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150,000 march in Tel Aviv for Israel to leave Gaza

19.05.2004 21:58

On the 15th of May between 120,000 and 200,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv at Rabin Square under the slogan: "The Majority Has Decided. Leave Gaza. Start Talking". While there were many contradictions between those speaking at the rally, Israel's "state terrorism" in Gaza continues.

Latest atrocity: Wednesday, May 19, 2004. At least ten people were killed, including two children, and at least 60 wounded when Israeli forces fired tank shells and helicopter missiles on about three thousand people demonstrating peacefully in the Rafah refugee camp against the incursion of Israeli military forces. An Urgent call has gone out to Protest Israeli war crimes against civilians in Rafah, Gaza.

While many on the left are calling for the withdrawal of Israel from the occupied territories and the establishment of a state of Palestine, Israeli anarchists and others question a two state solution.

[Israel Indymedia | Electronic Intifada | Rafah Today]

Guaraní people defend the natural gas

19.05.2004 18:33

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The people of the Guaraní in the Bolivian Chaco region are about to accomplish a de-facto blockade of the gas producing conveyor systems, which are owned by the transnational oil companies Maxus, Repsol, Petrobras and TGS.

The most important demand of the Guaraní is the annulment of the coal hydrocarbon law which was approved by the former president Gonzalo Sánchez de Losada in 1996, and which finally opened door and gate to the profits of the companies by leaving the production and marketing.of the oil wells to their free availability .

"We don't want to die any longer because of hunger", says Nelly Romero, the vice president of the assembly of the Guaraní people (Asamblea del Pueblo Guaraní - APG) in Carini - where the social protest movement started on the 30th of april - and stressed determinatatedly that "there will only be negotiations in presence of the president Carlos Mesa".

In these days when symbolic actions to blockading activities of the petroleum companies took place, the plenum of the APG declined any approach of subordinate authorities because the social organisations and movements.record a the long list and history of non-compliance agreements.

[ Guaraníes amenazan | Indígenas toman campos petroleros | Media luna de Repsol y Petrobras, hecha pedazos | Nota de prensa marcha Santa Cruz ]

May 20th marks attack on Democratic Icon

18.05.2004 17:55

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese Opposition leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for non-violent activism, remains under house arrest in Rangoon as she has been for most of the past fifteen years.

In May 2003, Suu Kyi and her supporters set out on a road tour of Burma. Everywhere she went, huge crowds gathered in testament to the passion she still generates among Burmese people. On the night of 20th May 2003, thousands of men armed with sticks, clubs and rocks attacked a convoy led by Suu Kyi and supporters from her National League for Democracy (NLD). As many as 70 people may have died in the violence, according to exiled opposition groups, who blame the attack on the ruling military junta. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was detained that night along with several party colleagues. Many more have since been put under house arrest or taken into custody.

[ Daw Aung San Suu Kyi | Shan Women's Action Network | Burma's Black Friday ]

Flotilla 2004 Voyage Launches

18.05.2004 06:18

Flotilla of Hope The Flotilla 2004 voyage is embarking on a 4000-kilometre trip to Nauru [the tiny 21 square kilometre Pacific island nation of 12,000 people, & the world's smallest independent republic] to draw attention to asylum seekers jailed in Australian-made detention centres. The nine activists who will be sailing in two boats, under the banner Flotillas of Hope, will go to Nauru with teddy bears and toys for the detained children and an electricity generator for a hospital on the island. They hope to give the asylum seekers hope, compassion and to highlight their plight.

According to a recent MEDIA RELEASE, the Flotilla's crew believe that "those confined in Australia's concentration camps have put the question of 'freedom or death' starkly before us. Therefore, it is necessary for the rest of us to make the voyage beyond symbolic indignation and act. It is possible and necessary to refuse the monopoly of governments over action, space and the valuing of lives."

{ Flotilla UPDATES: [ 1 | Other media reports: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | Howard a Dead-hearted "Zombie" ]

Possible Rumsfeld Green Light To Torture

17.05.2004 15:10

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said that US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and one of his top aides authorized the expansion of a secret program that permitted "harsh interrogations". Hersh's account, derived from "several past and present American intelligence officials," said the expansion of the "special access program" allowed authorities in charge of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq to engage in degrading and sexually humiliating practices. The Pentagon strongly denied that they had sanctioned the interrogation program.

Activists from the DC Anti-War Network (DAWN) converged on the studios of CBS, at 2020 M Street NW on Sunday, 16th May, to demonstrate against the war and against the prison abuses directed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Activists applauded New Yorker writer Seymour Hersh while holding signs before press cameras. After CBS, individuals marched on Rumsfeld's House.

[DC Indymedia | Melbourne Indymedia ]

Monsanto is pulling out of GM wheat

12.05.2004 09:21

No Monsanto wheat!

"We don't want it" - A message as simple as that is finally being heard.

Monsanto, the world's biggest producer of GM crops and the related herbicides, backed down for economic reasons. Against consumer and farmers wishes there is no market for GM wheat in Europe: foreign buyers started looking for alternative sources in Australia and Eastern Europe, and US and Canadian farmers were not prepared to take the chance of some short term benefits, a lot of future problems, and the loss of a world market over night. Earlier this year, Monsanto had already closed its grain research facilities in Europe. Two GM wheat field trials of Syngenta were destroyed in Germany [2].

Over the last year in Europe, the big biotech companies have been dropping out of one GM project after the other: Monsato and Syngenta dropped GM sugar beet, while Bayer decided not to market GM maize in the UK even though they had got permission, and Spain has withdrawn Bt176 maize from the market: the only GM crop commercially grown in the EU. Whole regions have gone GM-free [1 | 2]. Finally, this is reflecting back on shareholders opions and the US markets...

[ Reclaim the Commons 3-9 June San Fransisco, USA | Corporate Watch | GM Watch | etc group | Boycott Bayer | BiotechIMC | anti-GM slam poetry ]

Violence, intimidation and fraud exposed in Philippine elections

11.05.2004 17:37

As the May 10 national elections turn out to be a tight race between administration and opposition candidates, some people already warn for an impending credibility crisis in case the administration would win. Moreover, the list of human rights violations against progressive candidates during the campaign period is long and militant partylist representatives might be barred from taking office at all.

Also election day had its controversies with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo campaigning beyond the prescribed campaign period and numerous reports of deliberate violations of COMELEC rules including missing names on the voters lists and flying voters as the most commonly reported.

Meanwhile, Arkibong Bayan's look behind the scenes reveals why the election process is prone to cheating and must be computerized as soon as possible.
RELATED LINKS: indymedia QC | indymedia Manila | Eleksyon 2004

Bush's Timber Czar chased out of Oregon

09.05.2004 20:37

mark rey The meeting of the Society of American Foresters ended last week with special guest Mark Rey fleeing the conference and protesters temporarily blocking his escape. Rey was the top timber industry lobbyist in the US before becoming the top of Bush II's public lands timber program.

Two days prior to his arrival a tour by industry leaders of the Biscuit timber sale - the largest logging proposal in US history - was forced to turn back due to unexpected road conditions. The following day students and community members set two tree-sits high in the branches of a tree near the conference.

Hundreds of activists are expected to make Cascadia's endangered forests their home for the summer with logging season just beginning.

BACKGROUND AND NEWS: Rogue Valley IMC | Portland Indymedia | Cascadia RiSiNG! | Native Forest Council

RELATED GROUPS: Oxygen Collective | Back to the WALL | KS Wild

US Torture Exposed, The People Respond

imc-global, 08.05.2004 04:00

In response to a report of prisoner torture and murder inside prisons across Iraq, which was leaked to the media recently, people are standing up across the globe to decry the US and UK's use of torture. The graphic images have been shown on media outlets across the country, but some are still claiming that they're being censored.
As the evidence of torture grows, many are calling for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation. In a senate hearing where Rumsfeld was questioned today, a group of concerned people stood up and chanted "Fire Rumsfeld" while holding a banner saying the same.

Full text of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the treatment of prisoners of war by coalition forces in Iraq, Feb. 2004 (PDF format).

Support the Guadalajara Independent Media Center

07.05.2004 04:53

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Guadalajara will be the site of the 3rd ALCUE summit of the European Union and Latin American heads of state in late May 28-29. Uninvited NGOs and activists will attend to present alternative proposals and mobilizations against these neoliberal economic policies. An Independent Media Center is an indispensable part of these programs of alternatives and resistance to cover the summit and break the barriers of mass media. We request your help in making this Guadalajara IMC possible.

Calls to Action:
Coordination of Mutual Support | Direct Action Collective | Caravana Libertaria "Carlo Guiliani" | RMALC | OtroMayoGuadalajara

mexico.indymedia.org/guadalajara | aire | chiapas.indymedia.org

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The ECOPETROL Conflict, Iraq and the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

06.05.2004 16:40

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The calculated destruction of [public energy company]ECOPETROL is not the invention of its workers nor an emblem of some privileged 'oligarchy of overalls'; it constitutes the major attempt that has been committed against the most important national public property. Not in vain did ECOPETROL provide for the state more than 10 BILLION PESOS in tranferences and taxes in the last two years, fruit of the direct production of 115,000 barrels daily and the indirect production of 295,000. The associates of Bush (father and son) and Cheney are after this booty.

Those who express their indignation with what is happening in Iraq must look at what happened in Barranca and in the colombian petroleum geography through the same lens. It is the same thing, with the same actors, only in Colombia the Resistance is Civil. Finally, if one understands that the FTAA and bilateral Free Trade Agreements are, above all, regulations that guarantee security to investments, beyond mere commercial exchange, the task that Uribe has pushed forward is very convenient to the petroleum companies and it will consume with the signing of these treaties, in which chapters such as those dealing with investments, Politics of Competition and Solution of Controversies, they prescribe more prerogatives and guarantees than the Constitution provides citizens. Nothing will detain them, they will be like Peter at his house, or said in another way, like Halliburton, at home in Iraq.

Peru and Ecuador to Join With Colombia in May 18-19 Launch of FTA Negotiations With the United States | Andean mobilizations against FTAA and FTA | Colombian Workers Central Union prepares national strike against FTAA and FTA | Colombia-United States agreement: exchanging debt for nature | Maps | Columbia Solidarity | more on ECOPETROL in spanish | indymedia Columbia, economy section

&quot;Another Europe is possible&quot;

06.05.2004 06:12

In Dublin, Warzaw and Berlin actions and demonstrations took place over several days to protest against the Fortress EU. Protests in Warzaw followed the ongoing protests against the WEF.

Barcelona and Milano where 100,000 people demonstrated, were the focal points for this year's Euromayday against 'precariousness and social exclusion.'

The weekend started in the UK with a Critical Mass in London on Friday that celebrated 10th Anniversary of London's Critical Mass.

In Berlin, the a second demonstration took place to prevent a demonstration of the right wing party NPD. In numerous German cities, "Revoluntionary 1 May" demonstrations took place under the slogan "Everything for everybody, and all of that for free".

note from the feature writer: " I give up... There are too many Indymedia sites with too many reports, photos and videos in all sizes and so many issues... surf the sites yourself..."

[ Dublin: "Why we pushed through police lines" | Berlin: Kinderzimmer aufräumen | all links to all local IMCs ]

May Day Commemorated around Oceania/ East Asia

Melbourne IMC, 04.05.2004 06:01

South Korea: 20,000 march in May Day demonstration In Sydney a May 1st Reclaim the streets was attacked by the cops in Erskineville. (Legal Observers Report) A Sunday May day rally attracted 1,000 people. In Melbourne anarchists held a picnic at the eight hour day monument, and attended a march by 500 workers on May 1st, while the traditional Sunday march attracted 400 people. On the Friday night Melbourne Critical Mass Ended With A Reclaim The Streets Party at the busy intersection between the eight hour day monument and Trades Hall. Wollongong and Adelaide had Sunday marches of about 300 people each. (Source: Green Left Weekly) In Perth 50 activists Reclaimed the Streets (Photos), while 15,000 trade unionists attended the Labour day Public Holiday rally and festival in Brisbane on Monday.

Across the Tasman, May day protests were reported in Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington. In the Philippines the Arroyo Administration offered freebies to workers, while workers and activists celebrated Labor Day with militant rallies including thousands attending a rally in Manila. In South Korea 20,000 workers, mostly members of the militant Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, gathered at a downtown Seoul park, demanding the government retract its promise to send more than 3000 soldiers to Iraq.

According to Corporate Media reports (1, 2) about 20,000 workers and labour activists marched in Bangkok; 50,000 participated in May day events in the Vladivostok region; and about 50,000 people demonstrated in Japan.

[MayDay 04: Against Borders and Precariousness! | Global May Day links ]

Activists shame Iraqi Governing Council minister, derail Iraq business

Manila IMC, 04.05.2004 04:16

Manila Antiwar protest MANILA (May 3) - Filipino anti-war activists disrupted the presentation of a visiting Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) minister in a business forum, calling her a "collaborator" and an "illegitimate" representative of the Iraqi people. The forum, entitled "Rebuilding Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities for Business," was organized by the Asian Institute of Management, a graduate school for business, and the German foundation Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. It was attended mostly by academics and businessmen. As IGC minister for municipalities and public works Nesreen Berwari stood up to approach the rostrum, four women members of the newly formed anti-occupation coalition Iraq Solidarity Campaign - Philippines held up placards saying "IGC Illegitimate" and "IGC = American Puppets." [ Full Story ]

Photos of protest: 1 | 2

Philippines: Manila IMC | QC IMC

North Atlantic Right whale in deep trouble

imc, 30.04.2004 04:00

Right whale save As the planet's oceans are depleted of fish by the growing human population, the deadly remnants of the fishing industry and increased ship traffic continue to threaten life in the sea. Along with the renewal of once outlawed hunting by nations like Norway and Japan, the ocean's whales now suffer from collisions with ships and humanity's waste as well.

Alternative summit starts while police raid private home

29.04.2004 14:25

While activists in Dublin (en), in Italy (it) and in Barcelona prepare for EuroMayday 2004 on 1 May, constructive events such as the "Sensitivity Theatre" [1 | 2] and the Alternative Economic Summit [1 | 2] have successfully started in Warsaw despite systematic police and governmental harrassing activists and frightening hosts of events (en). (pl) (fr) (castel). However, the police have continued to use repressive tactics, and on 28th April 2004 just before 22:00 local time, carried out a Hollywood action movie type raid (en) (pl) (es) on the house of an anti-repression activist, with weapons in their hands, shouting "Fucking bastards!" etc, handcuffing everyone present, and illegally searching the house without any independent witnesses present. A journalist's house was also raided. More multilingual reports about Warsaw events (including links to alternative media sources in Poland) include One day before the summit (en) (pl), (fr), Report from the surrounded city (en) (pl), (fr), and Relation from Warsaw streets 28.04.2004 (en) (pl) , more photos [1 , 2, 3]. See also live reports of demo 29.04.04 (en) (pl) (es) (fr)

Reclaim the Commons

29.04.2004 00:40

Thousands of activists and organizers around the Western US will converge on San Francisco from June 3-9 to shut down the corporate takeover of basic life needs. While Savannah, Georgia will be the focus of G8 protests on East Coast, the West Coast G8 demonstrations will target the biotech industry's largest meeting of lobbyists and executives happening concurrently in San Francisco. However, this mobilization is much bigger than biotech.

Organizers have put out a call to not only target the meetings, but to reclaim the city of San Francisco from the corporate oligarchs and return it to the people. They plan actions that will create free local food sources and community gathering spaces, as well as actions that will bring together groups working for global, environmental and racial justice.

One million march for women's lives

27.04.2004 13:43

One million March for Women's rights In reportedly the largest Women's Rights March Ever of over one million people, a new generation showed up in the hundreds of thousands, in a ratio of five women to one male, because it is obvious church and state want ownership of our vaginas, again. We all know who is on the Supreme Court, who is the Attorney General, and who's trying to dominate the planet and half the population, again. [more]

Photos: 1 2 3 4 5
Best Contingent: Medical Students for Choice: We Are the Future Abortion Providers - 400 medical students dressed in white coats. Many of the people on the Radical Cheerleader and Black Bloc feeder march on Sunday had also participated in the 2,500 strong IMF/World Bank meeting the day before.

[Washington DC IMC | Rich mond IMC | Bay Area IMC Women's News | IMC Germany ]

Private war

Italia Indymedia/Takver, 27.04.2004 03:32

Merceneries National heroes? Al Arabiya television showed on 26 April a video of the Green Brigade, asking for italian people to go in the streets to protest against the Italian government presence in Iraq if they want the four kidnapped Italians be free. Most of mainstream media do not talk about their presence in Iraq due to the nature of their very particular work: they're private guards, providing security to companies and governments. In Iraq this is a ghost army of at least 15.000 people and in the world there are almost 400 firms providing private-guard security. Most of the times they are retired soldiers and their identity is disclosed just when they get killed or kidnapped. A good example is the story, told us by the british newspaper, The Independent, of Christopher McDonald: this private guard working for General Electrics, who was killed on the 29th March, was a member of the Royal Irish Regiment and he should have been in Northern Ireland for a training course. Instead he chose to go clandestinely to Iraq with a more profitable job.

read more (in italian) on IMC italia

Togo and the colonial past of Germany

gdm, 26.04.2004 00:26

Togo is a small country in West Africa (Map). At one stage, it had the name, 'Togoland' because, as is little remembered today, this was a country colonised by Germany between 1884 and 1919. Togo is today a dictatorship with which the German government has had good relations, although occasionally troubled by critical voices from within. Many Togolese refugees now live in Germany and many are threatened with deportation. Back in Togo, for these people, not only prison and torture awaits them, but also poverty and the absence of any future hope.

Over the next few days (from 24 - 27 April), demonstrations will be held in Berlin and Hamburg to attract attention to the situation in Togo and for the Togolese refugees, as well as placing a spotlight on the role of Germany. Today, the colonial past of Germany is often mentioned with culpability, but it is rarely put in relation with the actual situation in Africa, with the relations between Germany and the African states, or with the situation of refugees in Europe and in Africa.

In a letter dated the 22 March to the tribunal of the first instance of Schoneberg (on the subject of detention prior to expulsion), the immigration authorities in Berlin announced that a charter (deportation) flight would leave Germany for Togo the week of 10 - 16 May.

[ Background on Indymedia Germany | Fluuml;chtlingsrat Berlin | Anticolonial Africa Conference Berlin 2004 ]

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