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Making protest illegal is something governments of all stripes would like to do. Second best is provoking violence and blaming protesters. Hong Kong police have hit on another way to punish citizens who object to oppressive laws: spraying them with indelible blue dye. The protesters had wised up to facial recognition cameras in the street and pulled them down, but the blue dye will mark them down for future investigation. Don’t be surprised if the Queensland government is currently sourcing water cannon and permanent pigment. Q Q  Q  Q

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Anyone would think there were council elections coming up next year! Never a dull moment for life in a caring community. Photo Tree Faerie month: Child Protection Week (Sept 1–7); World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept 10) and RU OK Day (Sept 12). Kids Helpline offers phone counselling on 1800 55 1800 or WebChat on www.kidshelpline.com.au. Q Q  Q  Q

The NSW Police Force is urging the community to remain vigilant when downloading software online after becoming aware of an increasing number of remote access scams. Current remote access scams are being conducted through the use of a program called ‘TeamViewer’, which is a legitimate software product that allows remote connectivity, desktop sharing, online meetings, web conferencing, and file transfer between computers. Contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 34.14 – September 11, 2019  

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 34.14 – September 11, 2019  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in north eastern NSW, Australia.