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Route for Olympic Torch Relay released

By Holden Caulfield 21 April 2008 55

I heard on the radio this morning that the route for the controversial Beijing Olympic Torch Relay had been released. After a bit of googling this is what I found (you should be able to click the image for a larger version, or follow the link below to download your own)…

Events ACT: Beijing Olympic Torch Relay

Events ACT: Official Canberra program (2mb PDF) (6:10am-2:15pm)

ACT Gov: Download your own route map (2.2mb PDF)

ABC News: Canberra torch relay route released (juicy comments section being added to in rapid fire!)

…seeing as this kerfuffle will interrupt my daily commute to work, maybe I will join in the inevitable protests as well! I’m sure taking the torch so close to the Chinese Embassy will be a decision remembered fondly, despite Ted Quinlan saying on radio that it was just a coincidence. For those that haven’t caught on yet, the relay is the reason for the perimeter fencing that has been placed around the village recently.

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Thumper 2:54 pm 23 Apr 08

Yes, good point Mr neanderthal…

neanderthalsis 2:52 pm 23 Apr 08

Employees watching, or participating in events associated with the Torch Relay should be mindful of their general obligations as members of the ACT Public Service.

i.e. wear your “Your Rights at Work” shirt.

Because we all know that the only time Public Servants are permitted to get rowdy and cause a public nuisance is when protesting against workchoices

ant 2:18 pm 23 Apr 08

OzChick said :

Employees watching, or participating in events associated with the Torch Relay should be mindful of their general obligations as members of the ACT Public Service.

ie, please remember to use free-range eggs ONLY.

ant 2:17 pm 23 Apr 08

Sepi Said:

sepi said :

They are running events too – balloons face painting and breakfast near Questacon and in Comonwealth park

Jumping Castle? There’s always a Jumping Castle, if there’s face painting.

I wonder why the Tibetan protest people aren’t going to the breakfast? Free feed, they might as well.

lemaChet 1:59 pm 23 Apr 08

I, for one, am glad I won’t be here.

sepi 1:22 pm 23 Apr 08

They are running events too – balloons face painting and breakfast near Questacon and in Comonwealth park (i think – it’s in today’s paper).

BUT – how would any spectators or families wanting to go to this breakfast etc, actually get anywhere near the relay – with all those raods blocked, there is no way into or out of the inner north.

enginerr 12:24 pm 23 Apr 08

I seem to recall that there was a public holiday in NSW for the 2000 torch relay. Why not call a special one for the ACT this year? The road closures will create havoc, particularly around those lights and roundabouts at the end of majura, fairbairn and morshead. Even on a good day thats a bad place to be. Glad I’m not trying to get to the airport.

Mr Evil 4:19 pm 22 Apr 08

OzChick said :

…..Employees watching, or participating in events associated with the Torch Relay should be mindful of their general obligations as members of the ACT Public Service.

Isn’t that warning against the Bill of Rights?

OzChick 4:15 pm 22 Apr 08

^ Just got an email stating that fact.

ACT Government employees are reminded of the program of events to celebrate the Olympic Torch Relay through Canberra on Thursday 24 April 2008. Detail of the events may be found at http://www.events.act.gov.au. Should you wish to take leave or flextime to see the Torch Relay, the best vantage points are expected to be along Anzac Parade and around the Australian National War Memorial. Employees watching, or participating in events associated with the Torch Relay should be mindful of their general obligations as members of the ACT Public Service.

Sina 3:53 pm 22 Apr 08

What a joke this is, nice going comrade Stanhope. Too bad for those of us who can’t take the day off.

ant 3:33 pm 22 Apr 08

This is going to be a mess. I’ve printed off the map and it’s attracting soem interest, and not a little surprise! Hopefully the breakfast keeps them all occupied until I’ve got to work by 8am.

We’re trying to work out the Parkes Way thing, is it closed from 8.30am, or 7am?

OzChick 2:20 pm 22 Apr 08

FYI…

ACTION BUS SERVICES

ACTION bus services will continue to operate, however some normal services will be disrupted from 7:45am to 12:30pm. Bus services will be diverted on a number of routes.

ACTION’s bus services will return to normal from 12:30pm. Please view information on ACTION’s website http://www.action.act.gov.au or ACTION’s Call Centre on 13 17 10. ACTION encourages commuters to travel early.

BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY BREAKFAST – near Questacon (6:10am-8:45am) ACTION is unable to provide any public transport service after 7:45am from this location.

BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY CONCERT – COMMONWEALTH PARK – STAGE 88 (10:30am-2:15pm) ACTION is unable to provide any public transport service to Commonwealth Park between 8:00am to 12:30pm.

The ACT Government and the ACT Torch Relay Taskforce apologises for any inconvenience and urges motorists to be patient.

Further information contact Canberra Connect on 132281 or visit http://www.events.act.gov.au

Authorised by Jeremy Lasek, Executive Director, Arts, Communications, Events and Protocol Division, Chief Minister’s Department

Skidbladnir 1:56 pm 22 Apr 08

I was more impressed by there being “thousands” of people coming up by buses.

May any protesters survive their interesting time, and either get footage on film or a reliable witness for the purposes of later pursuit of legal action.
(The fact that there will be thugs was just a given, as far as I was concerned, and don’t try using “He was a man of asian appearance, average height and build, holding a Chinese flag”).

With at most about 50 people per coach, thats at least 20 coaches per thousand, all arriving early in the morning or the night before, entering a city already in lockdown through its centre, with no idea how to navigate to the event or back to the correct buses afterwards.

Expect continuing trafic chaos all day, but I also a boon for the local caterers.

Mr Evil 1:35 pm 22 Apr 08

Great, rent-a-crowd thugs are coming. They should be all stopped on Northbourne Ave by an M1A1 tank, just to make them feel at home.

Skidbladnir 1:28 pm 22 Apr 08

By the way, even if you’re considering staying at home, don’t worry about there not being enough people to line the routes and start fights…

From South Africa’s biggest online newspaper, IOL:

Tony Goh, the chairman of the Australian Council of Chinese Organisations, said his group was responding to a “spontaneous” demand in arranging to take thousands of pro-Beijing demonstrators to Canberra.

“We are trying to see if we can get more buses or vehicles to carry people down there, but there are not enough in our local area” Goh said.

“We are trying to rally our forces to see if we can get as many there as possible.”

Zhuning Zhang, head of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, said “very many strong men” were also preparing to travel to Canberra from Melbourne, Brisbane and other places to show their support for China and provide resistant force to any anti-Chinese agitators within the crowd

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