog:
[ED – Beckumer actually got in with this story first adding “I heard a rumour this was done by the Greens” but Crazybrave won out by providing the picture.]
UPDATE – ED – Probally worth a post of it’s own but news.com.au has this article about clashes between pro-China and Tibetan demonstrators with some VERY interesting SKY NEWS footage and commentary showing AFP officers pulling the Chinese “flame attendants” away from the torch.
FURTHER UPDATE: A mashup of the Nine and ABC evening news coverage can be seen thanks to YouTube:
Also this comment by Toadstool is worth more attention:
A very shaken work collegue has just come into the office. She was walking across Commowealth bridge when she came across a group of Chinese attacking a lone Tibetan on the north side of the bridge. When she tried to intervene, she was attacked too. There were about 30 Chinese attacking two people, so she fled. Did anyone witness this? Where were the police? What has happened to the poor tibetan guy
FURTHER FURTHER UPDATE: The Tibet Infomation Office – An official agency of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile – has posted numerous stories on Canberra and the torch relay
[Ed. seems that the ill will between supporters and protesters was not isolated to the incident above. Sal Paradise sent in the following experience]
This morning I protested with my Tibetan national flag on the Olympic torch relay route.
At 9:15am I had to go to work, so handed my flag to a young lady to carry on through the morning. I received a text from her at about 10:30am that a group of China supporters took the Tibet flag from her and threw it in Lake Burley Griffin.
It’s unfortunate to see this people acting in this way – that China supporters cannot accept Australians’ right to protest. When you think about it, that group of China supporters ganging up on a lone protester were faithfully carrying out there own government’s modus operandi: using force to prevent a others speaking freely.