Armed (Arab) ‘Incident’ at Martin Place
Arabic writing on a black cloth held against the window: “There is no God but Allah. Mohammed is the messenger of God”.
This was reported: “Twenty hostages have been taken by gunmen – apparently Islamic extremists – at a popular café in Martin Place, the heart of Sydney. The siege began at the Lindt chocolate shop café at about 9.45am, local time, and has brought the city to a standstill”.
And this is what we know so far:
1. A man with a backpack holding over 10 people hostage.
2. A ready sign – black with Arabic writing (not ISIS).
3. Holding people hostage in an upmarket and expensive chocolate shop/cafe.
4. The shop is directly opposite Channel 7 – convenient for mainstream publicity.
5. Martin Place has been identified before as a possible target area.
6. That city area has been evacuated. Rumours of other possible bombs.
7. No contact has been made with the perpetrator.
What else is happening today:
a. The latest Newspoll was released revealing an unpopular government. Despite Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s so-called barnacle-clearing strategy to change unpopular policies, the survey shows the opposition has a two-party-preferred lead of 54 to 46 per cent.
b. Minister Joe Hockey is releasing bad budget news.
Expected mantra “We’ll need to implement more restrictive legislation to keep us safe”
What is odd about this Siege?
It is directly opposite a one of the major broadcasters, and seems designed as a media event. (But that is what terrorism is – ‘scare events’)
This is what I reported on the 27th of September:
On Thursday morning at 6.30 am a member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) was attacked. The 41-year-old man told police he was threatened and assaulted by two men of Middle Eastern appearance while wearing his full uniform at Bella Vista, Sydney. Suffering minor bruising, he reported the matter to police and then attended Kings Cross police station in person. All military personnel are warned. The fight is now on Australian shores. The media did their usual blitz.
Later that Thursday night legislation to beef up the powers of the domestic spy agency ASIO, pass in the Senate by 44 votes to 12 – with bipartisan support from Labor.
NSW Police issued a statement on Friday (11:52) announcing the “allegation of assault has now been withdrawn”.
We will need to see how this siege plays out. And let us pray no one is hurt.