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Senator Kerry Nettle Australian Greens Senator for New South Wales

PM must apologise to peaceful marchers

8th Sep 07

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle today congratulated Sydneysiders for

asserting their right to protest peacefully and called on John Howard

to apologise for demonising the peaceful protesters as violent.

Senator Nettle addressed the rally at Town Hall and called on APEC

leaders to commit to real measures to stop climate change, to end

the war in Iraq, and protect workers rights throughout the region.

"The Prime Minister owes an apology to the thousands of peaceful

citizens who protested today for having wrongly portrayed them as

violent," Senator Nettle said.

"The NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione should also

apologise to the people of NSW who have paid the bill for a

massively expensive police over reaction today.

"The Prime Minister, Morris Iemma, and Commissioner Scipione

have been proved wrong by the peaceful citizens of Sydney and

their decision to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on the

massive police operation during APEC must now be questioned.

"Today's peaceful protesters sent a message to world leaders that

their failure to act in the best interests of the environment, of

ordinary peoples' rights, and bring peace is unacceptable.

"Unfortunately, The Prime Minister's decision to turn Sydney into a

mini-police state today has broadcast around the world a negative

image of Sydney and Australia that will be the real legacy of the

APEC week."

Contact - Jon Edwards 0428 213 146