APEC protesters appear to have scored a major victory, with a peaceful protest amidst the largest security operation in central Sydney. Millions have been spent protecting the 21 world leaders meeting for the APEC leader’s conference this weekend.
Police were expecting a Seattle style riot but would have been bitterly disappointed to find nothing more than a few thousand peaceful protesters. The water cannon and the fleet of mobile jails purchased by the New South Wales Government to control a protest going out of control appears to have been a massive waste of taxpayers funds.
The question must be now was their intelligence wrong? It is something authorities will have to look into a little harder before Sydney hosts any more world leaders.
So far the most vicious threat was the bunch of comedians from the ABC television program, the Chaser’s War on Everything. A fake Canadian motorcade got through two security checkpoints before a one of the comedians dressed as Osama bin Larden get out of the one of the cars.
Apparently, the police can’t take a joke. The police claim they may have been shot by the snipers on rooftops ‘protecting’ the United States president.
Hold on a second. Since when did we have the shot to kill policy in the downtown streets of Sydney? You think any security operation worth it salt would be able to identify a fake convey and ensure that before they start shotting from rooftops they have a bit more confidence in what their target really is. In many respects the joke in on the overzealous government that would have been better advised to spend that money on some better schools, hospital or transport than wasting it on an excessive lockdown.
For the APEC organisers really should start to consider holding these meetings by teleconference if all this effort is required for a simple meeting. The Environment is at the head of their agenda. Though you can only think they are joking. The amount of greenhouse gases that could have been saved by a teleconferencing the meeting would be amazing. Just think of all those excessive private jets, motorcades, wasteful instillation of fencing within the centre of Sydney, do I need to go on?