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Corporate Feeding Frenzy In Iraq

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40

Between 26-28 April representatives from 300 companies - including Shell, ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco and US arms manufacturer Raytheon – will be attending a business conference in London entitled Iraq Procurement 2004: Meet the Buyers. They will be meeting members of the US occupation authority, the US-installed Iraqi “government”, and wealthy Iraqi business-people to discuss "the wide range of opportunities available" to make a profit out of the increasingly blood-soaked occupation of Iraq. The conference takes place in the context of a series of new laws passed by the US last September, that "effectively put [Iraq] up for sale" to foreign investors (Guardian, 22 Sept. 2003)

A growing body of evidence that the way in which the Bush
administration has been "treating [reconstruction] contracts as prizes to be handed to their friends" has been "delaying Iraq's recovery, with potentially catastrophic consequences" (economist Paul Krugman, New York Times, 30thSept. 2003) On the other hand, US attempts to ‘restructure’ (rather than cancel) Iraq’s odious debts, attempts likely to "rob Iraq of [its] economic freedom by requiring that it adhere to an IMF structural adjustment program" (Jubilee Iraq). All of this as a backdrop for the killing of over 600 people in the US siege of Fallujah, "the vast majority of [whom] were women, children and the elderly" according to the director of the town’s general hospital (Guardian, 12 April)

A protest to coincide with the gala dinner for the business conference 'Iraq Procurement 2004' was called for Tuesday 27th April. See Photos: 1 | 2 | Protest website.
Read more on the Iraq Procurement conference [here.


Voices in the Wilderness UK has been campaigning on Iraq for the last six years. To visit the Iraqi procurement website and see the blatant carve up of Iraq see The Iraqi Procurement Conference where you can check out their agenda for the event.










Battle To Stop British Fascists Hots Up

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40

Last weekend saw many communities across Britain take to the streets in protest against the fascist BNP and its allies. The BNP have found a fertile breeding ground in the current climate of racism generated as part of Bush and Blair's war drive, combined with mainstream press and politicians making asylum seekers into society's scapegoats. They are now launching the biggest ever fascist electoral offensive in postwar Britain, in the run up to the Euro-elections. However, more and more people are waking up and responding to this danger.

In Altrincham, near Manchester protesters ambushed the car of Le Pen, while in Wickford, Essex, a protest by local villagers stopped the BNP from assembling outside their rail station. There were also protests against fascist activities in South London, Birmingham and North Wales, amongst others. These may mark the opening skirmishes of one of the greatest battles for a generation in the long struggle to keep Britain free from fascism.
Research by the Independent Race and Refugee News Network which was based on on exit polls of 539 voters and focus groups, was carried out during local government elections in autumn 2003 in Burnley, Oldham and Calderdale indicates that, "the younger one is the more likely one is to vote BNP. Around one in three of 18-25 year-olds said that they voted for the BNP... hardly anyone in the 18-25 category voted Labour. In this age group, large numbers of young men have been attracted to the BNP's message - making it the only party whose support is predominantly male." See the Who votes BNP? article on their site for more about their research (conducted by the Searchlight Educational Trust and Vision 21) which concludes that "The bad news for those opposed to the BNP is that support for the party is not based on apathy and general disgruntlement but positive endorsement for their policies among a core of young men."

Actions: [Le Pen Ambushed] [Wickford Action] [Birmingham Rally] [Southall] [Leeds and Bradford]
Links: [United Against Fascism] [CARF] [Antifa Britain] [Other Links]



MayDay 04: Against Borders and Precariousness!

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40

Mayday 2004: A weekend of protests around the world. In Europe the focal points of protest and mobilisation have been three main cities of three different countries. Here in the UK there were innovative protests in many cities on Saturday 1st.

Update Wed 12 May - Read an Evaluation of IMC Facilities in Dublin (EU Mayday Mobilisation) by some IMC-UK volunteers.


Update Wed 5 May - Twelve people have been remanded in custody for another week in Dublin on public order charges following Saturday evening's MayDay protests.
Read a text by participants of the 'Anarchist Confrontational Bloc' in the demonstration to Farmleigh: "Why we pushed through police lines". [pics].





Update Mon 3 May - The weekend of protests against the EU Summit in Dublin continued with prisoner solidarity demonstrations outside the prisons and with a Reclaim the Streets party. Timeline of events, [pics]


Around Europe

In Dublin as the EU 'enlargement' summit got underway a weekend of protests started with the largest Critical Mass the city had ever seen. There were solidarity protests outside the prison where uk nationals are being held.
On Saturday there was a 'No Borders Protests' against fortress europe, a march for Another Europe [Photos|Video]. A private park was opened to the public [1]. The day finished with Bring the Noise demonstration towards the EU summit where police attacked the marchers with water cannon and battons. IMC-IE Timeline and Reports | IMC-IE Feature.

Barcelona and Milano were the focus points for this year's Euromayday
against 'precariousness and social exclusion.' Berlin saw clashes between left and neo-nazis, and with the police protecting them..

Local UK reports

Actions seen in cities around the country.
London hosted the most successful Critical Mass, as a 10th anniversary ride. There were protests, actions and demonstrations including the TUC traditional
demonstration, a Disarm DSEI
Mayday Action, an Anarchist
Mayday Cricket and a Mayday
Picnic in Hyde Park.
Security guards in Cambridge shopping centre over reacted to a mayday picnic. This excellent video shows it all.
In Glasgow,
a Mayday Carnival [1 |
2 | 3
] has been called, as well as a march and rally in Edinburgh, whilst in Bradford
there are plans for "Mayday Mayhem." In Lancaster, Preston and Burnley, the ‘Mayday Mayhem Roadshow’ reclaimed the weekend with gigs and info displays, a rally and a picnic [pix 1/2].



More report roundup

Friday April 30 - This
year's Mayday celebrations started with Critical
Mass cycle rides in Dublin and London.
Dublin saw the biggest ever Critical Mass in the city when over 500
people defied over two months of media hysteria and took to the streets
in a festive atmosphere [Report

| Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | Videos: 1, 2 and 3].
In London up to 1,500 people participated in the 10th Anniversary of
London's Critical Mass. [Reports and Photos 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Pic Gallery ] Also, the offices of Spearhead
Exhibitions, organisers of DSEi,
Europe's largest arms fair, and Reed Exhibitons, their parent company
were visited by protestors.


Saturday May 1 - actions and
celebrations in the UK started early in the morning. In Oxford
crowds gathered to see the Mayday dawn for a Wake Up!
Wake Up! It's Yer Samba breakfast!!. Later in the morning a demonstration took place in Nottingham. In London the annual TUC Mayday march ended in Trafalgar Sq [Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5], Also, London Animal Action supporters demonstrated in the Soho area [Photos: 1 | 2]
In Cambridge activists set
up a non-commercial space within a shopping centre and were dragged out by security guards [Action's leaflet][report][video]. In Sheffield the Social Forum organised a protest against debt and poverty [photos] In Manchester there was a mad picnic and a critical
mass. In Nottingham there was a march from Robin Hood Statue to Market Square. In Lancaster, Preston and Burnley Mayday Mayhem was celebrated with several events, including a picnic (pix1/2, gigs, rallies and film showings.




In Dublin, a private park in the centre of the city was opened and
occupied; around 100 people participated in a No Borders
demonstration [reports 1|2]. Video footage of the march in Dublin, called by mainstream left wing groups.
At 6pm a crowd of about 3000 people gathered for the Bring The Noise March to the EU Summit. At around 8.30pm tension increased when riot police brought in water cannons trying to disperse the crowd. Clashes between demonstrators and riot police occurred, with the result of 25 people arrested and several injured [Statement: "Why we pushed through police lines",First hand account]. At around 11.30pm the crowd finally dispersed.
Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9. Videos: 1 | 2. Reports: 1 | 2. Irish tabloid coverage 1| 2.



In Barcelona, the Euromayday Parade started at 6.00 in the afternoon with a 10 to 15,000 strong crowd marching towards the city centre Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 and Video.
At the end of the demo and around 11pm, the old police station of Via Layetana was temporarily occupied by a large crowd [Video]. Riot police eventually moved in and charged those around the area whilst evicting the squatted building. People did then reagroup in Portal del Angel where heavy police charges also took place, with the result of several people being injured and taken to hospital. At around midnight, the organisers of the Parade decided to call off the mobilisations for the day. Read a report and first hand account of the day.

In Milano, the Parade was joined by between 80 and 100,000 people marching through the city centre, dancing to the sounds of several sound-systems, and doing some actions along the way. Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15. Photo Galleries: 1 | 2




Monday May 3 - The Mayday weekend of actions against the EU 'enlargement' Summit continued in Dublin. A Reclaim the Streets was joined by around 600 people in the city centre. The party started at 3 pm and went on untill well into the evening. As the street party was winding down at around 9.30pm, reports came in of police activity in the surrounding area.
Timeline of Events | First hand report | Photos | Video.


And last but not least Mayday 2004 marks the 4th anniversary of Indymedia UK. Happy birthday IMC-UK!

List of Mayday events worldwide



Protesters Stop Nuclear Weapons Convoy

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40


May 9 2004: Anti-Trident protesters twice stopped a nuclear weapons convoy in Stirling and Balloch. 6 People were arrested.
The protesters were from Trident Ploughshares, Stirling CND and Faslane Peace Camp.

Again a Nuke transport has been halted on the Scottish roads. The MoD regularly organises convoys to take Trident warheads to and from the Burghfield assembly plant to the Coulport store to be checked and maintained. Each warhead is believed to have the destructive power of 8 times the bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima.

A network of ordinary people called across the UK watch Nuke transports closely.[press release from Trident Ploughshares]



Protest at Ethical Corporation Conference

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40


On Tuesday 11 May, a greenwash business conference took place in north London under the name of 'What's the Point of Corporate Responsibility', organised by Ethical Corporation magazine. Seminars at this conference, which was attended by the likes of Shell, BP, Gap, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Levi Strauss and Marks & Spencer, included discussion-topics such as "Why should Chief Executives take Corporate Responsibility seriously?", "Is Corporate Responsibility simply another management fad?" and "How smart companies are using CR for commercial objectives."


In the late afternoon around sixty demonstrators congregated outside the Marriott Hotel in Swiss Cottage, where the conference was taking place, and engaged in a festive protest whilst refusing to accept the absurd proposition that corporations actually want to be held accountable. The picket was called
under the name of "Corporate Responsibility? You're Having A Laugh!". The protestors included a samba band, activists of the Colombia
Solidarity Campaign and London Rising Tide, and comedian Mark Thomas, who managed to avoid the £295 registration fee and blagg his way into one of the conference's seminars where he pressed the panel with questions from the floor. Report and Photos



Breakfast with Caterkillar - Homewrecker of the Year

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40

On Wednesday, May 12th 2004 at 8.30am, Caterpillar Out of Palestine arrived at Caterpillar offices near Solihull to present them with their well-deserved Homewrecker of the Year Award, and to ask the employees to take up the issue of arms sales to Israel with the company. Unfortunately, the employees were too shy to leave the building. So the following morning the protesters decided join them for breakfast in the car park as they arrived for work.

UNWRA recently reported that 131 civilian homes had been destroyed in Gaza in the first ten days of May alone. CAT financial corp report that company profits had risen by 41% to $457 million this quarter. While CAT’s profits rocket, CAT machinery is instrumental in the occupation.

Caterkillar refuses Housewrecker of the Year award | Breakfast with Caterkillar



No2ID: Biometric ID-Cards On The Way

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40


The government has introduced draft legislation for potentially
compulsory biometric identity cards and a central database of all
citizens. A trial
of related biometric technology has already been launched. The card
system will cost at least £3 billion and is likely to become an
essential part of life for everyone residing in the UK. Read more.


Home Secretary David Blunkett thinks that the "ID Card
Scheme is the key to the UK's future" whilst affirming that they will be a crucial tool in the "prevention of terrorism" and against "illegal immigration". Citizens organisations such as Privacy
International, Stand, Liberty, Statewatch and FIPR strongly refute these views. On Wednesday 19 May in London they held a public meeting under the title "Mistaken Identity".

The meeting gave a resounding vote of no-confidence over the national Identity Card. Leading politicians, lawyers, regulators, security experts and civil libertarians were unanimous in condemning the proposals. The president of the Law Society, representing 116,000 solicitors throughout the UK, also warned in his statement (pdf) that the government's draft legislation contained dangerous provisions. For corporate media coverage, see the articles from Silicon.com, BBC, and the Guardian.

A similar meeting was held on May 20th in Glasgow.


Defy ID Network |
A
complete guide to the UK ID card |
Liberty on ID Cards |
More
Links







Social Centres Go From Strength To Strength

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40


On Friday 21st, Londons latest squatted social centre, the 'Ramparts', opened it's doors with a screening of 'Indefensible', the indymedia film about last years DSEi protests in East London. Yet another social centre opened in Oxford as a new squat was opened for the second OCSET social centre (the previous one having been evicted a couple of weeks earlier after a short but productive existance). In Scotland, a temporary social centre sprung up in Glasgow at the begining of May, with a prepacked daily schedule of events and workshop until the end of June.

On the 17th, the latest Wombles social centre, the ex-Grand Banks in Tufnell Park, successfully resisted the bailiffs first attempt to reposses the building and the social centre remains open.

There are many other autonomous social centres that have been established much longer, such as the Sumac centre in Nottingham, 56a and Use Your Loaf in South London, 1in12 in Bradford, LARC and Freedom in East London, the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh, Kebele in Bristol, the Cowley Club in Brighton and the Peoples Information Centre in Hebden Bridge, all of which need your active support.


Recent articles in IMC-UK newswire:
Grand banks resistance | Oxford's latest social centre | Use Your Loaf events | Printworks Social Centre (Glasgow) | The Ramparts, new london space | Proposals for social centre in Leeds: 1|2|3 | Efforts to build up social centre in Aberdeen 1 | 2


More information:
London Social Centres Network | Full list of Social Centres in Britain | Radical Routes network | Social Centres Search



Rafah Massacre, Apartheid Wall and Iraq Tortures Spark Protests

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40

There is an emergency situation right now in the Gaza Strip and the town of Rafah [feature on Indymedia.org], in particular, with scenes that bring to mind Israel's invasion of Jenin and Nablus in the spring of 2002... Last weekend, 116 homes were destroyed, making over a thousand people homeless [www.btselem.org]. Hundreds more are slated for destruction. [Indymedia Israel, Rafah Today, Electronic Intifada].

Add to this the ongoing trouble in Iraq, where revelations of torture
abound, and there was real appetite for action as various groups around the
UK called actions. The combination of the weeks' war crimes and media coverage brought people out in abundance, some of whom were protesting for the first time.

London

The previous weekend, Palestine Solidarity Campaign held its annual Nakba
(Catastrophe) Day rally in Tragalgar Sq [Photo's: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 ] at which
several speakers called on people to attend the Stop the War/End the Torture
demonstration last Saturday morning [Reports & photo's: 1 | 2 ], which
then, in turn, built the protest against the Rafah Massacre outside Downing
Street, which resulted in a sit down on Whitehall. [Reports & pictures 1 | 2 ].

During the week, George Bush Snr played an ill-timed visit to raise party
funds for his son [report]. The
weekly picket at Marks & Spencer on Oxford Street was this week swelled by a
large number of new faces [Report; pictures: 1 | 2] whilst there have been daily gatherings alongside Brian Hawe in Parliament
Square.

Around the UK:

There were other protests over the past week in cities across the country:
Palestine protest reports & pictures:
Sheffield | York | Oxf
ord.
Iraq Torture protest reports & pictures: Northampton | Chicksands Joint Services Interrogation Centre .



Arms company shut down

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40

Early in the morning on Thursday the 20th May 2004, around 20
anti-arms trade activists arrived at the premises of EDO MBM Technology
in Brighton. EDO MBM manufacture
bomb and missile release components for military aircraft; they are on
record as being “proud” to support the ongoing occupation of Iraq.

A 'cage' was set up blocking the access road and banners were hung,
one offering a potential corporate slogan: 'Every Death an Opportunity'.
Shortly afterwards, more activists ‘appeared’ on the roof of the
factory, while others handed out leaflets explaining what must have
seemed an interesting intervention in the workers mundane trudge to
work. All but the suited senior management types turned around and had
the day off.

report |
report +
pictures | Trident Ploughshares report on citizens weapons inspection (Northwood HQ) | Protest Planned at Farnborough International July 2004



Community Radio Needs You

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40

The community radio movement has grown worldwide over the last 30 years establishing a new tier of broadcasting that is challenging the
traditional public and commercial sectors.

But just as community radio in the UK is starting to finally get a
foothold, intense lobbying from the commercial sector to restrict community radio could limit its growth and even possibly kill it at birth.



Summit Comes To An End With Violent Repression In Guadalajara

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40

The Third Summit of Head of States and Governments from Latin America, the Caribbean and European Union (III ALCUE) has come to an end last night in a tense environment, and with a soft and indirect condemnation to the US military torture in Iraq, commercial agreements without popular support, violence against demonstrators at the end of the general demonstration and around 100 detainees and disappeared, as well as 30 injured. [Call for Solidarity, Update 31.06.2004]

More reports: [1, 2, 3]
Audio: [Houston Indymedia | Guadalajara Imc | Guadalajara Imc - part 2]
Guadalajara Indymedia/ | Mexico Indymedia



G8 Resistance at Sea Island (US)

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40

With the 2004 G8 meeting underway in Sea Island (Jun 8-10), a private luxury resort, 80 miles south of Savannah in the United States, so too are the counter mobilisations. Amidst an already tense atmosphere of repression a State of Emergency was recently declared.
While a few permits were recently issued for G-8 demonstrations, they could be revoked under the state of emergency. In addition, the state of emergency could allow for: Martial rule to be declared, curfews to be imposed, military units to "guard" the streets, and the detention and arrest of demonstrators until the "emergency" is over.



For ongoing coverage see: Atlanta Indymedia
Also San Francisco IMC | IndyBay IMC
Streaming Radio:
Enemy Combatant Radio-In San Francisco |
IMC-Atlanta Webradio

Also see Dissent! UK Solidarity Actions:

Nottingham: 8th June : Critical Mass | 9th June: Blockade of Oil terminal report | 12th June: Carnival Against Capitalism

Worthing: 23TOPIA - New anti-G8 social centre / Festival of Resistance (more)


Cambridge: A week of anti-G8 discussion and action | Street Theater report

Norwich and Ipswich: anti-war/anti-g8 protests / free shop / Anti-g8 rebel football


Cardiff Anti-G8 Jam


Also see reports of Reclaim The Commons protests at the Biotechnology Industry Organization's annual convention in San Francisco (more reports)



G8 Repression : June Court Cases

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40

Saturday 26th June will see the beginning of the preliminary hearings for the 29 Italian policemen and officers who face charges related to the brutal night time raid on the Diaz school (pics) in Genoa, Italy during the Anti-G8 demonstrations there in 2001, where scores of people were beaten, many left unconscious and hospitalised, before later being tortured in Bolzaneto detention centre. For more see Indymedia Italy



At the same time in Switzerland the court case against four people from the Aubonne Bridge action at the 2003 G8 Summit in Evian will begin. UK climber and activist Martin Shaw was cut from the climbing rope he was dangling from by police, falling over 20m onto a riverbed and sustaining very serious injuries [see pics
1 |
2 |
3 |
4 |
video |
collected reports]. While the policeman who cut the ropes remains on duty, ironically, the four protesters, including Martin and the other climber, have all been charged with blocking the traffic and endangering human life! Alongside a European anti-repression meeting will take place on 26-27th June, to promote wider awareness as to the many different cases of repression that have happened recently and to discuss proposals and strategies for creating a stronger and more effective anti-repression network in Europe.

For more see: www.aubonnebridge.net | Indymedia Switzerland



Gleneagles Confirmed as G8 2005 Venue

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40

Following months of speculation over the location of the 2005 G8 Summit in the UK, and reports that all police leave in Edinburgh and Scotland will be cancelled next summer, the Gleneagles hotel [official website] in Perthshire, Scotland has finaly been confirmed as the venue (G8 dates: 6th-8th July 2005).


The last time the G8 met in the UK was in Birmingham in May 1998. Then up to 70,000 people encircled the centre of Birmingham, forming a human chain and demanding an end to third world debt [pics]. On the same day up to 7,000 people took control of the centre of Birmingham for the second Global Reclaim the Streets Party
[pics

1 |
2 |
3] - with actions and protests happening against the G8 in around 40 cities across the world, with over 400 social movements taking co-ordinated action under the banner of Peoples' Global Action (PGA).


Six years and many huge mobilisations later, people in the UK have been organising around the G8 for several months. A growing new network of local groups has been created called the Dissent! Network, with nodes across the country. Dissent! is planning a series of awareness raising events through the year and has been calling for both local and international participation. Many people and groups are now focussing on planning protests and direct action campaigns against the G8.


Recently many NGO organisations are also co-ordinating on a level unseen since the Jubliee 2000 drop the debt campaigns, and are set to try and take advantage of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's aim to pitch the UK presidency of the G8 as a positive step towards reducing third world debt and around issues of development and trade [see guardian article] - 2005 is also the 20th anniversary of the Live Aid concert. Several groups are expected to use the European Social Forum in London in October later this year as a platform from which to launch campaigns. Recently several Trade Union leaders, politicians and Globalise Resistance have also issued their first call for protests.

See also:

Recent UK Savannah G8 Solidarity Actions

The People's Golfing Association (PGA) [statement][pics]

"Anarchist Group's Gleneagles Website Exclusive!"*

Corporate Media Coverage of Gleneagles G8

For more on G8 - see the Indymedia G8 Reports Section



A Week Of Resistance to BP And Big Oil

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40


A week long Exhibition of Resistance to BP and Big Oil, and the corporate hijacking of the arts is now under way on in London. A space has been squatted specially for the event [Photos]. The address is 50 Chalk Farm Road, Camden.

Update Tuesday 22nd: Another protest was called on Monday night during the BP sponsored awards ceremony at the Portrait Gallery. As protestors were gathering at around 7pm, four London Rising Tide activists chained themselves across the front door effectively shutting down the National Portrait Gallery. It was also announced that the alternative exhibition has been extended for a week, and it is now likely to be open until Saturday 26th June in the squatted gallery.


On Wednesday 16th climate change activists and artists held a 'Greenwash or US' Street Party outside BP HQ, many carrying artworks revealing a true portrait of an oil company. The street party then marched to the private view of the BP sponsored National Portrait Gallery Awards. When protesters tried to move towards the entrance of the National Gallery, police rapidly moved in and pushed people back. In the resulting scuffles one person got arrested for "not moving" [video of the arrest] The party then continued for several hours without any more incidents, and later in the evening it was followed by the opening of the art exhibition at the squatted venue [Report | Photos of street party].

Over the weekend, there will be daily workshops and events in the exhibition space as well as on the streets. These will include speakers from West Papua and Colombia, a Jam Night, film night, and lots of other fun stuff such as painting, subvertising, guerilla cinema, radio, food and discussion. See Programme of Events.


London Rising Tide | Burning Planet



Fighting the Criminalisation of Social Movements

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40

Genoa Diaz Proceedings Start
The preliminary hearings have begun around the 29 Italian policemen and officers who face charges related to the brutal night time raid on the Diaz school (pics) in Genoa, Italy during the Anti-G8 demonstrations there in 2001, where scores of people were beaten, many left unconscious and hospitalised, before later being tortured in Bolzaneto detention centre.


The hearings went ahead despite appeals by the Police to stop or postpone the proceedings, citing the fact that a key witness, the Policeman who had found the molotov cocktails on the friday before the raid, is in a coma after what some have called a 'suspicious' car accident. The Police also tried to instigate a "judicial review" of one of the charges with the hope of delaying the trial - the judge insisted however that the proceedings would continue.

See:

Genoa Diaz Court Case - Quick Update - Saturday 26th June
Genoa Justice Court Cases Start - Report and Press Conference Statement
First Hearing of the Diaz Trial Report - 27th June [Pics]

A counter-investigation has begun, led by a group from Italian Indymedia.

[more info in Italian | English translation]

For more see Indymedia Italy



Aubonne Bridge Court Case



Coinciding with the beginning of the Genoa court cases in Italy, in Lausanne, Switzerland, the activists Martin Shaw, Gesine Wenzel and Olivier stood trial on Monday 28 of June charged with blockading the road and endangering life, in what has been known as the Aubonne Bridge case.

The background of this prosecution starts at the anti G8 summit protests In Evian (Switzerland) of June 2003 . During the demonstrations and blockades that took place in several Swiss cities, an international affinity group blockaded the motorway in order to stop an official delegation from reaching the G8 in Evian. Two climbers suspended themselves from a single rope being stretched across one of the motorway's bridges. The police eventually turned up at the action, and in a very ruthless manner a police officer proceeded to cut the rope and sent Martin plummeting 20 metres into a shallow, rocky stream beneath the bridge, whilst Gesine was saved by the quick reflexes of her support team who managed to grab a hold of the rope.

Watch Aubonne Bridge Action Video
[see archive pics
1 |
2 |
3 |
4 |
video |
collected reports]


Following a call by the Aubonne Bridge Campaign , around 100 activists from all over Europe came to support Martin, Gesine and Olivier last Monday. Banners were unfurled outside the court, food was cooked for lunch whilst a sound system put some flavour to the solidarity action. At some point, a theatre group performed outside the court house entertaining the crowd that could not get into the packed public gallery. Although the activists were finally found guilty of "blocking the public way and endangering life'", Martin Shaw will not face any sentence, whilst Gesine Wenzel and Olivier were given a 10 and 20 day suspended sentences.
[Photos 1 | 2]
Press release 30 June from the Aubonne Bridge campaign.

See earlier Street Theatre Pictures
[1 |
2]

More information: IMC-Switzerland



Sainsburys Blockaded Nationally

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40

new: Sainsbury's Essex Waltham Point Depot Blockade Report

Sainsbury's chilled food distribution centres were blockaded across the country on Thursday in protest against GM feed being fed to dairy cows. Sainsbury’s five biggest UK distribution centres were shut down as evironmentalists and consumers simultaneously blockaded the supermarket chain's chilled-goods depots in London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol and Sheffield. They were chained together through steel tubes, or sat up scaffold tripods, blocking the depot gates. The co-ordinated action was intended to halt distribution of Sainsbury's dairy products that come from cows fed GM animal feed.

The protest follows Sainsbury’s failure to provide non-GM fed milk as standard, despite rivals like Marks and Spencer and the Co-op doing so. The action was taken in solidarity with farmers, demanding they get a fair deal of 2p on the pound for non-GM milk. The coalition of groups campaigning on this issue includes Farmers for Action, the Small and Family Farmers Alliance, The Small Farms Association, the Wholesome Food Association, the Institute of Science in Society, Genetic Food Alert and the Genetic Engineering Network (see GM animal feed campaign PDF).


National press release

Local reports: Birmingham report, photos and video | London
Yorkshire | Liverpool [ 1 , 2 ] and photos [1 | 2]
Bristol report and photos
See also Genetic Engineering Network
In a related action, farmers in Barnstaple blockaded a Sainsbury's store, while consumers and campaigners labelled GM milk inside the store: report and press release here.



Justice for Palestine: tear down the Apartheid Wall!

United Kingdom, 09.07.2004 20:40

STOP PRESS FRIDAY 1600: WORLD COURT DECLARES WALL "ILLEGAL".
While the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, the Netherlands, prepares to give its advisory opinion on the Apartheid Wall on July 9th, the Wall in Palestine continues to destroy lives and lands at an ever-increasing pace. Four months of court deliberations have prompted international political immobility, but Palestinian resistance is growing. Whole villages have risen up to stop the Apartheid Wall and the devastating repression of the Israeli Occupation.
In light of the upcoming opinion from the ICJ, the Israeli government is trying to manipulate the truth and disguise the colonial foundation of its racist apartheid policy. The occupation forces have depicted a decision by their own High Court to move 30km of the Apartheid Wall as a Palestinian “victory”, but Palestinians see how, on the contrary, this decision validates Israel’s claim that the Wall is solely a security measure and how it states that the Wall can be built on Palestinian land.

Latest News on the Apartheid Wall at StopTheWall.org |

Background info on the ICJ |
video, audio, photo and info from:  europe@stopthewall.org



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Argentina, 09.07.2004 20:37

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Just Because The Art. 133 Committee Doesn't Legally Exist Doesn't Mean It's Not After Your Services

Indymedia Ireland, 09.07.2004 19:58

'All These People Want is Everything' sez Wag The feature article by the Article 133 Information Group provides background information on the issues behind the Article 133 / WWF story. Those International trade deal-making privateers who orbit silently around the Article 133 Committee in Brussels have suffered a couple of serious setbacks in recent weeks. Firstly there was a conditional restoration of the Member States national veto on the privatisation / liberalisation of health and education in the final draft of the proposed EU constitution. Admittedly it is with the weasly insertion of a get out clause if a trade deal looks like it will cause a 'risk to the delivery of public services' in a member state. We in our innocence had all thought semi-secret EU / WTO trade deals were not going to harm or affect our control over our public services one little iota. Mary Harney had 'reassured' us all on this front in 2002 and Ruairi Quinn backed Bertie up repeating the same line in the Dail in the days immediately preceding the Nice II referendum. Indymedia reported on their barefaced lies at the time. No-one else in the Irish mainstream media seemed to even notice or give a damn that this was happening. Secondly, the Article 133 Committee which the privateers use as their in to the EU Commission, and which became the bete-noir of the left campaign against the Nice Treaty (II) might just turn out to be a legal black hole and is due a trip to the courts courtesy of the World Wildlife Fund over its legal standing / existence. We knew already that the 133 Committee wouldn't say anything whatsoever about what they talk about in their meetings - even to the Parliamentarians of Member States - as 19 TD's, 2 MEPs and 5 MLA's found out last February. Their basic role is to negotiate between EU Member States on who will offer what for privatisation (cough) liberalisation in trade deals such as GATS between the EU and the World Trade Organisation. The price of the Bus Service, or Aer Lingus is commercially sensitive and so won't be released -at least not to us who own the things. Those who know what is good for the populations of EU member states are most likely also concerned at the reactions they might get if it came out in the open that they are trading away publicly owned services in secret closed door deals without a whiff of democratic oversight. A fait-accompli works better and the role of the 133 Committee is and was basically to do the groundwork for a never-ending series of such fait-accomplis. The People in Government, in Corporate Lobby Groups such as LOTIS (Liberalisation Of Trade in Services) , and even in the Irish Civil Service who are trying to hand the Public Services owned by the citizenry of Ireland surreptitiously over wholesale to the Private Sector have the time to dot their i's and cross their t's and to follow the labyrinthine processes of International Trade Negotiations to their bitter ends. They also have names and addresses. If Irish and European Activists are going to have any chance of effectively opposing them when they come gunning for the privatisation of Health, Education and Water then they need to get to grips with these complex issues and oppose the privateers at every junction in the labyrinth. Boredom is not an option. These people want our eyes to glaze over when we hear 'Lisbon' or 'liberalisation' or 'Article 133' or �GATS�. Let�s not give them what they want. What they want is EVERYTHING which is why the anti-capitalist movement has since it�s inception consistently targeted the WTO and affiliated trade deals such as NAFTA and GATS in an attempt to bring such machinations out of the shadows where they thrive and into the light. 1.Detailed Background Information on Article 133 and GATS from the Article 133 Information Group. Includes the Phone Numbers of Irish Representatives on the Article 133 Committee. Give them a ring and let them know that just because you can�t look them in the eye does not mean you don�t see them. 2.More background from DAPSE: Health and Education as a Business Opportunity 3.More on the WWF / Article 133 Committee Legal Challenge A history of the trade talks and recent EU treaties. In 1995 the WTO[1] was founded. It replaced the GATT[2] so that Services and Intellectual Property as well as import and export taxes could be raised and judged on by the new WTO court system. An Irish guy, Peter Sutherland[3] brokered the deal, and the public, democratic sphere lost any ability to control the trade in goods in countries that signed up. The Single European Act[4] had given the EU competency to sign the 1995 deal and the bilateral deal[5] between the US and EU forced the world into a new trade order. However, in a European court case in 1994 (about bananas) it was found that the services sector could be too integral to the public sphere and so was outside the competencies of the EU. At the core of recent EU treaty negotiations, especially Nice and the Constitutional Convention, have been attempts to roll back on this get out - as the EU trade commission attempts to continue to negotiate trade deals without the nation states having any competency and without any parliamentary oversight. In 1999 a movement in the US defined itself by protesting against and shutting down the WTO talks in Seattle - the loss of democratic control and legal sovereignty contained within the WTO trade negotiations were the most visible and important face of the changing landscape. But the EU court case was a block to further progress as the larger, more important areas of the developed knowledge economies were proving 'inefficient' and moving into the WTO process. The Nice Treaty marked a shift in this approach as the national veto was lost in a range of services sectors (public transport, waste management, banking). This was the very veto that the EU Commission comforted us with, saying that the EU was a Social Democratic place protected against the ravages of free market globalisation because of this veto. It's unfortunate that the Trade Unions who were so vocal at the treaty negotiations in relation to the Charter of Rights dismissed concerns in these areas - given what their members in these areas are currently going through. When an attempt was made to point this out during the ratification process we (The original Article 133 Open letter)[6] were told that the Nice treaty posed no risk to the delivery of public services - Mary Harney courtesy of a cut and pasted WTO website quote and Bertie courtesy of a D�il statement. The Nice Treaty was passed, on the second attempt and now services were under EU competency - with the exception, as kindly pointed out by Bertie in the Dail, of Health and Education and Cultural and Audio Visual services. This didn't seem to be enough - or maybe the absence of legitimacy and transparency from the process finally started to catch up as the WTO negotiations in Cancun came crashing down last year and no deal was signed. So the services in the Nice treaty still have no deal and seem safe - for now. Since the law making for Europe seemed to have built up a head of steam - mainly on the back of trade deals as the economic area gradually extended its influence - a constitution was decided - Let's set this thing up right once and for all. But in trade this meant the whole shebang - telly, hospitals, schools the lot. So the first draft of the constitution extends QMV[7] into Health and Education and Cultural Services and makes sure the parliamentary position is ambiguous at best. But when the IGC[8] breaks down last December in Italy and no constitution is agreed everything is up for negotiation again. Surprisingly Mary Harney expressed a preference for a Member State veto in Health and Education to go along with the stated position of a veto on tax policy. Then the European parliament decided, despite Proinsias De Rossa's best efforts to spin it otherwise, that the loss of the veto on cultural and audio visual services endangered the cultural and linguistic diversity of the union. So a clause on a veto to maintain linguistic diversity got added to the constitution, along with the veto in Health and Education that Mary Harney wanted. But only in the case of a 'risk to the delivery of public services' - exactly what Mary Harney and Bertie Ahern told us did not exist. So Mary Harney and Bertie Ahern, told us, during the Nice campaign and in the Dail respectively, that WTO trade deals can not damage public services � and now, the EU Constitution says that WTO trade deals could indeed damage public services! For the constitution is the ultimate fudge - even the role of the institutions is left unclear in a document that weighs in at 8 times the size of our own beloved book. But unless the court judgements are kind and quick and the citizenry vigilant it is likely that this constitution could end up delivering the whole shebang. How do Trade deals affect you Last December I posted an article to Indymedia that discussed the 3 ages of the bin - including the future in the post-GATS utopia. There had just been a series of blockades in my neighbourhood - bin lorries held in cul de sacs by my neighbours. Other neighbourhoods had seen people go to prison for the same activity as non-collection was fought and held at bay in the city of Dublin. There is a French company (SAUR) that has started to run water services in many African countries. To be facilitated to do this a deal was struck - allowing access to that market and preparing the market for privatization. The introduction of waste charges was the first step in privatising the bins here in Ireland - putting a price on the bins and getting people used to rubbish in the streets. Here's how a company gains access to that market. Firstly there are the regulations - the WTO trade deals are designed to get rid of these - having to perform uneconomic tasks just because everybody has decided they are good ideas (food hygiene, workers rights, public health issues). In Ireland, the 2003 Environment Act removed the incovenient legal requirement that all bins becollected : deregulation is enforced through GATS if not done before. Get rid of the regulations and then create a level playing field - where even if a company needs a subsidy from our taxes because we want pensioners to travel free on buses you can't give preferential treatment to an Irish company over a (foreign) competitor. The way you do this is through trade regulations - which are subject to the highest court in the World - the WTO Court - which no popular vote can ever impact. In April 2003 Pascal Lamy, the EU Trade Commissioner, announced a series of offers and concessions on trade that the EU had received and made. These included the offer to liberalise waste management. Some company had probably made representations at a lobby meeting. A country or an EU body had presented this proposal to the Article 133 Committee (the Brussels based committee that do the trade deals on our behalf, the group that the WWF have discovered have actually no legal basis to exist). They didn't tell anybody - except the EU Commission. The unelected commissioners then decide whether to include this specific detail in a briefing to the Council of Ministers at mandate request meetings. But the ministers can't pass on any information to others and they have to decide on whether they want to argue for public bin services. This is why the veto is important. When QMV is in that area, any minister can say he was opposed to the measure but lost on the QMV so, sorry. When there is a veto you know every minister had to say yes. This is important because these are the only democratically elected people in the whole process - and they know they are not accountable under secret QMV. Because the EU parliament is irrelevant - in the new proposed constitution there is the possibility that parliamentary approval could be required but the Article 133 committee has refused to tell the parliament what it is discussing. It just gets ready to negotiate, cuts deals and then - years later - the trade unions are seeking letters of redress for the workers left in the public rump of the service as it is prepared for sale. Because after the move into a market economy, after the removal of democratic oversight ... then the vultures come swooping in and asset strip. Telecom is gone and Aer Lingus is on the way. Half of waste and some of electricity has gone and the airports are on the way. Trade deals matter because we keep losing battles and can't decide on how our society is structured because they are just soooo boring. Smart tactics by those mad trade dudes. Footnotes / References: [1] The WTO (World Trade Organisation) is an intergovernmental body that deals with the global rules of trade between countries. Unlike the GATT agreement which dealt only with trade in goods, the agreements that govern the WTO deal with trade in goods, services and intellectual property. The WTO oversees the implementation of the trade agreements adopted by member states, serves as a forum for negotiation of revision of trade agreements and rules on trade disputes between member states. [2] The GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) is a package of trade rules and tariff concessions negotiated between a number of capitalist countries that came into force in 1948. While a provisional agreement and an ad hoc organization, it provided the framework and rules for much of world trade until 1994 when it was replaced with the WTO. [3] Peter Sutherland, Fine Gael party member was Attorney General of Ireland in the early 80s, European Commissioner for Ireland in the late 80s, Chairman of Allied Irish Banks and Director General of GATT in the early 90s and became the first Director General of the WTO when it was created. He is currently Chairman of BP and Goldman Sachs International, on the board of many more multinational corporations and a member of other groups such as the Trilateral Commission, LOTIS (the secret Liberalisation Of Trade in Services lobby group) and the even more secretive Bilderberg group. Last year, Indymedia reported on how he was confronted by activists in Dublin. [4] The Single European Act was the first major revision of the Treaties of Rome which bound the states of the then European Economic Community (EEC) together. It was signed in 1986 with the primary aim of creating a single market in Europe by removing trade barriers between member states. [5] Bilateral Trade Deals are trading agreements made between two parties. Multilateral deals are deals agreed by a larger number of entities. Agreements made between the EU and the US are considered to be bilateral agreements as the EU acts as a single trading block. [6] Community Trade Policy is decided according to Article 133 of the EC Treaty. The Article 133 Committee is a working group of the European Council, composed of representatives from each member who are accountable only to the their Minister for Trade. The Committee effectively sets the European Commission's trade policies and is the body that negotiates on behalf of the EU at the WTO. It is consulted by the Commission on trade matters which then acts upon recommendations made by the Article 133 Committee. Despite the importance of the impact of their decisions, all their deliberations are kept secret - even from elected MEPs with the result that there is no democratic accountability to EU citizens. The only information that is published for members of the public to read is the Agenda of their meetings which is chaired by the country currently holding the EU Presidency and published on their relevant website. In Ireland, the representative for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment is one Tony Joyce. As a civil servant, he keeps a low profile and you're unlikely to come across his name mentioned very often in the mainstream media. [7] QMV (Qualified Majority Voting) is a voting procedure employed in the Council of the European Union for ceratin decisions, under which each member state has a fixed (weighted) number of votes. Currently, about 71% of the votes have to be reached in order for the Council to adopt a decision. Each succesive revision of the EU treaties has extended QMV into more and more areas of decision making that previously would have required unamimity in order for changes to be made. This meant that each country had a veto and could block a proposed change. The rationale for more QMV is that as the EU grows in size with more countries joining, there's increased likelihood of any one country blocking desisions. However, the drawback for democracy is that the votes are cast in secret and a Minister can now vote for an unpopular measure and claim that he was outvoted by the other ministers. [8] Changes to the Treaties on which the European Union is founded require the agreement of the governments of all the Member States. The process of Treaty changes happens at Intergovernmental Conference (or IGC). The recent draft European Consitution was developed in a series of such IGCs. http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/jul2004/petebert.gif http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/jul2004/gats2.gif http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/jul2004/fingalbintaxoutsidejail.gif



Terrorism Laws: ASIO, the Police and You

Melbourne Indymedia, 09.07.2004 19:43

AMCRAN - 'Your Rights Under Anti-Terrorism Laws'



Desobediencia Civil Cibern��tica

Puerto Rico, 09.07.2004 19:37

Culturas: El arte y la protesta se encuentran en el Viejo San Juan



save angelo

QC IMC, 09.07.2004 18:51

Save Angelo!



Pirates Against Bush: Young Activists with Flare

Eric Ginsburg, 09.07.2004 18:42

Pirates Against Bush, a new, student-run, local, activist group hopes to raise enthusiasm for politics and combat apathy with fun costumes, colorful attitudes, but serious issues. Just what is Pirates Against Bush? I talked to Captain Laura and Squashbuckler Eric to find out.



Madres Boricuas en contra de la Guerra

Puerto Rico, 09.07.2004 18:39

"Bush nos minti��..."



Madres Boricuas en contra de la Guerra

Puerto Rico, 09.07.2004 18:38

"Bush nos minti��..."



George Bush Welcomed in WV ~ July 4th '04

FluxRostrum, 09.07.2004 18:33

Resident Bush visited Charleston, WV for an afternoon of lying to potential voters. The trip was labled a "Presidential Visit" instead of a "Campaign Visit" ... meaning TAXPAYERS PAID FOR IT.



canili in rivolta

Indymedia Italia, 09.07.2004 16:58

Blocco della Portuense



Intl. Gerechtshof verklaart Apartheidsmuur illegaal

Netherlands, 09.07.2004 16:05

Het Internationaal Gerechtshof in Den Haag heeft vanmiddag om 15:00 (video-stream) verklaard dat de Muur die Israel bouwt op Palestijns grondgebied, illegaal is. Het advies lekte gisteren al uit via de website van het Gerechtshof. Met veertien stemmen voor en één stem tegen stelt het Gerechtshof: "De bouw van de muur door Israel, de bezettende Macht, in de Bezette Palestijnse Gebieden, inclusief in en rond Oost-Jeruzalem, en het bijbehorende regime, gaan in tegen het internationaal recht".



Desobediencia Civil Cibern��tica

PR IMC, 09.07.2004 15:51

Culturas: El arte y la protesta se encuentran en el Viejo San Juan



Body Count

SF Bay Area Indymedia, 09.07.2004 15:31

Coalition Casualties In Iraq Reach 1000



FUCVAM EN LUCHA

Indymedia Uruguay, 09.07.2004 15:12

Por la dignidad y la resistencia



A struggle for democracy in Highland Park

Lou Novak, 09.07.2004 15:08

In the continuing saga of loss of representation and privatization of city resources, the Highland Park City Council last night passed a resolution reiterating its dissatisfaction with a proposed contract with the Rothschild Wright Group (RWG) to run the cities water system.

In a letter made available to the council and shared with the citizens of Highland Park attending the meeting, the Engler appointed Financial Manager Ramona Pearson seems to be still negotiating the contract after the council voted against it in a session on May 24th. The letter, dated July 1, 2004, makes substantive changes to the contract without any input from the council.



AUDIO AND VIDEO FILES: Defending Mt. Hood, the Tongass, and the Siskiyous

Portland, 09.07.2004 15:03



THE PERFECT STORM: New York Gets Ready for the RNC

09.07.2004 14:49

The 2004 Republican National Convention will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, August 30 through September 2, 2004. Organizers have been preparing for mass marches, direct action and street theater for nearly a year. And NYC IMC and its paper, The Indypendent, will be on the ground covering it all. || Interviews with anti-RNC organizers || ���We Choose the World��� || noRNC Poster Collective>

The NYC Grassroots Media Coalition, which includes the New York City Independent Media Center, is working to provide convergence spaces for independent reporters from August 27 to September 4. The Grassroots Media Coalition is asking independent journalists from out of town to register here.



ecology

imc-bcn, 09.07.2004 13:24

GMO's, biotech and biohacking... :

Multinationals are trying to control life using patent rights

demonstrations at San Francisco biotechnology convention (english) : : :Argentinian countrymen threatened by bussiness of transgenic soybean : : : transgenics : seven questions to think about : : : Agriculture department will go through transgenic politic : : : Lenoir commit for caution principle when dealing clonation : : : Genetic modified food: frequent asked questions : : : How to take control of life according to Monsanto : : : GMO's, new order and misery : : : Biohacking: a scientific name for sacking : : : antitransgenic and antidomination actions : : : Transgenic alphabet - terminator food : : : Canada suprem court favour Monsanto in a judgment against a small producer : : : Transgenic food: cientific and social thoughts : : : Natives call to be united against GMO's : : : The first GM maize by the UE from 1998 endorsed : : : Latin American encounter against genetic modified organisms : : : To patent genes and investigation is mortgaging future

altra info eco :: [18th AND 19th OF JUNY AT L���AMPOLLA] FIESTA IN HONOUR TO THE EBRO RIVER, AND IT'S PEOPLE

+ info :: ecology section+ BiotechIMC



act. 6 de julio

PR IMC, 09.07.2004 12:31

El arte y la protesta se encuentran en el Viejo San Juan



New York's Alright: One Update on the RNC Protests

NYC, 09.07.2004 12:18

(from the Open Newswire): Scene report of the RNC Protests by local NYC anarchists.

The RNC protests are going to be huge! Hundreds of thousands will flood the streets: Democrats toeing the party line, liberals of all stripes, and communists of all sects. Even �the UNIONS are coming�! The hip hop kids are coming, the college kids are coming, the Greens are coming, Al Sharpton�s coming, the NGOs, Starhwak, the libertarians and tons of assorted wing-nuts will make an appearance. And don�t forget the millions of New Yorkers who hate Bush or are simply pissed-off because they have to be inconvenienced by closed-off streets, delayed subway trains, or police barricades- they�ll be there too. And more power to them, right?



Open-Publishing

09.07.2004 11:58

A last plea for help



Inicios de julio, Ecuador, Indymedia, Euskal Herria... ��Planeta Tierra!

Euskal Herria, 09.07.2004 11:19

La noche del 9 de julio se veía truncada la prometedora vida del joven Lenin Cali siendo asesinado. Lenin había sido miembro fundador de Indymedia Guayaquil, Ecuador. Por otra parte, el pasado día 8 de julio, la presa política Ohiane Errazkin fue encontrada ahorcada en su celda de la cárcel francesa de Fleury-Mergois, una prisión de las más duras y más grandes de Europa, calificada como “inmunda y propia de la Edad Media” por una comisión parlamentaria francesa. Esto sucedía el mismo día que amigos y amigas de Germán Rodríguez se reunian para denunciar su asesinato y reivindicar su memoria. Hace 26 años, el 8 de julio de 1978 en plenos San Fermines "murió de muerte matada" por la policía. A los dos días en las manifestaciones y actos de protestas Joseba Barandiaran era asesinado igualmente por la policía.

Estos casos no solamente les une un momento en la distancia del tiempo y el espacio sino la impunidad de las oligarquías, los estados y los regímenes. Aquí, allí y en Irak, en Palestina, en Afganistán ....

¡Otros, muchos, mundos son posibles y necesarios!
¡¡Inicios de julio, Ecuador, Indymedia, Euskal Herria, Planeta Tierra!!!

No están mudos
Nunca han partido nuestros muertos
se les oye en la leña
que arde
en el sollozo
del humo
en los labios
de la llaga
Hombro con hombro
vivos y muertos
vamos
Venimos del goteo de un árbol
-cómo no -dirás
-cómo no -diremos.
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos



Actions contre l'extr��me-droite

Indymedia West-Vlaanderen, 09.07.2004 09:59

Actions contre l'extr��me-droite



SGOMBERATO IL BADAQUA'

Indymedia Italia, 09.07.2004 08:46

Uno di meno!



Lof Casiano

Argentina Indymedia (( i )), 09.07.2004 07:57

Viernes 9 de Julio
Lof Casiano: la demanda mapuche y los expedientes X



Lof Casiano

Argentina Indymedia (( i )), 09.07.2004 07:36

Viernes 9 de Julio
Lof Casiano: la demanda mapuche y los expedientes X



Sky City Workers Win

Aotearoa, 09.07.2004 05:51

Workers at Auckland���s Sky City casino have won a pay increase and a number of other demands after a campaign which culminated in a short strike and a mass picket. This victory has opened up the possibility of fighting for a MECA (multi-employer contract agreement) covering all the casino workers in Aotearoa.



Libertarian Presidential Candidate Michael Badnarik Visits Knoxville

Pete Norris, 09.07.2004 05:35

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Michael Badnarik meets with area party members and observers at a Knoxville restaurant and tells of his plans for this years' presidential campaign. This is the first visit to the state of Tennessee since Badnarik was chosen as the presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party last May.



Justice for Palestine: tear down the Apartheid Wall!

09.07.2004 03:36

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, the Netherlands, will give its advisory opinion on the Apartheid Wall in Palestine on July 9th. In light of the upcoming opinion from the ICJ, the Israeli government is trying to manipulate the truth and disguise the colonial foundation of its racist apartheid policy. It has depicted a decision by its own High Court to move 30km of the Apartheid Wall as a Palestinian ���victory���, but Palestinians see how, on the contrary, this decision validates Israel���s claim that the Wall is solely a security measure and how it states that the Wall can be built on Palestinian land.

The Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign calls on all people to remain critical of the ICJ opinion, whatever the outcome. Help bring the Palestinian grassroots struggle against the Apartheid Wall to the forefront of global action and amplify the claims of those resisting on the ground:

Tear Down the Apartheid Wall!

Stop the Occupation!

Sanctions and Boycott on Apartheid Israel!



Ecuador IMC activist assassinated

via IMC Ecuador, 08.07.2004 23:25

23 year old Lenin Cali Najera, national leader of the youth of Pachakutik and founding member of Indymedia Guayaquil (Ecuador) was assassinated on the night of June 29th.



Yes, Virginia IS a Swing State

Noah Scalin, 08.07.2004 22:35

A new poster and web campaign is letting Virginians know that Bush only won Virginia by 8% in 2000 and that 47% percent of eligible VA voters didn't go to the polls that year. In the 2000 election Bush won 52% of the Virginia popular vote, Gore got 44%, and Nader 2%. Virginia carries 13 electoral college votes. Bush got 5 more than Gore in 2000.




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