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via the Sydney Morning Herald:
Two of The Chaser team have been detained after conducting a fake motorcade through the city this morning.
Chas Licciardello and Chaser executive producer Julian Morrow are in custody at Surry Hills police station, after being arrested for breaching the APEC restricted zone.
About 10 other crew members have also been arrested.
Chaser team member Chris Taylor told smh.com.au that the motorcade comprised “three cars, a couple of motorbikes, and a lot of crew”.
“It was a motorcade trying to get into the exclusion zone,” he said.
The motorcade is understood to have passed through at least one police checkpoint in the declared zone.
It is believed police pulled the vehicles over near the corner of Bridge and Macquarie streets, after Licciardello emerged from one of the cars dressed as Osama Bin Laden.
Riot squad police formed a cordon around a Corrective Services truck where Morrow, Licciardello and about ten crew and extras were detained.
The Chaser convoy had been dressed up to look like an official Canadian motorcade, with Canadian flags attached to the cars and “Canada” signs visible in the front windscreen.
“No particular reason we chose Canada,” said Taylor. “We just thought they’d be a country who the cops wouldn’t scrutinise too closely, and who feasibly would only have three cars in their motorcade – as opposed to the 20 or so gas guzzlers that Bush has brought with him.”
The vehicles in the motorcade were hired – two were black “SUVs” imported from the US, and the other was a regular car.
Police superintendent Ken McKay confirmed the pair had been arrested for breaching the restricted zone.
The arrests had been made using new powers available under the APEC Act, he said.
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