I decided to observe the Occupy Canberra Event, i’ve taken a few photos (and videos) and have written a little report. I am a little biased.
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Around 3:30 I rode to City Hill to get a few shots of the possibly “life changing” Facebook event, ‘Occupy Canberra’. I just arrived at the start of the march, which went up Northborne Ave, then down Alinga Street through to Garema Place. There seemed to be around 30 people ‘protesting’, holding a few Eureka and Aboriginal Flags. The group seemed to be lead by an Indigenous Australian man (with clap sticks), who walked out into traffic without looking, expecting everyone to follow, instead they waited for the light to change.
There were two police cars doing the rounds, just following along from behind. A couple of drunks in Garema Place were yelling louder than the protestors. I rode around the hill to see who else was around, there seemed to be 2 people minding the gear for the group.
I’ve attached some photos and videos, i apologise for the quality as i didn’t want to get too close. I couldn’t understand what was being yelled (and at times somewhat aggressively), so i felt it was better to stay away.
Will the world change from this protest? No. However I have learnt; if you want to camp on City Hill with your mates, start up a Facebook protest group.