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The Aladdin Sisalem True Survivor Story

06.04.2004 05:44

Aladdin Sisalem confined alone on Manus Island Lombrum Detention Centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, 2004: Predestined to refugee status by the political circumstances of his birth in Kuwait to a Palestinian father and an Egyptian mother, 25 year old Aladdin Sisalem (Weblog) now sits in solitary confinement on an island that costs the Australian Government almost as much in bad public relations as it does in money (Keeping the centre open for him is costing Australian taxpayers Aus$23,000 a day). The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) granted Sisalem refugee status. But Australian Minister for Immigration, Amanda Vanstone, has 'justified' the Government's action by stating that Sisalem did not ask for the proper form by name although he repeatedly asked for protection and asylum in Australia, when in the Australian Migration Zone. Mandatory, indefinite Detention by the Australian Government has been called a Crime Against Humanity by respected barrister Julian Burnside (full speech & legal argument).

While thousands flocked to a Palm Sunday Rally in Melbourne for Refugee justice, State of Emergency has published a critique of the current refugee movement, arguing that they fail to recognise what is the true cause of the current crisis. The very concept of State sovereignty is the cause for the current incarceration of asylum seekers, rather than the lack of good will from the leaders of this country.

[Free Aladdin | Petition | XBORDER | noborder network | Melbourne IMC on Borders]



Wende im Ageeb-Prozess

res publica, 04.04.2004 17:14

Der Prozess in Deutschland gegen drei Bundesgrenzschutzbeamte um den Tod eines Abschiebehäftlings im Jahr 1999 ist geplatzt. Am elften Verhandlungstag verwies das Frankfurter Amtsgericht am Montag den Fall des bei der Abschiebung nach Sudan gestorbenen Sudanesen Aamir Ageeb an eine höhere Instanz. Der neue Prozess findet nunmehr vor der Schwurgerichtskammer des Landgerichts statt. Zur Begründung sagte der Vorsitzende Richter Ralph Henrici, es bestehe der hinreichende Tatverdacht, die Angeklagten könnten sich auch einer Körperverletzung mit Todesfolge schuldig gemacht haben. Bislang waren sie nur wegen fahrlässiger Tötung angeklagt.

[Bild: Mit zunehmender Rumpfbeugung werde die Hände in die Magengrube gepressst und der Helm ins Kissen. Atembewegung wird vollständig unterbunden.] Amir Ageeb indy.de more images



Philippine Transportation Strike

03.04.2004 14:02

Transportation Strike Supporters March Faced with increasing costs the Philippine transportation workers held a one day strike March 30th to demand fare increases. The strike was able to shutdown 85-97 percent of public transport in the routes in the strike areas. Despite media distortion the strike was widely supported by the commuting public. The transportation workers were demanding that government regulators raise fare limits to account for increased fuel costs and inflation. Read more at indymedia Quezon City.



Libertaram aos companheiros detidos em Salta

li, 07.04.2004 22:14

Às 22 horas libertaram a Pablo indio, integrante de indymedia argentina e ao dirigente da comunidade Ava Guaraní, Horacio Guzmán. .

Más Información:
Solidaridad desde Bolivia + Solidaridad Wayruro+ Solidaridad La Plataforma + Solidaridad Ärea de comunicación Barrios de Pie + Informe de las detenciones comunidad Ava Guaraní + Informe del consejal del Partido Obrero- Orán + IMC Italia + Reclamo por la lIbertad de Horacio y Pablo + Solidaridad con los detenidos + Clajadep se Solidariza + Solidaridad + Solidaridad Ojo Obrero + Comunicado de Telam + Audio de Comunicación telefonica con la Comisaria de Orán



Australian University Students protest Fee increases

02.04.2004 08:10

Student protest in Melbourne occupies RMIT Vice Chancellors Office University Students around Australia protested impending plans to increase HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) fees by up to 25 per cent in a day of national action on 31 March. This is part of the conservative Federal Howard Government plan of winding back access to University Education.

In Melbourne 1,500 students marched through the streets, and up to 100 students invaded and occupied the Vice Chancellor's office of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) (Photos 1, 2, 3). In Sydney students from universities converged on the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and attempted to confront the Vice Chancellor about the impending fees increase. Instead, they were met with an unnecessary and heavy-handed police reaction, with pepper spray being used indiscriminately and without warning on shocked and unsuspecting students (photos. Brisbane Students staged a Sit-Down at an Intersection To Stop HECS Increase. A nation-wide electronic sit-in held before the protests had mixed success.

[Melbourne IMC | Sydney IMC | Brisbane IMC | Perth IMC]



URGENTE: Pablo Indio ((i)) y Horacio Guzman fueron detenidos

01.04.2004 22:22

En el día de hoy fue detenido en la ciudad de Oran, provincia de Salta, el periodista y miembro de Indymedia Argentina Pablo Badano, conocido por su pseudónimo Pablo Indio, con el que suele firmar sus reportajes sobre la situación de los pueblos originarios.

Pablo estaba realizando la cobertura de una movilización de la Comunidad Indigena Estación El Tabacal y otras comunidades Guaranies, que reclaman la devolución de tierras usurpadas por la Seabord Corporation.

La detención se produjo mientras se realizaba la desconcentración y el grueso de la gente se dirigía hacia Yrigoyen. Pablo fue interceptado por una camioneta doble tracción de la brigada de Investigaciones, y fue detenido junto a Horacio Guzman, un miembro de la comunidad con quién estaba conversando.

Según todos los testigos, no medió ningún incidente ni antes ni durante la detención. Tanto Pablo Badano como Horacio Guzman se encuentran en estos momentos (17:30 hora local) detenidos e incomunicados, aparentemente -ya que no hay quién de una versión oficial- por averiguación de antecendentes.

Numerosas organizaciones y personalidades se están comunicando con la comisaría de Oran para interiozarse de la situación de los detenidos. Lo invitamos a hacerlo, comunicándose a la Unidad regional 2, tel (+54) 03878-421024.

Agradecemos por su solidaridad, y los mantendremos informados ante cualquier novedad.

Indymedia Argentina



April Fools / Poisson d’Avril!

01.04.2004 22:03

Don't panic! Contrary to recent reports, Indymedia is NOT in talks with CBS/Viacom. Anti-GE activists have NOT bought Monsanto, Corsica will NOT become a detention center, and the 1st of May has NOT been removed from the calendar! Much less fortunately, Bush and Cheney are still in office in the United States.

These prank articles were posted in celebration of what is known across Europe and the United States as April Fools Day. On this day, it is common for people to play jokes on their friends, usually by telling outrageous stories or performing stunts that are punctuated by the exclamation: April Fools! (Or in France, Poisson d'Avril, "April's Fish!")

While the choice of day is limited to certain countries, the concept itself is a cross-cultural phenomenon. The same tradition is celebrated in Spain and across Latin America on December 28, "El Dia de los inocentes." Some trace the holiday back to the ancient festival of Holi, celebrated since ancient times by Hindu cultures on the first full moon of March. Others draw connections with the concept of carnival-festivals in which the usual social order is turned upside-down. This is seen as a reminder that none one, particularly those in power, should take themselves too seriously all the time.

As the humorist Mark Twain writes: "The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year."



Police Murder Unarmed Person of Color

30.03.2004 20:27

On Sunday March 28th, just after 5pm PST, two Portland police officers stopped James Perez for a traffic violation, in a neighbourhood traditionally "money-poor" but rich in spirit. A traffic violation generally is a small fine, this time it resulted in death, without trial, judge, or jury. Soon after the murder, portland indymedia readers began their own investigation of the crime and the officers involved.

James Perez, a person of color, was shot in his car multiple times by a police handgun, and at least once by a police tazer, it hasnt been confirmed if the officers attempted to use "less-lethal" weapons before opening fire. Apparently Perez was asked to exit his vehicle and was unbuckling his seat belt when one officer, Jason Sery, opened fire.

This is not the first public police murder in Portland, in the recent past two other highly publicized murders occured. The Portland Police shot and murdered Kendra James one year ago, and Jose Mejia Poot two years ago. All victims were people of color. So far no officer related murders have resulted in any serious punishement of the murderers.

RELATED: 15 Hours Later | Rose City Cop Watch | Portland Cop Watch | Kendra james Video (download)



Stealing the Commons - the commodification of water

29.03.2004 05:23

Water Not Profit Consumer activists and organizations in the Philippines have condemned the bailout agreement between the wealthy Lopez clan and the government. Together with the French water giant Suez, Lopez-owned Benpres is controlling Maynilad, one of the two private concessionaires that are distributing water in Metro Manila since the privatization of the service in 1997. While the company has raised water rates by 226 percent and both Benpres and Suez have milked the company dry, Maynilad accumulated a debt of P8 billion to the government. Under the current bailout agreement, the government will not collect these unpaid concession fees and assume almost P11 billion in outstanding obligations of the near-bankrupt company in exchange for shares. While this deal obviously favors Benpres and Suez instead of the consumers, the latter will have to bear a new rate increase of 32 percent.

Around the world there are struggles against Corporate control of local water services and control of water resources: Argentina; Cochabamba, Bolivia; Grenoble, France; New Delhi, India; Jakarta, Indonesia; Papakura, New Zealand; South Africa; Michigan and Stockton, in the USA; to name but a few.

[ Operation Water Rights (including Corporate Profiles) | Water Justice |
Philippine Water Vigilance Network | Public Citizen |Reclaim the Commons ]



Critical Mass cyclists say goodbye to Tooker Gomberg

29.03.2004 04:37

Tooker Gomberg - cyclist Critical Mass cyclists took to the streets of Canadian cities in memorial and celebration of environmentalist, cycling and social justice activist Tooker Gomberg. Described by Ottawa Indymedia as "One of Canada's most daring and courageous political figures, Tooker was a friend, co-conspirator and guiding light to so many of us. A selfless trailblazer, Tooker's absence will be felt in Canada's environmental, labour, social justice, human rights, arts and music communities - and around the world. We invite you to join in reflection, mourning and celebration of such an exemplary writer, activist, politician, videographer and comedian."

IMC Reports: Vancouver, Maritmes, Hamilton, Alberta, Victoria)

[Greenspiration | Angela Bischoff's eulogy | Memorial Forum]



26.000 pessoas para serem deportadas da Holanda

zampano, 31.03.2004 02:20

O governo holandês defende a politica de deportação com intimidação e repressão.

O governo holandês planeia fazer passar um decreto para permitir a deportação massiva de 26.000 refugiados, ao passo que apenas que um pequeno numero deles recebeu permissão para permanecer na Holanda. Desde a apresentação desta proposta uma onda de acções de protesto assolou o país e organizações internacionais como a “Human rights Watch” condena esta politica visto que ela violaria os princípios internacionais e criaria situações difíceis para os refugiados.

No conjunto de acções que se iniciaram no fim de Janeiro, um protesto foi planeado no centro de detenção de Zestienhoven perto de Roterdão no domingo ,21 de Março. A manifestação foi anunciada da devida forma e questões de segurança foram discutidas com as autoridades locais. Apesar disso, as autoridades locais ilegalmente decidiram proibir todos os protestos, não só à volta de Zestienhoven como em toda a cidade de Roterdão.

Uma enorme barreira policial foi colocado à volta da cidade. Dois autocarros foram parados, foi pedida identificação a tod@s @s passageir@s e ilegalmente fotografadas. Quatro pessoas foram detidas. Todos os carros que iam a caminho de Zestienhoven foram parados, e as pessoas dos carros foram questionadas e fotografadas. Teriam que ter um “muito boa desculpa” para seguir caminho. Transportes públicos foram também parados e @s passageir@s postos fora dos auto carros para serem também fotografad@s e identificad@s. Os protestantes tentaram caminhar de volta para a estação de comboios numa manifestação mas foram proibid@s e forçad@s a ir de volta para a cidade no autocarro. Três carros da polícia seguiram o autocarro no caminho de volta até à estação, inundada também por polícia. Apenas um pequeno protesto alternativo, em frente da prisão de Bijlmer em Asterdão, que possui uma secção de deportação, foi permitida.



Climate Change 'Greater Threat Than Terrorism', Says Professor

27.03.2004 09:54

Quo vadis? Professor Tony McMichael, from the Australian National University's Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, says world weather patterns are becoming more unstable and will get worse. "We've got to recognise there's an international stand-off when it comes to signing (the) Kyoto (Protocol), Australia's not signing Kyoto, that's a disgraceful decision by Canberra," he said. Professor McMichael is a member of an international policy initiative launched on March 16 to address the threat of global climate change.

He joins Tony Blair's chief scientist in criticism of those who will not sign the agreement. Sir David King launched a withering attack on US President George W. Bush in January.

Climate change will affect our health, as detailed in reports such as 'Human Health and Climate Change in Oceania'

[How global warming may cause the next Ice Age | Rising Tide Climate Justice Network | The discovering of Global Warming]



Bush Ship of State Hits Iceberg - Republicans Jumping Ship

global features, 24.03.2004 05:00

neverbush The Bush regime has taken another serious hit after former White House counterterrorism coordinator, Richard Clarke became the latest insider to reveal just how dishonestly the present administration behaved both before and after 9/11. Clarke's credentials are impeccable. He served under seven U.S. presidents and worked inside the White House for former president, George H.W. Bush, president Bill Clinton, and, of course, George W. Bush. Mr.Clarke stated pointedly in a newly released book that the Bush regime had "a plan from day one that they wanted to do something about Iraq. And while the World Trade Centre was still smoldering, while they were still digging bodies out, people at the White House were thinking, 'This gives us the opportunity we've been looking for to go after Iraq'." Presently, the Bush regime's minions are fanning out around the corporate media with yet more deception in a frantic attempt at damage repair.



Israel Assassinates Hamas Leader

global features, 23.03.2004 05:00

funeral of Yassin Declaring that the gates of hell have been opened, Hamas militants are vowing revenge on Israel and it's U.S. benefactors for the assassination of Hamas founder and political leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin as he left the mosque following morning prayers. In addition to Yassin, 7 Palestinian civilians, including 3 of Sheikh Yassin’s bodyguards, were killed and 17 others injured, including two of Sheikh Yassin's sons. According to The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights "at approximately 05:20 on Monday morning, Israeli helicopter gunships launched 3 missiles at Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, 66, an elderly disabled man, after he had left the Islamic Association Mosque in the densely populated al-Sabra neighborhood in the center of Gaza city, after the dawn payer. Sheikh Yassin was traveling on his wheelchair accompanied by 3 bodyguards, when one of the missiles directly hit Sheikh Yassin and his bodyguards. The other two missiles exploded in the surrounding area and killed 4 other civilians."



52 activistas presos atarvés de lei do Apartheid

Milé Sardera, 22.03.2004 23:39

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No dia 21 de Março, a polícia abriu fogo, com granadas de contusão sobre membros do Fórum Anti-Privatização Gauteng (APF), que protestavam contra a privatização da água (http://www.halifaxinitiative.org/index.php/Home/522) e a instalação de metros cúbicos pré-pagos. Foram presos 52 membros do AFP (http://southafrica.indymedia.org/news/2004/03/5607.php), incluindo 6 crianças, sob a acusação de violar o Acto sobre Ajuntamentos (Gathering Act). Este acto faz parte duma lei que data dos tempos do Apartheid e que dá, à polícia, poderes alargados para impedir ou interferir, seja da forma que for, acções de protesto legítimas. A censura crescente e as leis do tempo do Apartheid tês estado a ser usadas para suprimir a dissidência e o activismo social, de acordo com a International Freedom Of Expression Exchange (http://www.ifex.org/fr/content/view/full/50205/). Tudo isto vem no seguimento da formação da coligação contra a privatização da água na África do Sul(http://www.labournet.net/world/0309/sawater5.html) e dos protestos contra o pré pagamento de metros cúbicos(http://southafrica.indymedia.org/news/2003/09/4496.php) em Phiri, Soweto, em Setembro de 2003 (Fotos - http://southafrica.indymedia.org/news/2003/09/4518.php). Com as eleições sul africanas agendadas para 14 de Abril, a luta continua na África do Sul (http://southafrica.indymedia.org/news/2004/03/5558.php), mesmo numa altura em que os média empresariais encorajam a crença no facto de o ANC ter trazido felicidade e liberdade para o seu povo. CMI África do Sul (http://southafrica.indymedia.org/) | Privatização da água (http://www.aidwatch.org.au/index.php?current=17) | Ouro azul: A crise global da água (http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Water/Blue_Gold.html)



M20 Protests All Around The World

IMC Features Collective, 21.03.2004 02:48

Millions have rallied all around the globe, both on March 19, the actual anniversary of the invasion, as well as March 20--the anniversary of worldwide protests against the war.

In Iraq, a demonstration took place in Baghdad in tandem with protests around the world against the violence of the occupation. The protest was also a powerful show of unity between Sunni and Shia muslims. The marches started with the Shias in Khadamiya, and the Sunnis across the river in Adamiya. The two groups met just as the Shias came over the bridge, and emotions were high as they merged into one. Then together they walked to a public square where speakers denounced the occupation and called for unity between all Iraqis.

Protest Coverage Around the World:

Compilation of Reports from Arkansas-Indymedia
Photos/Numbers from 80+ protests from Germany-Indymedia

Live streaming audio from the streets:

[Chicago IMC (signed off) | Portland IMC | Washington, DC IMC (signed off) | Enemy Combatant Radio (still broadcasting) (SF-Bay Indymedia)] | More Radio Streams



Thousands rally in M20 anti-war protests across Oceania

20.03.2004 17:53

M20 antiwar protest in Melbourne Although turnouts were not as great as the February 2003 massive rallies against war, thousands of people across Oceania have participated in anti-war protests and peace marches to mark the first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Protests occured around Aotearoa and included an anti-Occupation Action in Wellington (speech,Photos 1,2), a protest in Auckland (Photos 1), a protest and flag buring in Christchurch and many more smaller protests.

In Australia, several thousand people protested in both Melbourne (Report, Photos), and Sydney (Report). A thousand people rallied in Brisbane, 200 in Perth, and smaller protests in Canberra and Hobart and other regional centres. Adelaide held a protest on Sunday (Photos).

In the Philippines a Candlelight protest was held on Friday night and a further protest in Manila on Saturday where over 1000 people were attacked by fire hoses (Photos). More than fifty East Timorese people and a number of internationals protested in Dili outside the US Embassy in regard to the occupation of Iraq.

Other protests occurred in Tokyo, Japan where organisers estimated 30,000 people protested the Japanese involvement in sending members of the Self Defence Force to Iraq. In Seoul, Korea about 1,500 mostly young college students staged a peaceful anti-war demonstration. In Thailand, dozens of people protested in front of the American and British embassies in the capital Bangkok, protesting the deployment of 450 Thai troops in Iraq. Demonstrations also occurred in Hong Kong, and in New Delhi in India.



M20: Streaming audio from the streets

20.03.2004 16:52

Live streaming audio from the streets:

[Chicago IMC (signed off) | Portland IMC | Washington, DC IMC (signed off) | Enemy Combatant Radio (still broadcasting) (SF-Bay Indymedia)]



Migrant workers in Korea call for international solidarity

19.03.2004 06:28

Korean migrant workers protest 'slave permits' Since November 16 2003 South Korean authorities are hunting 120,000 migrant workers with the aim to deport them. Equality Trade Union Migrants' Branch (ETU-MB) and several other groups decided to resist and occupied on Nov 15 Myeong-dong cathedral compound (Report 15-16 March)in the heart of the South Korean capital Seoul. Seventy migrant workers from Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh, are there, daily agitating and protesting against the government's plans. On two occasions legal ETU-MB demonstrations have been viciously attacked by units of immigration officers and riot police, resulting in two migrants being seized and multiple injuries.

On 23 February, 19 migrant workers in Hwaseong detention center began a hunger strike. Migrant workers on hunger strike are presently being forcibly deported. The migrant permit system has been described as a South Korean Slave system providing cheap docile labour to maximise corporate profit. Read a chronology and call for international solidarity at Sydney Indymedia and send a protest via Labourstart.

ZNET: Migrant Workers and the Struggle for Political Space | Equality Trade Union Migrants' Branch | Labour News from Korea



Plan Puebla Panamá

18.03.2004 18:57

Numa enorme ironia, o Banco Mundial produziu recentemente um documento intitulado Porque o NAFTA não afeta o Sul em que cita, "O NAFTA não afetou o sul por causa dos obstáculos ao desenvolvimento econômico que aflingem os estados do sul, tais como uma infra estrutura insuficiente." Em sua Estratégia de Desenvolvimento para os estados do sul mexicanos o Banco Mundial "sugere o estímulo do crescimento econômico reduzindo os obstáculos que impedem de fazer negócio na região, tal como a falta de acesso ao mercado, o vasto e caro mercado para serviços financeiros, e os conflitos legais no que diz respeito à posse da terra."

Precedendo sua inauguração em 2001, o presidente mexicano, e antigo executivo da Coca Cola, Vincent Fox prometeu tratar com o que o Banco Mundial se refere como "Conflitos referentes à posse da terra" implementando osAcordos de San Andres nos Indigenous Rights and Culture (Direitos e Cultura Indígena), que ía reconhecer legalmente e proteger as terras arrendadas indígenas. Estas promessas permaneceram vazias, entretanto, simultaneamente virtual aos primeiros murmuros do Plano Puebla Panamá (PPP) emitidas do outro lado, Fox continuou seus passos da guerra contra os indígenas do México.

MEDIOSINDEPENDIENTES: ALCA CMI | Chiapas CMI




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