Appreciating Good Cops #1 “An Overloaded Lady?” Or “More Than One Good But Silent Cop?”

Early on Saturday afternoon this week, as I was exercising my rights to freedom of speech, freedom of movement and freedom of association in the central city march of the weekly freedom demonstrations in Melbourne, one or more than one police officer attempted to drag me away from behind but I initially held my ground.

I wanted to continue chanting “Freedom! Freedom!” and tried to hold my megaphone up as best I could against their pressure so that I wouldn’t blast out anyone’s eardrums. I didn’t chant because I could not hold the megaphone up high enough.

I couldn’t even hold myself up and collapsed to the ground under the pressure of police hands.

I am 64 years old. They or he were/was too young and too strong.

Almost immediately a wall of protestors rushed in and helped me up and I knew I was safe.

Later on that night a witness to my collapse told me that there was one police officer with malevolence for me in his eyes but that the rest were appalled and frightened by what was happening and pulled him into line.

As far as I knew at the time I had been assaulted by police.

I took every opportunity I could for the rest of the march to tell people that I was there against this sort of police state shit.

l said that my paternal grandfather, theologian Professor A C Fox, was an early opponent in Australia of Hitler’s mistreatment of the Jewish people.

My other grandfather, the Right Reverend J R Blanchard, was a strong public supporter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights.

My father “Rick” Fox faced Japanese bullets on the beach at Balikpapan in 1945 for freedom.

Standing up and speaking up for freedom is a patrimony for me.

In mid afternoon, still very angry, I attempted to report the assault to a police officer, pictured above, who appeared to have a role in liaising with protestors. She was juggling a few things at the time including pulling up her face mask.

I was not satisfied that she had taken my complaint seriously and I became very vocally angry at her and others.

I feel the need to acknowledge that she probably or possibly did not deserve to be the butt of my anger. I am not apologetic because the only healthy thing to do with anger at the growing police state oppression in Australia is to express the anger and to denounce the oppressions.

Complaints against the police in Victoria are rarely investigated and when police here commit crimes they are not subject to the rule of law like everyone else. Their crimes are treated as professional standards matters and dealt with is secret.

Making a mistake by being rude to one police officer is better than blind conformity to the sickness of silence. (I borrow this idea from iconic poet activist Wiki Thukul of Java. His Indonesian language phrase was penyakit kebisuan.)

I do not know at all times what is in the hearts of individual police officers. Sometimes you can read it in their faces, eyes and voices. Often it is good. But sometimes it is evil.

Far too many sheep are not speaking up in Australia as freedoms disappear. Both inside and outside the police force.

Not all freedom has been destroyed. But the trends in that direction are appalling.

As my friend Rebekah Spelman says, “Freedom is everything.”

And speaking up for that is the most important thing in life for me.

Freedom!

The good cops must support that and bring the bad ones to justice.

Geoff Fox, 28th March, 2022, well and truly Down Under

Women For Freedom #5 Idil

The Prayer “In God We Trust Ya Allah Ya Adl Ya Haq” is mine not Idil’s.

Idil, in Melbourne, condemns Chinese actions towards the Uyghur people.

For this date, two years ago, the falsely imprisoned Cardinal George Pell wrote in his Prison Journal, “We do not want our country to become a dry, weary wasteland, where there is no yearning for the Transcendent, while being mightily superstitious.”

Idil is a new face of turning to God in Australia.

Alhamdullilah!

Praise The Lord!

Geoff Fox, March 21, 2022, Terra Nullius

Police State Crits #6 Shooting People on The Streets

The culture of silence appropriate to a penal colony is still strong in Australia. But some people are not afraid to speak up.

Morgan C Jonas is an independent candidate for the Senate in the election due in May this year. He does not back away from naming the real problems threatening freedom and democracy in Australia

The shootings by police last year of people protesting inhumane lockdowns is one such issue. The rubber bullets used are lethal weapons which kill 3% of the people they hit. Victoria Police call this a public order response.

Assault with a deadly weapon is a crime. Attempted murder is a crime.

But if those things are done by Victoria Police they are swept under the carpet in so-called professional standards investigations.

They are above the laws which apply to everybody else. They are arrogant. They are put of control.

They are a political tool of the Australian Labor Party.

Gods Bless the independents taking on tyranny.

Geoff Fox, 20th March, 2022

Women For Freedom # 4 Juanita Paterson

Juanita Paterson had lost her new job as a primary school teacher because she was unvaccinated then attended the protests of the freedom movement in Melbourne and made a new friend whose example lead her into the Christian faith.

Life is beautiful.

Juanita is now a libertarian party candidate for a seat in Federal Parliament.

Geoff Fox, 14th February, 2022, Down Under

FREEDOM IS FUN – BECKY SPELMAN and DRIFTER

On March 10th, 109 years ago, Harriet Tubman died.

She was famous for freeing herself and other slaves.

Perhaps young freedom fighter Becky Spelman will develop into a modern day equivalent.

I hope so.

Modern slavery is not the same as the dangers and persecution Harriet faced and overcame. A new type of psychological management is needed not to get dragged down by inhuman conformist tyranny. Now we have to make freedom fun to defeat the enemy of mass fear.

But Harriet’s advice still applies: “If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.”

Go, Becky, go!

(I am proud of the way I have made teammates of the Labrador-Collie, Drifter, and Becky in this little film.)

Geoff Fox, March 10, 2022, Down Under

Aussie Freedom Fighters #1 Adam La Rosa

In World War Two the allied nations defeated totalitarian tyranny and then made a solemn declaration to protect human rights.

That legacy of freedom is currently under assault.

People like Adam La Rosa, in this little film, are doing everything they can to keep us free.

Geoff Fox, Down Under, 7th March, 2022

My father, pictured above in his ADF uniform, believed in freedom and human rights.

Police State Crits #4 – Becky Spelman Awake To The World

Henry James died on this date, the 28th of February, 106 years ago, in 1916, in the middle of the Great War.

He wrote: “Life is, in fact, a battle. Evil is insolent and strong; beauty enchanting, but rare; goodness very apt to be weak; folly very apt to be defiant; wickedness to carry the day; imbeciles to be in great places, people of sense in small, and mankind generally unhappy. But the world as it stands is no narrow illusion, no phantasm, no evil dream of the night; we wake up to it, forever and ever; and we can neither forget it nor deny it nor dispense with it.”

People like Beck Spelman confront the world as it is and by doing so they make it better. They name problems which others deny and that naming is the first step to solving any problem.

Becky Spelman calls out arrogant bureaucrats at the Melbourne Freedom protest on 26/02/2022

Geoff Fox, 28th February, 2022, Down Under

Women For Freedom #1 Rebekah Spelman

The Socialist Left police state of Victoria has broken my heart.

But when strong young men and women like Becky Spelman speak up for truth, justice and freedom, I start to dream of a free Australia again.

Australia’s Donald Trump has backed Becky to run for parliament in the election due in May in the seat held by the national Education Minister, Alan Tudge, whose electorate office is in the same small building as the local police station.

Go Becky! Go!

Australia needs you now.

Geoff Fox, 26th February, 2022, Down Under