Queensland Police have today refused to rule out using VLAD laws against G20 protesters in the event of any incidents. When contacted by Fairfax Media they only started the obvious, that the laws will not be used against “people simply taking part in lawful protests.”Anti-G20 activists are concerned that aggressive police tactics like ‘kettling’ may lead to confrontations, leaving them open to 15 or 25-year mandatory sentences for the relatively minor offence of ‘Affray’.
This has led some activists to take the unusual step of initiating a protester boycott of G20. Generation Alpha has cancelled the largest planned G20 protest, a world record attempt called ‘Nature Strip’, after written legal advice on the VLAD legislation. Spokesperson Ben Pennings said:
“This must be the first time the Guinness Book of Records have been told that organisers are too scared of serious jail time to go ahead. Laws designed for violent criminals…
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