Just looking to share an unfortunate incident that I happened to be witness whilst on my lunchtime constitutional. A group of tourists, composed of a number of adults with cameras and children in tail, happened upon the grassy area that encompasses the area usually associated with the Tent Embassy.
As innocent as their endeavours appeared to be to the passer-by, one of the local ‘residents’ proceeded to share his views on the tourists encroaching in a manner that would make angels lose their wings.
The youngish looking chap who copped the brunt of the tirade appeared too bamboozled to do anything: he stood completely still while the local shared his thoughts, in the meantime aggressively pointing a sizeable piece of sharpened wood into the younger man’s face.
It would be ungentlemanly for me to share the exact words – needless to say that they were the amongst the worst available to users of the English language.
These tourists clearly had not done anything wrong. Sadly for them, this will befoul their impression of this town. This act of aggression was a real head-shaker for myself and the many other people who witnessed it.
Having worked in the area for over 12 mths now, I have personally seen the constabulary called to the location on a handful occasions. Although I acknowledge the right to protest and the significance of the site; the goings-on of the place are an affront to Canberrans, and just as importantly, to indigenous Australians wherever they may reside.
Apologists in our midst are welcome to canvass exactly how today’s (and previous scraps) are somehow justified by past misdeeds. However, I assure you that your ideology and your sense of solidarity would not afford you any better treatment, were you to find yourself in a similar situation.
Over to you Rioters – what’s to be done with the Trouble at the old Tent Embassy?
Bertram Wilberforce Wooster