The Canberra Times reports on the 20 police needed after Michael’s friends intervened to stop workers cleaning the graffiti off the walls.
But about 11.30am today, just four days after the drowning, friends arrived at the site to find painters attempting to remove the graffiti.
A number of Michael’s friends, including 16-year-old Wanniassa resident Lauren Watson, stood against the walls, placing their bodies in the way to prevent the graffiti from being removed.
“When I heard that they were going to start painting, I thought that’s not on,” Ms Watson said.
“So I started calling pretty much everyone I could,” she said.
Over 80 of Michael’s friends arrived to help prevent the painters from removing the graffiti.
Police were called, and up to 20 officers arrived to move the group on. No arrests were made.
In this neo-pagan age how much public space can and should be appropriated at will?