Wilkommen zu Berlin meine Dammen und Herren!
(Except with one major difference, when I was in Berlin in the late '80s at least you were allowed to take photos of The Wall.)
5 kms of chain link fencing has been erected in Sydney to block off entire sections of the city into 'no go zones'. Sydneysiders are being discouraged from entering the city at all this week. Retailers, restaurants, bars and all sorts of businesses stand to lose thousands in lost takings. People living and working in the area have to show ID and justify their reasons for entering. Other areas around the city are designated 'stop & search' zones, where you may be stopped and have yourself and your belongings searched. Iconic Bondi Beach will be closed for a day.
On the upside, many of us (myself included) get to have a public holiday on Friday as further encouragement to avoid the city and the public transport system.
Welcome to Sydney George W. and APEC leaders!