Today all over Australia peaceful marches were held to protest the cruel budget cuts and to note our disagreement with the general rightwing trend of more than one recent Australian government. Most if not all of the march was 100% peaceful and family friendly. In fact the range of faces from very young, to very old was wonderful to see.
As we marched along the route agreed between the organisers and the police, some students decided to do a peaceful sit in at an intersection in the city, an intersection on the agreed upon route. These students have much to protest, as many cuts and new policies will directly impact on them (if the policies are not blocked).
Very quickly and ruthlessly seven or eight riot police cars moved in and the riot personnel started shoving and yelling at people to move off the streets. I myself got yelled at and told not to"talk back" when I asked one particular riot squad person why he felt the need to yell aggressively at me rather than just ask me to move to the side.
I also videoed the above as the riot police started forcibly removing the peaceful students.
At what point do you justify the loss of your humanity and behave in such a brutal way towards hard hit young students, your own countrymen, in order to get some traffic moving on a fucking street?