I survived the APEC protest march...
Some facts from this observer: Except for a few violent lunatics who always turn up at events like this, the march was entirely peaceful. I estimated the crowd to be about 10,000 strong. The police were over the top in a couple of their reactions and they were generally trying to be intimidating.
I want to acknowledge the organisers for the great lengths they went to in urging the crowd to remain peaceful and to not retaliate to any acts of provocation by police or other provocateurs. And it worked. As I said above, it was a peaceful protest march.
I went up to one officer in the thick blue line, who was doing a sad job of trying to look intimidating, stuck my face REAL close to his, and gave him my best sergeant's intonation when I said to him (whilst boring into his eyes with mine) "When this country turns into a fascist state, remember the part you played here today, laddie!!!"
The day was good for my adrenalin addiction.