More mental illness precautions: Trucks and cranes block Sydney shopping streets

Mental health crisis response

What other reason could there be? Surely these measures aren’t there to protect us from vehicular jihadis? That would be racist and Islamophobic! And anyway, both the Flinders Street (2017) and Bourke Street (2016) attacks have been classified as non-terror related.

The only explanation is that it must be to ensure that shoppers do not become victims of another sudden outbreak of mental illness, because there has been an exponential rise in sudden mental illness causing people to ram their cars into innocent pedestrians (which just by chance happens to coincide with the rise of ISIS and repeated instructions to devout Muslims across the world to carry out car ramming attacks against infidels).

Joking aside, instead of just keeping the threats out of the country altogether, which is what our governments should have done, we now have to live our lives in a fortress. Sad.

The Australian reports ($):

Sydney may have permanent anti-terror measures (surely “anti-mental illness measures” – Ed) in the CBD after Boxing Day crowds shopped amid trucks, cranes and bollards.

The measures, in addition to road closures on Tuesday, were put in place as thousands flocked to the CBD to browse post-Christmas sales. It follows last week’s vehicle attack in Melbourne’s bustling Flinders Street which hospitalised 20 people, including two men who area still fighting for life.

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton described the tactics as an “escalation” of the usual crowd protection strategies.

Although the national terror threat level had remained at “probable” for over two years, he said there was still a need for vigilance.

“We would be negligent not to look at our days when we do have a lot of people loaded in these areas and put some treatments in,” Mr Walton told 2GB on Wednesday.

“You’ve only got to look at what’s happened internationally and even down in Melbourne to know people are vulnerable and we need to do what we can, within reason, to make them safe in these areas.” Mr Walton also cited a national strategy for protecting crowded spaces, released by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in August, which requires landholders to consider security with advice from police.

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