A contrasting response to protest, depending on from what side of the spectrum it comes, appears to be demonstrated in the behaviour of the police yesterday while the Queen was visiting Victoria:
But the visit was not all smooth, with reports of several protesters removed from Federation Square by police before the queen’s arrival.
A group of anti-carbon tax protesters also assembled near Government House, armed with banners reading “Welcome, your Majesty, please dissolve parliament,” and “carbon tax corruption”.
Here’s hoping that report just leaves out the critical detail that those protesters who were removed were doing something illegal and deserving of removal, rather than simply protesting. Imagine if we lived in a country where you couldn’t protest against the monarchy!