11 Sep 2007

APEC summary

We said that the media and police were preparing people for violence around APEC. That violence did not occur is, in this context, entirely to the credit of protesters and not to the credit of the police. Equine influenza also possibly played a part, as did the protesters' willingness to accede to police demands, to ignore police provocations, even including police brutality. It is possible too that the government side decided to avoid the spectacle of violence. Both sides in a sense had something to lose from that spectacle, although the media of course longed for it.