No Olympic Police State!
A range of justice and civil rights activist groups have started a campaign against the NSW Carr Labor Government's draconian laws aimed at protecting Olympic profits at the expense of basic democratic rights. The campaign will kick off with a NO OLYMPIC POLICE STATE! protest in Sydney Town Hall Square, 1pm on Saturday June 10, the first day of the State ALP Conference which will be held in the Town Hall. In the lead-up to the Olympics the Government has passed a spate of anti- protest, anti-activist, anti-public space legislation reminiscent of martial law. The Olympic Arrangements Act goes together with regulations passed last year, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and the Homebush Bay Operations Regulation. This is on top of police in NSW already having all the street powers they need to indiscriminately move on, detain, arrest and intimidate "undesirables". Police are armed with the GLOCK semi-automatic pistol and the dangerous chemical weapon capsicum spray (which has caused over 100 deaths in the USA and is routinely used on protesters, the homeless as well as prisoners as an extra judicial punishment). Not only do these additional laws criminalise dissent and political expression, they give untrained and unspecified volunteers even greater powers than police to sweep the streets of anything or anyone that attracts attention to the increasing opposition to violations of civil and political rights in the name of the Olympic Games. They will not scrap these new laws after the Olympics but keep them as a permanent part of their law and order Zero Tolerance policing. The laws remove your democratic rights in the following ways: * move-on powers for untrained volunteers, even wider than any powers currently available to the police; * public assembly is illegal unless approved; * distribution of material without authority is now an offense; * you can be moved on if you are deemed to be "annoying or inconvenient"; * there are now a new range of offences relating to the use of public spaces i.e. riding skate boards, bicycles or "anything of that nature" without authority; * broadcasts and any sound-generating devices are illegal; * people can be banned for six months to life from public spaces, or heavily fined for breeches of the laws; * the laws cover Olympic "live sites" or anywhere near or adjoining live sites as well as wide ranging provisions for the Government to make these laws cover any part of Sydney. Voice your opposition on June 10 — Repeal all Olympic laws; Ban dangerous chemical weapon capsicum spray; No arbitrary "move on" powers for the police. For more information phone 9281 5100