by Thalia Anthony O20* gave me a taste of the violence that I never experienced at S11. Innocently taking my photos for Honi in the front row of protesters, police started pushing me and pulling my hair. The protesters around me were yelling chants about police brutality, but I just stood there in shock, trying to minimise harm. Attempting to resist the 20 mounted police as they threatened the 200 protesters however, was a futile struggle. No matter what I tried the police became more and more aggressive. But I was heartened by the strength and solidarity against the exploitative agenda of globalisation. This time, however, we weren't protesting in front of the World Economic Forum, but rather a Young Liberal luncheon that cost $500 per head. Speeches at the demonstration told of the crimes committed by Kerry Packer who has paid no tax for his media empire in the last five years, the monopolisation of Microsoft which continues to quash any from of competition, and the dozens of workers killed in building Atlanta Olympic sites which was mitigated in Sydney because unionised labour was employed. The Labor Government ironically were the ones ordering police on to peaceful chanting protesters on October 20, last Friday. Steve Brack's congratulations towards the police in Melbourne for crushing the S11 protesters painfully rang in my ear. But louder and more powerful were the chants by protesters calling for an end to corporate domination.
* * **October 20 protest outside the Liberal Party's "Millennium Forum" in Sydney. S11 was the protest in Melbourne against the World Economic Forum (See Guardians September 13, 20, 2000.