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HEAVY POLICE PRESENCE FOR OCCUPY SYDNEY

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Uploaded on Nov 4, 2011

Hundreds of Occupy Sydney protesters have taken to the streets under the watchful eyes of a heavy police presence.
People from all walks of life converged on Town Hall at midday on Saturday bearing banners with slogans like 'You can't eat money' and 'Stop police brutality'.
The Occupy Sydney activists, who are part of a worldwide protest against corporate greed, have vowed to re-occupy Martin Place indefinitely, despite police assurances they will be removed at 4.30pm (AEDT) on Saturday.
'99 per cent, 99 per cent, 99 per cent', protesters chanted as they gathered at Town Hall for speeches.
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) Sydney branch secretary Paul McAleer told the crowd they were part of 'the most inspirational movement of working people in the history of humanity'.
'It doesn't matter what country you live in or what union you belong to or what religion you are or what colour you are.
'The 99 per cent says we are together and we are not going to be exploited or repressed any longer,' he said to massive cheers.
There was a significant police presence at the rally, with riot squad officers, mounted police and two police trucks on standby.
NSW Police dropped their Supreme Court action against the protest on Friday after protesters agreed to change the route of the march.
However, Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said officers would be watching the demonstration and would take 'reasonable action' if protesters failed to leave Martin Place at the agreed time of 4.30pm (AEDT).
Occupy Sydney spokesman Ben Peterson told AAP the police response was 'disappointing'.
'We're very disappointed police have turned up with mobile holding cells, horses, riot squad just around the corner,' he said.
'If police try to move on a lawful public peaceful assembly, then that's a travesty on their part.'
Last month, police were accused of using excessive force after 40 protesters were arrested in a dawn raid that ended the group's week-long protest in Martin Place.
Occupy Sydney has maintained there is no such thing as an illegal public assembly.
A decision will be made on Saturday afternoon on whether they should re-occupy Martin Place indefinitely, Mr Peterson said.
'It is perfectly within everyone's rights to assemble peacefully and in a public place and that's what we'll be doing,' he said. 'The last thing Occupy is about is violent confrontations. It's about having a public discourse for as long as possible, involving as many people as possible.'
People from a broad range of unions and activist groups were represented at the rally, which was taking place in Martin Place from 2pm (AEDT).
People from Stop the Northern Territory Intervention, the NSW Teachers Federation, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), Lock the Gate anti-CSG mining group and refugee support groups were all present.
'Who are we?' an Occupy Sydney spokeswoman asked the crowd.
'We are the workers, we are the indebted, we are the immigrants and the indigenous. We are homeless, we are the students, we are the unemployed, we are the under-represented people of the world. We are the 99 per cent. We are Occupy Sydney.' - 5 November 2011.

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