More to come on this. The following is related to this event posted yesterday on Vlad:
Watch any news site in the area closely over the next week. I hope not to have more on this, but I suspect I will. The artist, Sergio, who did the mural with the burka and the circle and the line through it, police have warned him that his studio may be firebombed in the near future. I am told that fashion designers that have used, or planned to use the burka as part of a fashion show have in fact had their studios firebombed so Sergio is taking this threat very seriously.
I hope to have a recent (several hours from now, It’s Australia so it happened hours ago in one sense but not yet in another) radio interview with Sergio up online once the station publishes it as a podcast.
Apparently the calls to the studio after the interview were also very revealing.
My best to Sergio. I hope and wish all artists could show the moral courage that he does. Most fold like a cheap suit to the pressure of fashion and leftism or whatever pays the bills and gets them laid. To see an artist ready to come out for what matters despite the winds of fashion is rare despite the image artists like to project of being so ‘avant-garde’ and courageous. In truth, most artists are the most conformist bunch of professionals out there.
for the moment, here is the public police report:
Sunday, 16 Jan 2011 10:56pm
Seven men have been charged following a protest at Newtown in Sydney’s inner west today.
About 1:45pm, officers attached to Newtown Local Area Command attended the vicinity of Station Street and Enmore Road to monitor an unplanned protest.
About 50 people had gathered in the area before making their way to Gladstone Street where they continued the protest.
About 2:20pm, an unidentified female allegedly threw paint at a wall before running from the scene. The crowd turned on police when they went to arrest a 29-year-old man who had also allegedly thrown paint at the wall.
Further police attended the scene and seven men were arrested and taken to Newtown Police Station while the remainder of the protesters were moved-on towards Enmore Road.
Those arrested and charged were:
· A 29-year-old man charged with resist/hinder police and destroy or damage property;
· A 41-year-old man charged with assault police and resist/hinder police;
· A 20-year-old man charged with two counts of resist/hinder police and one count of escape police custody;
· A 24-year-old man charged with assault police and resist/hinder police;
· A 29-year-old man charged with assault police and resist/hinder police;
· A 28-year-old man charged with two counts of resist police; and,
· A 28-year-old man charged with two counts of resist police and one count of assault police.
Six of the men were granted conditional bail to appear in Newtown Local Court on Tuesday 8 February 2011 while the 41-year-old man will appear on Tuesday 1 March.
Police are continuing their investigations to identify and locate the female who allegedly threw paint at the wall.
Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Newtown Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Here are a couple more articles about this situation. 1. This seems reasonable but its 2:40 AM here and no one should put money at this point on what I think looks reasonable.