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Massacre in Tlalnepantla

21.01.2004 09:53

Massacre in Tlalnepantla Riot police stormed the autonomous, indigenous town of Tlalnepantla, south of Mexico City, in the early morning at 1am last Wednesday, 14th of January.
Eye witnesses talk of at least 2 deaths, a dozen injured and a dozen missing persons, and of widespread police brutality and intimitation.

Greg Berger, independant reporter and documentary film maker in the Interview [ audio | 128kbs stream | 250 kbs stream] with Democracy Now!
"An armed incursion by the state police of about 1,500 riot police stormed the town. There were snipers placed on buildings, a rain of bullets fell on the people who were holding the city hall as an autonomous municipality, and at least two people were killed. Many people were beaten. I personally spoke with several old women who were beaten in the face and body by the riot police. Many of the people from the town ran into the hills and are currently being chased with helicopters and police dogs through the woods. And the entire town is basically in a state of siege."



State Crime in Lebanon, Death Penalty - Once Again - Times Three

19.01.2004 16:25

Die-In in front of the Lebanese Parliament and the UN House "Do not kill" (La Taktoul) resonated with every car that passed the road leading away from Roumieh, the infamous Lebanese jail, north of Beirut. Around 50 activists spent the night there in a protest and last attempt to spare three men from capital punishment.

The three victims are Ahmad Ali Mansour was convicted of killing eight people in 2002. Badea Waleed Hamada was convicted of killing three soldiers in 2002. Remi Antoan Za'atar was convicted of killing three people in an armed robbery. The three were executed in spite of the disdain to such action and the local protest and attempts to pressure the government to refrain from such a crime and to international protest.

The x-Lebanese Prime Minister Saleem Al Hoss declined to sign the death penalty five years ago and the sentence on Remi Zaatar and Badeeh Hmadeh was frozen until later this week when the Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri signed the order of execution before taking a trip abroad. In a statement on the day before the crime, Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said "these executions are important for they come in the name of and for the sake of the Lebanese people."

Description of Sit-in | Amnesty International | Human Rights and Death Penalty |



World Social Forum begins with a bang

18.01.2004 04:49

WSF 2004 The World Social Forum began in Mumbai with extremely jubilant demonstrations of resistance. Around 100,000 poured into the WSF grounds singing and dancing throughout the day. Watch Video (mpeg 4)

In the evening the opening plenary featuring speakers such as Arundhati Roy (India), Shabana Azmi (India), Shirin Ebadi (Iran) and Mustafa Barghouti (Palestine) spoke to a massive crowd. [Photos | Video] from One world TV.

Read a report of the First Day, art & resistance, and look at anti-war cartoons, photos, photos, and more photos.

Across the road from the WSF is Mumbai Resistance, organized by the Maoist sect of the Communist Party of India, which claims to take a more proactive step in comparison to the WSF. Arguments for and against the two forums can be found on the newswire. Organizer have called for unity between the two forums.

Anti-WSF Articles: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

More: Listen to a live radio stream produced by AMARC.
Find more articles about the WSF at ciranda.net
Check out TerraViva Online, a WSF-specific print publication from IPS.



Ford: Holding America Hostage to Oil

LA imc, 14.01.2004 00:00

Ford banner drop In the wake of an ominous and important new climate change study released in the scientific periodical "Nature", last week in Los Angeles, California human rights and environmental activists with Global Exchange and Rainforest Action Network daringly rappelled down a 32-story skyscraper near the LA Auto Show and unfurled a giant banner reading, “Ford: Holding America Hostage to Oil.” The unfurling of the banner occurred as people entered the Auto Show just blocks away. The banner was designed to raise public awareness about how Ford Motor Company and other auto manufacturers are needlessly keeping the US dependent on oil by refusing to increase the fuel economy of their vehicles. “Our own automakers are holding us hostage to oil,” said Mike Brune, executive director of the environmental organization Rainforest Action Network. “Americans want energy independence and that means freedom from our oil addiction. Oil addiction endangers the lungs of the planet—our forests. It also endangers our economy. Ending America’s addiction to oil is a matter of national security.” Global Exchange and Rainforest Action Network are among a national coalition of more than 80 public interest organizations calling on Ford to double the fuel economy of its vehicles by 2010 and completely eliminate tailpipe emissions by 2020.

Jumpstart Ford | Rainforest Action Network | LA Indymedia | San Diego Indymedia



For Whom The Alarm Rings?

13.01.2004 18:01

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Two burning garbage bins were found in front of Romano Prodi's house, the bins caught fire after the explosion of two hand crafted pot bombs. The newspaper "La repubblica" received a claims letter for these bombs, signed by the "Informal Anarchist Federation" ("Federazione Anarchica Informale").
Its an organisation nobody ever heard of before,there is no apparent relation with previous cases of explosive packages.

Seven explosive books were sent to Romano Prodi [ 1 ] [ 2 ] [ 3 ], the President of BCE - the Central European Bank Jean Claude Trichet, director of Europol Jeuergen Storbeck, to the seat of Eurojust [ 1 ] [ 2 ] (the supreme attorneys office that coordinates the judicial activity of the European member States at European level, based in Aja), to the offices of the Popular European Party leader Hans Poettering [ 1 ] [ 2 ], to the leader of the Spanish Partido Popular in Brussels, Jose Ignacio Salafranca [ 1 ], and to the Labour MEP Gary Titley[ 1 ].

Many associate the exploding books to the pot bombs that have inflamed the garbage bins and believe that they have been sent by the same "federal informal anarchists".
The Italian Anarchist Federation (Federazione Anarchica Italiana, FAI) has accused in a bulletin [ita] [en ] those who have written the letter of wanting to create confusion associating the letters FAI to a practice that they do not share.
Police forces of several countries have been coordinating and a manhunt campaign starts in Italy.



Server Crisis Averted

11.01.2004 00:00

Thanks to the community of support we received, the server crisis has been averted. Thanks to all who contributed skills, hardware, bandwidth and funding -- both new and old contributors. Contributions of programming/sysadmin skills (java, php, apache, etc.), server hardware and bandwidth are still needed to enhance infrastructure.

In addition, translators, editors, organizers, photographers, videographers, audio folks, artists, layout designers, facilitators, legal folks and others are needed. To contribute, please contact your local IMC: visit the links on the bottom-left, or volunteer.indymedia.org, or irc.indymedia.org channel #indymedia, or browse lists.indymedia.org.

Technical Notes: Due to the migration of www.indymedia.org to a new server and software it is currently not possible to publish on the global site, but all other IMCs are up and running.



A Fountain of Lies - The Bush regime spins Iraq

10.01.2004 07:45

There are outright lies and there are lies of omission. The Bush regime seems to spin them all, especially with regard to war weary Iraq. As noted in the recent report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace the Bush Whitehouse stands accused of "systematically misrepresenting" the threat posed by "Iraq's weapons of mass destruction". Remember once the "only question" was whether Saddam would disarm, now U.S. troops are in Iraq to bring "democracy". And, what was Iraq supposed to disarm? WMDs? Where did those weapons come from? Where did they go?? We were told Saddam gassed his own people, but that's not what a senior CIA analyst said! How about that weapons grade uranium from Africa that Bush mentioned in last years state of the union address? What was that about Iraq possessing smallpox weapons? Actually, a prestigious science journal has reported that the US has developed lethal new viruses themselves! And, how about the placement of U.S. WMDs in Iraq? Or, what about the Bush regime spying on UN Security Council and the Whitehouse "non-denial" of the incident?

Of course, Iraq is not the only subject fit for the Empire's weapons of mass deception. There's always the 9/11 investigation or the Bush regime hypocrisy on the recent Russian elections. How about Election 2000 in the U.S.? Soon the world may be hearing new yarns spun by the folksy cowboy in the Whitehouse about say, regime change in Cuba? Stay tuned. 2004 promises to be the Year of the Fountain of Lies.

[BUSH WATCH | Bush Caught on Film]



Israeli Soldier Arrested For Attempted Murder Of British Activist

07.01.2004 20:02

Tom Hurndall The Israeli sniper who shot activist Tom Hurndall brain dead has been arrested. The army leadership has now admitted that its initial accusations of Tom being armoured and in camouflage, as well as its claim that the soldier was returning Palestinian fire, were lies.

The arrest is particularly important as opening fire on activists in Palestine is becoming increasingly regular for the Israeli army. Last Friday Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition into a non-violent action [photos]. Gil Na'amati, an Israeli from the Anarchist Movement Against the Wall, and an American woman of the International Solidarity Movement were seriously injured. On 1 January the Israeli army fired over 100 rubber bullets aimed at people's heads during another demonstration. Approximately ten people were taken to the hospital and deportation orders were issued against four activists, including a Swedish MP.

Tom was shot in Rafah (Gaza, Palestine) in April last year while pulling away children out of the way of a tank. He is currently on life support in a London hospital.

[Maps of the Wall] [Palestine IMC] [Israel IMC]



Electronic sit-in to support Nauru Hunger Strikers

04.01.2004 13:06

Nauru Hunger Striker To protest the situation of hunger strikers on NAURU an Electronic sit-in has been called for 9am Monday 5th January (GMT +11.00 see GMT Time Converter) at the Australian Immigration Department and the Australian Liberal Party websites via this site, an new alternate site or by download of two html files. Protests can also be made at Australian Government Embassies over the treatment of the asylum seekers on Nauru. Refugee advocates associated with the Nauru Wire site do not support nor condone the virtual sit-in, due to possible legal ramifications in Australia. Read more on Electronic civil disobedience in this book or Stefan Wray's 'essay'.

In a letter to Australian Immigration Authorities four of the refugees on hungerstrike have said they expect to die. Refugee advocates have initiated a campaign to ask for visas and travel to Nauru, although visitors to Nauru are being strictly controlled with specific visa refusals for lawyers, journalists and refugee advocates. Two New Zealand journalists did manage to use a travel loophole to visit Nauru and interview asylum seekers. (Read the latest news and updates for Jan 3.)

[Melbourne IMC | Hungerstrike Media Releases | Australian Embassies]



Wave of resistance to the Apartheid Wall

04.01.2004 00:00

. The past week has seen an escalation of resistance to the Israeli state's strangling "separation fence" in the occupied West Bank. Protests and direct actions are taking place daily, marked by highly visible solidarity among Israeli and Palestinian activists, as well as by the Israeli state's use of lethal force against Jewish citizens.

The heat has been on since last Friday, when occupation soldiers shot live ammunition at a large group of Israeli, Palestinian and International Solidarity Movement activists who were tearing down a section of the fence - which is elsewhere usually a concrete wall - in the village of Mas'ha. One Israeli protester was seriously wounded and several others injured (see earlier feature). The next day saw a demonstration against the wall in Qalqilia, as well as a protest in Tel-Aviv denouncing the army's brutality.



Ford: Holding America Hostage to Oil

04.01.2004 00:00

Image: http://la.indymedia.org/uploads/ford_banner_1-8-04.jpg In the wake of an ominous and important new climate change study released in the scientific periodical "Nature", last week in Los Angeles, California human rights and environmental activists with Global Exchange and Rainforest Action Network daringly repelled down a 32-story skyscraper near the LA Auto Show and unfurled a giant banner reading, “Ford: Holding America Hostage to Oil.” The unfurling of the banner occurred as people entered the Auto Show just blocks away. The banner was designed to raise public awareness about how Ford Motor Company and other auto manufacturers are needlessly keeping the US dependent on oil by refusing to increase the fuel economy of their vehicles. “Our own automakers are holding us hostage to oil,” said Mike Brune, executive director of the environmental organization Rainforest Action Network. “Americans want energy independence and that means freedom from our oil addiction. Oil addiction endangers the lungs of the planet—our forests. It also endangers our economy. Ending America’s addiction to oil is a matter of national security.” Global Exchange and Rainforest Action Network are among a national coalition of more than 80 public interest organizations calling on Ford to double the fuel economy of its vehicles by 2010 and completely eliminate tailpipe emissions by 2020.

Jumpstart Ford | Rainforest Action Network | LA Indymedia | San Diego Indymedia



EZLN ten years after

02.01.2004 01:08

Ten years ago today, on January 1st 1994, a primarily indigenous rebel group, the Zapatista National Liberation Army, or EZLN, declared war on the Mexican government. They yelled Ya Basta! Enough! to the authoritarian government and announced that NAFTA, which went into effect the same day, meant death to indigenous peoples. Throughout the following decade, the EZLN has been a key reference for anti-neoliberal and anti- racist struggles around the globe. On the 10th anniversary of the uprising that shook the world, we bring you this special report recounting major events of the past decade.

This special was produced in the Chiapas Indymedia Center for FSRN

Radio Program in real audio
EZLN 10 years after

Now ten years after the uprising, everyone are asking, what does the zapatistas will do in their aniversary? By that reason folks from all over the world had come to San Cristobal de las Casas looking for information about the aniversary, and now all that we know is nothing. Everything is quiet. Thousen of peoples are moving to different communities in all Chiapas with the hope to share with the compas their anniversary.

Indymedia Chiapas will have more information on January first, when the most of people come here again.



The Indymedia Translations Project launches <a href="http://translations.indymedia.org">translations.indymedia.org</a>

IMC Translations Collective, 30.12.2003 15:55

[ Deutsch - Ellinika - English - Español - Euskaraz - Français - Italiano - Nederlands - Português - Türkçe ]

English
Indymedia is a global project which operates in more than two dozen languages. To facilitate the process of translating articles, coverage, and internal communication the Indymedia translation project has launched a new website, translations.indymedia.org. The project got wide use during the coverage of the uprising in bolivia.

The translation project is looking for multilingual activists to participate as translators!
Español
Indymedia es un proyecto global que funciona en más de dos docenas de idiomas. Para facilitar el proceso de traducción de artículos, coberturas y la comunicación interna el proyecto de traducción del indymedia ha lazado un nueva página web: translations.indymedia.org. El proyecto fue muy utilizado durante la cobertura del levantamiento en Bolivia.

¡El proyecto de traducción clama por activistas multilingües para participar como traductores!



Freedom or Death: Hunger Strikers Maintain Resolve

28.12.2003 00:47

There are currently 45 asylum seekers on hunger strike, including 16 in hospital, on the tiny island nation of Nauru. They have been held there by the Australian Government and the International Organization for Migration for more than 2 years as part of the Australian Government's pacific solution.

Five more people joined the hunger strike on Nauru after the delegation from the Immigration Minister visited the asylum seekers. [transcript of meeting | earlier report] Despite the pleas of the Australian Government's official mediator John Hodges, the resolve of the asylum seekers remains firm. Freedom or death. The women of the camp have made the same vow and have indicated that they too intend to join the hunger strikers, if freedom is not forthcoming. Afghanis are resisting the pressure of authorities to return to Afghanistan.

A Tragedy is imminent on Nauru unless the Immigration Minister uses her ministerial power.

List of Australian Embassies and Consulates | Melbourne IMC migration page

[Discuss & act | Nauruwire.org | Nauru Hunger Strike Petition]



Israeli Army uses live ammunition on non-violent demonstrators

26.12.2003 16:59

Today December 26, the Israeli army responded with brutal force to a non-violent demonstration against the Apartheid Wall in Mas'ha village, West Bank, Occupied Palestine, shooting live bullets into a crowd and seriously injuring an Israeli activist. The activist, Gil Na'amati, 22, was shot with three live bullets in both legs and is badly injured. An American member of the International Solidarity Movement was also injured by a rubber bullet shot directly at her. Both were taken to the Biddya medical centre for treatment and Na'amati has since been transferred to Belinson hospital in Petah Tikva, Israel.

The demonstration was convened by Palestinians, Israelis and Internationals against the Apartheid Wall as part of the programme of activities of the Deir Ballut village Camp against the Apartheid Wall. About 300 non-violent protestors arrived at the gates of the Apartheid Wall and started shaking them. Over three Jeeps full of Israeli soldiers immediately arrived and fired several rounds of live bullets into the air for a period of seven minutes. Activists then began to dismantle the gates. At this point, Israeli soldiers fired directly at Na'amati's legs. After this, the soldiers invaded Mas'ha village, hunting down demonstrators, and declaring curfew.

Another Israeli activist, Jonathan Pollack, 21, has been arrested and is being detained in Ariel police station. This is not the first time the Israeli Occupation Forces have responded to non-violent action against the Wall with brutal force.

Calls to the Ariel police station to pressure for the release of Jonathan Pollack are crucial in these tense moments, as he risks expulsion from the country in his trial tomorrow. Ariel Police can be contacted at: +972 39 065 444 /06/16

[Video]



Reuniones del CAFTA en Washington, diciembre 8-16

23.12.2003 19:33

Las reuniones del Tratado de Libre Comercio para Centroamérica (CAFTA) se realizaron durante la semana del 8 al 16 de diciembre en Washington DC . Sin embargo, durante esa semana hubo manifestaciones diarias en DC y protestas solidarias en Houston, TX y Chicago, IL entre otros lugares.

El CAFTA, al igual que el ALCA, está construido en torno a la misma estructura que el TLCAN. Las reuniones del ALCA en Miami no tuvieron éxito para los delegados , por los que el Imperio (EEUU) se ha centrado ahora en crear acuerdos comerciales más pequeños como el CAFTA para generar más dinero para la clase alta y más pobreza para las clases media y baja.

Costa Rica se retiró de las conversaciones supuestamente a causa de diferencias con EEUU en cuanto a la agricultura y los textiles. EEUU siguió adelante sin Costa Rica y finalmente se firmó un acuerdo con los otros países, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala y El Salvador. Costa Rica podría reiniciar las conversaciones el mes próximo, y EEUU planea para el año próximo hacer presión sobre la República Dominicana para que se sume al CAFTA.

[ENGLISH]



Pink Castle Anti-GM protestors found guilty

23.12.2003 04:06

On 15th December 2003 a District Judge in Dorset (UK) found four anti-GM activists guilty of aggravated trespass for attaching themselves to tractors. The activists were attempting to prevent the sowing of a trial of GM maize near Weymouth in May 2002. The protest action already started in April 2002, when a big Pink Castle was set up on the field meant for field trials of GM maize.

This marks the end of a drawn-out and contradictory legal process which saw all four activists cleared of aggravated trespass by the same District Judge in March 2003. The Crown Prosectution Service (CPS) appealed and had the verdict overturned by two High Court Judges who ordered a retrial, with instructions that the defendants should be found guilty. The four now face prison for refusal to pay the punitive costs.

Full Report | Video (updated) | Audio | Background History | Pink Castle Websiste | Biotechimc | Indymedia UK ]



Bombing in the Plaza de Mayo

22.12.2003 00:58

On Saturday December 20th 23 people were injured, two seriously, when a bomb went off in a demonstration of around 50 000 people remembering the Argentine popular uprising of 2001. The bomb was placed in a metal rubbish bin in the centre of the plaza as the demonstration passed.

The march was one of many throughout the country over the days of the 19th and 20th involving an array of groups called to remember the more than 30 people killed during the rebellion and the fall of President Fernando De La Rua's government.

Atentado en el Acto de Plaza de Mayo

23 personas feuron heridos por una bomba que estallo en Plaza de Mayo mientras transcurria el 3er acto por el 20 de diciembre. Dos personas revisten gravedad luego del estallido de la bomba que estuve dentro de un cesto de basura de hierro, ubicado en el centro de la Plaza. La demonstrcion fue para recordar la caida del gobierno de Fernando de la Rua durante la rebelion popular del 20 de diciembre de 2001.

Photos: 1 | 2 | 3
Reports en Castellano: The injured | Some unemployed organisations blame the government

Report in German | Argentina Indymedia



Judge Announces IN COURT He Saw Police Commit Felonies

20.12.2003 23:01

Miami Snatch Squads We live in strange times.

Where in "America" would you expect to be in court and hear a judge say he watched law enforcement people commit felonies.

Read an Amy Driscoll Miami Herald story about just that here.

[Transcript .PDF | Miami Herald Coverage | Legal Team Website]



Nauru Detention Centre an Australian 'abomination'

19.12.2003 13:47

Hunger strikers at Nauru Asylum seekers in the Nauru Detention camp run by Australian Immigration Authorities have entered their second week of a hunger strike, with 36 people now participating. Immigration officials have not been seen at the camp since the strike started, and Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone has refused responsibility saying they "are not Australia's problem", despite Australia establishing the detention camp on the Pacific nation of Nauru as part of its 'Pacific Solution' of refugee and migration control. Amanda Vanstone was picketed Dec 18 by refugee activists in Melbourne.

[ Nauruwire.org | Flotillas of Hope | IMC Melbourne ]




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