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“Free Tibet” skywriter above the Torch Relay this morning

By crazybrave - 24 April 2008 160

Did anyone else catch the skywriting this morning? Image here is from the ArtWranglers blog:

Torch Relay skywriting Free Tibet

[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.

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160 Responses to
“Free Tibet” skywriter above the Torch Relay this morning
Bundah_Bloke 11:43 am 24 Apr 08

Who were the group of guys dressed in black masks holding up a sign at the boundary fence?, there was a tussle between them and the Chinese too apparently early in the morning.

Thumper 11:40 am 24 Apr 08

Kind of makes you happy that you don’t live under the communist yoke…

Mr Evil 11:39 am 24 Apr 08

toadstool said :

A very shaken work collegue…

Shaken, but not stirred?

TroyWilliams 11:33 am 24 Apr 08

Walked out of my office in Northborne Avenue this morning to have a look around, almost thought I was in China with all of the red flags and pro-Chinese chants, except the gum trees reminded me where I was.

A few of my staff wandered out with “Free Tibet” signs for their own little protest.

Shortly afterwards a guy turned up with a sign saying “Enslave Tibet” and he joined the red rent-a-crowd of students who cheered his arrival. The rent-a-crowd clearly didn’t get the Australian sense of irony.

After a short moment the AFP turned up and quietly took his sign away despite the fact he was upsetting nobody. Maybe I really was in China?

toadstool 11:32 am 24 Apr 08

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?

Thumper 11:31 am 24 Apr 08

Excellent effort by the police so far…

AussieGal83 11:26 am 24 Apr 08

I was there with the Free Tibet protesters outside Parliament House. It wrote Free Tibet and then ‘Free’ again later.

sepi 11:00 am 24 Apr 08

http://news.theage.com.au/torch-relay-underway-amid-tensions/20080424-287r.html

Bob Brown commissioned this. Good work.

Apparently there are a few scuffles and lots of protesters, but the tv coverage is mostly showing the runners, who are totally segregated from the crowd.

And who gave sunrise the coverage – this is an important live international event, and they are interspersing it with their pathetic infomercials and tacky fashion shows etc.

Morgan 10:48 am 24 Apr 08

According to the SMH Sen. Brown paid for it.

hingo 10:28 am 24 Apr 08

I noticed this skywriting this morning in the reflection on the back window of the car in front of me while I was sitting in the joke known as the GDE. The regular 30 minute drive to work down Northbourne was now a 1hr 15min drive down the GDE. How about they run the torch again at 4:30 to 5:30 just for shits ands giggles eh?

Absent Diane 10:24 am 24 Apr 08

did just then. conspiracy? ufo’s/torch relay/people offering free tiget? something funny is a foot.

All seriousness aside you could easily photogshop it and really make it look like a ufo.

martyo 10:22 am 24 Apr 08

not sure how many he squeezed out – I photographed a “free tibet” then and extra “free” for good measure. will post later.

Nice UFO action, makes you realise how easy u can fake! al-foil + arm

Thumper 10:14 am 24 Apr 08

Anyone notice the UFO in ther bottom right hand corner?

Absent Diane 10:13 am 24 Apr 08

free tiget…?? where I wouldn’t mind some free tiget – if i only knew what it was.

Joe Canberran 10:10 am 24 Apr 08

Cool.

Bet that was done for free – to my knowledge sky writers aren’t cheap

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