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Diverse Anti-Racist Coalition Confronts, Disrupts the MinuteMen in California

19.07.2005 16:17

The California MinuteMen, a group of racist vigilantes who are patrolling the US/Mexico border and hunting migrant people, started their operations in Campo, California, one hour east of San Diego on July 16th. They were confronted, disrupted and chased away by a diverse coalition of organizations from San Diego, Los Angeles, Mexico, Portland and many other cities. The Anti-MinuteMen, No Border Camp continues and actions will continue day and night until the MinuteMen leave Campo. On Sunday night the corporate media reported that the MinuteMen had given up after only one day, but later corrected that statement. On Wednesday, the 2nd Virtual Sit-In against the MinuteMen begins. [Read more, complete action summary]

Reports: 150 March in Support of Human Rights | Snipers at campo protest | Physical Borders, psychological divisions | LA indymedia - Report from Campo - Anti-MM action | Minutemen Leave After Clash With Protesters | Original Campo sdimc feature

Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Audio: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Sonic Attacks Disrupt Border Vigilante Patrol

Video: 1 | 2 | Minutemen Threaten to Shoot Protesters

UN Troops Attack Port-au-Prince, Kill 23 People

16.07.2005 15:50

On July 6th, more than 300 heavily armed UN troops carried out a full-blown military attack on a densely-populated section of Port-au-Prince. Multiple sources confirm the "peacekeepers" killed at least 23 people. Eyewitnesses reported the UN troops used helicopters, tanks, machine guns and tear gas in the operation. Lt.General Augusto Heleno, the Brazilian commander of UN troops in Haiti, defended the operation as a "success." Among those killed were children, women, and men on their way to work. More info on the Haiti Action Committee website.

Bay Area school teacher Seth Donnelly, who was in Haiti as part of a labor/human rights delegation, interviewed Heleno after the massacre. Donnelly reports, "Lieutenant General Augusto Heleno initially challenged us as to why were we concerned about the rights of the 'outlaws,' and not the 'legal force.'" He seemed to write off community testimony as being part of community hostility and part of these "gang attacks" on U.N. forces. The subtext of what he was saying was that the Port-au-Prince community itself was an outlaw community. Democracy Now Report.

A coordinated series of actions is being planned across the U.S. and Canada, to demand an end to UN killings of Haitian civilians.

Links: UN Troops Attack Port-au-Prince, Kill 23 People | Calls mount for investigation into rights abuses by Haiti's police | Grandmother in prison one year for loyalty to Aristide | UN Betrayal in Port au Prince | Haitian Priest Receives Threatening Visits from Unidentified Intruder, Bullets | International Protests to Call Attention to Thousands of Haitian Political Prisoners | Shredding Haiti's Constitution: UN Betrayal in Port au Prince (EN - PT ) | Evidence mounts of a UN massacre in Haiti (EN - PT)

G8 2005, Gleneagles: Repression, Resistance and Clowns

11.07.2005 18:53

Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army

All over Scotland, (dis)organisations as varied as the grassroots network dissent! and the largely conservative coalition "make poverty history" protested against the 2005 G8 summit in Gleneagles. The reasons were as varied as the forms to express disagreement, from marching to blockading, from clowning to filming, from talking to direct action. Although police from all over the UK were busy containing protesters in pens, arresting, searching and holding them under section 60, discontent with the G8 agenda was voiced in many significant places and eventually supported by international solidarity.

London Calling

08.07.2005 21:47

It appears that there were 3 explosions on the London Underground along with another bomb that exploded on a London Bus blowing its roof. There was no warning and although an unknown group linking themselves to Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility on a known Jihadist web site [offline - see screenshot instead | translation], this has not yet been confirmed. The BBC are reporting that the death toll now stands at 38, with another 700 or so injured, whilst at least The Sun (not one of the more reliable of the UK papers) is now reporting 53 fatalities. Reports that the Israeli embassy had been tipped off are circulating although a Scotland Yard spokesperson denied this. Transport within the capital is gradually returning to normal with bus routes reopening, although commuters and tourists will still rely on river boats, taxis, private transport and of course feet for many journeys.

Indymedia posts: [ 1 (IMC-UK Statement) | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | from portland indymedia ]

Statements of solidarity: [ 1 | Various religious leaders | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ]
Official statements: [ Number 10 | London Metropolitan Police | Transport For London ]
Other media: [ The Guardian | Wikipedia | Al-Jazeera ]
Travel news: [ National Rail ]

EZLN announces new strategy

08.07.2005 21:43

From June 29, the EZLN started to publish the results of its internal consultations, as a series of texts that form the Sixth Declaration from the Lacandon Jungle. They made it clear that the Red Alert declared on the 19th was a preventive measure to be able to consult their support bases with security. The new political initiative is based on an approach to social movements, from Mexico and elsewhere, that share the same aims as the indigenous zapatistas and are fighting the effects of neoliberal globalization. "Perhaps united with other social sectors who suffer from the same wants as we do, it will be possible to achieve what we need and what we deserve," says the Declaration.

The EZLN made a commitment to send support material, according to their capabilities, to the peoples and organizations in Mexico and abroad that struggle against neoliberal globalization. The support consists of coffee and crafts, so that fighters all around the world have a way to finance their struggles. Inside Mexico, the General Command of the EZLN will start a peregrination for an indefinite period of time to search for allies in the struggle of resistance to neoliberalism and for a new constitution that guarantees: home, land, work, food, health, education, information, culture, independence, democracy, justice, freedom and peace. They also declared the intention of holding a new Intercontinental meeting by the end of the year.

Before the Red Alert, the other indigenous communities of Mexico that were assembled at the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) in Yucatan released the Declaration of Zirahuen, which reveals the intention for more coordination of the indigenous struggle though the adhesion of all ethnic groups that are part of the CNI to the La Realidad-Tijuana Plan, created by the EZLN in 2003. The La Realidad-Tijuana Plan has as one of its agreements the promotion of self-government and self- management forms in all of the Mexican territory, according to each one's ways.

Sixth Declaration from the Lacandon Jungle: part I| II | III
More: La Realidad Tijuana Plan(es) | Declaration of Zirahuen
Links: Chiapas IMC | EZLN| FZLN | Radio Insugente| La Jornada

Manila Indymedia Volunteer Arrested by Police for Covering Protest

05.07.2005 23:52

Manila (July 4, 2005) - Joseph de Jesus, a 19-year old student from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and studying to become a media liaison for his organization Teatrong Bayan [People's Theater] and writer-contributor for Manila Indymedia, was arrested by elements of the Western Police District after he covered a protest rally at the US Embassy in Manila.

De Jesus, who admitted to joining rallies in school against issues of budget cuts and commercialized education, was at the US Embassy to cover a protest rally, and to publish the said story at the Manila Indymedia website. He was surprised that the police arrested him instead of the protesters on charges of resisting arrest and possession of subversive materials.

Link: Manila IMC

Australian workers protest anti-union push

02.07.2005 22:59

Melbourne workers protest anti-union proposals A week of nation wide protests and strikes against the conservative Federal Government’s proposed industrial relations changes has drawn to an end with a rally in Sydney on Friday. The protests, some of the largest seen in Australia in recent times, including over 100,000 people marching in Melbourne , highlighted the impacts that the industrial relations changes will have on low and middle income earners, as the government gains full control of both houses of parliament, and is in a position to push through it’s reforms.

Reports : Melbourne | Brisbane | Perth | Sydney

EZLN Solidarity Direct Action in Mexico City

02.07.2005 19:22

June 30, during an action in the Plaza de la Constitution, a group of Mexican activists extended the Red Alert called by the EZLN on the entire country of Mexico. The group, which calls itself Direct Action Laboratory (DAL), came to the main plaza of Mexico City Thursday morning to paint a red star of the Zapatista flag over the main plaza of the Zocalo.

Durante una acción en la Plaza de la Constitución el treinta de Junio, un grupo de activistas mexicanos llamó a la alerta roja del Ejercito Zapatista de Liberación Nacional una alerta roja para todo el país de México. El grupo, llamado Laboratorio de Acción Directa, llegó al zocalo nacional en la mañana del jueves para pintar una estrella roja de la bandera Zapatista sobre la plancha del Zócalo.

EnglishEspanolPhotos 1, 2, 3, 4AudioVideo

Former Leader of Lebanon's Communist Party Assassinated

28.06.2005 15:40

Vigil pictures of George Hawi &amp; Rafik Hariri

On June 21st, 2005 former leader of the Lebanese Community Party, George Hawi was assassinated in a car bomb in the Kola district of Beirut. Hawi, who is widely known as a living symbol of leftist political movements historically in Lebanon, lost his life just two days after Lebanon's parliamentary elections came to an end.

Hawi's death is the latest in a recent string of political assassinations in Lebanon that began with the assassination of Rafik Hariri in February. On June 2nd well-known leftist journalist and half-Palestinian Samir Kassir was also assassinated in the bomb-blast in Beirut. On the scene of the bombing in Beirut many Lebanese leftists gathered, shocked by the bombing and expressing that both Hawi's assassination is a clear indication that well-known leftist political figures in Lebanon are under-attack.

-> To view photos from the demonstration from Beirut IMC visit: http://beirut.indymedia.org/ar/2005/06/2867.shtml

IMC Bristol's server seized

28.06.2005 11:18

Bristol seizure On Monday, June 27th, Indymedia Bristol's server was seized by the police. An Indymedia volunter was also arrested during the raid. Last week, police demanded access to the server to gain the IP details of a posting. The alternative media outlet is receiving advice from civil liberties organisations and the National Union of Journalists. Before being legally forced to hand over the server, Indymedia Bristol stated: "We do not intend to voluntarily hand over information to the police as they have requested". A further statement from Bristol Indymedia volunteers is expected soon. <br>
This is the second time that law enforcement authorities have attacked Indymedia servers in the UK in the run up to a major event. Last October, just prior to the European Social Forum, Indymedia servers in London were seized in an international law enforcement operation - prompting a wave of protests and solidarity statements from a wide range of organisations [report]. This time, events are unfolding one week before the G8 Summit begins in Scotland. <br>
Commenting on the heavy-handed approach of the Bristol police, who previously threatened that they 'may arrest somebody for obstructing the course of justice', an Imc Uk volunteer said: "It's like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut". An Imc technical volunteer added: "I do not believe that there is any useful information that the police could gain from the server seizure."
In order to provide grass-roots non-corporate coverage during the G8 protests and events, Indymedia UK needs additional http mirrors to help decrease bandwidth costs. If you can offer a mirror, mail imc-uk-contact at lists.indymedia.org  You can also help support Imc Uk and Bristol by donating here. An Indymedia volunteer said: "We ask for wide participation in reporting the events and issues around the G8, don't hate the media, become the media". <br>
[ Bristol Solidarity page | IMC Bristol | IMC UK | Autistici Server Surveillance | Indymedia FBI Pages ]

Privacy is not a private matter

26.06.2005 17:00

On 15th June 2004, officers of the Italian postal police, under an order coming from a Bologna attorney, arrived without warning at Aruba, the Internet provider which hosts one of the servers belonging to activist organization Autistici/Inventati. Aruba switched off the machine of the Autistici/ Inventati project and let the police copy all the data. Nobody from Autistici/Inventati was warned or informed this was occurring. Instead, the provider, when called by telephone, said that there had been an electricity failure.

Police then demanded access to the webmail account named croceneraanarchica at inventati.org and they have had continuous access since that date. Potentially, they had the chance to read and decrypt all data kept in the machine, and they still can. Only now, one year later, Autistici/Inventati has been alerted to this situation, due to the legal events regarding the last witch hunt against anarchist collectives.

Autistici/Inventati is an independent grass-roots project which provides space for websites and mailing lists of a vast network of grass-roots groups, in Italy and all over the world. These include the Genoa Legal forum and supporto legale.org. The organization has now decided to switch off the machine and retire it from that provider.

Privacy conditions in italy were compromised: nobody knows how many commercial Internet providers give help to the police without giving any notice to their clients. Nobody knows what the police will do with the data. Participants in the Autistici/Inventati project are convinced this is not an isolated event concerning one association or a single independent server, especially since the FBI misused a federal decree permitting it to acquire one log file to seize the entire Indymedia Italy server, on October, 7th 2004.

More on Imc Italy

Kurdish refugee on 40th day of hunger strike

25.06.2005 14:50

Zulkuf Murat Bora, more widely known as Bahoz, was forced to leave Turkey in 1995 due to his political beliefs and the repression he was facing by the Turkish state as a direct result  of his struggle for the rights and liberty of the Kurdish people.

Bahoz has been on hunger strike since the 17th of May. The Greek Minister of Public Order promised to grant him asylum for one year due to “humanitarian reasons”, as long as he gave up his hunger strike and his right to claim political asylum. Bahoz has refused such “humanitarian” help from the State and continues his struggle for political asylum. Since the 19th of June he has stopped taking any sugar or salt in his water. As a result, he is now in the hospital in a very critical condition.

At the same time another political asylum seeker -Yusuf Temiz- is being kept in a detention centre in Greece and is under the threat of imminent deportation in Turkey, where he faces death penalty.

Timeline of Solidarity events:
* June 24: occupation of the School of Theatre in Thessaloniki and solidarity action with Bahoz and Temiz in Edinburgh, Scotland
* June 23: demonstration in Athens and solidarity action in Patras.
* June 22: occupation of a radio station in Patras and press conference by the Committee of Constitutional Rights in Athens.
* June 21: 1,000 people demonstrate in Thessaloniki and Volos. Earlier on, occupation of the EU info centre in Thessaloniki

[Links: why i chose to go on hunger strike | Athens IMC]

Reclaiming the Commons: from BioDevastation to BioDemocracy

25.06.2005 13:22

From June 19 to June 22 in Philadelphia, USA, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) held its annual international convention. The convention was the world’s largest gathering of biotech and pharmaceutical executives, as 18,730 representatives from 56 countries and all 50 U.S. states, gathered for 900 business presentations on health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

Running opposite the BIO convention was a counter-convention called "BioDemocracy 2005", which consisted of a smorgasbord of activities aimed at challenging the biotech industry with an alternative vision of peaceful, sustainable and grassroots democracy. As they have done at previous BIO conventions, activists from across the country converged on the "City of Brotherly Love" to bring attention to BIO's closed-door agenda of medicine for profit, genetically engineered agriculture and bioweapons proliferation. previous conventions: San Francisco, 2004 | St. Louis, 2003 I WTO/USDA Sacramento, 2003 I Washington, DC, 2003

BioDemocracy 2005 kicked off on Friday with a Critical Mass bike ride (photos) against Biotech. The following day, a "Reclaim the Commons" open-air Festival brought together organic farmers, community gardeners, alternative health practitioners, artists, puppets, musicians, families, and activists to share knowledge, give-aways, and skills. Food Not Bombs, which was having a concurrent international gathering in Philadelphia to celebrate its 25th anniversary, provided food at the festival as well as at other BioDemocracy events.

audio: Audio Recordings of BioDemocracy Conference | Audio from morning biotech - Philly | More audio from morning rally at biodev | GE Trees I Food Not Bombs 25th Anniversary, Keith McHenry Reflections | Scientific Controversies in Genetic Engineering | Percy Schmeiser at BioDemocracy

other media: photos 1, 2 video 1

personal accounts: Reportaje personal del BioDemocracy2005 (es) | A Firsthand Account from Philadelphia part 1, part 2, part 3 (en)

legal situation: Bail for Protesters set at $50,000 | Legal Situation in Philly

related sites: phillyimc.org | Reclaim the Commons | biodev.org | biotech imc

Indymedia Rosario journalist attacked and robbed

Nobody, 24.06.2005 00:07

Ernesto Torres, a journalist with Free Air Community Radio and Indymedia Rosario, was attached by members of the Movimiento Barrios de Pie while providing coverage to a march in opposition to the regime of current [Argentinian] president Néstor Kirchner. The unfortunate event took place Monday, June 20, at midday, during a presidential visit to the city of Rosario related to flag-day festivities. First, militants of the Barrios de Pie organization - allied to the national government - used sticks to attack members of organizations of unemployed persons and human rights organizations who were carrying out a protest a few blocks away from the official ceremony. Ernesto Torres was the only journalist present and he was taking pictures of the attacks when he was brutally struck in the head with a stick. Next his camera was stolen and he was thrown to the ground, where a mob repeatedly kicked him.

World Tribunal on Iraq To Hand Down Final Verdict

23.06.2005 15:58

The 16th and final session of the World Tribunal on Iraq is being held in Istanbul, Turkey from June 24 to June 27. Inspired by the Russell Tribunal of 1967 on the Vietnam War, The World Tribunal on Iraq is a global initiative that grew out of worldwide opposition to the war on Iraq, intended to bring to light the truth about the war and occupation. This session is the culmination of two years of investigations into violations of international law and human rights by the United States and its allies leading up to and during the invasion and of Iraq and the continuing occupation. For a summary of previous testimony and verdicts, see: http://www.worldtribunal.org

Deep Dish TV, the first grassroots television network in the United States, is providing a global satellite uplink of the proceedings.

CRIC Communiqué

translated by Irlandesa, initially published on NEFAC mailing list., 21.06.2005 18:26

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Originally published in Spanish by the CCRI-CG the EZLN

Communiqué from the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee –
General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

June 19, 2005

To the People of Mexico:
To the Peoples of the World:

Brothers and Sisters:

As of today, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation has declared, throughout all rebel territory, a GENERAL RED ALERT

Based on this, we are informing you:

First - That at this time the closure is being carried out of the Caracoles and the Good Government Offices which are located in the zapatista communities of Oventik, La Realidad, Morelia and Roberto Barrios, as well as all the headquarters of the authorities of the different Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities.

Second - That also being carried out is the evacuation of the members of the different Good Government Juntas and the autonomous authorities, in order to place them in shelter. Now, and for an indefinite time period, they will be carrying out their work in a clandestine and nomadic manner. Both the projects as well as the autonomous government will continue functioning, although under different circumstances than they have been up
until now.

Third - That basic community health services will continue functioning in the different Caracoles. Civilians will be in charge of these services, and the CCRI-CG of the EZLN is distancing them from any of our future actions, and we are demanding that they be treated as civilians and with respect for their life, liberty and goods by government forces.

Fourth - That there has been a call-up of all members of our EZLN who have been engaged in social work in the zapatista communities and those of our regular troops who have been in their barracks. In a similar fashion, all broadcasts by Radio Insurgente, "The Voice of Those Without Voice", in FM and in short wave, have been suspended for an indefinite period of time.

Fifth - That, simultaneous with the publication of this communiqué, national and international civil societies who are working in peace camps and in community projects are being urged to leave rebel territory. Or, if they decide freely of their own volition, they remain on their own and at their own risk, gathered in the caracoles. In the case of minors, their departure is obligatory.

Sixth - That the EZLN announces the closing of the Zapatista Information Centre (CIZ), not without first thanking the civil societies who have participated in it, from the time of its creation until today. The CCRI-CG of the EZLN formally releases these persons from any responsibility for the future actions of the EZLN.

Seventh - That the EZLN releases from responsibility for any of our future actions all persons and civil, political, cultural, citizens and non-governmental organizations, solidarity committees and support groups who have been close to us since 1994. We thank all of those who have, sincerely and honestly, throughout these almost 12 years, supported the civil and peaceful struggle of the zapatista indigenous for the constitutional recognition of indigenous rights and culture.


From the Mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
By the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee – General Command of
the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

Mexico, in the sixth month of the year 2005.

G8 circus comes to Scotland!

imc-g8-2005, 20.06.2005 04:18

G8 Circus

With just over two weeks to go before the Group of Eight (G8) Summit begins in Scotland, final preparations are underway. The G8 (comprising France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Russia) meet annually to formalize policy on international issues. Climate change, immigration, trade justice, economic development in Africa, Middle East reform, and nuclear non-proliferation are amongst the items on the agenda for this year's Summit, which will be held from the 6 to 8th of July at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland; the UK Indymedia site will be facilitating independent coverage of the actions and events.

While the G8 prepares to meet behind police lines at Gleneagles, counter-mobilisations and demonstrations are being organized around the world. In Sheffield, there were demonstrations at the G8 Justice and Home Affairs ministers meeting earlier this week, whilst in Glasgow, the Cre8 (counter) Summit has already begun. Demonstrations are being organised by three broad coalitions with links across Europe and the world: Dissent, G8-Alternatives, and Make Poverty History. Overseas, in the United States, Anarchist Action is organizing a West Coast Anti-Capitalist Mobilization Against the G8. However, most events are concentrated in Scotland during the first 8 days of July, including people setting up an Eco-village convergence and camping centre, and blockades of the G8 summit on the first day. These events are mostly linked to ongoing campaigns around issues like anti-militarism and the arms trade, poverty and debt, the market and corporate free trade, environment and climate change, and immigration and borders.

[ G8: Why Are People Protesting? | Mobilisations Links and Resources | Major Protest and Mobilisation Events List | Dissent! Update on anti-G8 events (incl. accommodation) ]

G8 Protests in Sheffield

Sheffield Indymedia, 19.06.2005 10:34

The last big meeting in the run up to the full G8 in Scotland in July was the G8 Justice and Home Affairs ministers meeting held on 15th — 17th June in Sheffield, UK. After the G8 Environment Ministers meeting in Derby, a city just south of Sheffield, where an over the top police operation prevented much from happening, the demonstrations in Sheffield were more militant than expected — each day actions took place in defiance of a legal ban which gave the police power to prevent people protesting in groups of two or more. The Indymedia Centre for the event was a great success, it was located in the convergence space which was organised by Sheffield Against the G8.

Protests started on the 11th June with a critical mass, a demonstration and the Peace in the Park festival. Protests during the ministers' meeting resulted in several arrests and there is a summary of each days actions for Wednesday 15th June, Thursday 16th June and Friday 17th June. Groups taking part in the actions included the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army and Rhythms of Resistance Sheffield. The final day ended with a massive post-protest Insurgents' Party at the Convergence Space, with the Trollyd and Riddimition sound systems and the 2012 Show.

June 17th — Reports: 1 | Photos: 1 | 2 | 3
June 16th — Photos & reports: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | Videos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
June 15th — Reports: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | Video: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
June 11th — Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Germany — | 1 | 2

No One Is Illegal! March on Ottawa

www-features, 16.06.2005 18:43

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In a bid to denounce Canada's poor treatment of immigrants and refugees, the Solidarity Across Borders coalition is organizing a march from Montreal to Ottawa, from June 18th to the 25th. Aiming to bring the public's attention to the situation of refugees and immigrants in the country, the coalition has made the following 4 demands:

  1. The regularization of all non-status persons;
  2. An end to deportations;
  3. An end to the detention of migrants, immigrants and refugees;
  4. The abolition of security certificates.

To learn more about the campaign, listen to Mohammed Lotfi's radio report

You can follow the march by listening to CMAQ's audio reports, which will be made available here as the march progresses. Regular updates will be made to the photo gallery</>, as well. The Solidarity Across Borders site will also be featuring news updates from the participants and the organization.

Journalists Remember Samir Kassir

16.06.2005 03:49

Samir Kassir

Hundreds of grieving Lebanese journalists stood in silence early Friday in Martyrs' Square in downtown Beirut to denounce the assassination of prominent anti-Syrian writer Samir Kassir. Wearing black and white, journalists gathered around the Statue of the Martyrs for one hour of silence, in response to a call for the protest by the An Nahar newspaper, where Kassir was a prominent editorial writer. Many journalists raised black-and-white portraits of the slain journalist.

"Martyr of the uprising for the independence," read a large portrait of Kassir raised on the square which had been the site of a popular upheaval earlier this year against Syrian domination of the country. The upheaval was triggered by the February 14 assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri that rushed the withdrawal of Syrian troops which was completed at the end of April under intense international pressure.

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