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Friday, November 28, 2008

Pope Mobile Fined For Being a Distraction to Motorists

Popemobile protester to appear in court - needs your support
A Protest Popemobile was built by Sydney activists as a protest against the Pope's visit and World Youth Day activities in July.

Details of its adventures, photos, and a video, are linked from the website

It received the attention of the police, with vehicle driver Ian Bryce being booked and fined for "having a roof ornament likely to distract motorists". The vehicle (in this form) was issued with a Defect Notice and put off the road.
The operator, Ian Bryce, is to appear on court on Monday 1 December, at Downing Centre, 143 Liverpool St, near Elizabeth St. Your support is encouraged (contact 0408 177 007):

- 8:45 am - a "No to Pope" protest, for free speech and civil liberties, on the steps outside.

- 9:15 am - in court on 4th floor? check daily listing (no banners or talking in court, just your presence).
We now learn that the State Government ran $100 million over its WYD budget. Come and let them know what you think.

You can RSVP your attendance on the Sydney Atheists Meetup SIte


  1. It looks like he certainly did have "a roof ornament likely to distract motorists", in which case it has absolutely nothing to do with free speech.

  2. In other words, he looks guilty as charged.

    I'll be interested to hear the outcome though, it does seem a slightly draconian law in itself.

  3. Why is "holocaust support" blanked out in the top picture?

  4. Anonymous,
    I can't remember why they felt they had to blank out 'Holocaust Support', but Ian did explain it to me. It was something about having their facts checked. Basically, I think that they felt that was a fairly tenuous claim, so they left it out.