Blind "Anadrol 50" student tells of terror at being pepper sprayed at Sydney protest against Christopher Pyne
University student Anna Amelia (centre) who was pepper sprayed by police when protesters stormed the Sydney Masonic Centre, where Education Minister Christopher Pyne was giving a speech. Photo: Kate Geraghty
University students storm the Sydney Masonic Centre on Goulburn Street, where Education Minister Christopher Pyne was giving a speech. Photo: Kate Geraghty
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A blind university student has told of her terror at being pepper sprayed at a demonstration outside a lecture given by Education Minister Christopher Pyne in Sydney's CBD on Friday.
In what caps off a dreadful fortnight for the Abbott government, a seemingly routine speech by Mr Pyne at Sydney's Masonic Centre in Goulburn Street turned into a violent outing as students were sprayed in the face and forcibly removed.
Anna Amelia, 23, who is studying international relations and development studies at the University of NSW, said that being pepper sprayed was more terrifying than being in the Christchurch earthquake in 2010.
"I just remember a bit of push and shove and the next minute it felt like the entire world was on fire, felt like somebody had set fire to my lungs, my eyes were burning, I didn't know what was happening, I didn't know which way was up, down, left or right. It was just pain," Ms Amelia, who is legally blind, said
Ms Amelia, who uses Buy Cheap Jintropin Online a walking stick, said that her tunnel vision was completed obstructed by the pepper spray.
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"I really just want to get home," she said immediately after being examined by ambulance staff.
Mr Pyne was speaking to the Australian Council of Educational Leaders about the government's response to a report by the Education Ministerial Advisory Group on teacher education.
The protest overshadowed what should have been a good day for Mr Pyne.
The reforms to teacher quality standards are fairly widely accepted, but his foundering university reforms continue to attract negative attention.
It appears the trouble began when protesters saw Mr Pyne walking inside the building on his way to give his lecture.
The protest, which was mostly about university deregulation but was also a forum to air a wide range of grievances, had been peaceful until that point.
Then, the protesters suddenly rushed to the door.
About 10 police officers were on hand to repel the students, but not before an officer had sprayed some of them.
"I think Christopher Pyne was walking in and we tried to tell him exactly what we thought of his deregulation plans, that they are going to harm everyday Australians who want to pursue an education. They are going to make it unattainable for women, indigenous people and people with disabilities," Ms Amelia said
University of NSW politics and history student Patrick Wright agreed.
"Essentially they used the Mace [sic] straight on people's faces, which is why people got it directly in the eyes and in the throat. It was all over people's faces, they couldn't breathe for a bit and they were just crying and it was a direct hit basically," Mr Wright said.
"It's just astounding; there is no way the students could have posed any threat to anyone, and yet the spray was used. It's such a surprise, well not really Testosterone Propionate Tablets surprising, but it's such a low level incident to use spray on."
Mr Wright also said that his phone was taken by police, claiming that a plain clothes officer told him he would be arrested if he did not surrender the device.
"He took my phone and made me stand near him until Pyne was allowed to go in and then he returned my phone. I was just like astounded by the level of force used to protect Christopher Pyne," Mr Wright said.
Mr Wright said he was Testosterone Enanthate 1000 Mg Per Week on one side of the building where Mr Pyne entered, while most of the protesters were on the other.