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Sydney locked down and loaded for Apec

Discussion in 'News & Events' started by Hails, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. Hails

    Hails Well-Known Member

    Tuesday, 4 September 2007

    Sydney is in lock-down and hospitals are on standby for a terrorist attack as Australia prepares for the arrival of the world's most powerful leaders.

    The streets were quiet yesterday, but Sydney is bracing itself for protests when United States President George W. Bush flies into controversy over Iraq and climate change today ahead of the Apec leaders summit this weekend.

    Bush has placed Iraq squarely on the agenda in his meetings with Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Australian Labor leader Kevin Rudd – who supports the withdrawal of Australian troops from Iraq.

    But it is climate change that will dominate the two-day leaders' summit, and divisions are already emerging.

    Howard is pushing what he believes will be a flagship agreement on climate change – but it has been panned by environmentalists as an empty gesture.

    It does not push for binding cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and its promotion of nuclear energy as a form of clean energy is controversial.

    Green groups have accused Howard of using it in an attempt to derail the Kyoto protocol – an international agreement with binding targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions – after 2012.

    New Zealand is preparing to carve out a separate position on nuclear energy – and, as one of the few Apec countries to commit to emissions reductions under the Kyoto protocol, will push for an acknowledgement of Kyoto's binding targets in the leaders' final statement.

    But Apec is unusual in that most leaders there represent countries which have so far refused to commit to binding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

    Prime Minister Helen Clark made it clear yesterday New Zealand was committed to the Kyoto protocol – and said it was "highly likely" that commitment would extend beyond 2012.

    That was regardless of whether countries including Australia and the US, or developing countries, agreed to binding targets, she said.

    She acknowledged yesterday that it would take "the wisdom of Solomon" to reach agreement on the way forward.

    "It is going to be very difficult in my view to get those who have not agreed to binding targets in the first commitment period to agree to them in the 2012 period in the short term," Clark said.

    "So the key thing for a communique like this is it must respect the positions of those of us who have accepted responsibility for emissions and we need to keep pushing for others to be accepting responsibility as well."

    Clark will leave for Apec on Friday, flying into heavy security.

    Foreign Minister Winston Peters, meanwhile, arrives in Sydney today and is expected to meet counterparts including US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

    * Bush's lodgings for the four nights he spends in the city are a $A4345-per-night ($NZ5138), seven-room suite with a jacuzzi and breathtaking harbour views.

    His motorcade will number more than 20 vehicles, with his presidential limousine specifically built to withstand a anti- tank grenade launchers thanks to 12cm of ballistic armour.

    Outside the confines of the President's security cocoon, the protests will heat up.

    The Stop Bush Coalition, including Left-leaning political groups and university students, plans to mark his arrival with march at Town Hall. Their big day is apparently Saturday, when the political leaders meet.

    More than 5000 protesters are expected to march on the city and press the police into action.

    Sydney police were dealt a blow in recent weeks with the outbreak of equine influenza, which hit their 35 horses in the city's south.

    It forced a quarantine lockdown and meant no mounted police will be deployed this week.

    Still, there's the water cannon, mounted on a sinister black truck.

    The large $A600,000 ($NZ665,000) contraption was proudly unveiled to the media last month.

    It can shoot a single stream of water 50m and knock a protester clean off his or her feet.

    Sydney police have been rehearsing their routines for weeks on quiet Sunday mornings in the city.

    If the worst happens, warning sirens have been mounted on traffic lights at street corners, to be sounded if any terrorists strike.

    lol, they got a vid on there news article fro youtube, i spose they wanna get the word out
  2. SurfSarge

    SurfSarge misfit

    It's gonna be a riot not a terrorist attack!I wouldnt' be anywhere's near that place :idiot:
  3. Hails

    Hails Well-Known Member

    Yea im staying out in the country, lol
  4. SurfSarge

    SurfSarge misfit

    Don't blame ya'll