AC/DC condemns police action in court
AC/DC condemns police action in court that led to march ban
Alliance for Civil Disobedience Coordination (AC/DC)
AC/DC condemns police action in court today that led to march ban.
5th September, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In court today police named the groups AC/DC, Mutiny, Arterial Block and the Socialist Party and said that they would be at the Rally on Saturday and that this was a reason to refuse permission for Saturdays planned protest route.
AC/DC condemns the linking of our name to threats of violence. The police are engaging in unfounded scare mongering and they are using this orchestrated smear campaign to undermine civil rights.
AC/DC is working with Stop Bush and Flare in the Void and other groups to enable a mobilisation on the basis of collective safety against police violence on Saturday.
"We have been working together to keep people safe from police violence," said AC/DC spokes person Liz Turner. She said "the police have a water cannon, they have erected massive concrete walls. These pose a major threat to public safety."
Today Stop Bush said that they support civil disobedience. So does AC/DC. Liz Turner points out that "the result of the police actions today is that by simply participating in the march on Saturday everyone will be participating in civil disobedience".
Liz Thompson went on to say that "Stop Bush has always maintained that the march will go ahead, whether it has a permit or not. We support this position."
She went on to say that "as we have said all along, it is the police who have planned to use violence in the lead up to APEC. This stunt in court is the latest police action to deflect their own threat of violence onto the protesters and protest organisers. It won't work. It is ridiculous to try and blame us for the broader violence of the policies of APEC and the NSW police."
Liz Turner stated that "the NSW police are constructing urban militarism on the streets of Sydney and the people of Sydney won't stand for it. People have the right to respond with anger".
AC/DC would like journalists to note that police undermine the credibility of the evidence they presented to court today by naming Mutiny and Arterial Block.
AC/DC point out that arterial bloc only
existed for a day in2006 and are not an ongoing entity and
that Mutiny are not involved in organising APEC protests.
Either police are knowingly using these groups names as
paper tigers in an orchestrated smear campaign or they have
a very poor quality of intelligence data.
We repeat, arterial block do not exist! Anyone who read their call-out in 2006 should know this.