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Chicago Musician Martyrs Himself for Peace

23.11.2006 15:40

Chicago Indymedia has learned that [on November 3] local music and art afficianado and peace advocate Malachi Ritscher burned himself to death on the side of the Kennedy Expressway near downtown Chicago during the morning rush hour. Near Malachi's remains, police found a camcorder with videotape inside and a homemade sign that read "Thou Shalt Not Kill."

Besides the note and videotape at the scene, Malachi also left a longer letter explaining his actions and his motivations. "What is one more life thrown away in this sad and useless national tragedy?" he wrote. "If one death can atone for anything, in any small way, to say to the world: I apologize for what we have done to you, I am ashamed for the mayhem and turmoil caused by my country."

Malachi was among more than seven hundred peace protesters who were illegally arrested on March 20, 2003, when thousands turned out to protest the beginning of the U.S. war on Iraq. His death, to date has received very little news coverage and outlets that did report his death treated it as a simple suicide and the cause for slower-than-usual traffic that morning. The contents of the videotape he left have not been made public. Read more here, here and here.

Malachi's websites: savagesound | myspace

Coverage of Nov. 18 Memorial Actions: Chicagoans remember Malachi Ritscher, protest war | Campaign: "I Heard You, Malachi" | Photos | More photos

Additional Coverage: chicagofreespeechzone.org | Chicago Reader | Infoshop | Gapers Block | Pitchfork Media | Danny Schechter - News Dissector | Chicago Sun-Times

Street Confrontations at Melbourne G20 Protest

19.11.2006 02:02

The G20 is meeting in Melbourne, Australia 17-18 November, and has met with creative protests by local activists. G20 is a meeting of Finance Ministers of 20 important developed and developing nations, Reserve Bank Governors, the IMF and World Bank held every year. The G20 includes the Group of Seven industrial countries - the US, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Britain and Canada - plus Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey and the European Union.

Police locked down parts of Melbourne city for the G20 Finance Ministers meeting at the Hyatt Hotel in the expectation of protests.

On Friday as delegates were arriving in Melbourne, businesses which profit from war or environmental destruction were targeted for disruption. On Saturday it was the G20 meeting resulting in street confrontation between protestors and police, including the damage of a police riot squad truck. Late Saturday night saw a police payback operation when about 100 police violently attacked festive G20 protestors.

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Videos: Engagemedia.org

Melbourne Indymedia | StopG20 |

Wendland, Germany: Resisting Castor Nuclear Transport

17.11.2006 00:42

Reports in IMC-UK: Police endanger demonstration of high school students | Nuclear opponents delay waste transport | Attack on anti-castor camp thrown back
Photos in IMC Germany: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | Photos at Umbruch Bildarchiv
Photo Galleries: "Village of Resistance Metzingen" (de)
Videos in IMC-Germany: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | Castor video gallery in kanalB.

Links: IMC-Germany | IMC Chiapas | IMC-UK Feature Castor Transport 2005

Guatemalan Genocide Survivors Clamor for Ríos Montt´s Capture

12.11.2006 22:03

Genocidal militarymen are at last being arrested after decades of impunity, yet Efraín Ríos Montt - the coup-launching evangelical minister who reigned over the grisliest chapters of the genocide - remains a free man: Indigenous survivors and radical Guate youth take to the streets in response.

Original Story | Related Stories: "Guatemala Apologizes for the Murder of Jennifer Harbury's Husband" & "U.S. will train Latin American militaries (again)"

University and high-school students opposed to the new education measures

<a href="http://athens.indymedia.org/">Athens Indymedia</a>, 11.11.2006 00:51

An intense atmosphere is spread around the Greek Universities, since students protest against the governmental policies to be implied in higher education. The right-wing student party (associated with the government) keeps on harassing the decision processes, by terrorizing, mis-informing and blocking the decisions.

On Thursday 9th of November, the Student Union general assembly in Athens Economics University (ASOE) ended with a violent conflict when extreme right-wing fanatics invaded the building, resulting to one member of the ASOE Anarchist Place being led to the hospital, as the people who had been in the building resisted. A violent confrontation also took place in University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, when the right-wing party refused to accept the decision that had just made by the general assembly.

So far about 70 university schools are being occupied by their students, while the education sector is going through a massive outrage against the governmental policies of funding reduce and the gradual privatization efforts.

Massive March in Oaxaca

NYC, 06.11.2006 05:40

Today the Oaxaca People’s Popular Assembly (APPO) offered its response to Gov. Ulises Ruiz’s claim that the conflict in Oaxaca is limited to “one avenue in the capital.”

They filled over 3 miles of federal highway 190 with hundreds of thousands of protesters all shouting for the governor’s ouster.

See Also: Photos from mega-marcha in Oaxaca

Government forces attack University, fail to capture radio

Calamity and Guerrero in Oaxaca, 02.11.2006 17:07

On Thursday the Mexican government forces attacked APPO supporters in the University Buildings in Oaxaca. They failed to take the radio station after hours of trying. Continued Live reporting on the APPO radiostream (ES), with live transcription in English (page refreshes every 20 seconds). It is also possible to access the APPO radiostream via cellphone by calling: (+US) 213-825-2000.

Links: Mexico IMC (Es) | CML Mexico (Es) | Radio APPO (Es) and transliteration (En)

Protests in solidarity with the people of Oaxaca

indymedia, 31.10.2006 16:34

In solidarity with the people of Oaxaca and in memory of Brad Will, many protests are appearing all around the world in the past 72 hours. Only this monday, Octuber 30th, at least 14 cities in the USA joinned the protests. In New York, around 11 activists were detainned. In Europe, protests are happening in London and in Barcelona where the Mexico Consulate were occupied. In Brasil, protests are beeing called in many cities: Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, São Paulo e Fortaleza.

Read More: Flyers for the protest in Rio in solidarity with in solidarity with Oaxaca | [RJ] - Spray painting at the Mexico Consulate dennouncing the murder of Brad Will | Menssagees in protest at the mexican consulate in Rio de janeiro | The EZLN Communique about Oaxaca | [MPL-DF] Letter in support with the people from Oaxaca | Protestat the Mexico Consulate

Oaxaca - Minute by Minute

30.10.2006 12:19

29 Oct 2006: Helicopters are flying over the city, also a gray airplane. A call for all the people to take it to the streets!

29 Oct 2006: The PFP are moving forward! People have reported that over 1500 are in the streets now.

29 Oct 2006: 12:10 pm (Mexico Time) - The people in Oaxaca are going to the streets and carring posters, images of the people killed, religious images in a peaceful demonstration. A march has been called for 2pm, Mexico time.

29 Oct 2006: 12:00 pm (Mexico time) The PFP is moving forward throught the traffic in Santiaguito. The people are going to the barricades and they will resist in a PEACEFUL way. But there are reports of infiltrated people and they can start a provocation when the PFP invade.

29 Oct 2006: 11:52 am (Mexico time) - There have been a report of a white truck without a license with four men on the top shooting at the people - probably a paramilitary action. The last inform is that people have surrounded the truck.

29 Oct 2006: 10:47 am (Mexico time) - Corona: 8 to 10 tanks are ready in Corona, with police in two lines: one with shields and sticks and one in the back with federal police carring weapons. People are leaving their houses with flowers and religious images.

29 Oct 2006: 7:17 am (Mexico time) - The Preventive Federal Police, with 10 buses and 2 tanks in the front with water to remove the barricades, are moving forward. One person was wounded by a helicopter.

To read what happend moments before click on read more in the bottom of the article

Listen to the APPO Radio (alive)

Centro de Medios Libres | La jornada | Indymedia México | Ulises Ruiz Asesino

The New York City Independent Media Center responds to the death of Brad WILL

29.10.2006 20:50

Brad Will was killed on October 27, 2006, in Oaxaca, Mexico, while working as a journalist for the global Indymedia network. He was shot in the torso while documenting an armed, paramilitary assault on the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca, a fusion of striking local teachers and other community organizations demanding democracy in Mexico.

The members of the New York City Independent Media Center mourn the loss of this inspiring colleague and friend. We want to thank everyone who has sent condolences to our office and posted remembrances to www.nyc.indymedia.org. We share our grief with the people of our city and beyond who lived, worked, and struggled with Brad over the course of his dynamic but short life. We can only imagine the pain of the people of Oaxaca who have lost seven of their neighbors to this fight, including Emilio Alonso Fabian, a teacher, and who now face an invasion by federal troops.

All we want in compensation for his death is the only thing Brad ever wanted to see in this world: justice.

  • We, along with all of Brad's friends, reject the use of further state-sponsored violence in Oaxaca.
  • The New York City Independent Media Center supports the demand of Reporters Without Borders for a full and complete investigation by Mexican authorities into Oaxaca State Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz's continued use of plain-clothed municipal police as a political paramilitary force. The arrest of his assailants is not enough.
  • The NYC IMC also supports the call of Zapatista Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos "to compañeros and compañeras in other countries to unite and to demand justice for this dead compañero." Marcos issued this call "especially to all of the alternative media, and free media here in Mexico and in all the world."

Indymedia was born from the Zapatista vision of a global network of alternative communication against neoliberalism and for humanity. To believe in Indymedia is to believe that journalism is either in the service of justice or it is a cause of injustice. We speak and listen, resist and struggle. In that spirit, Brad Will was both a journalist and a human rights activist.

He was a part of this movement of independent journalists who go where the corporate media do not or stay long after they are gone. Perhaps Brad's death would have been prevented if Mexican, international, and US media corporations had told the story of the Oaxacan people. Then those of us who live in comfort would not only be learning now about this 5 month old strike, or about this 500 year old struggle. And then Brad might not have felt the need to face down those assassins in Oaxaca holding merely the ineffective shields of his US passport and prensa extranjera badge. Then Brad would not have joined the fast-growing list of journalists killed in action, or the much longer list of those killed in recent years by troops defending entrenched, unjust power in Latin America.

Still, those of us who knew Brad know that his work would never have been completed. From the community gardens of the Lower East Side to the Movimento Sem Terra encampments of Brazil, he would have continued to travel to where the people who make this world a beautiful place are resisting those who would cause it further death and destruction. Now, in his memory, we will all travel those roads. We are the network, all of us who speak and listen, all of us who resist.

The New York City Independent Media Center
4 W. 43rd St., Suite 311
New York, N.Y. 10036

The circle of police, military and paramilitaries closes over Oaxaca

kv, 29.10.2006 22:46

Currently the people of Oaxaca organized in the Peoples Poplular Asembly of Oaxaca (APPO) are under attack by the mexican federal government. More than 10 thousand milatary sweep the streats of Oaxaca. Headed by water tanks follows by lines of 3,500 riot cops with batons and behind them 3,000 military police with automatic rifles; 5,000 army troups await in the outskirts of the city while paramilitaries continue attacking. There are reports of military tanks a few meters from the pacific protests and urban trucks without logo of the Federal Bureau of Inviestigations of Mexico which remain in the International Airport of Mexico, now converted into military base. Since the morning there are reports of one death - but nothing confirmed.

The air space has been closed for the last two days to comercial and civil flights, only permiting the entry of federal and military agents. Since the morning the army has closed allo roads in and out of oaxaca.

Radio Stream: Radio Universidad de Oaxaca/Radio APPO

Links: Centro de Medios Libres-DF | Indymedia-Oaxaca | Indymedia-Chiapas | Radio Zapote | Ke Huelga

Border Social Forum Converges in Ciudad Juarez

29.10.2006 09:17

More than 900 people from 150+ organizations gathered in Ciduad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, for the first Border Social Forum. The BSF took place on the Mexico-US border with the backdrop of millions of migrants mobilizing in the US for full rights and increasing militarization after President GW Bush Jr's recent assignment of over 6,000 military troops of the National Guard to "secure" the border. Since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, Ciudad Juarez has become the Mexican border city with the most maquiladora factories. The systemic violence of neoliberal globalization has manifested locally in an epidemic of femicide, as hundreds of poor young women have been brutally raped and murdered in Ciudad Juarez since 1993.

The BSF commenced on Wednesday the 12th of October with a March against NAFTA and Violence on the Border. john reports: The march from a local park in Ciudad Juarez to one of the main bridges had about 500 people. Representatives from a number of local grassroots organizations, from both sides were involved. Once at the center of the bridge was reached, a rally was held, attacking NAFTA and its effects on working people, on both sides of the border. [Full Story with Photos | Video ]

NYC Indymedia volunteer Brad Will killed in attack by Paramilitaries in Oaxaca

Libertinus, 28.10.2006 00:42

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Paramilitaries attacked the barricades near Oaxaca's office of justice, in the Calicanto municipality. There are several injured and one person dead.

Indymedia New York's reporter, BRAD WILL, was shot in the chest and died before he made it to the hospital; Oswaldo Ramírez, photographer for Milenio Diario, has also been shot and is injured in the foot.

- He was at the Santa Lucia Barricade
- He was shot from a distance of 30-40 meters right in the pit of the stomach
- It was urban paramilitary Priistas in plain clothes who shot him
- People then pulled him away to safety; its confirmed that he's dead; his body is at the red cross in oaxaca
- 3 additional dead (4 total); 1 member of radio universidad was injured, he went to the hospital in a volkswagen cuz no ambulances would come

More information: English report
NarcoNews (english) - CML - La Jornada - IMC México

Other spanish media
milenio.com - reforma.com

Protest Against Bush Attack on Iran at Norfolk Atlantic Fleet Naval Base

24.10.2006 22:28

On Sunday 1 October 2006, about 20-30 activists showed up [HRIMC report] [CASMII report] at the Norfolk Naval Base protesting against the sending of an armada of professional mass murderers' ships, led by the USS Eisenhower, to the Persian Gulf in order to kill people in Iran. One sailor driving into and out of the base confirmed that her group of murderers was being sent to the Gulf. Ironically, Eisenhower was the US president involved in Operation Ajax which in 1953 overthrew the elected Iranian prime minister Mossadegh.

The local peace and justice activists held up banners and signs outside Gate 5 of the naval base. Among the activists were members of Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran and military veterans.

The protest was aimed at direct communication with people likely to carry out or support the murders; it did not physically block the departure of the ships. It is expected that these ships of mass murderers have already arrived in the Persian Gulf (the expected arrival date was 21 October), but this has not yet been confirmed. Moreover, George W. Bush's 18 April 2006 televised threat to attack Iran with nuclear weapons, in line with the present US doctrine of usage of nuclear weapons, has not been withdrawn.

REPORTS: [1] [2] | flyer
GET ORGANISED! NOW! CASMII | online petition | stopwaroniran | iranbodycount | Tidewater Peace Alliance | Veterans for Peace | Iranian blogs | iransolidarity | Washington DC protest planned | Action Iran (London)
RECENT ANALYSES: Eleanor Ommani | Ramzy Baroud | George E. Hirsch | Scott Ritter | Noam Chomsky | 600,000 Iraqis killed | video: Kucinich/Kay/Gardiner statements/interview
WIKI ANALYSES: Wikipedia:WikiProject_Anti-war | Opposition to war against Iran

Major disruption to Weapons Conference in Wellington

19.10.2006 21:40

200 people participated in successful blockades against the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) conference this Tuesday which was held at the National Museum in Wellington, Aotearoa. The museum was completely shut down for 4 hours by protesters linking arms and blockading eight museum entrances. No-one was arrested on the opening day despite big scuffles with the police who set up barricades and used batons against demonstrators. The blockades were sustained by Food not Bombs and music, a lot of chanting and chasing war profiteers and army personnel. [ Reports 1 | 2 | 3 | Timeline 17 Oct 2006 | 1 | 2 ]

12 activists were arrested on the Sunday before the weapons conference after a clown demonstration outside the house the head of the NZDIA. This was an attempt by the police to stop people from protesting against the 2-day conference. On the second day of the conference several protests took place. Two people were arrested at a noisy protest outside the museum where the conference participants had their 'Awards Dinner' (one for allegedly stealing a police hat).

Links: Aotearoa IMC | Peace Action Wellington | No WARP | Protests 2005

Gary Meyerhoff, Darwin and Perth Activist, passes away

18.10.2006 19:48

Anti-racism and anti-Drug War activist Gary Meyerhoff died on 8 Oct 2006 at age 31 from HIV/AIDS related complications. His funeral was held in Western Australia at Pinaroo Gardens, Kingsley on 11 Oct 2006.

Gaz was diagnosed HIV+ at age 19.

Meyerhoff was probably most famous for his 2002 invasion of the NT Parliament along with 10 other NAPNT activists to protest 'drug house' legislation.

Meyerhoff also participated in and coordinated 'Smoke-Ins' at Raintree Park in Darwin. Trial for charges related to repeated arrests at the Smoke-Ins had been deferred due to Meyerhoff having a bout with pneumonia, but were still pending when Meyerhoff died.

Gaz was a noisy irritant to his political foes, but a caring soul to all his mates.

Love Gary or hate him - you definitely couldn't ignore him.

LINKS: Gary's blog | media interviews | Network Against Prohibition Northern Territory

Aracruz uses media and billboards to get people against indigenous

14.10.2006 03:49

"Aracruz brought progress. Funai*, the indians”. *Funai - Protection Agency for Indigenous Rights

Spreading works like that in billboards around Espírito Santo, the multinational corporation Aracruz Cellulose hopes to gain support from the general population to avoid the demarcation of 11 thousand hectares of indigenous land. The Minister of Justice Márcio Thomaz Bastos has approximately 4 days to sign a regulation declaring the area the property of the Tupinikim and Guarani communities, accused by Aracruz of not being true indigenous groups.

Besides the billboards, Aracruz has used local media to criminalise the indigenous movement. An example of that is the note written by the “entrepreneur and writer” Carlos Lindenberg Filho, one of the directors of Gazeta Television, a subsidiary of Globo TV in Espírito Santo. The multinational also gained the support from its workers through indirect threats of losing their jobs and the support of the local population in Aracruz County, where the people now react with fear of the supposed threats and violence from indigenous groups.

To write to the Minister of Justice Márcio Thomaz Bastos, to keep his word and sign the regulation to determine the limits of the Tupiniquim e Guarani land

artist Ana Amorim's letter to Gilberto Gil:: english and portuguese

Report made by Swedwatch - Swedish Pulp in Brazil: The case Veracel | Aracruz Billboards in Espírito Santo | Indymedia Brasil
Newspaper O Independente: Interview about Aracruz Celulose and Rede Alerta Contra o Deserto Verde (portuguese)

Worldwide Protests Against Migration Controls

imc-features, 08.10.2006 23:26

from Benin

October 7 saw many decentralised, coordinated migration-related actions and events across the world. From Warsaw to London, from Hamburg to Nouakchott, thousands of migrants and their supporters protested against the denial of their rights, against the criminalisation and scapegoating of refugees and, above all, against all immigration controls. They were demanding a European unconditional legalisation and equal rights for all migrants; the closure of all detention centres in Europe and everywhere and an end to all deportations and the 'externalisation' of borders.

Links: October7 Campaign | No Border | MakeBordersHistory | UK NoBorders groups and communication channels | UK Indymedia's Migration topic page | Dutch: All Included | French: pajol | German: no-racism.net | fluechtlingsrat-hamburg | deutschland-lagerland | Greek: socialcenter | Italian: GlobalProject | Melting Pot Radio | Polish: pl.indymedia | cia.bzzz.net | Spanish: Indymedia Estrecho

Oct 7: Transnational Day of Action Against Migration Controls

06.10.2006 10:24

Saturday, 7 October 2006, will see a Transnational Day of Action Against Migration Controls. The day is the 3rd of its kind [see 1st and 2nd] and was called by a broad network of migration-related initiatives during the European Social Forum in Athens earlier this year. As of 5 Oct, over 250 groups from 23 countries have signed the call.

The day will see an unprecedented number of protests throughout the world. Below is an uncomplete list of events and actions planned for or around the Day. If not stated otherwise, they are taking place on Saturday, Oct 7, 2006.

Read: Call and Statement | signatories | UK organizing group's press release | Crossing Borders newsletter

Links: October7 Campaign | No Border | MakeBordersHistory | UK NoBorders groups and communication channels | UK Indymedia's Migration topic page | Dutch: All Included | French: pajol | German: no-racism.net | fluechtlingsrat-hamburg | deutschland-lagerland | Greek: socialcenter | Italian: GlobalProject | Melting Pot Europa (Radio) | Polish: pl.indymedia.org | cia.bzzz.net | Russian: ukraine.indymedia.org | Spanish: Indymedia Estrecho

Student March, Climate &amp; Oaxaca in Mexico

04.10.2006 14:06

Through showers of rain, more than ten thousand students, workers, survivors and companeros marched October 2nd in the streets of Mexico City to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the Mexican goverment's 1968 massacre at Tlatelolco that killed hundreds of student protesters. Members of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) led the march with a banner saying: "To avoid future repressions, punish the genocides of yesterday and today." In solidarity with the pro-democracy uprising now in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, and against the massive Mexican military assault against their movement that observers report may be imminent, chants and banners denouncing repression in Oaxaca resounded throughout the march. pictures | theater action (es) | report (es)

Also in Mexico, in the northeastern city of Monterrey on October 3rd and 4th, Energy and Environmental Ministers from the G8 industrialized countries and five "emerging" economies (Brazil, India, China, South Africa and Mexico) are meeting for the G8+5 Gleneagles Dialogue on Climate Change. Environmental activists against climate change are holding an alternative Climate Justice Dialogue and Convergence in Mexico City. The G8+5 meeting is focused on "market-based mechanisms" such as "carbon trading" that climate activists say enrich corporations without actually reducing emissions of greenhouse gases that cause global warming.

The struggles against repression in Oaxaca and catastrophic global warming can be seen as linked by Plan Puebla Panama (PPP), a trans-continental "infrastructure development" project planned by the Mexican state that includes expansion of fossil fuels extraction, creation of new maquiladora industrial zones, and a super-highway slated to run through Oaxaca. Failure now by the people of Oaxaca to reclaim their social rights and political empowerment will be a victory for the capitalist, anti-democratic forces pushing the PPP - and this is one reason underlying the Mexican government's brutal response to Oaxaca's uprising.

Stop the G8+5, Defend Oaxaca! Virtual Sit-In | Climate Justice Now! Mexico Call to Action (en) (es) (fr) | Climate Justice Schedule of Events in Mexico City (en) (es) | Oaxaca updates at NarcoNews | Boston Action in Solidarity with Oaxacca | Indymedia Oaxaca

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