Solidarity in Sydney


Sydney supporters of Timor-Leste's campaign for a maritime boundary came into the city yesterday to add their own voices to what has been a huge week of international solidarity for the cause.

Five large banners were presented throughout the central business district, with four in Hyde Park and one outside of DFAT Offices in Pitt Street. Another banner was presented in North Sydney's Greenwood Plaza. The students of Monte Saint Angelo College showed their support. Flyers were handed out to those who were interested in knowing more.

The protest was held between 12:30 and 1:30 to catch the city's workers on their lunch break and particularly in Pitt Street the passing foot traffic was constant.

One supporter who couldn't make the lunchtime gathering made his own stand among the morning commuters outside one of Sydney's busiest train stations. Thousands would have seen his sign. Good on you Phil!

Looking forward to hearing of today's Melbourne rally which I am sure will be huge and is set to feature a number of high profile speakers and statements of support.

Thanks to all who came out for the Sydney protest. A great diverse group from younger Timorese students through to grey haired advocates (like me) united by a passion to have this issue settled once and for all. As one of the banners says: Time to Draw the Line in the Timor Sea.