Saturday, January 14, 2006

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Graffiti material seized in Sydney raids

Seriously, this is absolutely fucked. I know of all the people involved & it sucks. Civil liberties have been severly violated by the police. They will find that the OFLC do not forbid unclassified material if it does not depict sex, violence or drug use. Nor does it prohibit the depiction of material that depicts the after effects of a crime. We are currently seeking information on the depiction of graffiti in action that are contained in numerous DVDs & videos. It is a grey area.

Unclassified film & literature seized during raids - Sydney January 14, 2006
Police have seized a large quantity of unclassified film and literature following two raids in Sydney’s CBD and inner west.

At 3.20pm yesterday, officers attached to Strike Force Chalk searched a paint supplies shop on King Street in Newtown where they allegedly found 51 unclassified videos and DVDs and 169 magazines depicting acts of graffiti. At 6.10pm yesterday, the second search was conducted at a record store in George Street, Sydney, where officers allegedly found 102 unclassified videos and DVDs and 97 magazines showing acts of graffiti. All the items were taken to Newtown Police Station where they will be handed to the Office of Film and Literature Classification for assessment.

Transport Corporate Spokesperson, Chief Superintendent John Hartley, said this is part of an ongoing operation targeting graffiti, vandalism and criminal activity upon our transport network.“NSW Police is working in conjunction with Rail Corp to reduce the incidents of graffiti upon the rail network,” Chief Superintendent John Hartley said.

“Strike Force Chalk is in the process of laying numerous charges relating to graffiti vandalism in and around the rail network.

“The cost of graffiti runs into the millions of dollars and also contributes to considerable delays to the public transport system. “I am warning those who chose to take part in this criminal activity will be prosecuted. “I would urge anyone with information about those participating in graffiti to contact crime stoppers immediately,” Chief Superintendent Hartley said.

Information taken from the NSW Police website

Graffiti attacks jumped from 8077 in November 2004 to 35,627 in November 2005.

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