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Street Confrontations at Melbourne G20 Protest

The G20 is meeting in Melbourne, Australia 17-18 November, and has met with creative protests by local activists. G20 is a meeting of Finance Ministers of 20 important developed and developing nations, Reserve Bank Governors, the IMF and World Bank held every year. The G20 includes the Group of Seven industrial countries - the US, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Britain and Canada - plus Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and the European Union.
Police locked down parts of Melbourne city for the G20 Finance Ministers meeting at the Hyatt Hotel in the expectation of protests.

On Friday as delegates were arriving in Melbourne, businesses which profit from war or environmental destruction were targeted for disruption. On Saturday it was the G20 meeting resulting in street confrontation between protestors and police, including the damage of a police riot squad truck. Late Saturday night saw a police payback operation when about 100 police violently attacked festive G20 protestors.

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Videos: Engagemedia.org

Melbourne Indymedia | StopG20 |

Leader in Waiting Threatens Vulnerable 23.Nov.2006 20:06


AFter the protests the Australian Treasurer, Mr Peter Costello, who is the "Prime Minister-in-waiting" despatched a thinly veiled threat against protesters who were "on benefits or scholarships". "I wonder if these protesters are on benefits or scholarships".

Mr Costello has a reputation for big-talkin-threats. His behaviour in the Australian Parliament is litany of insults, verbal-attacks and ridicule. Unfortunately, supporters of such people tend to mimic their behaviour and by a process of transition the behaviours are also mimicked by students at schools. Thus Mr Costello is virtually a model for schoolyard bullying behaviour which is endemic in Australian schools and destroys the hope and self-esteem of so many young people.

Mr Costello's strategy is to focus on a peculiarity or fraility of his victim and to then launch a veritable tirade of ridicule and humiliation.
He only does this, however, when under heavy protection. At University (Monash) Peter Costello was a frightened figure, often running in the open to avoid discussion and questions about his political beliefs. His fear was perhaps that he would meet someone more dangerous than himself.

The inflammatory remarks of the Treasurer fail to take into consideration the relationship between a University and its students. A University cares for its students as a Mother cares for her children. In a world of injustice and violence students need to know that their University will not punish them for openly speaking out about their beliefs.

All in all, Mr. Peter Costello, who may soon become an ally to the USA war machine, shows all the attributes of a bully and would be quite a dangerous leader.