Police Threaten To Arrest Any Paramilitary Who Lays A Hand On Australian Protesters
A country quietly, steadily installing police state apparatus will, they claim, be protecting its people from an advanced police state security team, whose Quest For Fire-like mission is to keep a flame lit, while pro-Communist Capitalism and pro-democracy activists shout support and abuse at the flame as it's passed from one running person to another in the recreation of a sports-related ritual popularised by the Nazi German government in 1936.
The Olympic Torch relay in Canberra later this week has the makings of an utterly surreal, but hopefully not violent, mega-spectacle of the most bizarre kind :
Chinese officials have been warned their paramilitary "flame attendants" will be arrested and hauled away if they touch one of our citizens during the Australian leg of the torch relay.So 30 highly trained Chinese paramilitary will supposedly ride in a vehicle near the flame, while six Australian Federal Police provide running security, but should any of the foreign paramilitary engage in thuggish behaviour with a pro-democracy protester, the police will cause a (positive) international incident by arresting the foreign government paramilitary, who will probably then claim diplomatic immunity.
Police are still keen to ban the attendants from escorting the flame at all.
Instead, runners will be protected by six Australian Federal Police officers: two behind; two alongside and two in front.
"The federal police have told the Chinese Embassy that the flame attendants will not have a security role," a source close to the negotiations said.
"They can't touch any member of the Australian public and if they do they will be arrested and charged under Australian law."
2008 has already proven to be an extremely weird year, and it's only going to get weirder from here on in.
Wait until you see the 'One World/Same World' Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, and the incandescent rage from Chinese officials at the numerous pro-Tibet protests from athletes, and media.