Sydney - Two Anons vs OSA Special Briefing ANZO This afternoon Sydney Anonymous was alerted to a meeting being held at AOSH ANZO. Email heads up was as follows: Being within walking distance of ANZO I'd thought it best to at least have a known presence during the meeting, especially considering the high possibility of Anonymous & Critics being on the agenda. I sent out a heads up to let other local Anons know that I was enroute and was soon joined by another a little ways up from the location. A large carpak sits directly across from ANZO so it was there we decided to head to first, to get a view of how many public/staff were present outside, or arriving for the function. Observing from the carpark left us at the disadvantage of not letting our presence be known and also not being able to have an interaction OSA, when I say interaction I am referring to an adult conversation between two human beings. So we headed down the fire stairs and out the fire exit door, directly across the road from ANZO itself. Our presence was instantaneously acknowledged by the 15 or so mix of staff and publics standing around - mobiles out of the pockets, staffers trying to casually usher people inside & ANZO security giving us their best practiced OT stare. At this point I had taken approximately two photos of the groups - these photos would not be really worth sharing as on inspection, they're somewhat blurry and offer nothing of real value. After about 8 minutes, the first of what was to be a handful of visits from our boys in blue, pulled up. As soon as the police had arrived, a ANZO security guard with walkie talkie on his belt approached the officers, pointed us out. One officer began taking a written report whilst the other approached where we were sitting. Unfortunately, this officer was not too pleased with us. I'll give you the short of the long to save a wall of text, this is the jist (of the first conversation): Officer :"Right.. can you tell me what you are doing here?" Me :"Sitting, drinking water, having a conversation." Officer :"No - what ARE you doing here - why are sitting across the road from this place - have you been taking photos?" Me :"Yes, I have taken two photos in the few minutes that we have been here." Officer :"With a camera? Taking photos of the people coming in and out of this building?" Me :"That is correct." Officer :"I want to see the photos - give me the camera." Me :"Uh. No. You can't have the camera - what exactly is the problem here?" Officer :"You are harrassing the individuals - you aren't allowed to take their photos." Me :"Actually, yes I am. This area is public - I can take a photograph of whatever and whoever I like. Can I ask again, what exactly is the problem?" Officer :"No - you can't take their photo - give me the camera" Me :"No - you show me what law it is exactly that I am breaking and I will gladly accommodate your request." At this point the officer decided that glaring at me would help, so we stayed silently staring at each other for about 40 seconds. Me :"Show me the law I'm breaking. That's all I'm asking of you." Officer :"Why are you here?" Me :"Ok fine. Myself and my friend of mine are here to observe a meeting that is taking place in this building at the moment. Why? Because we are part of a protest group which has been LEGALLY protesting this organization for close to two years now." Officer :"Show me your permit!" Me :"Permit? Permit for what?! We don't have signs, we are not wearing masks nor are we distributing anything. We are simply here to observe." Officer :"You just said you were part of a protest group - this is a protest, show me your permit!" Me :"We are not protesting officer - we're just sitting here. We havn't being harassing any guests to the building nor are we blocking any ingress or egress. If you could explain what law we are actually breaking, we will glady remove ourselves." Officer :"Look. Why don't you just PISS ORF!" And promptly turns around and goes back to the other officer who is still taking a written report from the ANZO security guy which contains christ knows what. For about another 10 minutes or so the officers are conversing with each other about 20 feet away whilst the staffers and Public still in the vicinity are giving us the biggest sneers & shit eating grins you can imagine. Very very mature. Eventually the officers are joined by another squad car, so now there is 4 police officers talking together. Myself and the other Anon talk amongst ourselves as wait for the outcome. Surprisingly, and thankfully, the original officer returns to us - firstly apologizing for his outburst and then explaining their position. Their position is one we all should know too well by now, when a call is made they need to answer it. He also said it was fine for us to be where we were and as long as no intimidation or harassment takes place, then it wasn't a problem. He bid us good night and left. We watched as the police walked back to their vehicle and enjoyed the shit eating grins falling off each and every public and staffer - yes thats right, someone knows his laws. It was now approximately 6:30pm and the briefing was supposed to start at 6 - yet ANZO still had a mix of staffers and publics milling around. Looking inside from where we were sitting it was observed to be about 25 - 30 inside and 20 or so outside at any given time. We also were quick to notice again a flurry of mobile phones being pulled out and sure enough, within 5 minutes of that happening a police squad car would slowly drive down by ANZO. These 3 cars we saw did not stop, but did look over at us as they went by. It should be noted here that the "road" outside ANZO would be better described as an alley - so this amount of traffic in the area was not common. Also, I had not taken any further photographs apart from the first 2 taken when we got there prior to the officers turning up. This of course did not stop the various publics and staffers from differing on that - once again the same officer pulled up in a squad car. This time being a lot more friendly and open, and definitely willing to reach a compromise. When he informed that he had received numerous calls of harassment & intimidation since leaving the area, I gave him the utmost assurances that these claims were not only not true but I could prove it by showing him the timestamps on the camera in my possession if required. We got to talking about the reasons why we protest the Organization, how long we had been doing it and the various outcomes so far. I also gave him a few examples of how the Organization responds to open criticism, with slander and, funnily enough, lies & harassment of those individuals involved with the protest group. It was a given that the security of ANZO was not about to cease calling the officers out & waste their time - so we offered a compromise; I would not take out my camera & we would leave the vicinity at 8PM. Giving us another 60 minutes to observe the incredible paranoia generated by two individuals simply sitting across the road from ANZO. The officer agreed & we shook hands, with him again apologizing for coming across as somewhat angry earlier. Nice guy, definitely hope to cross paths with him again (which I'm sure will happen) So we sat across the road from ANZO, having idle chit chat and casually watching as various blinds in the windows above us would open a few inches and shut again, staffers inside standing cross armed in the foyer giving us their best OT stare and the occasional public who would come and sit near us - I would assume in the hope that we'd speak to them giving them more then ample reason to once again cry wolf to our friends in blue. Once 8PM swung around, we made good on our promise and left without a sound. A big thanks to The Fatman for joining me there tonight. Always good to have second person for backup in case situations become unnecessarily escalated. Also a massive thanks to the young officer, I'm glad to know there is still boys in blue who know when they're dealing with a person who knows & respects the law. A message to OSA - you made absolute dickheads of yourselves out there tonight. How's it feel to fail so miserably right in front of the publics you pulled in for your oh-so-secret briefing? Your tactics are laughable and they're piss weak. Keep em coming, we're loving the lulz. Total amount of individuals attending briefing: 50, mix of mostly public and staffers TL;DR ANZO has sekrit meeting - two anons arrive. OSA shits bricks, bawws to police. Police raawwr raawwr! Anon nah-uh, norty! Police oh-- kthnx bye.