R and myself were in the city to get a couple of things and a brunch so late it was nearly lunch. I wanted to take a couple of photos in town so we came home separately. After comparing notes later, we both agreed there were some strange people on the tram home for both of us. "You are not a local person. You have no business in our street. Go home". In the meantime I wondered why there was a hovering helicopter. But we didn't click what they were about. R lay down on his bed and napped and missed the action; the helicopter, the chanting, the loud hailer and the police sirens.
They were anti vaxxers, anti lockdown, anti medical science, COVID non believers, anti government ****wits making a great fuss. They stopped trams running for more than an hour on the busiest tram street in the world. They caused traffic chaos north, south, east and west. Some motorists surrounded by protestors were no doubt apprehensive at least. Twenty people were arrested and charged or will be charged.
After the fuss was over, I went across the road to the rather newish and good Giro d 'Italia for coffee. Nine woman were sitting at two tables outside. It was another case of this is local place for local people. You are not welcome here. One had a protest sign leant up against a chair leg. I had sat down with a mask on and they must have noticed. At times I glared with hostility at them.
The former Federal Government Senator, AKA Famous Bearded Celebrity Resident also rather likes the same place for afternoon coffee and sits outside but today he was wisely hiding inside.
It is so easy for white people to pick on overseas born, especially overseas born females and of course that it was they did. To a passing young masked Asian woman, one said loudly, "Take your mask off. It will make you sick."
I took my mask out and hung one loop over my ear and they noticed. When I finished my coffee before rising from the table I slowly and defiantly masked up while staring at them and went to the window to pay. I had rehearsed in my head what I would say if they said anything, but of course an older white man is a little more challenging than a young overseas born young female. If the troup of like minded women had a collective brain, they might be dangerous.