The Tent Embassy brouhaha
I just need to get some things out of my system.
First of all, I had departed the gathering just after the smoking ceremony, so I was not there when the brouhaha at The Lobby restaurant occurred.
Some have referred to the non-Aboriginal supporters there as "rent-a-crowd." I don't understand the mindset of those who labelled them thus. Did they think the Tent Embassy event was an Aboriginal-only event? If you're not Aboriginal and you show up to express your solidarity, you're "rent-a-crowd"? And what do they mean by "rent-a-crowd" anyway?
I have no problem with the angry response of the protesters, given the misinformation they were fed. I think they behaved reasonably. As usual, about 99% of the violence came from
Gillard and Abbott should have addressed the crowd.
The security people over-reacted. Quelle surprise. What's new? Don't they always? Wankers!