S11 – Olympic Countdown – Olympic Security – Singapore Free Trade – Palmerston North Murders- Body Found – Tramper Found
S11: Thousands of Victorian Unionists joined forces with S11 protestors today chanting fair trade not free trade. If yesterday belonged to the protestors today belonged to the police. Accusations of police brutality have followed a flying wedge of police used to escort buses of delegates into the function. Nandor says that piles of riot police came trampling over protestors. Many protestors were treated at a first-aid test. Protestors say 11 people needed hospital treatment. Protestors faced off police batons. Bill Gates gave his address to WEF delegates. NZ Finance Minister Michael Cullen did not go to the function because he said he could not be given a guarantee he could get out. The Casino has been closed till tomorrow night due to the protests.
OLYMPIC COUNTDOWN: Traffic is coming to a stand-still. Volunteer drivers are getting lost. Special Olympic lanes have been introduced. Taxi ranks have been handed over to volunteer drivers. Sydney airport is busy with Sydneyside departures. More than 130,000 Sydney residents have left. In the NZ camp the team has been deciding who to carry the flag. Prostitutes have been found at the media village invited by a US network.
OLYMPIC SECURITY: Sydney is looking it best for the Olympics but terrorism remains a threat. Special forces have been training and will place a security blanket over the city. Leading the operation is a former British police officer with experience with the IRA. Aborigines are planning protests about human rights abuses.
SINGAPORE FREE TRADE: National says it doesn’t like the wording of a Treaty of Waitangi clause in a proposed Free Trade Treaty with Singapore. Helen Clark and Jenny Shipley slug it out in a Parliamentary debate. National says it is concerned that the Treaty clause will be misinterpreted. Similar words were used before by National in 1994 and 1998. In New York Singapore says it is happy with the treaty clause. The debate looks trivial.
PALMERSTON NORTH MURDERS: Police have completed their scene examination of the Lundy house.
BODY FOUND: A badly decomposed body has been found in the Waitakere Ranges not far from where Keith London disappeared after shooting his partner earlier this year.
TRAMPER FOUND: Blenheim youngster walks out of the Richmond forest pleasing search and rescue teams. Nathan Shaw had been missing for three days. He survived for three days on three sandwiches and two apples.