Beijing 4 June 1989

tank-man-tiananmen 1989

I read that in China today many young people have never seen this famous photograph taken in Tiananmen Square. The Chinese government has edited it out of existence.

That sounds very Orwellian to me so even though I don’t suppose anyone in China will see it here it is again. My photo of Tiananmen Square was taken just a few months later in March 1990.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/thirty-years-on-how-the-tiananmen-square-massacre-unfolded

Protest Central – Hobart

The lawns in front of Parliament House in Hobart are Protest Central as they are a convenient place for people to gather to express their displeasure over anything from unfair taxes to destroying our environment. On a recent Saturday afternoon I wandered over there to get away from the crowds at Salamanca and my attention was grabbed by dolls and toys hanging from the trees and then by a sign that said “You are not welcome here.” I stopped to see what was going on and discovered that it was a protest about keeping asylum seekers in offshore detention centres. This is a very contentious subject here as there are children involved. Now I know that for developed countries this is perceived as a big problem whether it be Mexicans trying to enter the USA, middle eastern refugees in Europe or Iranians, Afghani’s or Sri Lankans trying to come to Australia . I’m not going to make a political post out of this but just say that if something terrible happened in Australia and we had to flee for our lives I hope that the countries that we arrived in would be kinder to us than we have been to these people on Nauru, Manus Island and Christmas Island.

The other protest was about clear felling at Lapoinya Forest in the northwest of Tasmania. A lot of the forestry issues here are about logging old growth forest. Lapoinya is regrowth but the issue is protecting wildlife in particular the freshwater crayfish,  endangered Tasmanian Devils and quolls. I am not opposed to all logging.  I don’t think that we should be cutting down old growth forests and I am concerned about the impact on wildlife. The Tasmanian Devils have had enough to contend with the past few years with the facial tumour disease that has killed so many of them. I do worry about logging because once the trees and animals are gone you can’t get them back and I would hate to think we were destroying the forests for the sake of woodchips, Furniture, building materials and even fuel but not woodchips. That’s just my opinion though and I am not pushing it onto anyone else.

Here is some film of a spotted quoll.

Signs Of The Times

#marchinmarch Hobart

Images from today’s march in Hobart.

I first heard about the March in March when reading Victoria Rollinson’s blog. I decided to find out if there was to be a march in Tasmania and although I’ve never attended any kind of protest in my life I felt that I must go. My recent pessimism about the future has been brought on largely by the actions of the current federal government since taking power last year as well as my fear that a right-wing conservative state government would make matters worse.

I’m not a member of any particular party and don’t believe any one of them has all the answers but I do want a kinder, more compassionate government than the one we have now. And by the way where is the spare planet Tony? (see last photo.)

image Not In My Name #marchinmarch Hobart
Or mine Tony.

image Not Happy Jan #marchinmarch Hobart

Image Give Us Our Country Back #marchinmarch Hobart
One of the larger and more colourful signs.

Image "Dog's Breakfast" #marchinmarch Hobart
I wouldn’t feed them to a dog.

image Parliament House
Rally at Parliament House

image Nick McKim #marchinmarch Hobart
Face In The Crowd. Greens Leader Nick McKim.

image media conference #marchinmarch Hobart
After rally press conference.