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OUSTING ARROYO: the Filipino struggle for Justice

02.10.2005 10:42

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has long been facing calls for her exit or removal from Malacañang because of her government’s imposition of anti-national and anti-people policies. More recently, renewed and well-substantiated allegations that she cheated her way to victory in the 2004 election have added fuel to the fire.

The outbreak of large anti-Arroyo protests commenced with a big rally in Quezon City on June 23, followed by bigger and bigger mobilizations in Makati City and Manila through the first three weeks of July.

The tempo of public outrage would lead to calls for Arroyo’s resignation even from a number of her former allies, including the so-called Hyatt 10, the Liberal Party, and former President Corazon Aquino. These would also bring about the filing of three impeachment complaints against the President.

QC Indymedia | Manila Indymedia | Related QC IMC Features | 'The Streets, Battlesground for Social Change' - Manila IMC Feature | PCIJ Blog - where Arroyo/Garcillano Tapes were first publicised | Arroyo/Garcillano AUDIO | "hello Garci" Ringtones

Hilton Workers Fight for a Better Future

02.10.2005 09:45

GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA, SEPTEMBER 28, 2005 -- As a delegation of over 30 workers and community members stormed through the employee entrance of the 350-room Hilton hotel in downtown Glendale, hotel security could do little more than grasp their radios and call for backup.

Followed by a barrage of hotel managers, curious on-duty employees and about half a dozen security guards, the workers made their way through the winding corridors of the employee area and into the offices of the hotel's executive committee, where the concerned Hilton employees addressed their need for a union and insisted that management not interfere with their efforts to organize.

Budapest Critical Mass with up to 30,000 people

29.09.2005 18:07

Budapest, Hungary has experienced its greatest Critical Mass bike ride ever on September 22, 2005. Estimates range between 24,000 and 30,000. This would therefore also make it one of the greatest Critical Mass rides in history.

Bulgaria: Sofia is facing new trash-crisis

27.09.2005 20:43

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Just few months after the brutal state repression against the people of Suhodol (a village near the bulgarian capitol Sofia, where the landfill is situated) Sofia is facing new trash-crisis, because of the incompetence of the authorities... The license of the landfill (which was extended against the people's will and with the brutal help of the police) is ending in October but the municipality and the ecological ministry didn't come with a solution yet. In the same time the protests against the illegal temporary landfills near the quarters Trebich, Mramor and Miroviane are continuing. Organizers of the protests are the people themselves, united in initiative committees, chosen by the general meeting. The people stated, that they are still protesting peacefully, but if the state continues to mock with them, they won't hesitate to use other ways and means. At the moment the trash is being packed in bales near the industrial zones of "Kremikovtzi" and "Station Iskar", officially declared as a "research process" and in fact is totally illegal. From 2nd of September near the quarter "Iskar" is working all day long without any permission and in the immediate vicinity of the people's houses a baling site for the trash.

A protest against the baling technology and the illegal landfills is going to take place on Thursday at 16:00 near the Parliament.

More info: Sofia's landfill blockade ends with police violence | Pictures from the brutal state repression in Suhodol 2 months ago | The State against the People | Police state

About the protests in Trebich, Mramor and Miroviane: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

United States Government Assassinates Leader of Puerto Rican Independence

Sonia, 26.09.2005 22:43

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"Comrade Filiberto, your death will be avenged."

To all comrades. The yanky government has assassinated Comrade Filiberto Ojeda, who has been living clandestinely for the last 15 years, and who has been the leader of the armed struggle for the liberation of Puerto Rico. We ask that you highlight in the different IMC's the pain of the Puerto Riquan people, who have massed on the street to unanimously request the end of the colonialism that is destroying our island (country).

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Additional Coverage No queremos paz, sino la victoria | Cientos se movilizan para repudiar el Terrorismo de Estado del gobierno norteamericano | Filiberto murió desangrado | Filiberto Ojeda: Muere como un Verdadero Patriota | De pie y combativos ante los asesinos | Indignación con el Sistema de PR no tiene jurisdicción en nada...[Caso de Filiberto Ojeda] | "Revolcaron el hormiguero, todo Boricua Machetero" | Gracias, Don Filiberto Ojeda | 23 de Septiembre | Asesinan a Filiberto Ojeda Ríos

Houston in the days before Hurricane Rita

Houston IMC, 24.09.2005 00:08

The feeling in Houston is palpable. The streets are empty, stores are closed, televisions are on filling the air with hysteria. Hundreds of thousands of people have left Houston, stuck in traffic for hours and hours, while many have stayed trying to find the safest place they can.

Listen to KPFT 90.1fm on your radio in the Houston area, and streamin on the internet even if you've left. | Check out photos from Houstonians: Raj: Calm before Rita T: Praying for the trees, What Houstonians Eat | RoB Going to work, Montrose: what's open. Stories: Katie Heim Downtown Homeless Forgotten Again

Keep publishing! Tell your stories of being stuck in cars, taping your windows, or turning off your TV and taking it easy.

see also: Hurricane Rita Heading for Southwest Louisiana and Upper Texas Coast

[ New Orleans IMC || Houston IMC || Austin IMC || North Texas IMC || Katrina Indymedia ]

Activist persecuted for participation in 2000 nurses protest

22.09.2005 14:16

On 27th of September 2005 in Warsaw’s Regional Court (IX’th penal department for appellations ) a trial of Andrew Smosarski will take place. Andrew is independent journalist, social activist and member of Red Collective – Leftist Alternative, who is accused of battering the policeman during the December's 2000 nurses protest. This trial is second instance process – in first instance Andrew was sentenced to 3700 zlotys fine with a commutation for 100 days of confinement. There is high risk that the verdict will be remained in force. Both accusations and the punishment that has been adjudged on first instance can be seen only as a repression for social and political activity – in fact the so-called “battering” has never took place and it is only a fabrication done by police, which was accepted by court.

Poland Indymedia | smosarski - for more on the campaign | Red Collective – Leftist Alternative

Mexico, the Other Campaign Begins!

21.09.2005 17:07

The first plenary of the Other Campaign, a 10 year initiative of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation to build a national plan of struggle, came to a close this Sunday afternoon in the community of La Garrucha, Chiapas.

The plenary was organized into six themes dealing with the organization and character of the Other Campaign. Subcomadante Marcos, spokesperson for the EZLN, made it clear that the form of the Other Campaign must be decided by all those who take it up. "The Sixth and the Other Campaign, " he said, "no longer belong just to the EZLN, but to everyone who embraces them".

He also announced a proposal for the next stage of the campaign: a tour, to begin in January, of consultations in every region of the republic. Marcos himself will be the primary actor of the Sixth Committee, and, in order to perform the post, will be stepping down as spokesperson for the EZLN.

The meeting was transmitted in internet by indymedia chiapas and a coalition of independent and participatory media gathered for the event. It was relayed in FM in Oaxaca and Mexico City, among other places. In addition, the independent media activists present in the La Garrucha formed a proposal for a national network of independent media.

Present in the Plenary were 91 social organizations from throughout Mexico, 36 political organizations, 129 groups, collectives and NGO's, 26 indigenous organizations, 196 individuals.

audio: 1 | 2 video: 1 | 2 photos: 1 | 2 | 3

37 Peasants Shot and Wounded by Police in Lombok, Indonesia

21.09.2005 04:30

37 peasants were shot and wounded by police in Lombok, Indonesia, an island near Bali, on the 18th of September, during a meeting of La Via Campesina. 15 international delegates were unexpectedly barred from attending the meeting. The delegates were part of a mission to verify violations of peasant rights that occurred while defending their livelihoods, after the Jakarta Central Government had withdrawn farming licenses.

The 15 La Via Campesina leaders were from India, Bangladesh, Korea, European Union, United States, Brazil, Nicaragua, Mexico, Mozambique, Dominican Republic and Cuba. They were accompanied by 50 members of Federation of Indonesian Peasant Organisations (FSPI), as well as representatives from several international NGOs who intended to visit the West Nusa Tenggara Province.

Jakarta Indymedia| Original Story (Statement by La Via Campesina, International farmers movement) | Bahasa Indonesia | La Via Campesina

Protests disrupt DSEi 2005; europe's largest arms fair

UK IMC - Notts IMC, 17.09.2005 09:44

The much criticised bi-annual DSEi (Europe's largest arms fair) ran from 13-16th September in London, sparkling protests in and around the East End docklands and other parts of the UK.

Protests started before the arms fair opened its doors. On Thursday 8th, the offices of DSEi organisers Reed Elsevier in Kidlington, Oxford, were visited by activists. See [report and pictures] [video] More links below. On Saturday the 10th, a Beat The Bombers - Pary for Peace took place in the streets of east London, including some questionable police tactics against protesters. On Sunday 11th, companies in the south-east of England involved in exhibiting at the arms fair were targetted with disruptive actions against their premises. On Monday evening a Candelit Procession and Prayer Vigil took place, while a NoBorder meeting was held in the convergence center.

On Tuesday 13th DSEi (official website) opened its doors for business at the Excel Centre in London's Docklands. The Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) organised a march and a Diaper Bloc action (flyer PDF) saw kids donned in police helmets and riot shields whilst imposing a Section 60 on adults inside the designated protest zone. Meanwhile a batallion of the Clown Army toured central London visiting those involved in arms trade and DSEi. Wednesday 15th Sept included a Critical Mass bike ride, a mass action at Custom House Docklands Light Railway Station, and affinity group actions targetting the fair. The day also saw the commencement of the trial of some Corporate Pirates, following an action against Windrush Communications, promoters of the Iraq Procurement events. Throughout the day actions meant many delegate's journeys in and out the arms fair were disrupted, whilst major delays were caused to transport into the area. The Thursday evening saw noisy protests outside the DSEi arms fair luxury dinner at an hotel in central London. A critical mass bicycle protest left Eros statue to also join the demonstration outside the dinner. Report and pictures: 1 | 2 It has been reported that the security of the hotel was breached.

Full Timelines of Events: Sat 10th | Tue 13th | Wed 14th | Thu 15th

CAAT demo: pictures: [1] [2] [3] Pictures and report: [1] Audio: [Speeches mp3] Videos: [1] [2] | Baby Bloc [pics 1 | 2 ] [comment] | Rebel Clown Army detained | Wednesday Critical Mass and Demo: Pictures: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Video: 1 | 2 | Animation | Wednesday Blockades: Pictures: 1 | 2 | 3

Links: Reports of banned cluster bomb on sale at DSEi | Custom House Station: Attempt to intimidate journalist | Lower Lea Crossing: Van used to road block | Aberdeen: activists hung a banner outside an Offshore Europe oil and gas exhibition. Nottingham: arms manufacturers at east Midlands expo. Netherlands: Reed Elsevier targetted. Norwich: Weapons inspectors visit Norwich factory Brighton: DSEi Solidarity Demo (+video)

Background to DSEi: "DSEi Arms Fair 2005: The global arms trade comes to London", an in depth 30 page CAAT report (pdf) | SchNEWS on DSEi | The Arms Fair is Coming to Town a Red Pepper article | Indymedia UK DSEi Protest Archives 2003 | Report from DSEI 2003 | Advert (video) of DSEi exhibitor

Recuento de los acontecimientos zapatistas desde la Alerta Roja

17.09.2005 03:08

El día 16 de junio el EZLN se declara en alerta roja en todo su territorio. En los diferentes caracoles se ve una foto que dice cerrado, todos los trabajos fueron suspendidos, a los observadores internacionales y nacionales se les informa que se tienen que retirar del lugar, y se van.

Nadie sabe qué pasa, al mismo tiempo movimiento de tropas del ejercito y el  día que el EZLN se declara en alerta roja, la Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA) emite un comunicado en el cual se lee que fue encontrado un plantio de varias hectareas de Marihuana en la zona de influencia zapatista, dos días despues el vocero de la presidencia desmiente que el cultivo sea en territorio zapatista, pero la SEDENA desmiente el comunicado del presidencia, a quién creele, a la presidencia o al ejercito, esa es la pregunta.

Para mas informacíon: CMI Chiapas
escucha el transmission en vivo desde chiapas
mp3: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
ogg: 1 | 2

Australia threatens deportation of US Peace Activist

12.09.2005 12:34

Protest against the deportation of Scott Parkin Scott Parkin, a Houston, Texas based peace activist with Houston Global Awareness, was detained by Australian Federal police at approximately midday Saturday. He was en route to give a workshop in Melbourne about the progress and success of the peace movement in the US against companies like Halliburton profiting from the Iraq war. The reasons given for his detention and imminent deportation is that he poses "a threat to national security." It is understood that he has had his visa revoked at the Immigration Minister's discretion at the request of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).

Melbourne Protest (video), Photos: 1, 2 | Sydney Protest | Washington DC protest alert | Perth IMC
Scott Parkin: Taking Direct Action Against Hallliburton in CounterPunch | Disobedience - Direct Action Against War

Danish police evict trailersite in Christiania, Copenhagen

Notts IMC + Denmark IMC, 08.09.2005 10:15

Pictures copyrighted to Mark Knudsen / Monsun

The Danish police has raided part of Christiania in Copenhagen, Denmark. About 200 riot police stormed the freestate and quickly sealed off 'Fredens Eng' (The Meadow of peace) which is a part of the site, where people live in trailers. In one of the biggest mass arrests in Denmark ever, the police made over 100 arrests. There are various reports of injured people. Most people have been charged with not following police orders, although some with charges relating to violence against the police.

Christinia had been self adminstrative, meaning no permit was needed to 'build' new property or have trailers parked up on it's grounds. Newly introduced law, means trailers have to leave, so new development can take place. The people from Christiania have resisted this new legislation for years. They wish to keep their autonomy and self managed decision making structures that have kept the place running for over 20 years...

Links: Christiania Website | Denmark Indymedia | Photos: (1) (2) | Danish Clown Army Website | Video (mainstream media) | More Film Footage - (free registration) | Newly introduced laws threaten Christiania

Hurricane Katrina devastates New Orleans, Lo. USA

02.09.2005 22:18

Reports from New Orleans state that "things were so crazy: it was all poor black people and old white people - the people who couldn't afford to get out." William Quigley, a Law Professor at Loyola University has said that "They are estimating that it may take several days to evacuate these people - water, electricity, food, security all will be gone by then." Indeed, enforced evacuations began yesterday (Aug. 30) - following a mass exodus from the city in advance of the hurricane - but initial estimates that expected them to be complete by the evening of August 30th were overly optimistic. And, while outside agencies struggle to help, thousands remain stuck - including inside hospitals [ 1 | 2 ].

[ New Orleans Weather Warning (28th August) | Democracy Now! reports (Aug. 30) (Aug. 31) (Sept. 1) (Sept. 2) | Explanation about Hurricanes (MP3) | Further analysis: 1 , 2 , 3 | Insane looting? - Not at all! | Genocide in New Orleans - Genocide americano en New Orleans - en español ]

Updates on the hurricane disaster at New Orleans IMC, Houston IMC and Indymedia.us

National Guard Deployed | Supplies Being Blocked | Orders are: 'Shoot to Kill' | Mayor of New Orleans interview (mp3)

Indigenous Law? Not in our name!

sara, 07.09.2005 05:59

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Not in our name! Over the 7, 8 and 9 of september, mayan groups of the Yucatan, Mexico, will hold the P'uj, the search to hunt the deer, that represents the capacity of the mayans to organize themselves around a common objective. The P'uj will be a mobilization to lift the word and the memories of the mayan people from where the government has sewn forgetfulness. The 3-day march will depart from Cistell, the place where the indigenous rebellion lead by Jacinto Can Ek in 1761 began agains the spanish colonization, and will arrive in Merida, the capital city of the Yucatan, where they will present a document to the local congress. The document is the manifestation of a group of mayans who oppose the creation of a local law of indigenous rights, in so much as it does not reform the mexican Constitution in a way that would respect the San Andreas Accords, which were signed in 1996 by the EZLN (Zapatistas), the representatives of various indigeous peoples and representatives of the mexican government.

Weeklong Actions Against the Greek-Bulgarian Border

31.08.2005 17:07

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A series of demonstrations in the cities of Xanthi and Komotini, followed by a march towards the "refugees reception center" in Vena, took place in the frame of the "Actions Against the Borders". Outside the detention center, the protestors had a violent conflict with the police (videos 1 | 2), while trying to get in. Finally, a group entered the place and managed to write down the names of the refugees, in order to submit asylum requests on behalf of them, while video-taping the place and the awful living conditions.

At the first day, during a demonstration across the Greek-Bulgarian borders, two vans were temporarily blocked on Bulgarian side. Finally, given the pressure by the demonstrators on the Greek side, they were allowed to cross the borders.

An Encuentro Against All Borders - Building a Radical No Border

31.08.2005 12:59

The No Border Encuentro took place on August 27-28th at the Sherman Heights Community Center in San Diego/Aztlan. Two days of events including a maquiladora tour, a benefit concert and a day of forums, panels and encounters took place with over 100 people from San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Orange County, Eugene, Portland, Tijuana, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia participating. On the walls hung photos of recent actions to stop the Minutemen, a poster of the PGA Hallmarks, and maps of Calexico, where the No Border Camp will be in September. [Complete Summary, another account]

Radio coverage was done all weekend by Blast Furnace Radio, due to some technical difficultues at radioActive sanDiego.

Audio: Beats Against Borders with Dias Tristes, Boomerang Politick and Entartete Kunst | Encuentro Opening and Border History Panel | History of the Border Part 2 | Closing presentation by Ashanti Alston | Migration and Indigenous Nations 1 | 2

Photos: Maquiladora Tour | More | Beats Against Borders | Encuentro

This is only part of a large movement against the MinuteMen, La Migra and the Border itself. Thursday night before the conference, La Raza Rights Coalition held a community forum to present their demands around these issues to legislators. Next weekend, Sept 2-4, BorderHack 2005 will be taking place in Tijuana. Also that weekend, on the 3rd, is a forum against the Minutemen in Chula Vista.

The Encuentro was planned as a space to strategize about how to create a world without borders, how to effectively challenge racism and how to put an end to the Minuteman Project. These strategies will be put into action from September 16-18th in a series of actions and a No Border Camp in Calexico.

Forbes CEO conference besieged by protesters

30.08.2005 16:05

Protestors besiege CEOs in the Sydney Opera House A critical mass of people marched to and rallied near the Sydney Opera House to protest the Forbes Global CEO Conference on Tuesday night. A portion of the fence surrounding the conference and excluding the public from participating was pushed down. It was reported that conference delegates were bussed out of the Opera House for the opening evening dinner elsewhere. Police have arrested at least eight protesters according to early reports and used dogs as part of 'crowd control'. Protests will continue for the rest of the conference, which finishes on Thursday.

Photos of first day: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Reports of first day: Sydney IMC : Live from 30A | From the Indy van | Police arrest report | At the Opera

Video of first day: Rocking the fence | Fence going down | Police brutally arrest protester]

Background: 30A.org | peacebus.com

No More Denied Students, No to Plan Juarez in Oaxaca

29.08.2005 00:19

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I was in the Carmen Plaza and I heard whistling and the chants were getting louder, “…education first for the children of the workers, educucation later for the children of the rich….” I quickly walked to encounter the march of students of the UABJO (Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca), youth no older than 25 years that were walking in two lines, in the middle of the march was the students that were carrying large signs accusing the director of the university, Neri, of using Plan Juarez to decrease the quality of the education. Some of the main points of this plan are: privatize the education, increase the tuition, decrease the number of students, eliminate the students´ rights to elect their director, and other such cutbacks in overall quality of the education.

Approximately 20 police armed with batons, gas, and dogs prevented us from entering the main plaza, we looked for another entrance and we received the same line of police. In front of people from all over Mexico and tourists from around the world, a casket was light on fire that said “education” and two cardboard donkeys with the faces of the Governor, Ulises Ruiz and the director of UABJO, Neri. Here they explained that the governor of Oaxaca spent 700 million pesos (approx. 70 million dollars) on the “remodelization” of the historic center, meanwhile only 5 million pesos (approx. 500 thousand dollars) was spent for education; this was the pretext for denying more students at the university.

related: photos | more photos | Oaxaca IMC | Mexico Solidarity Network

Thousand Workers Siege Labor Department in Manila

27.08.2005 05:27

MANILA, Intramuros- Workers from the garment factory, Gelmart Industries, alongside with Solidarity of Socialist Filipino Workers (BMP) forcibly occupied the pro-capitalist Labor Department in Intramuros Manila (PHOTOS). Workers condemned the anti-worker "Assumption of Jurisdiction" that Secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas had recently declared to ease out the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) deadlock between the union and management.

"The deadlock between the labor union and the Gelmart management was over the amount of wage increase, signing bonus, retirement trust fund and the retroactivity of the benefits in the concluded CBA." said BMP in a press statement. Last July 22, Sec. Sto. Tomas granted a P12 and P14 wage hike for years 2005 and 2006 respectively. The union and the management, meanwhile, wanted a yearly increase of P32.50 and P6 correspondingly. The Labor Department also ordered a P200 signing bonus while the union negotiated for P3,000.

"Assumption of Jurisdiction" powers of the Secretary of Labor infringes the workers' right to strike and has been the immediate cause of violence at the picket lines such as the massacre in Hacienda Luisita .

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