I’ve written a more extended reaction to these photos and the police operation which you can read: here.
I went into the city today to watch the APEC protest and took some photos. I was absolutely amazed at the size of the police presence and the lengths to which they had gone to prevent the organisation of an effective protest. It seems they had totally surrounded all entry points into Hyde Park where the protesters where trying to gather – allowing them only one entry and exit point. They then set up stations blocking off various streets. It really looks like massive over kill – which will only fuel the negative public perception of the event. We the ordinary folks just watch on in childlike wonder while our leaders swan around playing ‘Nations’ with their friends.
Here is an example of how they used the buses to block the streets:
The next couple show the massive police presence around Hyde Park. Is it just me or do the cops seem to outnumber the protesters? I can hardly see the protesters
One of the standard posters that peppered the landscape:
Move along folks – nothing to see here!
Yeah – cause like… there’s all this rioting going on… idiots…
The media with their big cameras – heaps of them everywhere:
And now some photos of the now infamous security fence:
These bins were declared terrorist suspects and were isolated by the police… good to see them on the case!
All in all – pure hilarity.