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Red letters leave red faces (Sydney Opera House Vandalized - photos)
The Daily Telegraph | March 18, 2003

Posted on 03/18/2003 5:38:28 PM PST by Indy Pendance

IT was a red-letter warning to Australia about the ease with which a national icon's security could be breached.

Police and security officials were left red-faced yesterday after protesters scaled the Opera House and daubed "NO WAR" in scarlet paving paint on the tallest sail.

It sparked outrage -- particularly because, just a few months ago in the wake of the Bali bombing, the State Government announced that security around such landmarks was to be ramped up.

Yet yesterday's graffiti session was the second time in recent weeks that security has failed to stop unknown strangers -- who could have been carrying something far more menacing than paint -- from climbing the sails.

Yesterday's offenders were arrested and identified as Dr Will Saunders, a 42-year-old UK scientist in Australia on a working visa, and environmental campaigner David Burgess, 33, from Bucketty on the Central Coast.

The pair are believed to have used their bags to block police access to a manhole on the Concert Hall sail, giving them the 10 minutes they needed to paint their protest.

Police admitted the incident was worrying.

"Our counter-terrorism unit [is] working very closely with the Government and the Opera House about security," Superintendent Phil Rogerson said.

"It's a wake-up call."

Both Saunders and Burgess were charged with malicious damage and granted conditional bail.

Opera House CEO Norman Gillespie admitted the incident had made him reconsider security -- and pledged guards would be placed around the Opera House 24 hours, seven days a week.

But he defended his staff's response, saying it was obvious the pair were protesters, not terrorists.

"We have a very high level of security here [but] if someone has reckless criminal intent they will find a way [to breach it]."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blackshirts; communistsubversion; deathcultivation; terrorwar; traitorlist; warlist
Anti-war message is sprayed onto the sails of the famous Sydney Opera House as Australia formally commits to joining any U.S. attack on Iraq, March 18, 2003. Australian troops will fight in a war against Iraq if the United States launches military action to disarm Baghdad of alleged weapons of mass destruction, Prime Minister John Howard said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Mark Baker

Sydney Opera House personnel inspect the slogan 'No War' painted on the Sydney icon Tuesday, March 18, 2003. Protesters daubed the slogan on the building shortly before Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced Australian troops would join any U.S.-led military strike to disarm Iraq. (AP Photo/Dan Peled)

Specialist climbers abseil down the side of the Sydney Opera House in an attempt to begin cleaning the 'NO WAR' slogan painted on the side of the world famous sails earlier in the morning. Australian Prime Minister John Howard committed Australian troops to war in Iraq when he addressed Parliament in Canberra and Australians were now bracing for the commencement of war. REUTERS/James D Morgan

1 posted on 03/18/2003 5:38:28 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance
I counted 9 people risking their lives to repair the damage. I think it would be fitting that the damage to the sail, and the cost of repairs be assessed to the vandals. Plus, I do believe that defacing a national monument is a felony.

I would enjoy seeing criminals actually held responsible for their crimes, regardless of whether they are 'protesters' or simply malicious vandals.
2 posted on 03/18/2003 5:45:33 PM PST by Hodar (With Rights, comes Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: Hodar
These people should go to prision, for life.
3 posted on 03/18/2003 5:48:00 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance
With each passing day, the pro-Saddam crowds give normal people more and more reasons to hate them.
4 posted on 03/18/2003 5:48:38 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides
I hope we have our security tightened around places such as Mt. Rushmore, etc.
5 posted on 03/18/2003 5:49:50 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Hodar
Find out where these vandals live and give them a taste of their own medicine.
6 posted on 03/18/2003 5:50:18 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Indy Pendance
And, especially, the military bases.
7 posted on 03/18/2003 5:50:47 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Hodar
Tie a rope around them and drag them through Sydney Harbor as shark bait.
8 posted on 03/18/2003 6:17:52 PM PST by jigsaw
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To: Indy Pendance
"Specialist climbers" or not, the first time somebody dies from one of these peacnike shenanigans, the blood will be on the hands of ALL of them around the world.

Prairie
9 posted on 03/18/2003 6:21:44 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Wanted: new bunk buddy. Older guys perfectly OK. Language no issue. Call Jacques C. for details.)
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To: Indy Pendance
On the news last night,when the British guy was talking to the media...some immigration officials came and busted him for a visa violation.It was the coolest thing ive ever seen.
10 posted on 03/18/2003 6:25:39 PM PST by smpc
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To: smpc
What are folks saying there? Are they outraged? I hope these criminals get life in prision.
11 posted on 03/18/2003 6:27:40 PM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Indy Pendance
Imagine the worldwide outrage if the words had been "Die Saddam, you weenie."

Talk radio would be banned worldwide.

12 posted on 03/18/2003 6:27:48 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Indy Pendance
I think the main concern was with how easily they got up there.Security has been pretty tight around Sydney for the last few months but this shows it needs to get tighter.

I've only spoken to one friend about the incident and all they said was 'hippie wankers'.
13 posted on 03/18/2003 6:32:43 PM PST by smpc
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To: Hodar
Totally agree. I hope the Aussies throw the book at 'em.
14 posted on 03/18/2003 6:33:25 PM PST by GWfan
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To: Indy Pendance
It amazes me that 2 guys did this in ten minutes. They bring special climbing gear, couple of gallons of paint and, sprayer?, rollers? How many people watched this happen?
15 posted on 03/18/2003 6:34:10 PM PST by mcenedo
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To: mcenedo
There are stairs you can walk up pretty quickly.They shouldve been guarded though.
16 posted on 03/18/2003 6:35:56 PM PST by smpc
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To: Dog Gone
Imagine the worldwide outrage if they knew that a member of the NSW Upper House launched this website recently:

http://www.muslimterrorists.com/
17 posted on 03/18/2003 6:42:26 PM PST by smpc
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To: smpc
You're right. How dare he even mention them by name.
18 posted on 03/18/2003 6:46:21 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: Indy Pendance
>>...unknown strangers ...<<

Redundant.

19 posted on 03/18/2003 6:54:58 PM PST by FReepaholic (If ignorance ain't bliss, I don't know what is.)
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To: Indy Pendance
It's time for conservatives to take to the streets ourselves. What's a liberal target? I know NPR...

I'm gonna break into my local NPR station (which one? There are 4-5 in the Bay Area) and drop trou in the lobby. That's it. I've had it!

20 posted on 03/18/2003 7:01:21 PM PST by Drango (Two wrongs don't make a right...but three lefts do!)
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To: Indy Pendance
Please. They were welcomed with open arms because they oozed America-hate and Bush-hate. In Sydney, "high security" is only for people with American accents.
24 posted on 03/18/2003 7:49:59 PM PST by Timesink (Hi, Billy Mays here for new MOAB! It'll wipe your worst stains right off the face of the planet!)
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To: Hodar
I agree.

granted conditional bail

This is why they do it. they got no downside. costs taxpayers to fix it. Endangers other peoples lives to fix it. The perps get a small fine, no jailtime and get away with it.

Until this changes, they can vandalize/destroy anything with impunity... and will!

25 posted on 03/18/2003 7:54:41 PM PST by America's Resolve ("We have prepared for the unbelievers, whips and chains and blazing fires!" Koran 76:4)
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To: Indy Pendance
Too bad the "piecenicks" didn't slip and fall when they defaced the monument.

I'm sure you won't see this on the local media since we know leftists are peaceful and don't destroy property. < /sarcasm > Has anyone seen much coverage of the leftists who destroyed the 9/11 memorial in California? I haven't.

26 posted on 03/18/2003 8:07:56 PM PST by Dengar01 (The Clock is Ticking Saddam! 21 Hours!!!)
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To: Indy Pendance
Sidney 1968 -- under construction:


27 posted on 03/18/2003 8:29:57 PM PST by js1138
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To: Drango
Leave them a big ole souvenier while you're there.
28 posted on 03/18/2003 8:31:53 PM PST by FreedomPoster (This Space Intentionally Blank)
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To: Indy Pendance
Well, these jackals got quite a bit of mileage out of their little "protest." Nightline featured it in their lineup of anti-war scenes, and never mentioned that it was vandalism.

No, I don't normally watch Nightline -- my son wanted to see the Stinger missiles, and I was humoring him.

29 posted on 03/18/2003 8:41:48 PM PST by reformed_democrat
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