SUE JACKSON Therapist/Writer/Photographer/Activist

Last year, as the unofficial blogger/photographer to the anti-East-West Link campaign, our battles were my blog's entire focus. But by Christmas, with the electoral win for people power and the dumping of the dud Tunnel, I was suddenly at a loss. What to write about now? Not sure yet. But there will be ongoing musings and images from this Australian life. So please leave a message. (No need to sign into an account. Simply comment as ‘anonymous’; then leave your name within the comment itself.)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

'Mums and Dads' of Melbourne at today's Tunnel Picket (Monday)

That's how you treat your Mums and Dads?

I am still trembling as I write this rapidly before I start work. The scene above is happening at the corner of Alexandra and Queens Parades at this very moment, as protestors attempt to stop the setting up of yet another drilling rig at that corner.
As I watched, I kept remembering how, early on, a police official visiting our picket for the first time expressed surprise that instead of the rabble he'd been led to expect, the protestors he met there were just like 'Mums and Dads'. He was absolutely right; our ranks are full of Mums and Dads - and Aunties and Uncles, Sons and Daughters, with lots of Grandparents thrown in. Yet this is how those ordinary citizens are being treated on a daily basis by police officers - no doubt, by some, against their inclinations - under the direction of the Napthine Government in thrall to its big business cronies. I know I sound particularly strident as I type this, but the scenes I was witnessing an hour ago are unthinkable in the Melbourne I know and love:


Thank goodness for the ever-present Street Medics

Mums and Dads and dogs of Melbourne

The owner of handsome Fred said he brought his canine companion to the picket for a reason. If the East-West Link goes ahead Fred will be only one of many animals - those at the zoo as well as fellow pets and wild-life - who will lose the wonderful resource that is Royal Park. We can't and won't let this happen!


Blogger MR.GRIM said...

Very upsetting stuff indeed. I do not understand, I know they are just doing their job, but seriously, their job should not entail hurting those they are paid to protect. Thanks for sticking it out Mum, hopefully victory will come soon!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Sue Jackson said...

Here, Here!

7:07 PM  
Blogger Jill Koppel said...

Well done, Sue. Another great blog post - it must be documented. After all, we can't rely on the mainstream media, can we?

3:49 AM  

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