Thursday, June 21, 2007

APEC Protest List

Another country attempts to drown our voices


Protest groups have accused police of drawing up a secret list of demonstrators ahead of September's APEC summit in Sydney.

They claim the basic democratic right to demonstrate is being undermined by new legislation on police powers now before the New South Wales Parliament.

Protesters fear those on the list will be arrested and denied bail for the duration of the APEC conference.

Australian Greens Senator Kerry Nettle has challenged the government to reveal whether the Australian Defence Force would invoke their shoot-to-kill powers.

She has also called for the names on the list to be disclosed as she, and other members of parliament cannot be sure they are not included.

'How will somebody know whether they're on the list, and why don't they have a right of appeal about their placement on the list?' she demanded.

Finance Minister Senator Nick Minchin says he is unaware of such a list but promised to report back to the Senate on the matter.

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