Anti-war protest - outside Sydney Town Hall - 2nd April 2003
Police have made an arrest at an anti-war rally outside Sydney's Town Hall where a crowd of over 300 people have gathered.
A youth that police believe was involved in violence at a similar rally last week has been taken to the Sydney police centre.
After police violence at last week's protest, police have warned there will be arrests if protesters attempt to march today.
School children in uniforms, groups of young men and older protesters have gathered on one side of Town Hall while at least 200 police have gathered around the area.
Police have said they will use video footage to identify protesters who caused violence at last week's march. Even though police caused the violence themselves.
Not only did police cause the violence they did so with malice and reckless indifference, predicting the event the day before. A youth was taken into custody after being identified through that footage.
Police moved into a group of youths before the protest began and removed one of them. His friends erupted in anger as protest Marshalls attempted to control them. Meanwhile, police have shutdown processions heading along the footpath to the Town Hall.
There was a tense moment outside the ABC in Ultimo when a large number of police forced protesters from the Sydney University Students Against War group to abandon their march. Using the group's own megaphone, a police commander gave the protesters this ultimatum.
"You have an opportunity now to move off in different directions make you way wherever you're going to go, but if you form into an unauthorised procession then I will arrest you all, I have the capacity to do that, and I will do that," he said.
A police spray has been used on a section of a crowd in Sydney's Town Hall Square demonstrating against the war in Iraq.
The spray was used at the conclusion of the demonstration as the crowd began to disperse.A group of protesters was pushing through the crowd near St Andrews Cathedral when a man in plain clothes produced a canister and sprayed it at the group.
Police media has since confirmed it was a police spray. One demonstrator, Sean, has described the incident."Some guy in no uniform gets pepper spray out, gets back and sprays it into the air," he said."I don't know what it was, it made your throat burn." Although the protest is formally over, hundreds remain in the square along with a big police contingent.
By Don't Setmeup 2 April 03
ObiWan Kenobi: The Force is with you, young Skywalker But you are not a Jedi yet.
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