A group of Australian inmates have been preparing to riot on a popular US television show to protest against the US prison system.
The inmates have already been arrested and the Australian authorities have called on their relatives and the wider community to be vigilant.
The Australian Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (ABCCASS) has said the inmates were planning to take over the ABC3 news channel’s live feed on Saturday, when the show will be airing on the ABC.
“They are intending to stage a sit-in in the middle of the morning when they have all the equipment, all the staff and their families assembled, so we can get some sort of an emergency situation under control,” ABCCASS Acting Superintendent Michael Dutton said.
“We’ve got people prepared to use the police to clear them out and we’ve got police officers in the area.”
There’s a lot of security around this location and we’re prepared to do whatever it takes to keep them out.”ABC TV has not been contacted for comment.HBO has not yet responded to the ABC’s request for comment on the planned riot.ABC television said in a statement: “HBO is committed to providing viewers with news, opinion and entertainment that reflects the views of the company’s advertisers.
“HISTORY, the world’s most successful television network, has a long and proud history of producing original programming, and has an obligation to uphold that commitment with our viewers.”
A group of US prisoners have been planning a sit down at the ABC2 news channel, on Saturday.
The ABC said it was not aware of the planned sit-down and the ABC could not confirm if there were any arrests.
Hollywood star George Clooney was reportedly in the US to promote his upcoming movie.
“I hope they’re not in here, because I don’t want to see them, I want to make sure they’re OK,” he told TMZ.
ABC TV in Australia said it had no further comment.ABC TV’s US coverage will continue on Sunday, with an interview with a prisoner from the New York City prison.
This is a developing story.
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