The second of a promised series of twice-a-year protests went off more or less without incident in Millennium Park yesterday. The 20th Century Appreciation Society held a day-long vigil within sight of the Millennium Dome, pursuing what many see as the lost cause of restoring a missing year to the 20th Century.
The day-long vigil was an action replay of the one held on the Sunday nearest to the Prime Minister's birthday last July. As earlier in the year, a strong police presence first thing in the morning dwindled to just a token trio by eleven o'clock.
The police spokesman had nothing to say on the size of the deployment but the lurking presence of TCAS members with video cameras revived memories of the police inspired, near riot in the Prime Minister's constituency last new year when 19 people were arrested last year, eight of whom required hospital treatment.
Just four people were brought to court in May last year and all were acquitted in short order. Damages suits against the police are still pending and a number of police officers still face disciplinary charges.
Embarrassment in store
During the press briefing at the end of the day-long vigil, the society's president, Dane Jay, insisted that the demonstrations would continue until Prime Minister Angus McBlair acknowledges that the 20th Century ended on December 31st 2000 rather than at the end of 1999.
He added, significantly, that the society is planning further incidental events aimed at reminding the Prime Minister how much his 'ignorant attitude' is embarrasing the British public. So it looks like Mr. McBlair is in for an uncomfortable time in this genuine opening year of the third millennium.
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