Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Militarising before G20

Bearcat "rescue" vehicle
The Cairns Post reports:
FAR North police unveiled the newest member of their team this morning with the handing over of the 'BearCat' Armoured Rescue Vehicle.

The nine-tonne $400,000 vehicle was purchased by the National Counter-Terrorism Committee and is just the second of its kind to be unleashed in Queensland.

It is bullet and blast resistant, has high level four-wheel-drive and off road capability and Far Northern Region Assistant Commissioner Katarina Carroll said it would have a large number of duties in the region.
Yes, such as suppressing protests at the G20 finance minister meetings.

Update 26 July: I saw our protest suppression vehicle today... $400,000 and it's left hand drive? Sheesh!

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