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  • Annie Dear: For a really good protest, ask an Aussie

  • You know, there are protests, and then there are protests.



    Just this week, Bahrain police broke up anti-government protesters with stun grenades and tear gas; in another incident in West Virginia, sixteen people have been arrested during a protest of a coal company’s bankruptcy reorganization plan.

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  • You know, there are protests, and then there are protests.
    Just this week, Bahrain police broke up anti-government protesters with stun grenades and tear gas; in another incident in West Virginia, sixteen people have been arrested during a protest of a coal company’s bankruptcy reorganization plan.
    There is even now a website devoted to bring to us a calendar of upcoming protests – just see one you like and pop on over. If you’re quick you too can join in at the Buchvorstellung und Workshop zum Buch “Revolutionäre Frauen” in Hanover, Germany. Using my handy-dandy online translator, it in fact is less strident than in sounds – it is indeed a Book Presentation and workshop for the book “revolutionary women.” Might put that one on hold – let’s see what else I can find.
    Perhaps you’d like to wave a flag at the Newcastle Bedroom Tax Protest, in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England on April 6, and thence you can pop down to Bristol for the Benefit for Anarchists Against the Wall on the same day.
    What I’m really gnashing my teeth over, however, is one I just missed in the land of my birth – indeed, in the state of my birth – Victoria.
    Just as in the U.S., Australia, despite its vast desert area, has a wealth of really magnificent National Parks, and it was on the fringe of one in the Dandenong Ranges, just east of Melbourne, that the townsfolk of Tecoma (yes, with an ‘e’, not an ‘a’) have voiced their discontent at the proposed erection of the Golden Arches and opening of a McDonald’s store just 800 meters from the National Park.
    I can’t say that I blame them – after all a trip to a National Park should involve Yogi Bear type picnic baskets and plaid blankets, not cardboard fast food packaging and Happy Meal toys.
    However, back to the protest. The thing the town is most upset about is that Maccas (as it is affectionately known) said it was looking forwarding to engaging with the protesters, but management won’t return any phone calls. Thus – a stunning protest was organized.
    On Feb. 5 at McDonald’s headquarters in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood, a large collection of garden gnomes sat assembled on the steps ready for the day of reckoning.
    Dubbed “Gnomeageddon,” it is threatening to go global, and one enterprising gnome, evidently, has enlisted the help of a flight attendant (airline unknown, but I suspect a kangaroo is involved), who will share photos of the travels and “International Gnome Gatherings” from around the world.
    I am sure McDonald’s will crumble under pressure – if for no other reason than laughter.
    Tear gas, shmear gas – bring on the gnomes! That’s how you get stuff done, I’m telling you.
    Page 2 of 2 - Annie Dear lives in Lee's Summit. Email her at anniedearkc@hotmail.com
     
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