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(en) Australia, Adelaide, MEDIA, Asia-Pacific Defence and Security Exhibition Remembrance Day event to be cancelled

Date Sun, 07 Sep 2008 10:33:09 +0300



"FERAL" rioters who wreaked havoc at 2006's G20 meeting have forced a
Remembrance Day event to be cancelled. ---- The three-day defence expo due to
start on November 11 has been scrapped amid fears of violence by "low-life
anarchists". --- Organisers of the Asia-Pacific Defence and Security Exhibition,
to be held in Adelaide, took the dramatic step after reports hundreds of
protesters from Melbourne and Sydney planned to disrupt it. ---- In recent
weeks, police gave several confidential briefings on the scale of the planned
protests and the cost of countering them. ---- Police received intelligence on
the protesters, including members of the ultra-militant group Mutiny.

Mutiny and another group called Arterial Bloc were key protesters in the riots
at the G20 meeting in Melbourne in 2006 and last year's APEC meeting in Sydney.

Many other protest groups have been attempting to rally support for their cause
in recent weeks.

Before the event was cancelled, OzPeace activist Jacob Grech said he anticipated
"around 500" protesters would be at the event.

He said plans were under way for several busloads of protesters from Melbourne
and Sydney. Many would make their own way to Adelaide.

"We have a policy of non-violent direct action," Mr Grech said.

He confirmed members of the militant Mutiny group were planning to attend.

The Group of 20 nations summit at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne in November
2006 descended into chaos when a mob outnumbered and attacked police.

Protesters tried to break a police blockade at Collins St, pushing and hurled
barricades at officers, and threw wheelie bins and milk crates.

They vandalised a brawler van in a riot in which glass bottles were thrown at
police.

Acting SA Premier Kevin Foley yesterday said the Government had full confidence
in police to manage "these feral anarchists that would be descending on
Adelaide" if the event had proceeded.

"However, the organisers had to take into account a number of factors --
security issues as well as the level of support from the Defence Department," he
said.

"The decision was taken that the cost of security, the possible threats of
violence, were risks that the organisers of the event and the Government agreed
were not worth proceeding with."

Mr Foley said the decision should not be seen as a "victory" by the protest
groups because the contacts with manufacturers made so far would be followed up.

"These are feral, low-life people who want society to be in a state of near
anarchy for their perverse pleasure," he said.

"People who say they are anti-war, but who resort to violence and destruction to
put their case are clearly dangerous."
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