Australians Need To Decide If This Is The Kind Of Country We Want To Live In From Now On (Caitlin Johnstone)
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A lot has changed for Victorians since the lockdowns started. Our lifestyles. Our waist sizes. The kinds of things we see as normal.
And a lot has changed in Victoria itself since we’ve been in lockdown as well. For example, have you seen our police lately?
If memory serves, they used to look something like this:
But now we’re seeing police that look like this:
Scene from a war zone???
Modern day Melbourne. pic.twitter.com/MJJ8SpQiDD
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They’re also riding around on armored military vehicles called Bearcats, like this:
— erin pearson (@epearson_3) September 22, 2021
And they’re acting differently too. They’re firing on protesters with rubber bullets and other projectile weapons with alarming frequency in order to end demonstrations against government shutdowns, lockdowns and vaccine mandates, frequently for no other reason than because the demonstrators are disobeying them.
Use of force by Victorian police is officially required to be “reasonable, necessary and proportionate to the threat posed by an incident.” When you see a video clip of Melbourne protesters just standing around the Remembrance Shrine begin fleeing to escape harm and being fired upon with less-lethal weapons as they retreat, for example, does that seem “reasonable, necessary and proportionate to the threat posed by an incident” to you?
Raw footage of the final two minutes of the protest at the Shrine of Remembrance. 22.09.21 pic.twitter.com/9m8JT24fW1
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“But Caitlin!” you may object. “Those people they’re firing on are Bad People! They’re right-wingers and anti-vaxxers! And they’re protesting without permission!”
Okay, if you don’t want to oppose police brutality on principle without making it about the supposed ideological positions of its victims then that’s your right. But surely you don’t think the normalization of this kind of violence is something that’s only going to affect people you disagree with politically going forward, do you? Surely you’re not naive and narcissistic enough to believe the many dramatic deviations from normal policing protocol we’ve been experiencing during these protests will be rolled back when you personally no longer deem them necessary?
Because that would be a very silly thing to believe. The way police are dealing with protesters today is the way they’re going to deal with them from now on, unless we do something. And in order for that something to be done we’re going to first have to collectively ask ourselves, is this the kind of country we want to live in from now on?
Do we want to live in a country where protesters are fired upon by dangerous projectile weapons if the police decide it’s time for them to leave? Where protests are violently quashed if the government (the only so-called democracy in the world without any kind of statute or bill of rights, mind you) decides they don’t have permission to protest? Where armored stormtroopers patrol the streets? Where people are apprehended simply for filming police? Where police show up at your doorstep to interrogate you on whether you’re planning to attend any protests or know of anyone who is?
I understand that lockdowns and vaccine passports are still fairly popular ideas here, but at what point do we say no? At what point do we say enough is enough? If those policies have literal soldiers patrolling Australian streets and enforcing state borders, if they have sectors of the populace so upset that heavily armed riot police are exercising abuses that will certainly be used on racial and environmental justice demonstrators in the future the moment their demonstrations are deemed unauthorised, is it really worth holding that hard line? How much of our soul is Australia willing to trade in order to enforce strict Covid regulations?
How far is too far? Looking at the footage that’s been circulating these past few days, I would say that too far is in our rearview mirror right now. Time to hit reverse and start saying no.
Australian police exploit extreme right-wing, anti-vax rallies to deploy new repressive weaponry (WSWS.org)
by Patrick O’Connor
Utilising reactionary anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine rallies in Melbourne organised this week, police forces have unveiled an array of new weapons and equipment. This includes “pepper ball” firearms that shoot hard pellets the size of marbles, ‘‘stinger’’ grenades, and paramilitary-style vehicles and body armour.
As the World Socialist Web Site has previously outlined, the anti-vax protests have no legitimacy whatsoever. A small layer of construction workers appear to have been involved in one of the rallies on Tuesday outside the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) office (see “Australian anti-vaccine, extreme right demonstrators target construction industry”). Numbers of reports, however, point to the predominantly petty bourgeois layers involved in the other events, including small business owners and contractors.
Politically, the rallies are dominated and led by extreme right-wing libertarian and outright fascist individuals and organisations. Some of the administrators of Telegram accounts promoting and organising the protests have previously been exposed as admirers of Adolf Hitler. Supporters of the fascistic Proud Boys and the now defunct United Patriots Front have been involved in the rallies.
The police are exploiting widespread hostility towards the protests and their homicidal calls for an immediate end to lockdown measures as the pretext for trialling new weaponry and a massive state mobilisation.
Dislike putting it this way, but we have seen this movie before, much closer to home. There have been riots around the world, and most of them have been dealt in a brutal manner.
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September 24, 2021 at 10:01 AM #446852Babel 17Participant
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September 24, 2021 at 2:20 PM #446865EarthartistParticipant
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I wonder if they are being trained by Israel
September 24, 2021 at 3:50 PM #446873Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Surely you’re not naive and narcissistic enough to believe the many dramatic deviations from normal policing protocol we’ve been experiencing during these protests will be rolled back when you personally no longer deem them necessary?
Yes, Caitlin, liberals are that naive and narcissistic. They don’t give a rat’s ass when people they disagree with get the shit beat out of them or killed by the cops. Instead, they cheer it on. Then they’ll wonder why no one helps them when the boot is on their ass. Many conservatives have been that way for generations; the liberals just caught up with them.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
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September 24, 2021 at 4:26 PM #446885leftcoast mountainsParticipant
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vote for nobody
September 24, 2021 at 11:36 PM #447001David the GnomeParticipant
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Too bad so many of our Countries are going nuts. Even QAnon has followers as far away as Japan. Even Australia is using militarized police… and Boris Johnson? The Brits arent that much smarter than Americans after all.
As the world turns and whatnot.
September 25, 2021 at 3:04 AM #4470113fingerbrownParticipant
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The uniform of the universal capitalist police.
All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.
September 25, 2021 at 5:04 AM #447018jerry611Participant
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“The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants.” -Albert Camus
Tyrants and dictators have ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS exploited a crisis. It’s the oldest trick in the book. When a crisis happens, the government uses it to justify a power grab. Usually they will claim it’s necessary to secure the public welfare/safety, and that’s it’s temporary. Of course, either the crisis never truly ends or they simply shrug their shoulders, never return the power, and tell you to enjoy your new normal.
If you look at history, this has happened a million times over. Heck we saw it happen in America 20 years ago. After 9/11, our government used that crisis to justify new wars and new laws like the Patriot Act.
Anyone who thinks governments won’t exploit the pandemic is extremely ignorant and naïve.
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