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Peace Convergence to meet U.S.-Australian joint war games in Australia

12.06.2007 01:18

From June 17-24, a Peace Convergence will see thousands of people meet in the seaside town of Yeppoon, Australia, to oppose joint U.S.-Australian war games on the Great Barrier Reef and surrounds. Over 20,000 U.S. troops and about 12,000 Australian troops have been involved in Operation Talisman Sabre 07 since May. The convergence will mark the start of the live firing exercise at Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area.

Opponents to the games say they threaten world heritage values including Ramsar listed wetlands, endangered species including dugongs, green turtles and whales, and the local water supply. They cite the presence of nuclear powered vessels, nuclear weapons, banned munitions like depleted uranium and other military toxins as risk factors. They maintain that the war games, the biggest U.S. military presence in Australia since WW2, indicates increasing collaboration with the rogue Bush administration and its illegitimate and unpopular wars. PDF from Friends of the Earth Brisbane



Six Days of Action Against the Occupation of Palestine – June 5-11 2007

11.06.2007 04:18

The second week of June marks forty years since the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan heights in the 1967 Six Day war. This is now the longest enduring military occupation in the world. While the Israeli government evades negotiations that would end the occupation and lead to a just peace, the lives of Palestinians continue to be crushed daily by closures and economic strangulation, their land confiscated for settlements and their communities made into prisons by the racist wall.

At the same time, violence in the region continues to supply ideological fuel for the G8 governments in their 'War on Terror', explicitly declared as a never-ending, preemptive global war which justifies erasing civil liberties, supporting oppressive regimes, and attacking refugees and migrants. We are all victims of this war: in Palestine and Israel, in Iraq and in Colombia, in Germany and in the U.S.A.

In response, the "Occupation 40" convergence in Tel-Aviv is calling for six days of actions to mark forty years of occupation, June 5 to 11, 2007. The convergence is a democratic and non-hierarchical action platform of grassroots Israeli groups and organizations. Peace organizations, artists, students' groups, internal refugees, anarchists, animal rights activists, communists and individuals participate in this initiative. The six-day convergence in Israel will include demonstrations, direct actions, discussions, and cultural events. The International Coordination Network on Palestine called for a Global Day of Action on June 9. Read More

IMC Israel: 40 occupation first day of direct action | פעולה ישירה 40 כיבוש | critical mass against the occupation in TLV | הפגנות בזק נערכו היום במרכזי קניות בתל אביב לציון 40 שנות כיבוש | Tear Gas canisters from Israeli army cause fires in Bil’in olive groves, 6 demonstrators arrested



Cada desalojo una nueva okupación

09.06.2007 19:04

En un espiral cada vez más ascendente de movilizaciones, 16 colegios de la región metropolitana de Santiago, Chile han sido tomados por estudiantes secundarios. Esta vez los secundarios están más atomizados que el año anterior, en cuanto a una orgánica centralizada, pero estas han sido suplidas por una organización de base, enraizada en los propios consejos de curso.

Las ideas fuerzas de esta movilización son básicamente cuatro, el fin de la municipalización, la derogación de la LOCE (Ley Orgánica Constitucional de Enseñanza), la gratuidad del pasaje escolar y el termino de la prueba de selección universitaria.

Los doce colegios que han sido tomados, también han sido desalojados por la policía. Por ordenes explicitas de los municipios y del Ministerio de Educación para que este movimiento no tome la misma fuerza que el año anterior, además los medios de comunicación han jugado un papel fundamental en la desinformación hacia los apoderados de los estudiantes movilizados.

LICEOS EN TOMA: Situación hasta ahora

Más Información: [ Liceo Anexo Benjamin Vicuña Mackena: APTO PARA FUNCIONAR? | Anexo Benjamin Vicuña Mackena: VIOLENTAMENTE DESALOJADO | INSTITUTO NACIONAL EN TOMA 6 junio 2007 | DESALOJO! INSTITUTO NACIONAL | Desalojo Instituto Nacional | Desalojo Liceo Aplicación: La Lucha Continúa! | Liceo 70 en toma | Toma Liceo Amunategui | Toma Liceo 4 de Niñas | COLEGIO A-14 EN TOMA | ¡BASTA DE REPRESION A LOS SECUNDARIOS EN LUCHA! ¡NO A LA LEY PENAL JUVENIL! ¡NO A LA LGE! (LAC) | tomas & resistencia | APLIKA en TOMA... ]

Movimiento Estudiatil Informacion actualizada minuto a minuto de las movilizaciones



G8 Protest: More than 10,000 block Heiligendamm

08.06.2007 01:50

June 6, the second day of blockades, started with thousands of people going back on the streets, many in smaller groups, attempting to reach the fence and blocking all gates and routes leading to Heiligendamm. While the blockade at one of the gates had continued throughout the night, confrontations occurred at the other gate, with police trying to disperse protesters.

As hundreds of G8 delegates arrived in the area on Wednesday, mass blockades interrupted their arrival at the fenced security zone. Thousands of activists blocked most of the routes leading to the G8 meeting venue in Heiligendamm. Over 10,000 people blocked the fence gates and 'breached' the newly declared no-demonstration zone around the fence. In the evening, police violently dispersed one of the blockades, while others were continuing with several thousand people still on the streets. Other activists were protesting in the streets surrounding the Rostock-Laage airport. Late in the evening, more than 1,000 people on three blockades decided to stay overnight.
Pictures 1 / Pictures 2

Germany Indymedia languages: Deutsch | English | Français | Italiano | Español

Infos about Reporting | Dispatch Ticker | Basic Websites: Dissent!-Network | Interventional Left (de) | Revolutionary alliance | Gipfelsoli | Protestcoalition | Alternative Summit | Camps | Move Against G8 | Block G8 | Coalitions | g8-tv.org



G8 Protest: Freedom Of Movement And Equal Rights For All

((i)), 06.06.2007 19:33

On Monday, June 4th, anti-G8 actions and protest focussed on the demands for freedom of movement and equal rights for all. Several decentralised actions took place: a demonstration with several thousand participants at the Immigration Centre in Rostock and another at the Sonnenblumen House in Lichtenhagen, where the Nazis attacked refugees in 1992. These were followed by a big march and rally in Rostock, which police restrictions and delays, but finally made it to the final rally at the city harbour.

Decentralised actions also took place in other cities throughout the world: Dresden | Houston (Texas) | Bern

See the English Timeline for updates Reports: 1 | 2 Pics: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 Videos: 1 | 2

g8-migration.net.tf | no-racism.net | No Lager | noborder.org | Dissent! Migration



Rostock: Tens of thousands protest against the G8

imc-g8, 04.06.2007 00:33

In the run-up to the G8 Summit next week, tens of thousands of anti-G8 protesters, with several thousands on the Black Bloc alone, took part in the international demonstration in Rostock on 2 June, 2007. With colourful banners and puppets, protesters of different backgrounds tried to draw attention to the bigger problem of capitalism and the 'empire'. Police was very aggressive and provocative, using batons, water cannons and tear gas, not only against the 'bad protestors' but 'normal' ones as well. Violent confrontations were taking place while, on stage, the concert and speeches were trying to continue. Over 100 people were arrested and many injured on both sides.

Reports: [en] 1 | 2 | 3 | [de] 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | [it] 1 | 2 | 3
Pics: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14
Video: 1 | 2 | 3
Audio: [de] 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ] | [en] 1



G8 2007 Ahead

((i))uk-de, 31.05.2007 01:31

From June 6th to 8th the "representatives" of eight of the most powerful states from the global north are planning to meet in Heiligendamm near Rostock in Germany. Without any legitimacy to decide about global politics they will coordinate their decisions and therefore stand for the continuation of the state the world which for the majority means hunger, misery, war, and exlusion.

Despite police repression and political propaganda, the summit will face one of the biggest mobilisations ever to shut down the G8.

The "hot phase" of the protest started at the ASEM summit in Hamburg last weekend ( 1 | 2 ), with a Critical Mass and a massive demonstration ( Reports 1 | 2 | 3 | Timeline | Pictures 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 (nl) | 5 (indybay) | 6 ). Reports speak of up to 100 arrests but most people are released again allready. Another demonstration is now announced for tuesday night and a "moving assembly" under the slogan Beat Capitalism for wednesday afternoon.

Information Resources: Indymedia Germany will report bilingual: IMC Germany (en) | IMC Germany (de) | G8 TV - daily video stream from the G8 | flashradio - daily podcast (en) | IMC UK Topic G8 2007

Websites: dissentnetwork | Dissent! UK | Interventionist Left | all for all | antig8.tk | Gipfelsoli | people global action | heiligendamm2007.de | Alternative Summit | Camps

Read more for an overview about mobilisation, infopoints, protest agenda etc...



German police react repressively to ASEM protest in Hamburg

imc-g8, 29.05.2007 22:18

At least 5,000 people gathered on the streets of Hamburg, Germany on Monday, 28 May, to protest against the 7th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). There was a massive police presence (almost outnumbered protesters!) and the march was surrounded by thick riot police lines. The procession was repeatedly stopped and provoked by cops, while snatch squads and other units tried to penetrate the mass. Water cannons, pepper spray, kicks and punches were used repeatedly. So the organisers eventually decided to call the demonstration off and participants then dispersed in small groups. A large part of the demonstration, however, was 'kettled' by police while others were 'hunted down' as they headed back to the Rota Flora social centre. At least 86 people were arrested, some still detained.


Complete Timeline (de) | Reports: 1 | 2 | Pics: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Audio



We are thousands: Barcelona and the ongoing attack against its squatted social centres

29.05.2007 05:43

Last week one of the most active squatted social centres in Barcelona, Miles de Viviendas (thousands of homes) got word that they were facing eviction and a quick call out went around for support and resistance. What followed has been an explosion of activity outside the front door of this 6 story 2 year squatted ex police barracks in the heart of Barcelonetta, the village like seaside part of Barcelona. This building is the HQ of the Miles collective and amongst many things that happen here a successful Pirate University has been happening along with a local Pirate TV station for the neighborhood.

There has been a recent upsurge in evictions of squats and social centres in Barcelona, the latest of which is this one. Who knows what sort of reaction will follow?

May 29th Update: Miles evicted this morning about 6am. There will be a gathering and manifestation at 6pm in the local market square of the barrio.

Video: Short film of the eviction and interviews | Audio

[ Barcelona and the ongoing attack against its squatted social centres || Desalojado el inmueble de miles de viviendas pese a la fuerte oposición social y vecinal. ]



Global Mobilization for Mumia Abu-Jamal's May 17 Showdown in Court

16.05.2007 14:18

On Thursday, May 17th, oral arguments will be heard in federal court on what could be the last appeal of death-row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, known internationally as the "Voice of the Voiceless." Abu-Jamal, who has been on death row in Pennsylvania for 25 years, is the victim of a police and prosecutorial frame-up and a racist judge. He continues to serve the movement for human rights as a journalist writing and broadcasting from prison. Event Roundup from Philly IMC | Indybay Roundup of SF Actions | Portland IMC Roundup | PSAs from Prison Radio

UPDATE: Read case background, and view crime scene photos never published before in the United States from abu-jamal-news.com. Also: read veteran Philadelphia journalist Linn Washington, Jr's commentary on the May 17 hearing -- LW has been covering the Abu-Jamal case since the morning of Dec.8, 1981. Amy Goodman interviews LW | Hans Bennett interviews LW | Justice System on Trial as Mumia Case Reaches Climax by LW and David Lindorff

Related: Execution date set for Haramia KiNassor / Kenneth Foster, Jr:



Police Raids against G8 Mobilisation in Germany

09.05.2007 10:36

This morning police raided about 40 places, including social centres and several private homes in Berlin and Hamburg as well as the alternative web provider so36.net . Police forces searched the "Rote Flora" in Hamburg as well as parts of the "Bethanien" in Berlin, both places planned to be decentral convergence spaces for the G8 protest. see de.indymedia.org for detailed info.

Reports so far on imc UK: 1 | 2
On imc germany: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6



i07 in Paris: In the world, a class is fighting back!

03.05.2007 23:22

Anarcho-syndicalists and revolutionary unionists from all over the world met in Paris from April 28th to May 1st 2007 in Paris for a conference. Following the conferences of San Francisco (i99) and Essen (i02), the CNT-F i07 took place with the goal of starting to build links between different organisations and unite workers of different countries, to struggle and take action through organising international solidarity.

The weekend included discussions and debates in syndicalist meetings (eg. 'Revolutionary syndicalism, anarchosyndicalism and institutions', 'Precarity at work'), branch meetings (building industry, education etc.) and thematic discussions (eg. 'Struggle against imperialism and neo-colonialism', 'Migration'). The anarchist/anarcho-syndicalist/syndicalist block at the 1st May demonstration had over 4000 participants from every corner of this planet. 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

International Workers Day was celebrated all over the planet with anti-capitalist demonstrations. In Jakarta, 100 anarchists marched in a block; a campaign against youth rates was relaunched in Auckland; police attacked families and immigrants with tear gas and rubber bullets in Los Angeles; riots erupted in Zurich where bank windows were smashed and 100,000 people took part in a demonstration in Oaxaca.



Radio Universidad Reoccupied in Oaxaca City

01.05.2007 10:27

On April 30th, at 5pm, sympathizers of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) and students from the Benito Juarez Autonomous University occupied Radio Universidad in preparation for the May 1st general strike in Mexico. The Section 22 Teachers' Union will participate in a march to the main square, the Zocalo, that will take place on May 1st in Oaxaca City.

The radio hosts are asking for support from students and the general public to reinforce the radio installations and take security measures in case of state repression. The radio hosts are saying that the radio and the university will be occupied for the next two days.

Listen Online (the stream may not work yet)



Greece: Prisoner revolt ends, solidarity actions continue

Indymedia Athens, 29.04.2007 22:12

In the morning of Monday, April 23, prisoners at the prison of Malandrino in Fokida, mainland Greece, revolted. The spark igniting the revolt was the beating of anarchist prisoner Yiannis Dimitrakis as well as the vicious, violent response of the guards to the protests staged by his co-prisoners.

Disgraceful holding conditions, lack of water, regular beatings, electronic surveillance and the extremely short times allowed at the yard comprise a grim reality for the Malandrino prisoners.

The revolt of Malandrino ignited a series of other revolts in prisons across the country. After the brutal entering of riot police (MAT) in at least three prisons (Malandrino, Patras and Korydalos, Athens) the revolt has now ended. Around 250 prisoners in Malandrino stayed on the rooftop of the prison's building over two nights before being forced down. On April 29 they were visited by a 200-strong anarchist block staging a solidarity protest outside their prison.

More solidarity actions took place while the revolt was happening, including a spontaneous anarchist demonstration outside the residency of the Greek President; petrol-bomb attacks against police stations in Athens and Thessaloniki, and the headquarters of the riot police; demonstrations in city centres and outside the prisons themselves.

[ Read More on Indymedia Athens || Communique distributed in Thessaloniki || Ministry of justice: Prisoner demands "unreasonable" ]



UK-wide Day of Action Against Deportations to DR Congo

imc-uk-features, 18.04.2007 18:38

Thursday, 12th April, saw a national day of action to protest against deportations to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nine coordinated protests took place in Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham. The protests, called by the Congo Support Project and supported by many other groups, including NCADC and No Borders, were to mark a Directions Hearing for the Country Guidance Tribunal regarding DRC asylum seekers facing mass deportation.

Earlier this year, in a Home Office operation named Castor, 38 DR Congolese nationals, including 21 children, were forcibly removed on a charter flight, operated by XL Airways, from Stanstead airport near London. There are signs that another 'operation' is already being planned.



Climate Activists Bring Powerstation Operations To A Halt

www-features and Notts Indymedia, 13.04.2007 02:46

Climate activists from around the East Midlands managed to stop some operations at Radcliffe on Soar Power Station after climbing onto convear belts and dumper trucks inside the plant yesterday. The power station is located just outside Nottingham and is the 3rd biggest emitter of CO2 emissions in the UK. The owner of the plant, E-On, said operations ran as normal and that their environmental record is good with aiming to be a clean coalfired power station. A spokeswoman for the protesters said: "Putting pressure on individuals to reduce emissions when companies like E.ON are profiting from this polluting industry is obscene and irresponsible. We should not be burning coal in the 21st century."

The blockade lasted for 3 hours and 11 people were arrested all of which were later released. The action was part of 'Spring Into Action' - a week of workshops, entertainment and actions around the issue of Climate Change in Nottingham. Activists from around the UK came together to get clued up on practical solutions to climate change. From workshops on bike maintenance, local food production, community compost projects and strawbale building to concerts and performances, it was an action packed week. For the occasion and old lace factory was occupied and turned into a climate action centre.

Photos of the action: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | photos from inside

Photos of Spring Into Action: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

Links: Eastside Climate Action | Notts Indymedia | UK Indymedia Climate Chaos page | Climate IMC

Background: | Veggies climate change page | Climate Change Denial (explores the psychology behind it) | How to Talk to a Global Warming Sceptic | RealClimate (climate science from climate scientists) | Wikipedia on the Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station



On verge of major protest, CIW reaches landmark accord with McDonald's

SFA, 10.04.2007 00:36

Campaign surges forward with Burger King in its sights! Come to Chicago – now more than ever!

Today, April 9th, at The Carter Center in Atlanta, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and McDonald's announced a landmark agreement to work together to improve the wages and working conditions of the farmworkers who pick Florida tomatoes. After two years of escalating pressure by the CIW and its allies, McDonald's has agreed to all of the CIW's demands and more.

"Two years ago, our agreement with Yum Brands marked the first step toward a distant dream of ensuring human rights for workers in Florida’s fields," said Lucas Benitez of the CIW. "Today, with McDonald’s, we have taken another major step toward a world where we as farmworkers can enjoy a fair wage and humane working conditions in exchange for the hard and essential work we do every day."

Building off this tremendous momentum, the Campaign for Fair Food now surges ahead at full speed – this time towards Miami-based Burger King. Two months ago, the world's #2 burger chain publicly rebuffed the CIW by rejecting a proposed partnership, smugly offering farmworkers jobs at Burger King restaurants instead of real rights and fair wages. Now the tables have turned.

This weekend's mobilization in Chicago – where Tom Morello and Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine have just confirmed they will perform together – takes on new significance. Join the CIW, SFA and thousands of allies in Chicago to take the fight for fair food to the next level.

Coalition of Immokalee Workers || Student Farmworker Alliance



Dijon's Squatted Tanneries Risk Eviction

Les Tanneries, 09.04.2007 03:41

Les Tanneries, Dijon, France After nine years of continuous occupation, and despite a legal occupation contract with the city government, the "Tanneries" squat in Dijon is currently facing eviction for the development of a huge private medical center, which also endangers the local public health system. This is part of the current wave of repression across European Union against well-established autonomous social centers: many have been evicted in the past year. The Tanneries are a major support center for social movements in Europe, and are the People's Global Action Infopoint in France.

Latest News:

Espace Autogéré des Tanneries (fr)

Translations:
AZ "Les Tanneries" in Dijon räumungsbedroht (de) | Defensem l'espai autonom "Les Tanneries" (ca) | Defendamos el centro social okupado autogestionado "Les Tanneries" (es) | Francia : Les Tanneries no se dejarán desalojar! (es) | Les Tanneries gune autonomoa defenda dezagun (eusk) | Dijon: Les Tanneries non si lasceranno sgomberare! (it) | Дижон, Франция: Защитим свободное пространство "Кожевенный завод" - "Les Tanneries"! (ru)



The Vatican Threatens to Sue Indymedia

imc-features, 07.04.2007 11:54

It's pretty obvious that the trial is going to restrict the freedom of expression and is politically motivated. It is trying to silence satirical criticism, published on a leftist site, about the political positions of the new pope.

Back in April 2005, the World Press reported that the Italian Public Department's attorney, Salvatore Vitello, intends to take legal action against a satirical photomontage picturing Cardinal Ratzinger, the then newly chosen pope, in Nazi uniform. A few months ago, the intention materialized in the form of a letter of request that is now being considered by the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice (STJ). The request letter asks for the the page to be taken down and disclose the identity of the people deemed responsible for the site, which is registered in Brazil.

The case in question is a good example of the double standards in dealing with the freedom of the press. In the incident of the cartoons that satirized prophet Mohammed in the Danish journal Jyllands-Posten, the public opinion of the liberal democracies jumped to condemn the fanaticism and the restriction of the freedom of expression. Now that the satire concerns a religious figure that occupies a privileged position in the international setting, the Italian Judiciary, in accordance with the Vatican, initiates forms of cyber political pursuit.

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Read More: Picture of the pope - Filing for Indymedia



Indymedia is prosecuted for disclose information about immigrants

05.04.2007 23:45

On the next April 19th, a former volunteer of Indymedia Lille will face the court of penal causes in Boulogne, France. The complaints are regarding a publication made in June of 2004 and are made by the leader of the CRS (Republican Company of Public Security) and by Dominique Villepin. He will be judged by crime of press: public defamation of the police.

The publication in question holds denunciations about police violence during the refugees deportation trial in the Sint-Silence city, north of France. The justice is driven to a person to which judges to be director of the Lille IMC site. However, it is of general knowledge that the Indymedia collectives does not possess directors or president – they are horizontal collective, this is, without hierarchies - and the websites function under an open posting system, allowing that anyone publish an article, as long it respects the local editorial police. Indymedia served in that situation as a media of denunciation of abuses made by the French police.

In note, IMC Lille affirmed that will maintain the publications online and that supports the defendant, being this a "trial that aims to intimidate and/or to silence a center of alternative media that tries this matter and that illustrates equally the urge of the justice and of the police to silence the women and men refugees and the political violence of the 'migration administration of the North of the country”. Still on the note, the collective asks for publicization of the situation about the refugees deportation in the north and for the persecution to the Indymedia network.

[ Read the note of IMC Lille (in french) || French law prohibits disclosure of violent images || Lille IMC ]




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