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Zapatistas Announce Red Alert; Suspend Activities of La Otra Campaña; Solidarity Demonstrations Planned Internationally

04.05.2006 17:51

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As of the afternoon of May 3, Subcommandante Marcos of the EZLN (National Zapatista Army of Liberation) announced during a public act in Mexico City a new red alert and closure of Zapatista caracoles and suspension of activities of La Otra Campaña, which has now become a struggle to support the people of Texcoco, who for the past two days have been experiencing severe government repression.

Thursday morning found the south of Mexico City entangled in street blockades and protests with students, workers and peasants demanding justice for the people of Texcoco. Dozens of people have been arrested and the city police have been brutally detaining the protests. Early afternoon, it looks like student demonstrators will return to the National Autonomist University of Mexico (UNAM), Latin America’s largest institute of higher-learning, and attempt to occupy various sections of the school.

Wednesday morning, flower vendors from People in Defense of the Land Front (Frente de Pueblos en Defensa de la Tierra) occupying a space in the Texcoco market were brutally repressed by state police. As they moved to reoccupy their space in the pre-dawn hours, the 40 flower vendors received back-up from the nearby municipality of Atenco. Arming themselves with machetes and Molotov cocktails, the vendors were hit with tear gas and batons. While defending their space in the market in Mexico state, a 14 year-old boy died from the impact of tear gas in the chest and more than forty people were arrested.

Protest at Mexican Consulate in New York, Friday, 12:30 p.m. | Virtual Sit-in Against Mexican Government!

See also: The Other Mexico on the Verge of an Explosion from Below | Violencia en Texcoco - EZLN en Alerta Roja | Golpean a activistas en Tijuana | Se suspende la Otra campaña: Alerta Roja en las Juntas de Gobierno Zapatistas de Chiapas | ALERTA ROJA

Independent Media: Live radio coverage from Mexico City | NarcoNews | Centro de Medios Libres | Mexico Indymedia | Chiapas Indymedia

Bolivia Nationalizes Gas and Oil

Indymedia Brasil, 03.05.2006 14:25

Of an unexpected way, the bolivian May 1st was marked by the occupation, by the army troops, of the installations of many oil companys in the country. The action, that had the presence of the president Evo Morales in one of the refineries, marked the beginning of the nationalization of gas and the oil. The Bolivian vice president, Álvaro García, said that members of staff of the state-owned company, Yacimientos Oil-producing Fiscales Bolivian (YPFB), and soldiers started to assume the control of the 56 oil-producing installations. Recently, the Bolivian Worker Centre (COB), one of the main political-social forces, complained about the few advancements of the government in the nationalization of the natural resources. Parallel to the mobilizations of May 1st called by the Movement toward Socialism (MAS) - party of the president Evo Morales - COB had called a mobilization to reject "the negative of Evo Morales in expel the transnational, nationalize without compensation the gas and the oil and put an end to the domain of the neoliberalism and land-owners". It's not yet possible to evaluate the impact of the decision of the Bolivian government in the relations with the COB, that together with the multinationals was cought by surprise by the decree.

The Brazilian governmet was astonished and set up a meeting between a few south american presidents such as Lula, Chavez and Kirchner, schedule to take place in this thursday, 04/05, for evealuate which measures to take. The Spain/Argentina's company, Repsol YPF, also shown some concerns about the measure. The Spanish Prime Minister has expressed “deep concern”. Respsol YPF, control's 25,7% of the bolivian's gas production. The situation should stayed more complex since soon after the decree Evo Morales promised to nationalize all of the natural resources of the country: “We are beginning it nationalize the hydrocarbons. Tomorrow it will be the mining, the forest resources. It will be all the natural resources”.

Releated articles: Bolivia nationalizes gas and oil: Lula call out an emergency meeting [PT] | Bolivia nationalizes gas and oil [PT]

For more information check out: Econews | Carta Maior Angency | Indymedia Bolivia | Indymedia Brasil

You are OK!

bamzin, 03.05.2006 03:25

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This was the answer that George W. Bush gave to chinese leader, Hu Jintao, after a protest held by Wang Wenyi in the beginning of the "communist" mandarin speach, who was visiting The USA last week. Wang screamed, in english and chinese: "President Hu, your days are numbered. President Bush, stop them from persecuting Falun Gong!". After Wang's protest, Bush said to his mate: "You are OK", and the demonstrator was taken out from The White House by security guards. The North American secret service opened a lawsuit against the activist charging with "disorderly conduct" and can prosecute her for "intimidating a foreign official".

This is the latest chapter of a pursuit against Falun Gong held by the Chinese government. Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a Chinese philosophy mix of meditation and marcial exercises. Falun Dafa suceeded in uniting more than 100 million adepts on a relative short time. A true fright to the red mandarins, who for a long time got used to have any kind of civil organization under their rigid control.

Links: Falun dafa Site | Information Centre Falun dafa | Torture Methods used against Falun dafa members

Non-violent protests in Occupied Palestine demand release of prisoners and destruction of the Wall

22.04.2006 03:33

While the mainstream media focused this week on a young Palestinian who blew up himself and eight others, the violent Israeli occupation of Palestinian land continued, and Palestinians throughout the West Bank and Gaza organized non-violent protests to challenge this 39-year illegal occupation of their land, and to demand the release of the over 9,000 Palestinian prisoners being held by Israel, many of them without trial.

In Bil'in, in the West Bank, Palestinians, Israelis and international supporters gathered for a protest Friday, April 21, at one of the many sites where the Israeli army is constructing the Annexation Wall through Palestinian land. The protest followed the Israeli High Court's decision to allow the Wall to be completed around Jerusalem, thus isolating nearly 250,000 Palestinians into 'ghettoes'.

Audio: Report from Palestinian Prisoners' Day protest (.mp3) || Audio: IMEMC Weekly Report - April 15 - 21 || More reports on Palestinian prisoners

Ongoing coverage: International Middle East Media Center || Palestine News Network || electronic intifada

Wave of Immigrant Rights Mobilizations Builds Momentum Across the USA

14.04.2006 06:42

immigrant rights graphic Quick on the heels of the massive March 25th mobilizations and the student walkouts during the following week, April 10th was a historic day of action for immigrant rights across the USA. Tens of thousands of people took the streets in Los Angeles [ 1 | 2 ] and in Santa Ana, while 5,000 marched in St. Louis and 10,000 raised their voices in the largest march in Fresno's history. San Diego also made history with a march of up to 100,000 people on April 9th, as did Dallas with over 500,000 people marching in the largest demo in the city's history. There were also marches in Houston and over 50,000 people rallied in cities throughout Arizona, with an estimated 100,000 in Atlanta. There were mobilizations in the Bay Area, in Tennessee, in Rochester, NY, and in DC. In Portland, up to 8,000 marched, while thousands gathered in Love Park in Philly. Allies mobilized in Pittsburgh. There were major marches and actions in NYC and Boston, and Houston Indymedia provided a blow by blow of actions in Texas. In Puerto Rico, hundreds took the streets of Barrio Obrero. (These amazing stories are just a small sample of coverage of April 10th actions across the country; for more go to your local IMC.) Congress has been forced to backpeddle on brutal anti-immigrant legislation, but they are nowhere near to meeting the demands of the movement, especially amnesty for all. So the movement for immigrant justice keeps rising, with more major actions planned in the coming weeks: April 15th is a student day of action, and May 1st will be a historic day of action, with calls for a general strike, boycott, no sales or purchases, walkouts, marches, and actions in financial centers and at anti-immigrant corporations throughout the country.

A10 Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 Videos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 Radio: WBAI

Background: March 25th | April 10 | US Indymedia | New American Opportunity Campaign | Immigrant Solidarity Network's No HR 4437 site | National Council of La Raza | El Tecolote | AFSC | Bay Area Immigrant RIghts Coalition | The film "A Day Without a Mexican" | San Joaquin Valley Peace and Freedom Party | La película "Un día sin mexicanos"

Upcoming Actions: April 15th | Legal info for students who walk out | May 1st: Call to Action | IWW joins call for General Strike | Chicago Immigrant Workers to march on May Day | Download May 1 Poster: .jpg (124kb) | .pdf (552kb) | More May 1st graphics from SCAFLA.

Israel Kills 16 Palestinians Over Weekend; Cuts All Ties with Palestinian Authority

12.04.2006 03:45

After a week of shelling Gaza day and night, the Israeli army stepped up strikes over the weekend, killing sixteen Palestinians, including an eight-year old child and his father, and a ten-year old girl in her home.

The International Committee of the Red Cross issued a statement of extreme concern over the deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, particularly in the Gaza Strip, the most crowded place on earth.

Newly-elected Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced that Israel will go ahead and take over 20% of the Palestinian West Bank and surround the rest with a Wall, and will reject Hamas' offer for a truce.

Updated table of casualties in Palestine | Report from Hebron | Audio: Gaza Talk Show | Audio: IMEMC Weekly report | Report from Arabs 48 (in arabic)

Between 500,000 and 1 Million Protest Anti-Immigrant Law in Downtown Los Angeles; Tens of Thousands of High School Students Walk-Out All Week; Demonstrations Across the Country as Senate Decides on Bill

Los Angeles and San Diego Indymedia, 30.03.2006 03:21

Between 500,000 and 1 million people filled the streets of downtown Los Angeles on March 25th, 2006 to protest the anti-immigrant bill HR4437, which would make all 12 million undocumented people in the United States into felons as well as anyone who aids undocumented people in anyway. Families, labor, civic, religious and political groups came out strong in a mostly Latino demonstration, overwhelming all the organizers' expectations. City officials are saying it is the largest demonstration they have ever seen. Both the Mayor and the Chief of police attended the demonstration and voiced opposition to the proposed anti-lmmigrant law which is to be debated in the Senate being debated right now. This march came in the wave of many other large demonstrations against this bill taking place in Chicago, Washington DC, Arizona, and and Missouri.

Reports with photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 Audio: 1 | 2 | 3 Video: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Following the massive LA demonstration, students took to the streets on March 27th, 28th, and 29th, where more than 25,000 students walked out of school in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Houston, Utah, Michigan, and Nevada to protest anti-immigrant reform. Also in Puerto Rico, a U.S. occupied territory, demonstrations took place in Barrio Obrero.

San Diego: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 Los Angeles: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 Bay Area: 1 | 2 Central Coast Houston: 1 | 2

Past Story on Indymedia: Chicago and Philadelphia

Also this week, there were growing student protests in France, university occupations in Germany, massive strikes in Britain, high school student walk-outs in Aotearoa, and unprecedented mass protests in Belarus.

Minsk, 25th March 2006: The Day of Terror

29.03.2006 21:53

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On Saturday March 25th in Minsk a new wave of protests broke out and finished with a brutal clash with the police.

The arrest of 460 people in the protest tent camp on Friday morning had provoked the population and strengthened the general protest mood in Belarus. More than 5000 people gathered on Saturday in the centre of Minsk for the demonstration which had been announced. Authorities opposed the protest with all available police forces, special services and the army...

Sunday: Today in Minsk, special forces of the interior, army and OMON dispersed a demonstration using tear gas and unknown weapons. There are reports of dozens of people heavily brutalized and seriously wounded.

The people arrested have been transferred all around Belarus since Minsk jails are full.

Videos: 23-24.03.06 last night of the protest camp [mirror] | Sat 25.03.06 before the attack: video-1 video-2 video-3 video-4 | Police attack citizens - Dzerzhinskiy St, Sat 25.03.06: before attack - main attack-1 - main attack-2 - sound grenade
More news in Russian and Belarusian: IMC Belarus blog [1] blog [2] | Photos: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

Belarussian indymedia activists call for solidarity!

25.03.2006 14:05

According to Belarussian indymedia activists in Minsk, last night (24 March, 2006) at 3:30 AM, OMON moved to destroy the tent camp that had been put up in the city center to protest fraud in the Belarussian elections. 30-40 tents were trashed and around 500 people arrested. Among the destroyed tents was a Belarussian Indymedia tent, and among the arrested there were many radical activists, such as members of the anarcho-punk band Deviation (singer Stas Pochyobut) and editors of the banned satirical anarchist paper Navinki. Those arrested were heavily brutalized. As all the police stations in the city are full, the people arrested in the October Square were taken to unknown destinations outside the city limits, one of them said to be the town of Zhodino. Their exact location, condition and charges pressed against them are currently unknown. Indymedia activists estimate that several thousand people have been detained during the last 10 days throughout Belarus.

Belarussian activists also ask for any kind of solidarity actions at Belarussian embassies [1] [2] around the world!

Follow belarus.indymedia.org for updates and video footage coming up.

self-organising media: IMC Belarus - Navinki - a-systgroup.com | videos: [19.03.2006] Moscow solidarity action 24.03.2006 [1] [2] 25.03.2006 [3] [4] | pdf (Русский): solidarity flyer A5 booklet [1] [2] | embassies: [1] [2] court/police tel.: (en) (Русский)

Worldwide Anti-War Protests - March 2006

imc-uk, 22.03.2006 10:31

Saturday 18th March was called by the World Social Forum as an International Day of Mobilisation against the war and occupation in Iraq, marking the three year anniversary of the war. Hundreds of demonstrations took place throughout the world demanding to end to the occupation of Iraq, and protesting against a possible attack on Iran.

The Fourth World Water Forum

22.03.2006 01:08

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The Fourth World Water Forum occurs March 16-22 in Mexico City. Under the auspices of dialogue for better water stewardship amongst government agencies, government friendly NGOs, private companies and other institutions, forum participants will be discussing the increasingly scarce future of potable water and who has access to it. Essentially, 320 corporations, government agencies and international financial institutions like the World Bank will be negotiating the privatization of public water markets to open them up for lucrative business ventures.

Currently, one billion people do not have access to potable water and estimates suggest that by 2025, two thirds of the world's population will be gravely impacted by water scarcity. In response to the forum, Mexican civil society is organizing a boycott against the forum and instead engaging in a week of resistance and education. The Coalition of Mexican Organizations for Water Rights formed in 2005 to demand the access of water as a guaranteed human right and its management in a democratic, sustainable, just and equal manner.

A large mobilization of tens of thousands of people on March 16 was met by provocationand violence from the police. Twenty seven people were unjustly arrested and released while dozens of others were beaten and harassed. The International Forum in Defense of Water has involved testimonies from people all over the globe, indigenous peoples forums and workshops for better grassroots organization to protect water as a human right. The Latin American Water Tribunal has also been addressing cases of people struggling for access to water from latin countries the past week.

Listen to audio reports from:Radio Zapote | Centro de Medios Libres | Radio Indymedia

Photos: 1 | 2

Video: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Read diverse reports: Mexico Indymedia | Centro de Medios Libres | Radio Zapote | Radio Pacheco | Radio Sabotaje

Commercial interests win in the MOP3

22.03.2006 00:50

After a week marked by the deadlock of labelling GMO loads, the Cartagen Protocol parties' conference (MOP3) reached a consensus through the proposal of "contains GMOs". The agreement was achieved with the inclusion of an addendum proposed by Mexico, who was blocking the negotiations together with New Zealand and other countries. The result can be considered as a victory by the biotechnology transnationals, seen that the time defined to regulate it was extended from four to six years, and the obligatory identification of GMO exports and imports on the market between members (those who adopted the Protocol) and those non-members (those who haven't adopted the Protocol) was eliminated. This way the final document allows GMO importations from non-signatory countries of the Protocol, such as the USA. The USA, despite his non-ratification of the protocol, has sent a strong delegation to create a lobby of his interests.

Until 2012 the identification of GMO or conventional loads will depend on the technical capacity of each country. Altogether, the global community will have to wait six years to know accurately what circulates through the national frontiers. According to the protocol, nations that don't have the capacity to do so, will receive assistance to implement the labeling rules until the stipulated time. To Greenpeace, "the responsibility of the MOP3's small advance devolves mostly on the biotechnology multinationals, agrobusiness and the GMO exporting countries, such as Canada, USA and Argentina, which once more were able to turn an UN environmental conference into a space of pure commercial interests".

The failure of the MOP3 served as a preliminary of what is going to be the 8th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CDB COP8), which will also be held in Curitiba, on March 20-31. The CDB tends to make international coordination efforts to preserve and carry on the planet's biodiversity. CDB and COP8's most polemic issues will be: distribution of benefits derived from the use of genetic resources; the terminator seed moratory; biodiversity's preservation and use and the implementation of Working Programs of Protected Areas, Forests, Coastal and Marine Biodiversity inside the fixed time (2010 to forests and 2012 to marine and coastal areas).

While the biotechnology transnationals get to impose their interests, approximately a thousand Via Campesina's farmers continues to occupied the Syngenta Seeds' GMO experimental camp, in Santa Teresa do Oeste, PR. The camp is illegal, because it's on a damping zone of the Iguaçú Park, where the plantation of GMOs is not allowed. However, the a local judge (from the city of Cascavel), Fabrício Priotto Mussi, conceded a threshold of eviction favorable to Syngenta Seeds, ordering the evacuation of the land in five days. The judge fixed a daily fine of R$100,00 to each member of the occupation in case the court order doesn't get complied on the settled deadline. Although, the farmers decided to remain there until the federal government shuts down all the corporation's activities.

[READ MORE]: Agreement with Mexico allows consense on "contains" | Terminator, the next battle at Curitiba | Indecision at MOP 3: executive secretary antecipates impasse between countries | Opening Ritual of International Indigenous forum | Opening Ritual of International Indigenous forum II

Older Features:: Three Countries block MOP3 | Brasil defends labelling, but biosafety is not granted | Expotrade prevents sale of organic meal | Via Campesina pressures the Brazilian Government at UN conference opening | Via Campesina's Parallel Convention Takes Shape | Worldwide Convention will discuss biosafety at Curitiba

Related Links:: http://biotech.indymedia.org | http://www.cop8.org.br | http://www.iisd.ca | http://www.biodiv.org | http://www.cdb.gov.br | http://www.fboms.org.br

Over One Million Join Student Fight Against CPE

Indymedia UK, 20.03.2006 15:46

Since the start of March, protests, occupations and direct action against the new CPE employment law in France have been increasing, with university and school students leading the dissent. Railways have been blockaded, airports disrupted, and up to two thirds of France's universities have been occupied or disrupted, as well as many schools. Clashes with police have occured throughout the country.

On Thursday 16th March well over 300,000 people took part in growing protests throughout France [report and pics] as more universities were occupied, roads blockaded and the town hall in Rennes was occupied. In Paris up to 120,000 protested [report and pics | gallery] followed by clashes with police using tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon [report and pics | gallery]. Around 150 arrests were made in Paris bringing the total to around 300, with over 40 police injured. (See also Censier University occupation report and pics).

Much international publicity came from the occupation and violent eviction by riot police of the Sorbonne university in Paris on Saturday 10th March [Video | Report + Pics | Gallery 1 + 2]. On Tuesday 14th the protests escalated as a student day of action saw thousands of school students taking part in occupations and blockades [report and pics | gallery] as well as more street fighting around the Sorbonne area [gallery].

The CPE is a new employment contract due to take effect in April. The CPE would allow firms to hire people aged under 26 for a two-year trial period, during which they could be easily dismissed without a reason. Students and others complain this will only increase the precarity of everyday life in France where unemployment currently runs at 10% and 50% in some areas.

See other reports [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ] Plus recent features at IMC Germany | Poland | March 22nd London CPE report back | STOPCPE |

For breaking news see French IMCs: Paris | Lille | Toulouse | Marseille | Nantes | Liege | Auvergne | Grenoble and Libcom Blog

Police vehicle spread terror in favelas of Rio de Janeiro

17.03.2006 22:44

Several social organizations are organizing a campaign against the use of the "caveirao" by the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro. "Caveirao" is the name of armour planting and heavily armed vehicles that enter favelas and poor areas of the Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) n order to "fight drug traffic". But,according to residents and campaign organizers, "the action methods of the "caveirao" are there to spread fear, not guarantee security." Police officers inside the "caveirao" can shoot and intimidate the population without being identified, and there are numerous reports of residents of the favelas being scared and insulted over the vehicle´s loud speakers. Some reports relate how the Caveirao parades through the communities with the bodies of murdered youths clutched between the hooks of the car.

The discussion between the contrivers of security policy comes to a point where the caveirao is still seen as very "civilian" for areas that become more and more "militarized". For the organizers of the Anti-Caveirao campaign this argument goes the wrong way: "To accept the use of the Caveirao means to accept the theory that the poor communities live in a "war situation". This argument is the primary excuse used by the government and the police to justify random executions, uncontrolled shootings and other abuses practiced by police forces in favelas and poor communities" In the last weeks, more than 7 million Reais have been spent by the Ministry of Justice and the state government on two airplanes in order to fortify the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro.

On monday, march 13th, the campaign against the "caveirao" was launched in Rio de Janeiro. From 3pm till 7 pm the organizers, among them residents of the favelas and social movement activists, were collecting signatures, propagating the campaign and giving their testimonies, accompanied by hip hop and percussion performances at Cinelandia neighborhood. During the whole afternoon police officers were closely following the demo although without interrupting; nevertheless a undercover police man filmed the event during parts of the afternoon. Simultaneously, the campaign was launched in Europe by Amnisty International.

Full Article | Indymedia Brasil

Biosafety: To label or not to label....

15.03.2006 09:20

On Monday, 13 March the Third Conference on the Biosafety Protocol (MOP3) started in Curitiba, Brazil. The Biosafety Protocol is the only international treaty that sets obligatory rules for the trade with GMOs. (background of COP8/MOP3 meeting)
Main issue of this meeting is the question how GMOs have to be labelled (Article 18). Nearly all countries that have signed the biosafety protocol are in favour of a clear labelling that gives information the GMO in a shipment. Industry and countries that haven't signed the Protocol however just want a vague label, sayingthat a shipment "may contain" GMOs - without even stating which GM crop that might be.

Only two countries at the MOP3 meeting favour such a vague label that would render the biosafety protocol useless. Brazil's president Lula changed his position from being anti-GMO to favouring it, and the Brazilian government is so much split on the issue that the Minister for Envirnoment didn't come to the opening of the MOP3 meeting (video), but stayed in Brasilia to discuss with Lula which position Brazil would take. Brazil chairs this meeting and therefore has more influence on the outcome then usually. At the moment it looks like Brazil is shifting towards a stricter labeling (video).
New Zealand however seems to have set its mind on undermining consensus at this meeting and blocking the proper implementation of the Biosafety Protocol. (Background and call for action)

While 5000 delegates discuss the official texts, the protest movement against GMOs is expected in even stronger numbers. For an action camp of Via Campensia and MST - 20km away from the official conference - about 6000 participants are expected. Others organize an alternative "Global Forum of the Civil Society" on the conference grounds. In the week prior to the MOP3 , a conference on agricultural reforms took place in Porto Alegre, which - among other actions - resulted in the destruction of a research lab for eucalyptus - a tree that is responsible for another form of destructive monoculture. The MOP3 meeting (13-21 March) will be followed by the COP8 meeting on Biodiversity where a key issue will efforts by Canada, UK, Monsanto and others to introduce terminator seeds.

[ Biosafety: videos & reports at Biotrade Watch | Biotech IMC | GMWatch| Friends of the Earth International | blogs: CMI Curitiba | student blog | Biosafety Protocol News ]
[ Biodiversity: Call for Action against New Zealand/

Si, se puede! - Chicago Witnesses Massive Protest for Immigrant Rights

14.03.2006 16:55

On Friday, March 10, 2006 Chicago’s downtown was paralyzed by an immigrant rights march estimated at more than 100,000 people. The march, organized by a citywide coalition of community, labor and immigrant rights groups, was called to protest the punitive enforcement provisions of the anti-immigrant Sensenbrenner Bill.

Protesters carried hand-lettered signs saying "No Human Being is Illegal", "We are America," "My Mexican immigrant son died in Iraq," "Don't deport my parents,""I'm a dishwasher - not a criminal," and "Si, se puede!" - "Yes We Can!" The crowd stretched two and half miles, from Union Park on the West Side to their rally destination in Federal Plaza.

The march was one of the largest street protests Chicago has ever seen — exceeding the historic May 1, 1886 march down Michigan Ave. by 80,000 largely immigrant workers demanding an eight-hour workday. Read more | Democracy Now! coverage

Indymedia reports: [ 1 | 2 | 3 ] Photos: [ 1 | 2 ]
Other resources: Pueblo Sin Fronteras | Centro Romero | Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

On Tuesday Feb 14th immigrants across Philadelphia and regionally staged a walkout to protest bill HR 4437 as part of A Day Without An Immigrant. The bill threatens to criminalize those assisting undocumented immigrants as "alien smugglers" and to turn undocumented status from a civil violation to a federal aggravated felony.o

For more information on pending immigration legislation, see The National Immigration Law Forum | American Immgration Lawyers Association | American Immigration Law Foundation | National Immigration Project |Immigrant Legal Resource Center

For information on border activism in general, see deletetheborder.org| No Border Network | O.R.G.A.N.I.C. Collective | No More Deaths | Immigrant Solidarity Network

Autonomous Village Under Siege by Korean Troops

Rhizome Collective // Daechuri English Media Collective, 08.03.2006 17:06

On March 6th, 2006, South Korean military riot police began an attack on the autonomous village of Daechuri. For over four years, Daechuri and the nearby community of Doduri have defiantly resisted the siezure of their homes and fields for the expansion of an United States Army base. Barracaded inside the elementary school, rice farmers, elderly residents, and peace activists are holding out against sporadic, sometimes intense attacks by Korea's elite military police force. International support is needed to pressure the Korean government to halt its brutal assault.

Utilizing tractors as road blocks, human shields chained to the school gates, and the courage of a people fighting for their homes and lives, they have, so far, resisted wave after wave of attacks by hundreds of military riot police. Residents and peace activists have suffered beatings and arrests, while inside the school, activists upload news updates, video of the attacks, and make pleas for immediate aid. They are exhausted and dehydrated, and in need of reinforcements and supplies. International observers, journalists, and anyone with a phone or a computer can take action now.

The expansion of U.S. Army base Camp Humphreys (K-6) is part of the Global Repositioning Plan, first outlined by the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) and later adopted as the Bush Administration's strategy for consolidating its military hegemony over Northeast Asia.

Opposition to the expansion of the base has come from many diverse currents within Korean society. Apart from community displacement, many have also highlighted issues including the devastating environmental impact of US bases, the violent crimes committed by US troops stationed on the peninsula, the issue of human trafficking and forced prostitution which surrounds the bases, and the potential for a new arms race that could destabilize all of Northeast Asia.

Future Updates: Antigizi | SavePTfarmers | savePTfarmers email | GreenKorea.org | PeaceKorea.org | Peoples Tribunal | Sarangbang | Anarclan
See Also Video [1] [2] | Portland Indymedia: Story | Audio

Just Another Police Killing?

03.03.2006 10:13

On September 24th, 2005, Federico Aldrovandi, an 18-years-old boy, died in the hands of the police in Ferrara, Italy. The police denies and says Federico died from a drugs overdose, but the news has started spreading thanks to his family's blog. This could seem an ordinary story, but it is just another sign of the brutal attitude of Italian police forces against anyone who does not correspond to their standards of normality, be it immigrants, dissidents or just young people walking alone at night.

US/Israel plan nuclear attack on Iran to control oil and defend the dollar

02.03.2006 02:45

US and Israeli governments plan a military attack against Iran, possibly using nuclear bombs [1] [2] [3] [4] [5], possibly this month (March 2006) for reasons including: stopping the planned opening of an international oil-petrochemical-gas stock exchange for oil trade in euros [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]; control of Khuzestan province [1] [2] [3] where most Iranian oil lies, on the border with Iraq (US war plan OPLAN 1002-04); to distract attention from USA domestic political problems; and for Christian fundamentalist reasons - Bush says he was just following God's orders when he ordered the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq.

The official excuse for the attack is the possible nuclear weapons program in Iran: ex-CIA agents Paul Pillar and Ellen Laipson as well as retired United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix state that if Iran were really trying to build atom bombs, then the most effective way to stop this would be a guarantee from the US and Israel not to attack Iran.

Key facts:

info: iranbodycount | wikipedia | Iranian blogs | Workers' Left Unity Iran
action: campaigniran | defendiran | stopwaroniran | medialens.org | StopWar.org.uk | Global Days of Action 18-20 March

Immigrant struggles climax in 11.000 strong demonstration in Belgium

28.02.2006 11:11

A 11.000 strong demonstration took place in Brussels on Feb 25, 2006, to demand the legalisation of the 150.000 illegal migrants living in Belgium, and an end to mass arrests, detentions, and deportations [More: 1|Photos: 1|2|3]. The demonstration is the climax of years of struggle (since 1970) and migrant self-organisation to reclaim their rights: in early 2005 the Church of Minimes was occupied, and in October 2005 started the occupation of the Church of St Boniface in Brussels, that continues today [More: 1, 2| Video: 1].

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