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The March in March – protest against censorship goes to Parliament House

By johnboy - 23 March 2009 50

[First filed: March 21, 2009 @ 18:56]

Protesting in the negative is a tricky, tricky thing. So at today’s protest against Labor’s plans, to end freedom of speech on the internet in this country, the speakers would often warn of horrendous possibilities, to wild applause.

On the other hand there was a large contingent of stunning blondes in shorts and white tank tops, so no-one really minded.

The crowd could have been bigger and there was an extremely unpleasant nutter there with her own agenda hurling abuse at people but when you’re protesting for free speech what are you going to do?

The above video has some of the better made points from the speakers, all condensed for your instant gratification.

August Winters has also done a much shorter video montage which you can check out on YouTube.

If you’re wondering why RiotACT is so passionate in its support of this cause it’s because as a small outlet which frequently says things government’s don’t like we see this proposed black box censorship as a direct threat. A faceless bureaucrat could cut us off in a moment with no means of appeal, or statement of reasons.

If you ever think it’s possible you might want to say something which upsets any future government, or read something which upsets any future government, you need to start joining in this nascent protest movement. This is serious stuff.

You can start by subscribing at the March In March website.

Slideshow below:

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The March in March – protest against censorship goes to Parliament House
Thumper 9:22 am 22 Mar 09

Yet most protests are dismissed as rent a crowd hippies and pointless.

JB did say there was looney screaming out whatever 😉

A tip to young players, people have busy lives and only one weekend a week. More notice is needed if you want greater numbers.

Lenient 8:53 am 22 Mar 09

I would have been there, but had some serious Warhammer to do.

Davo111 2:49 am 22 Mar 09

I wish i could have been there, unfortunately i had a compulsory field trip.

cubed 2:30 am 22 Mar 09

Where to start…again…no fark it…this is one of the burn the book scenarios. You choose…a line.

Perhaps you shouldn’t…meh, a fool promoting a fools reality. Next vote…fail….please?

grundy 12:06 am 22 Mar 09

Was going to attend, but was too short notice, had a golf game to go to. 😛

So if the internetz gets banned, I’ll just go play more golf…

alice27 11:20 pm 21 Mar 09

I was also disappointed in the turnout. I expected more from Canberra.

@Bigfeet & @caf:
I was one of the oddly dressed girls with parasols – the clothes are from a Japanese street fashion known as Elegant Gothic Lolita or EGL. Given the key word ‘lolita’, websites and communities dedicated to this fashion are likely to be banned under the proposed filter. May I emphasise that it is a street fashion, with the main consumers being 15-25 year old girls. It is simply clothing and has nothing to do with illegal or pornographic material.

bigfeet 11:18 pm 21 Mar 09

ant said :

bigfeet said :

So from that comment…I assume that you were there?

I was going to be, but our ski club AGM was today at the same time and I hoped to help someone become president.

I was going to be there also. But I decided that arranging my packets of cup-a-soup in alphabetical order was more important. But I guess your reason for not going is much more important than mine, so even though you didn’t go, you have a bigger commitment to the cause than anyone else who didn’t go.

I salute you. We should all aspire to your level of dedication.

ant 10:41 pm 21 Mar 09

bigfeet said :

So from that comment…I assume that you were there?

I was going to be, but our ski club AGM was today at the same time and I hoped to help someone become president.

However, my point, to labour it for your benefit, is that there is huge fury on the ‘net and in some parts of the media (fairfax mainly), but it doesn’t translate into people marching in the streets for the TV cameras to film. because most of the peopel who care about it are more likely to have their say on the ‘net, and to email letters to papers and politicians, than to attend rallies. It is the nature of the medium.

does that make it clearer for you?

caf 10:37 pm 21 Mar 09

Not by me, they aren’t. Always good to see people engaging in the political process.

frillsrus 10:36 pm 21 Mar 09

The girls in parasols were cosplayers I think.

The oddly dressed girls with the parasols were just oddly dressed girls with parasols there for the same reason as everyone else. Clothing has no significance beyond us liking it.

I was really disappointed that there was very little mention of censorship as the main issue. The issue shouldn’t have been porn or internet speeds, what really matters is that legal content is going to be censored when we were told the filter was only for illegal content.

sepi 10:08 pm 21 Mar 09

Funny how when the issue is one people support, then suddenly protesting is a good idea that may educate the masses and gain media and govt attention.

Yet most protests are dismissed as rent a crowd hippies and pointless.

bigfeet 9:54 pm 21 Mar 09

ant said :

I guess it’s the nature of people who are into computers to prefer to rant on-line than to turn up to a demo. Shame. A big demo would get the mainstream media’s attention, and perhaps the cattle who don’t think this is a bad thing would have a think about it.

So from that comment…I assume that you were there?

ant 9:50 pm 21 Mar 09

I guess it’s the nature of people who are into computers to prefer to rant on-line than to turn up to a demo. Shame. A big demo would get the mainstream media’s attention, and perhaps the cattle who don’t think this is a bad thing would have a think about it.

caf 8:48 pm 21 Mar 09

I made it along to this. Disappointing that the crowd probably numbered only about 150.

The girls in parasols were cosplayers I think.

bigfeet 8:23 pm 21 Mar 09

JB, a couple of questions

How many people do you reckon turned up?

The oddly dressed girls with parasols…was there a significance to that?

What was the agenda of the “extremely unpleasant nutter”?

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