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APEC ‘ghost dance’: spooky street-theatre joins schoolies, greenies, socialists, Falun Gong anti-summit protests

Posted by gmarkets on 3 September, 2007

On Friday evening 65-year-old pensioner, Graeme Dunstan, planned an “APEC ghost dance”, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (3/9/2007, p.3). Schoolies protest, too: Through his group Peacebus, Dunstan said, about 200 street theatre performers dressed as ghosts and skeletons would protest against the summit’s disruption of Sydney. Problems were likely to emergy because he wanted to “decorate” part of the five-kilometre, 2.8 metre APEC security fence in Macquarie Street. Hundreds of high school students were planning to ditch school for a “walkout against George Bush” in Belmore Park at 1pm on Wednesday. Organisers, including the socialist group Resistance, encouraged students to get permission from parents, but teenagers “have the democratic right to protest”, insisted the spokesperson for the march, Daniel Kofler, a 17 year-old high school student.

Anti-Chinese Govt group: Throughout the week there would also be a range of stationary rallies by specialist interest groups. The Falun Gong spiritual movement planned to hold stationary protests outside the declared zone every day of the leaders’ week. It expected to attract up to 1,000 practitioners and supporters to protest against what it described as the persecution of its followers by the Chinese Government.

Greenpeace stays off the street: The Greens and Amnesty International Australia were among other groups planning stationary rallies. A number of non-governmental organisations including Greenpeace and the Climate Action Network, would avoid any “on-the-street” marches and instead set up a media centre in Haymarket to analyse APEC policy.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 3/9/2007, p. 3

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