Protester Byran Law airs his concerns in Yeppoon main street with a microphone and music to get his anti-war message across.
Protester Byran Law airs his concerns in Yeppoon main street with a microphone and music to get his anti-war message across. Nikita Watts Roknlaw

Protesters swamp public meeting

AN INFORMAL chat with the mayor turned ugly as Talisman Sabre protesters swamped a Yeppoon public meeting and police were called.

Wearing a smart tuxedo and cowboy hat, well-known protester Bryan Law stood out from his causal counterparts and his talk with Rockhampton Mayor Brad Carter turned into a heated debate, and Mr Law became “abusive”.

However, once police arrived, the protesters sat quietly at a table at Yeppoon Central, where the meeting was held.

Later in the day, Mr Law made his presence known to the community by “spruiking” in the Yeppoon main street with a microphone, a loud speaker and flags.

He closed his eyes and ignored negative comments from people passing in the street as he spoke of his children and his home, and how he planned to give them up in his quest to disrupt the military training activities at Shoalwater Bay.

“I will smash and interrupt communication devices and bring down helicopters,” the protester said.

Mr Law said he was happy to be sent to jail for his actions.

At the public meeting, organised by the council for residents to voice their issues directly to Cr Carter, Mr Law said he was concerned for the council and the region’s confidence in Talisman Sabre and his impression that Cr Carter supported “war games” and the war in Afghanistan.

Cr Carter said he did not support the war or conflicts in other countries, but it was vital Australia had a good defence force and Shoalwater Bay was an important training area.

A security officer at the shopping centre told The Morning Bulletin Mr Law was asked to leave a number of times and so he was “trespassing”.

The group left the centre midway through the morning meeting and Mr Law said he would take his message to the streets.



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