Leaked Hill & Knowlton Memo on S11
- Help at hand for protest violence
By Guy Healy
Australian News Network
THE International Olympic Committee's spin
doctor, Hill & Knowlton, is spruiking its crisis
management services to multinational
corporations attending the World Economic
Forum, which starts in Melbourne on Monday.
A leaked Hill & Knowlton memo to clients who are
forum members warns that the Melbourne meeting
could face the same violent protest that engulfed
the World Trade Organisation meeting in Seattle
The memo claims that S11, the alliance of unions
and left-wing protest organisations aiming to shut
down next week's forum, has close links to the
anarchists that "organised and ran" the WTO riots
and caused the property damage in Seattle.
"Protesters know this WEF meeting presents a
great opportunity to make a significant global
impact if the protest action is dramatic
enough," the memo warns.
Hill & Knowlton also revealed Victorian police
planned to provide 1700 officers to reinforce
security at Crown Casino, which is hosting the forum.
Senior S11 sources expect their protest to be controlled
by 350 police and 300 specialist riot police who will be
reinforced at Crown by a further 300 private security
The S11 alliance insists that the protest will be peaceful.
Hill & Knowlton Australia chairman Brian West yesterday
confirmed the authenticity of the letters and advisories
to its clients who are forum members, "a number of which
had welcomed the advisory about activities planned around
the WEF meeting".
Victorian police yesterday confirmed some of their preparations
for the forum, warning of significant disruption to traffic
flows around the Melbourne central business district for the
three days of the event.
Crown Casino will be sealed off along at least three sides
except for casino guests and accredited VIPs and media, a
Victorian police spokesman said.
Crown was unable to advise yesterday whether, during the forum,
the casino would be open to customers other than those staying
at its hotel. But police confirmed that media without
accreditation would not be allowed access to the casino.
Public and vehicle access to the front entrance of the casino
a main focus of the protest will also be blocked as will the
street that runs the length of the rear of the casino, police
Victorian police denied reports that the mothballed Geelong jail
could be temporarily reopened to cope with the possibility of
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