A small crowd gathered in Martin Place during the afternoon of the Sydney Siege; a gaggle of photographers with telephoto lenses rubbed shoulders with TV crews featuring polished and shiny reporters sweating under lights. Meanwhile a casting call of drifters, bankers and office workers, most looking like they had nowhere pressing to be, were all lined up along the police tape demarkation line. On the other side of the tape Martin Place was empty but for a couple of uniformed cops patrolling the line. Further up toward the Lindt Cafe special forces members with assault weapons and black uniforms looked disciplined but itchy. I was interested in the people that decided this scene was worth sticking around for.
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