23 April 2008

More Torch Stuff (but no pitchforks)

| Jazz
Join the conversation

Below are the road closures for the Olympic Torch Relay on Thursday. The following schedule of road closures applies:

5:00am – 9:30am King Edward Terrace between Parkes Place East and Parks Place West (for the Balloons)
8:15am – 9:15am Parkes Way
8:45am – 9:45am Commonwealth Ave
9:00am – 10:00am Capital Hill & Kings Ave
9:30am – 10:15am Kings Ave & Parkes Way
9:45am – 10:30am Limestone Ave & Anzac Parade
10:10am – 11:15am Limestone Ave
10:40am – 11:20am Wakefield Ave & Northbourne Ave
11:00am – 11:30am Northbourne Ave
11:00am – 11:45am Northbourne Ave & Commonwealth Ave

Please note that that ACT Government is advising significant delays in road traffic on Thursday morning.

And don’t forget that there are fireworks going off tonight at 6 PM from Black Mountain, Mount Ainslie and Red Hill.

Join the conversation

All Comments
  • All Comments
  • Website Comments

No, no, no Thumper. The Chinese tracksuit ‘cheer’ squad herded them into a temple and burnt them to death – sounds much more plausable.

Now, you’ve all said this is a wonderful thing to behold and how glorious the view of thousands of communist flags in Stanhopia is…


The Chinese are obviously making the most of the ACT Bill of Rights – with their rights being above all else!

Word I’ve got is that it is the Chinese who are goading the Tibetans.

gee, what a surprise…
Reading some of the language in their various calls to arms around the ‘net and the media over the past week, trouble can be expected.

and now there’s a plane with a banner trailing behind that my dodgy eyes can’t quite read…

captainwhorebags9:24 am 24 Apr 08

Sea of red shirts and flags at the Balloon launch this morning. Someone on a PA was trying to tell the flag wavers where they were allowed to be although I don’t know how successful that was.

Remember that they may not have necessarily been bussed in to counter the Tibet crowd – the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay would no doubt be a special occasion to the large Australian Chinese community who may not want anything to do with the protest or counter action.

Holden Caulfield9:19 am 24 Apr 08

I managed my trip in to work from inner North to Fyshwick without any delays.

Of course, the fact I took the opportunity to run an errand in Phillip on the way helped a little, haha.

Look up in the sky right now – FREE TIBET

Not a bad effort!

And Torch Attendants, that’s a new word that’ll creep into the language now as a euphemism for all kinds of things.

There were these funny-looking cars parked on every bit of grass with chequerboard designs on them, and men with hats on standing around. Not sure what they were. Maybe they brought them in from Sydney, too.

There’s quite a lot of protesters already outside Parliament. Probably the biggest Police presence I saw on my way in.

yeah, Kings Ave was a seething mass of red flags with stars on them, Americans would be having the horrors, Communists! I hope the good guys are organised and give a good account of themselves.

Tons more traffic than usual this morning, looks like everyone got the message. Sadly, it seems to have meant more dead roos on Captain’s Flat road, as people were out at dawn, roo time. There were a lot of new dead ones, and some dying ones. The Wildcare lady I rang on my mobile said it was the 3rd call about one newly hit roo.

neanderthalsis7:56 am 24 Apr 08

Driving into work today there was a seething mass of folks with Chinese flags along Parkes way and the Kings ave bridge. Only saw one poor chap with a free tibet sign. I think the odds have been well and truly stacked on the side of the Chinese.


The bridge closures are total, no walking across on the footpaths.

I’d probably go to the protests if there was reliable public transport to get there (eg rail). Maybe that’s why we don’t have it- stop the lazy from rallying?

Holden Caulfield5:49 pm 23 Apr 08

Thanks for the updates Jazz.

“Reading the Names of those who have died in tibet?? Tibet has been around for some time, thats got to be a really long list…”

Not really Jazz, dont forget those blokes believe in reincarnation, so that haven’t really died, they are now monkies, rats, donkeys and union officials.

Perhaps the protesters can use Bob Brown to smother the flame – being a wet blanket and all?

I wonder if the Chinese Govt has researched whether Tibetan prayer flags burn as well as Tibetan people do?

I just bought some Tibetan prayer flags – Thumper, April 2008

Tagline nomination.

OzChick said :

Wednesday 23 April – Torch relay eve

What: Candlelight Prayer Vigil

Where: Chinese Embassy, Coronation Drive, Yarralumla

When: Wednesday 23 April, 5.30pm to 8.00pm

Program: Reading of names of those who have died in Tibet, Tibetan Buddhist prayers, Tibetan National anthem.

Reading the Names of those who have died in tibet?? Tibet has been around for some time, thats got to be a really long list…

captainwhorebags3:00 pm 23 Apr 08

Ahh, glad to see that the protest includes

1x Senator Bob Brown

as per regulations.

I have got some Tibetan Prayer Eggs for the occasion.

A pretty peaceful pitchfork then!

I got this forwarded to me today (the pitchfork kinda stuff):

Hello Supporters of Human Rights and Tibet

Please find below the program of events for when the Olympic torch comes to Canberra. The aim of these events is to send a strong, positive, peaceful message that human rights in Tibet must be improved.

Please forward this information to as many people as possible. With the eyes of the world on Canberra, a successful, peaceful protest by us all will be an important step towards an improvement in human rights in Tibet.

Wednesday 23 April – Torch relay eve

What: Candlelight Prayer Vigil

Where: Chinese Embassy, Coronation Drive, Yarralumla

When: Wednesday 23 April, 5.30pm to 8.00pm

Program: Reading of names of those who have died in Tibet, Tibetan Buddhist prayers, Tibetan National anthem.

Thursday 24 April – Torch Relay day

What: Rally for Human Rights in Tibet

Where: The lawns in front of new Parliament House

When: Our program will start at 9am (the torch is expected at 9.20am) and finish around 10am. We ask that people come much earlier to save a good spot on the lawns and given parking difficulties. We will be there from 8.00am.

Program: Speakers include: Senator Bob Brown, Mr Tenzin Atisha-la (His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s representative in Australia), George Farley (Chairman of the Australia Tibet Council), Venerable Tenzin Ringpaponsang (ACT Tibetan Community): and cultural and musical performance.

What: En route protest

Where: On Commonwealth Ave, between Parkes Way and Commonwealth Bridge (just before the torch goes down to Stage 88). We will travel here on foot from Parliament House.

When: 11.00am (the torch is expected to pass between 11.00am and 11.30am.)

What: Prayer Vigil

Where: Chinese Embassy, Coronation Drive, Yarralumla

When: 12 noon – 2pm.

Program: Reading of His Holiness’s open letter to his Chinese brothers and sisters, prayers.

We would also encourage you to undertake your own acts of peaceful protest along the route.

Please feel free to contact Temay Rigzin (ACT Tibetan community) on 0422 766 495 or acttibetancommunity@gmail.com with any questions or ideas. Also, visit http://www.atc.org.au for information. The torch relay route can be found here http://www.events.act.gov.au/#04-24-2008/beijing-olympic-torch-relay/2.

We hope to see you there.

Kind regards,

Tsewang and Temay
ACT Tibetan Community

There are fireworks tonight at 6pm (Mt A, Black Mt, Red Hill) then another lot tomorrow morning just after 6 am (not sure where). In the road closures list you forgot that Parkes av between Kings Av and Canberra Av bridges will be closed from 7 am.

They also recommended that anyone working in Civic be there before 8:15 am to “avoid delays”

Basically it’s going to be one big CF.

Makes me glad I can walk to work.

The morning fireworks are meant to be auspicious, at the same time showing off how much Stanhope knows about China, by saying “China: fireworks and manufactured goods. Canberra: porn, government and fireworks.”

Fireworks in the morning when no one will see them? Sounds like something that the ACT “government” would organise.

I thought the fireworks were 6AM?

Daily Digest

Want the best Canberra news delivered daily? Every day we package the most popular Riotact stories and send them straight to your inbox. Sign-up now for trusted local news that will never be behind a paywall.

By submitting your email address you are agreeing to Region Group's terms and conditions and privacy policy.