I was at the Melbourne picket (and met another Clambaker who will remain nameless as they are under the cloud of a gag agreement and understandabily wanted to remain a small part of a big crowd.
It was a FANTASTIC
Now the long version...
Everyone had a great attitude and really wanted to do the right thing at the protest. I had a couple of spare signs for those who only brought the 'pen on the cardboard' signs, but who could have guessed the shear number of people
We started at Flinders Street Station and filled the large area out the front with picketers. I thought I was getting there early at 13:20, however, the main body of people were already there and handing out HEAPS of fliers to the hugh crowd that flows in and out of this Station. (For those that don't know Melbourne - Flinders Street Station is THE MAIN point of entry into the main city precinct with Federation Square, the Yarra and Swanston St Mall all at the door step. It's like Grand Central Station for those from the USA.)
Add to this the fact that it was a beutiful sunny day of 25'C (the poor anonymi in black were feeling it), and we also had the Chinese New Year Festival on the river and a hugh crowd for a Sunday ALL getting an eyeful of the signs and fliers galore.
We started the short walk up to the Melbourne Org at about 13:55 and as it was only a block away, we decended on them at 14:00 as planned. There must have been 200+ picketing the org. WOW.
The police were there, very friendly, and all of their instructions were followed. There were a few Clams at the station (one is on my video) and a couple at the org hiding inside and taking pictures from windows, the roof, through blinds, etc... He nearly fell out of the window!
If I could give one piece of advice it would be to not wear leather jackets with "Napam Death" written on the back. This was very 'Heavy Metal', however, this was what one of the Clams with the camera focused on for a while.
The front of the org was filled with people and the sound of horns from passing motorists for the next 2 hours and it was then that I had to go for family reasons, however, there was still a large group when I left and I gave my sign to a masked anon for him to continue.
In the mean time, here are some photo's that I took: Click on the picture:
I will be editing my video into something watchable for upload to YouTube when I figure out how to do it.
Edit 12/2/08 - Ok video is up here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TMacinAus