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Budapest Riots and Autonomous Reactions

25.09.2006 01:05

The Context

It's 24th September 2006, Sunday. In the last seven days Hungary has seen the greatest political chaos since the change of system in 1989. The general reason is the failure of representative democracy, while the particular reason is the leek of a tape. The context is that during the last few terms the party-in-power (Hungarian Socialist Party) was forging reports on the economic status of the country in hopes of being re-elected. The strategy was successful: the HSP was the first party to be re-elected since the beginning of the multi-party democracy. Observers noted that all parties were caught in a "torrent of lies", where every side tried to promise a better and even better world to their voters. Also, there was not much choice for the people: since 1989 they have tried every single possible party to be government party, and banished all the parties after a single term because they did not live up to their expectations. Even the general population began to see that there is not much difference between the parties. ...

Hungary Indymedia | "Budapest 19 September: an eyewitness account" with Photos | Protesten Hongarije (Nl) | Uprising in Hungary: an update

More than 260 arrests in Copenhagen during a demonstration of &quot;Solidarity with Ungomshuset&quot;

25.09.2006 00:21

Over 260 people are arrested so far in Copenhagen, during a solidarity demonstration for Ungdomshuset, a an autonomous cultural centre. Around 800 people took part in the manifestation, which started out as a 'Reclaim the Streets' party in support for the squatted space, which is threatened with eviction.

Participant's Eye-Witness Account (en) | Articles in Danish1 | Articles in Dutch 2 | 1 | 2 | Ungsomshuset website (en) | Ungdomshuset on Wikipedia (en)

Video and Photos 1 | 2 | Solidarity action, in Dublin (Ireland)

Televisão Nacional Ocupada na Hungria

bamzin, 24.09.2006 21:17

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Manifestantes ocuparam a sede da televisão estataal na Praça da Liberdade, no coração de Budapeste, Hungria. As pessoas se reuniram na praça Kossuth (em frente ao parlamento, próximo da praça da Liberdade) desde a tarde de Domingo, com o forte desejo de derrubar o governo. Antes disso, no mesmo dia vazou uma gravação com um discurso de Gyurcsány Ferenc, o primeiro ministro. A fita foi gravada durante um encontro fechado da fração líder dos partidos socialistas em maio, após terem ganhado as eleições.

[ Indymedia Hungria | fotos | petição de 10 pontos feita pelo grupo anarquista september18 Inglês English | article em Francês]

11th September 2001, Five Years On

15.09.2006 00:02

Five years after 9/11, a large number of protests, screenings, concerts and meetings were held across the US [ New York: 1 | 2 ; SF Bay Area: 1 | 2 ; Los Angeles: 1 | 2 ] to demand the truth about the events of September 11th 2001, the subsequent "War on Terror" and the imperial invasion of key countries in the oil-rich Middle East. In the UK over 100 truth protestors gathered outside the US Embasy in London to oppose the official conspiracy theory [ photos: 1 | 2 ].

The attacks of September 11th 2001 have been used, on both sides of the Atlantic, to justify a spectrum of attacks on civil liberties and illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The 9/11 Truth Movement fears that, until the lies are exposed, the attack will continue to be used to justify perpetual war and further attacks on dissent and freedom. Post-9/11, steps down the road to a police state in the UK have included terror raids, shoot to kill, detention without trial, torture training, profiling, rendition and a host of other Orwellian "Big Brother" proposals like ID cards.

The 9/11 Truth Movement has received varied responses from Indymedia, ranging from feature articles condemning conspiracy theorists (NYC) to dedicated 9/11 topics and feature articles asking why the network is ignoring the call for a 9.11 investigation (Portland). In the months following the attack UK-IMC carried many articles questioning the official story and analysing what the attacks would mean for the anti-capitalist left (for example: 9/11: A Desperate Provocation By U.S. Capitalism), but in the years following the attack an ad-hoc policy of hiding all articles questioning 9/11 was adopted. This has now changed: the 9/11 Truth Movement is gradually gaining recognition as a legitimate, albeit still controversial, part of the broad global justice movement.

Singapore Bans NGO Delegates attending IMF/World Bank Meeting

12.09.2006 23:32

Protest against IMF/World Bank Singapore has banned 20 NGO delegates, and some NGO organisations from attending the IMF/World Bank meeting during the week of September 14-20, despite these people having formal invitations from the IMF/World Bank. The Singapore Government has announced a hardline policy against outdoor protests during the meeting of the IMF and World Bank, as Space for Dissent Narrows on Eve of Bank/IMF Meet

Target: WTO | Focus on the Global South | Melbourne IMC Anti-corporate features

Protestos não violentos na Palestina se tornaram espaços de testes de armas experimentais.

pina, 08.09.2006 17:53

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Toda sexta-feira há dois anos, pessoas de diversos vilarejos na Palestina tem feito protestos semanais não violentos contra o Muro de Israel, que está sendo construído em suas terras. A resposta do exercito de Israel sempre foi desproporcional, mas há algumas semanas tem tomado um rumo assustador: a cada semana, os manifestantes se reúnem do lado da construção do muro cantando slogans e segurando bandeiras palestinas, pensando qual nova arma experimental não letal ou nova tática brutal será utilizada neles essa semana.

De uma estranha tinta azul que foi jogada nos manifestantes nas últimas três semanas, a um tipo de bala de borracha que produz um choque elétrico, parece que Israel considera esses manifestantes palestinos não violentos, israelenses e manifestantes internacionais cobaias.... e ninguém na “comunidade internacional” tem feito algo para Pará-los. O governo norte-americano, ao invés de pressionar o governo israelense para parar de testar essas armas em seus cidadãos, respondeu com uma diretriz a cidadãos norte-americanos para que fiquem fora das áreas palestinas – tendo consciência do que está acontecendo o governo simplesmente escolheu não fazer nada.

Israel, por sua vez, tem impedido qualquer pessoa de entrar na Cisjordânia e na Faixa de Gaza, e tem, nos últimos três meses implementado uma política de negar a entrada de quase todos os estrangeiros na Palestina – um território composto de duas áreas separadas, cujas fronteiras são controladas por Israel. Veja: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5.

Leia Mais: Ensaio Fotográfico | Mapas | Centro Internacional de Mídia do Oriente Médio | Intifada Eletronica | Rede de Notícias Palestina

Korean struggle delegation takes the fight against US-Korea FTA to Seattle

schock, 07.09.2006 03:12

The empire-building Bush crew and the neoliberal administration of S. Korea's Roh Moo-Hyun are meeting in Seattle from Sept 6-9th to negotiate a new Free Trade Agreement (the US-Korea FTA) that would create the largest new trade pact since NAFTA. The deal would have serious negative impacts on Korean farmers and workers, environmental regulations, and social services of all kinds. Access to generic medicines would be undermined by the enforced adoption of US style intellectual monopoly rights. In addition, Hollywood lobbyists have inserted special clauses to attack the Korean screenquota system that has helped to foster a strong Korean film sector. A delegation of Korean farmers and workers organized by the KCTU has begun protests this week in Seattle alongside US labor, fair trade activists, and others. The Korean struggle delegation is using the symbolically powerful 3 step - 1 bow march style ... and there are rumors that AFL-CIO may support civil disobedience (!) For more info: Korean Alliance against KorUS FTA | bilaterals.org US-Korea FTA section | Media Culture Action | No US-Korea FTA! video | Coalition for Cultural Diversity in Moving Images
Korean grassroots media: Labor News Production | People's Media Chamsaesang | MediAct
| Rally and march

500 Supermarket Supply Chain workers locked out across Aotearoa

Aotearoa IMC, 06.09.2006 08:13

Multinational corporations in collusion with the 'Labour' government are waging vicious class warfare on workers in Aotearoa (New Zealand). The last month has seen an escalation of workers struggle against anti-union and pro-corporate policies that threaten our jobs, communities and environment. 500 workers at Distribution Centres of Progressive supermarkets went on strike on Friday 25th Aug because they demand one collective agreement for all four Distribition Centre and a pay increase. The workers were then locked-out by their employer and have not yet been back to work!

Three of the distribution centres are shut down with no trucks arriving or leaving. Four trucks were able to depart in Palmerston North this morning. Some workers quit the union there to go back to work because they have to feed their families and pay the bills.

Links: Shelfrespect.org | Supersizemypay.com | National Distribution Union | Supermarket Supply Chain Strikes Across the Country | Tamaki Makaurau: 5000 workers unite to "Kill the Bill" | 90 Days later - Workers unite at Parliament! | New Caledonian port workers beat Maersk

Povo de Oaxaca sob ataque tiveram sua estação de TV destruída

Z., 02.09.2006 14:54

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Paramilitares e policiais em Oaxaca começaram uma violenta campanha para derrubar todas as operações de midia que estão em oposição ao governador do PRI Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, e para silenciar os movimentos populares que tem tomado o estado.

A Assembleia Popular do Povo de Oaxaca (APPO) declarou-se o corpo governamental de Oaxaca na manhã de 5 de Julho. As suas decisões imediatas incluem: um regresso a classes durante duas semanas na Segunda-feira, 10 de Julho, para que os alunos não perdessem o seu ano de escola; colocação do acampamento de zocalo nas mãos do governo alternativo; fortificação da luta para desalojar Ulises Ruiz Ortiz (URO) como governador; e boicotar a celebração turistica de Guelaguetza a favor de uma celebração livre do povo. NarcoNews report Entretanto, divisões apareceram entre a união dos professores e a organização social na APPO.

IndyOaxaca | Chiapas Indymedia | Pueblo de Oaxaca Blog with Photos | Indybay's June 2006 coverage of Oaxaca | The Other Campaign's Oaxaca Coverage | More links on ElEnemigoComun.net | Film: "Granito de Arena" | Amnesty Int'l's Call to Action | Narconews.com [en] | Centro De Medios Libres, D.F.

War in Lebanon: Israeli attacks continue despite UN Ceasefire

SF_Bay Indymedia in Lebanon, 24.08.2006 16:06

Girls in Shaara, Lebanon In Lebanon families are struggling to rebuild homes, schools, and communities destroyed by Israeli aggression during the month long war, as clusterbombs and undetonated explosives injure and kill families returning home. The people of Lebanon are struggling to put the pieces back together, as Israeli forces continue to break the United Nations-brokered ceasefire on a nearly-daily basis. Meanwhile, Greenpeace and other groups are struggling to deal with the environmental damage caused by the war.

UN, Amnesty International Reports: Israel Committed War Crimes in Lebanon | Counterpunch: What the UN Security Council's Ceasefire Resolution Actually Says | Kathy Kelly: A Visit to Southern Lebanon | Barucha Calamity Peller: Letters from Lebanon: The Proximity of Death | Barucha Calamity Peller: This Pain Has No Ceasefire | Israel Gears Up for Next Round of War | Lebanese Humanitarian Convoy Ventures into Southern Lebanon | Photos from Southern Lebanon |  More Photos from Southern Lebanon |  Photos from Beirut

Interviews from independent journalists from San Francisco, currently in Lebanon:
Interview with Anarchist Relief Group by Barucha Calamity Peller and Ali Bektas | Interview with UN Mine Action Coordination Center on Cluster bombs by Barucha Calamity Peller | Interview on KPFA | Interview on radioActive sanDiego

Cyprus: No Troops to Lebanon

Cyprus Indymedia, 24.08.2006 16:04

Imc-cyprus at lists.indymedia.org

We collectively endorse the political analysis, the positions and concerns expressed in the following article regarding the involvement of Cyprus in the Lebanon crisis. We say No Troops to Lebanon.

Editorial Collective ~ Cyprus Indymedia ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

It's no longer mere speculation - it is almost certain, or at least there is a strong public impression that the troops to "pacify" Lebanon will transit through Cyprus.

The Government has already sent invitations internationally, formally now a kneeling supplicant hoping to be "taken into consideration" by the international forces that wield the might and the authority to step their boots onto whomever they please. There goes "little miss Cyprus" licking around for influence, wanting to be seen, to be noticed. "Oh, what a good girl. How co-operative".

Full feature on Cyprus Indymedia

Activista da Food Not Bombs detido na Polónia

João, 16.08.2006 13:03

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No passado dia 9 de Agosto, Krzysztof Wantoch-Rekowski - um activista de longa data da Federação Anarquista Polaca e da Food Not Bombs de Poznań - foi detido pela polícia. Foi condenado a seis semanas de prisão por... ter destruído o seu bilhete de identidade (artigo 276 do Código Penal).

Apelamos à solidariedade com Krzysztof:
1. enviando cartas de protesto ao Ministro da Justiça
2. enviando cartas de solidariedade para a prisão onde Krzysztof está preso.

LIGAÇÕES: Rozbrat | Food Not Bombs (em polaco) | Federação Anarquista Polaca | Centro de Informação Anarquista | IMC Polónia (em polaco)

Protest Lafayette's gold mine in the Philippines

14.08.2006 08:17

Greenpeace activists unfurl a banner

The conclusion of Lafayette’s 30-day mock test run signals the dawn of an impending oceans catastrophe. The gold mine has already leaked cyanide and other toxics into the oceans, creating fish kills and the local people now fear what will happen to their marine environment which for many of them is their only means of survival. Locals are protesting and calling for  international solidarity.

Related links: A short documentary posted to Indymedia Manila | Greenpeace Defending Our Oceans | Greenpeace Southeast Asia

Bomb Number Five, Salaam

Cyprus IndyMedia, 10.08.2006 09:15

Two bodies aflame, after Israeli bombings in Lebanon

by Raida Hatoum, and Cyprus IndyMedia

I've lost count of the Days. And the Bombs. And the Dead

Beirut, first weekend of August

Dear Friends,

I am so sorry for not being able to respond earlier to your letters. I was hoping that you won't be worried, and that you would think about the electricity and internet problems as potential reasons for the delay.

Because of the Israeli siege the authorities are increasing the outages and rationing our electricity so it can last for the coming 15 days. As you might know, we were supposed to receive gasoline and fuel but of course Israel changed its mind and the ships carrying the fuel are now waiting in Cyprus.

And I am very grateful for your amazing efforts and courage and the work you are carrying out, all this you are doing, and your words and love are encouraging me really to survive - thus I wrote today to you despite my tiredness of writing about the war... the injured children, the sick and scared displaced children…the massacres of yesterday. And the new ones today…

The 61st Hiroshima Day

IMC WWW Features, 06.08.2006 09:25

Remember Hiroshima

61 years ago on 6th August 1945 the first nuclear bomb, "Little Boy", a uranium bomb, was dropped on a civilian target, the city of Hiroshima in Japan, 3 days later on 9th August "Fat Man", a plutonium bomb, was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. These Americian acts of genocide, which killed as many as 210,000 people, were unnecessary and were designed "to kick-start the Cold War rather than end the Second World War".

Protests against nuclear weapons are expected to take place around the world, 80 protests have been organised across the USA: To mark the 61st anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, rallies, vigils, teach-ins, and nonviolent protests will be held in more than 60 cities in 24 states across the country to demand an end to nuclear weapons and wars. Antiwar, nuclear abolition and indigenous rights groups are focusing on facilities run by the Bechtel Corporation, one of the world's leading nuclear weapons contractors, war profiteers, and violators of indigenous rights. Activities will take place under the banner: From Hiroshima to Yucca Mountain to the Middle East: No Nukes! No Wars! End War Profiteering! Support Indigenous Rights!

Protests are also expected in Perth and across Europe.

CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) in the UK have shown that 59% opposes the replacement of Trident, Britian's submarine-launched nuclear ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missiles) system. On Friday 5th August protestors handed in 53,000 signatures on a petition to 10 Downing Street calling on the government not to replace Trident or develop any new nuclear weapons system. On Tuesday 2nd August two peace activists were arrested after painting "Trident is Terrorism" outside Faslane naval base. In October Faslane 365 begins — a year-long continuous peaceful blockade at Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons submarine base.

The threat of thermonuclear genocide is now worse than it has been for many years — Bush's war plan includes use of nuclear weapons, Michel Chossudovsky argues that the US plans to use nuclear weapons against Iran and according to Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed UK Government sources have confirmed that war with Iran is on. Plans to nuke Iran are totally insane however this might not prevent it happening because "our 'leaders'... are are psychopaths" and war criminalsJohn Kampfner has reported that At a Downing Street reception not long ago, a guest had the temerity to ask Tony Blair: "How do you sleep at night, knowing that you've been responsible for the deaths of 100,000 Iraqis?" The Prime Minister is said to have retorted: "I think you'll find it's closer to 50,000."

Ardeshir Mehrdad has pointed out that "The struggles of the Iranian people and the peoples of the Middle East against Imperialism and reactionary forces are a struggle that will directly influence the destiny of humanity on our planet. In this battle we will either witness the burial of the architects of the New World order of slavery, and their twin allies in the backward religious movements, or the world will succumb to violence and barbarism. There will be few places left in the world that can remain immune to events in the Middle East."

The Doomsday Clock is ticking away, it has read 7 minutes to midnight since 2002, it is now, perhaps, much closer to midnight...

Links: CND | Nuking Iran is not off the table | Calculating the risk of war in Iran | The Hiroshima Myth | Wikipedia: Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki |

DIY against the state

a participant among others, 31.07.2006 20:04

DIY against police state

From July 26th to July 30th, an intergalactic festival of squatters, anarchists & miscellaneous activists took place in Freiburg im Beisgau, South Germany: "DIY against the state". It was meant to allow hundreds of participants to meet & share, putting forward the ideas of autonomous living, anticapitalist & anti-authoritatian struggles, through "do it yourself" practice. Tens of workshops, discussions, video-screenings and skill-shares were planned, together with actions & parties, throughout various alternatives venues in the city, like the KTS radical-left social centre, the Schattenparker wagenplatz, or the Susi housing co-op.

While the event started well, with some 300 international participants setting up a self-managed camp on a squatted piece of land, the police was quick to react and sabotage the initiative, in a series of provocations and repressive actions, starting with the arrest of a participant in front of the KTS while a concert was going on, continuing with the eviction of the whole camping site by some 500 riot cops the next day (photos [1|2]), culminating in the total lock-up of the city centre & on Saturday, where the police chased demonstrators trough the streets, made hundreds of identifications, some 60 arrests, injured 7 people, and charged 3 demonstrators with made-up accusations, to prevent a Reclaim The Streets action from happening.

Authorities have clearly tried to dismantle an autonomous initiative, not only by intimidating its participants, but also by destroying its structures, and criminalizing it as a whole. It should be noted that the city of Freiburg is well known for being the most "left-wing" city in Germany, with the Green Party running the council. Last days have made it clear, for those who were still doubting it, that supposedly "alternative" institutional politics can very well cope with the most blatant repression, and turn a city into a police state to ban the right to protest & to self-determination, as soon as authorities' (lack of) control is at stake. Nevertheless, this seems to proove organizors' point - when the state tries to crush DIY initiatives, is there any solution but to organise and... DIY against the state?

Links: DIY against the state | KTS | Schattenparker | Indymedia Germany

More: radio program on the festival (de) | defending autonomous spaces

Missão Civil Internacional para o Líbano

agualva, 29.07.2006 16:12

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Cessar-fogo imediato - Solidariedade com o povo do Líbano e da Palestina: Pedido para uma missão internacional civil no Líbano

A máquina militar de Israel continua a matar milhares de civis libaneses e a destruir as infra-estruturas do Líbano. A crise humanitária está a piorar à medida que os dias passam. A comunidade internacional (Nações Unidas e União Europeia) estão relutantes ou são incapazes de travar o massacre. Além do mais, os Estados Unidos apoiam a agressão israelita na prática e politicamente. Acreditamos que chegou o momento da intervenção dos movimentos sociais. É extremamente importante encontrar o caminho para que a voz dos cidadãos seja ouvida. É urgente promover um pedido de cessar-fogo imediato.

Tal como fizemos durante o cerco a Arafat, nós propomos organizar uma missão internacional civil para o Líbano. Essa missão irá expressar a nossa solidariedade para com o povo do Líbano e da Palestina e pedir um cessar-fogo imediato.

Na Grécia nós já começamos a preparar uma missão civil. Neste momento parece-nos altamente provável que a primeira parte da missão chegue à área hoje (Sábado 29.07.2006).

Sabemos que activistas de toda a Europa estão interessados em participar no projecto. Estamos convictos que todos juntos podemos construir uma missão internacional unificada.

É tempo de agir!

Para informação e contacto com a delegação grega, por favor contactem o companheiro Yannis Almpanis em yannisalmpanis at hotmail.com ou por telefone o companheiro Guido no seguinte número 0030 6934564917 (fala inglês, italiano e francês); ou pelo 0090 6944740587.

Esta petição foi assinada pelos seguintes membros do Fórum Social Grego:

Tassos Koronakis, Loukia Kotronaki, Antonis Ntavanellos, Natassa Theodorakopoulou, Yannis Almpanis, Nikos Giannopoulos, Vaggelis Karageorgos, Elthina Aggelopoulou

Actualizações: no IMC Beirute
Veja também: Pai, porque Israel fez isto a nós?(inglês) (turco) (grego)
Links: IMC Beirute | IMC Israel | IMC Chipre | Centro Internacional de Noticias do Médio Oriente | Rede Noticiosa da Palestina | Electronic Intifada | Electronic Lebanon | Blogues da Palestina | Tadamon

Caravana ativista/criativa em colaboração oeste-leste

bamzin, 29.07.2006 22:47

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O Art and Activism Caravan ("Caravana Arte e Ativismo") é um projeto que ultrapassa fronteiras, começando no começo de Junho, viajando durante 3 meses da Grécia via Macedônia, Albânia, Montenegro, Sérvia, Bósnia Herzegovina e Hungria para o encontro eco-ativista Ecotopia na Eslováquia. Seu objetivo é apoiar e conectar a juventude, campanhas, comunidades e grupos ativistas, suas ações e campanhas com formas criativas de ativismo. Os participantes compartilham habilidades nos campos de vídeo, escrita criativa, música e dança, escultura, performance de rua, desenho e pintura, samba e serigrafia.

Acesse o AA Caravan Indymedia para cobertura completa

Em Atenas a Caravana trabalhou com estudantes na ocupada Universidade Politécnica. Em Bitola, Macedônia, assistiu a uma semana de eventos organizados pelo fórum da juventude local e terminou em um grande evento com música e filmes no anfiteatro local. Em Tirana, Albânia, as oficinas trabalharam em uma ação no Ministério dos Assuntos Internos visando água potável limpa. Na pequena comunidade de Plav, Montenegro, uma grande parada no final da semana reuniu a maior parte do vilarejo nas ruas. Em Belgrado, uma vigília em memória às vítimas do genocídio de Srebrenica aconteceu no dia que a Caravana chegou na cidade, algumas oficinas apoiaram uma campanha local para salvar um pequeno parque que corre o risco de desaparecer. Em Novi Sad a semana serviu para manifestar a favor de um centro cultural da juventude assim como a abertura das fronteiras sérvias. Após muito interesse no projeto de Mídia Independente/Indymedia, alguns indivíduos da caravana que também colaboram com o Indymedia UK levaram a discussão sobre a construção de um Indymedia Sérvia. A função da Caravana consiste em trabalhar em cima de formas criativas de ativismo. Seja confeccionando cartazes, fantasias, grandes bonecos ou fazendo palhaçadas, tocando samba, criando curtas, imprimindo camisas ou fazendo mosaicos. É do conhecimento de todos que o ativismo pode ser facilmente feito de forma mais criativa, se tornando assim mais acessível e divertido.

Artigos na página Indymedia AA Caravan:

Os grupos envolvidos na Caravana AA são EYFA (European Youth For Action), The Mischief Makers (coletivo ativista criativo, Nottingham), Rhythms of Resistance (samba), Undercurrents (coletivo de video do Reino Unido), Rebel Clown Army e VideA (coletivo de vídeo, Turquia).

Indymedias locais: Atenas | Belgrado | Croacia | Hungria

Links Arte e Ativismo: Design for Social Change | My Dads Strip Club | Northern Arts Tactical Offensive | Movement of the Imagination | The Church of Stop Shopping | The YES Men | The Lab of Insurrectionary Imagination | YoMango | Space Hijackers | videoactivism.org (tudo para o video-ativismo)

Worldwide Protests Against Israeli Aggression

24.07.2006 18:02

Tens of thousands throughout the world took to the street on Saturday, July 22nd, to protest against the ongoing Israeli war on Lebanon and Palestine. For the past 12 days and nights, Israeli air forces have destroyed countless civilian buildings and means of transportation in operations that have killed more than 400 people, mostly civilians, and wrecked havoc on Lebanese cities, harbours, airports and other infrastructure, leading to the displacement of more than half a million people. The International Day of Action had been called by various anti-war and solidarity campaigns.

In Israel itself, at least 5,000 Jewish and Arab peace activists marched in Tel Aviv against Israel's war crimes. Israeli police arrest 3 anti-war protesters [Israeli bombardment of Lebanon violates humanitarian law].

In Chicago, US, some 3,000 people from the Muslim, Arab and progressive community took part in one of the city's largest protests against Israeli aggression since the beginning of the Second Intifada.

In the UK, up to 30,000 marched through central London. Similar, but smaller, demonstrations took place in other cities up and down the country, including Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Other Erupoean cities also saw some big protests: Paris, Amsterdam, Bremen, Warsaw and others. Some 10,000 people had demonstrated in Madrid on July 20th, and so had people in Rome, Athens, Stockholm and Canada [report].

In Australia, thousands of people turned out at rallies in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, while a gathering in Perth was cancelled by the police.

Links: IMC Beirut | IMC Israel | Internation Middle East Media Centre | Palestine News Network | Electronic Intifada | Electronic Lebanon | Palestine Blogs | Tadamon

Guatemala reaja a ordem internacional de prisão de ex-ditatores e militares responsáveis por genocidio

pina, 21.07.2006 23:21

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Ativistas de Direitos Humanos da Guatemala se encontraram na quarta-feira com menbro da Comissão de Direitos Humanos da ONU, para discutir leis de anistia em resposta a uma decisão de um juiz espanhol, em 7 de de Julho, de emitir uma ordem internacional de prisão contra dois ex-ditatores e oficiais militares acusados de genocídio, após de mais de duas décadas de impunidade.

Efraín Ríos Montt, que foi presidente do Congresso Nacional da Guatemala em 2004, é um dos oito indíviduos procurados por crimes que incluem genocidio, terrorismo, tortura e detenção ilegal.

De acordo com um responsáve Comissão de Verdade da ONU, o conflito civil de 36 anos, no qual o governo de Ríos Montt foi o mais sangrento (1982-1983), resultou na morte ou desaparecimento de mais de 200.000 pessoas - a maioria indígenas maia. Calcula-se que pelo menos 626 massacres ocorreram durante esse período.

HIJOS-Guatemala | Rede de Solidariedade ao Povo da Guatemala | Anistia Internacional da Guatemala

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