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Bi-Coastal Protests in the United States

06.06.2004 22:33

On the Atlantic Ocean, in Sea Island, GA, the Group of 8 (G8) Summit will bring together leaders of the world's richest nations. Behind closed doors, eight men will decide political, economic and social issues affecting more than 6 billion people. Meanwhile, civil liberties in South Georgia are being undermined by the Georgia Governor's "state of emergency" and excessive police and military build up in the area have limited the likelihood that alternative visions of social justice, such as the "Fix Shit Up Project", will be effective.
MORE INFORMATION: Atlanta IMC | No G8

Meanwhile on the Pacific Coast, activists against biotechnology have come from all across the world to San Francisco for this years Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) meeting, stressing alternatives as they Reclaim the Commons.

MORE INFORMATION: For updates from the streets, check [ Bay Area Indymedia ] or [ Enemy Combatant Radio | TUNE IN NOW!!! ]
For in-depth coverage and analysis, check [ Biotech IMC ]



Actions of Interest

06.06.2004 21:49

[ Reclaim the Commons: San Francisco Bay Area IMC | Enemy Combatant Radio | Biotech IMC | SF ]
[ Group of 8 (G8): Atlanta Indymedia, SF ]
[ EU-LAC Updates and Solidarity: Guadalajara Indymedia ]



Josu case close to verdict in Buenos Aires

06.06.2004 20:08

On June 8th and 9th Josu's judgment will be carried out in Buenos Aires, imprisoned in this city till the resolution of the Argentine Justice about the extradition request raised by the Spanish government. The judge of his case, Claudio Bonadío, has publicly stated that he is disposed to give the extradition and even more, till now he hasn't accepted any another defense proof than the report of the Torture Relater of the UN.

Between the proofs rejected by Bonadío is the report of the human rights organization SERPAJ-Uruguay about to the case, Mikel Alberdi's letter (prisoner seventeen years for the attempt of which Josu is accused) claiming for Josu's innocence, and the summary of the Spanish Justice about the attempt (which doesn't mentions Josu).

After a strong global campaign the judge Bonadío accepted in the judgment the testimony of four Argentine citizens, between them the peace Nobel Prize Adolfo Perez Esquivel. In case Bonadío gives place to the extradition order, the defense will appeal to the Supreme Court of Justice; after this stage, it will be the Argentine government who will have to decide.

"Solidarity is the tenderness of the people" it's a phrase of Neruda mentioned by Juanita, Josu's wife, in her open letter. Every day there come new expressions of this tenderness: in Internet adhesions are gathered to a request for the freedom of this citizen, and several organizations request his political asylum.

More info: josu-askatu.org press releases of the Association Basque Diaspora [1 | 2 | 3 ] others petitions: avaeh other article Juicio de Burgos II



Bush visiting Italy and France

imc-global, 04.06.2004 21:36

Bush visted Italy, Rome on June 4th, he visted Berlusconi and the Pope. Protests were planned in Rome
Pictures [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 ] , Pink Paint Party foto [1|2]
Video [ 1 - 2]

On June 5th he went to France to be part of the commemorations of WWII in Normandie this weekend.

And Paris It was not easy to protest in France because of the huge securityrules; Paris was declared as one big Red zone
Pictures: 1|2|3|4| Video: 1
Articles(French) on police provocation/repression: 1|2|3|

Indymedia Paris, Indymedia Italy, Indymedia Rome



Marcha Europeia de franceses &quot;sem-papeis&quot;

zampano, 07.06.2004 21:42

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Desde a última segunda-feira, 31 de Maio, um grupo de cerca de 90 franceses “sem-papeis” (“imigrantes ilegais) marcha desde Bruxelas,1 | 2 ] o “centro” da união europeia até Paris numa tentativa de chamar a atenção para a sua situação insustentável. Aí eles tiveram um debate com “sem-papeis” belgas sobre a luta pela regularização em França. A 2 de Junho chegaram a Liège onde marcharam pela cidade até ao centro de deportação de Vottem, a 3 de Junho eles chegaram a Ghent [ 1 | 2 ]. Daí irão marchar através de Courtray e depois irão de volta para França [Itinerary] A sua primeira paragem em França é em Lille onde desde o inicio de Maio outro grupo “sem-papeis” se encontra em greve de fome. A 2 de Junho este grupo foi brutalmente detido pouco depois de terem sido aceites no hospital. Os grevista que continuam a sua acção continuam-na no “Bouse du Travail”

[ imc Liège | imc Oost-Vlaanderen | imc Lille ]



Monsanto all around the world

02.06.2004 17:22

Monsanto, the world most prominent biotech company is facing protests all over the world. Farmers' groups on Mindano Islands (Philipines) staged a "mock trial" that proclaimed agrochemical transnational giant Monsanto Corporation guilty of promoting deadly science and other "crimes" allegedly committed against the Filipino peasantry. (read more below).

Menawhile in South Africa, the Environmental Justice Networking Forum held a demonstration against the lack of public access to information and the unwanted introduction of genetically modified (GM) foods into South Africa, and in support of Biowatch who has taken the South African Department of Agriculture and regulatory agencies to court to obtain information related to the permission for planting, growing and feeding of these crops to the public. The Department of Agriculture was joined by Monsanto, Delta and Pine Land and Stoneville Pedigreed Seed (another Monsanto spin-off, paying royalties to Monsanto) in opposing Biowatch’s action. Monsanto itself is responsible for over 90% of global GM plantings and has even greater presence here in South Africa, approaching 100%. (read more below).

In Canada, a long awaited court case concluded with the outragous decision affirming Monsanto’s right to prosecute farmers who are found to have GM crops growing on their land. The Supreme Court of Canada has announced their decision on Schmeiser's appeal by determining that Monsanto's patent is valid, but Schmeiser is not forced to pay Monsanto anything as he did not profit from the presence of RR canola in his fields. In this respect the outcome can be considered a draw, because Percy and Louise Schmeiser were about to loose their farm over this. (read more below)

[ QC Indymedia | MASIPAG | SEARICE || Indymedia South Africa | Biowatch || Vancouver IMC | Percy Schmeiser | ETC Group || Biotech Indymedia]



The Indypendent Marks a Milestone: 50 Issues and Still Going Strong

NYC IMC, 02.06.2004 06:39

Indypendent May 26, 2004 The Indypendent was launched in September of 2000 as an occasional 4-page black-and-white paper. Now a full color, 16-page biweekly, The Indypendent celebrates its 50th issue this week. Articles include Steven Wishnia's tale of his teen-age encounter with legions of pro-Nixon cops at the '72 Republican National Convention, a look at upcoming anti-G8 protests in Georgia, an unprecedented anti-Wal-Mart convergence being planned in Arkansas and Greenpeace's recent victory over Justice Department fanatics. We also take a look at struggles closer to home from Little Pakistan to Freddy's Bar in Fort Greene to a defiant march on Times Square by young people of color activists to the battle for full access to birth control. || Full PDF of Issue #50.



Aladdin Sisalem Granted 'Humanitarian Visa'

02.06.2004 02:38

The Australian Government, after stating that Aladdin Sisalem did not qualify for Australian protection, has granted the stateless, Kuwait-born Palestinian refugee a 'humanitarian visa' to live in Australia. After being ill-treated, Sisalem said he was relieved, but not excited at the prospect. "Actually, I don't know how to explain my feeling after I was given another chance in life. I feel very tired because of the time that I spent there." (Photos)

Melbourne IMC | Perth IMC | Free Aladdin



Guadalajara-Urgente

Report, 01.06.2004 02:45

30 de Maio, 13:00 horas:

  • 30-40 continuam na prisão. 10 foram soltos ontem no começo da noite durante o protesto na frente da prisão.
  • 8 estrangeiros foram levados pelas autoridades de imigração à Cidade do México, onde enfrentaram deportação. A situação de 3 estrangeiros é desconhecida. A Polícia soltou uma lista de 44 pessoas detidas; a maioria acusada de destruição da propriedade e baderna, e podem sofrer sentenças de prisão.

31 de Maio:

  • 6 manifestantes de Monterrey foram transferidos para a penitenciária Puente Grande.

Novidades: guadalajara.mediosindependientes.org/



Migrant Workers Celebrate 200 Days of Sit-In Struggle in Seoul

31.05.2004 10:16

Sunday marked 200 days of struggle in the heart of Seoul by the migrant workers of Myoung Dong Sit-In Struggle Collective, whose demands are: Stop Crackdown! Legalize all Migrants! Koreans are also currently protesting against a proposed US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, against the government's decision to send S. Korean troops to Iraq, against plans for another US military base in S. Korea, and against a nuclear dumping facility.

[ migrant.nodong.net/sitin | jinbonet | sarangbang | anarclan | KCTU ]



Fighting Palestinian deportations in Montreal

30.05.2004 09:41

FIGHTING PALESTINIAN DEPORTATIONS IN MONTREAL

Throughout the past year the Coalition Against the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees has led a Montreal based campaign to fight the deportation of more than 100 Palestinian refugees from Canada. A majority of the pending Palestinian deportations are slated for the coming weeks and months, so there are a series of actions and events, which are being organized to build support for the fight against Palestinian deportations.

The political power of collective action and popular support for the Palestinian refugees was clearly illustrated this past month with the case of Osama Saleh. After a persistent political campaign, Osama's pending deportation to the West Bank was halted by a Canadian Federal Court Judge. The Coalition Against the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees continues to highlight the case of Khalil Ayoub, 67, Nabih Ayoub, 69, and Therese Boulos Haddad, 62, three Palestinian refugees from the refugee camp of Ein El-Helweh in Lebanon who have taken sanctuary in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Church since the 30th of January 2004 in order to escape deportation.



Concluída a Reunião de Cúpula com violenta repressão em Guadalajara

Report, 30.05.2004 03:49

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Concluída a III Reunião de Cúpula dos Chefes de Estado e de Governo da América Latina, Caribe e da União Européia (III ALCUE) com uma condenação suave e indireta à tortura militar estadunidense no Iraque, acordos comerciais sem aval popular, violência contra manifestantes ao finalizar a marcha geral e por volta de 100 detidos e desaparecidos além de 30 feridos durante à noite de ontem, num ambiente tenso.



Civil Liberties in a State of Emergency

29.05.2004 13:28

Crunch! The US State really doesn't want protests to take place this summer.

Activists in Georgia, Boston and New York are facing unparalled obstacles to organizing against the G-8, the DNC and the RNC. In the same week that U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that "al-Qaida plans to attempt an attack on the United States in the next few months," we have witnessed:

The GA state of emergency went into affect on Monday, May 24 and runs through June 20, 2004. Though a few permits were recently issued for G-8 demonstrations they could be revoked under the state of emergency, thus creating a situation where all assemblies are declared unlawful. In addition, the state of emergency could allow for:
  • Martial rule to be declared
  • Curfews to be imposed
  • Military units to "guard" the streets
  • Detention and arrest of demonstrators until the "emergency" is over
  • Escalation of use of force with limited accountability
For more information on these attempts to suppress dissent:

[ Atlanta IMC | Boston IMC | NYC IMC | Save Our Civil Liberties Campaign | United for Peace and Justice | Black Tea Society | RNC Watch ]



Quem usurpa quem?

Milé Sardera, 28.05.2004 21:40

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O que começou como um julgamento contra os Mapuches por usurpação de terras, acabou hoje a questionar a legitimidade histórica da Company of Southern Argentine Lands, nas mãos da multinacional Benetton.

Os procedimentos contra a família Curiñanco-Nahuelquir mostrou o óbvio: não havia motivos para iniciar um julgamento penal por 'usurpação' de terras. As alegações do Procurador Geral (a acusação) mostravam, paradoxalmente, que nenhum dos factores da acusação correspondia aos factos a serem julgados: fraude, abuso de confiança, secretismo, ameaças e violência..

[ Fotos: Ceremonia previa | Juicio | Marici Weu | SumÁrio de artIGos: Entrevista a Rosa y Atilio | Crónica de un día de victoria | Vísperas | Desde Esquel | Solidaridad desde Gulumapu | Acción en Grecia | Imprensa Empresarial: Página 12 | Clarín | La Nación | Crónica ]



New book advances case for Bush regime complicity in 9/11 attacks

imc, 27.05.2004 04:00

911 visibility project As the so-called 9/11 Commission continues its investigation of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in the U.S., a new book bringing together many of the previously published alternative theories (some of which we've linked to at Indymedia) and unanswered questions on 9/11 is stirring up controversy. "The New Pearl Harbor : Disturbing questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11" by David Griffin, a reputable scholar, lays out some striking and credible information indicating U.S. government complicity in the attacks.



Nella rete di urbani

<a href="http://italy.indymedia.org">IMC Italy</a>, 25.05.2004 02:25

Marted' 18 Maggio il senato ha approvato in via definitiva la conversione in legge del decreto Urbani. Si tratta di una nuova normativa sul diritto d'autore e sulla repressione della pirateria. Sull'esempio dell'amico amerikano, le leggi che reprimono la libera circolazione dell'informazione anche in Italia vengono inasprite fino all'ossessione.

D'ora in poi, ogni opera dell'ingegno dovra' riportare il "bollino virtuale", ovvero un avviso che certifica che essa rispetta la legislazione sul copyright e informa sulle pene per chi la viola. Ma la regola si applica a qualsiasi opera immessa nelle reti telematiche. Cd, pagine web, file condivisi, persino e-mail: e gli sms no? Violare il DL Urbani sara' reato penale, se le opere verranno distribuite "per trarne profitto". La voluta vaghezza dell'espressione (prima era "a scopo di lucro") copre uno spettro ampissimo di casi, e lascera' ai magistrati l'arbitrio di carcerare per 4 anni 4 chi scarica anche un solo mp3. Oltre a questo, il DL Urbani aumenta le tasse sui supporti informatici (cd, dvd, masterizzatori), un racket destinato alla onorata Societa' Italiana Autori ed Editori (SIAE). Unica buona notizia: l'obbligo alla delazione per i provider, presente nel decreto originale nonostante violi qualsiasi rispetto della privacy, e' stato eliminato dalla proposta di legge.

La norma e' passata senza grandi opposizioni, come si intuisce dai 175 astenuti del centro-sinistra, se non quella delle associazioni per le liberta' digitali (Verdi, AsSoLi e L.U.G.) che oggi martedi 18 alle 9:30 hanno organizzato un presidio a Palazzo Madama in segno di protesta. Come altre leggi repressive approvate al di qua e al di la' dell'Atlantico, il DL Urbani si basa su un'idea del tutto irrealistica della comunicazione in rete e nemmeno Urbani porra' il bollino sulle sue e-mail. In piu', non e' applicabile alla lettera data la mole di informazioni da tenere sotto controllo. Finira' che pochi sfortunati saranno perseguiti duramente dalla legge, allo scopo di intimidire l'intero popolo della rete. Negli Stati Uniti, che arrivano sempre prima, l'FBI ha gia' messo sotto inchiesta dodicenni e pensionati.

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Anti-Walmart Movement Heating Up This Summer

24.05.2004 17:11

Wal-Mart is the largest company in the world and employees over 1.3 million people. Based out the the southern United States, Wal-mart dominates the retailing world and profits greatly from Americas love affair with consumerism. The company is known for it's trendsetting poverty level wages, sale of GM foods, and bully tactics in dealing with everyone from labor to local people who don't want a Walmart store invading their community.

Wal-Mart has been steadily drawing mainstream media attention with a rejection of a proposed WalMart in Inglewood, California as well as exploitation of illegal immigrants. However, those on the frontlines of the battle against corporate America have always known that Wal-Mart has no respect for workers, the communities they locate in, and has no problem getting rich while employees are cheated out of their already low wages. Also veterans of the fair trade movement know that Wal-Mart is the posterchild for companies exploiting free trade deals.

However, not everything is rosy for the world’s largest company and employer. Resistance is blooming in Wal-Mart’s home region of Northwest Arkansas. A coalition of labor, human rights, environmental, peace, and hometown activists have forged the Against The Wal Coalition, which has steadily been planning for a convergence and march on the Wal-Mart Shareholders convention June 4th and 5th. The Against The Wal Roadshow is traveling the mid-south this month spreading the word with teach-ins about Wal-Marts new world paradigm and encouraging concerned people to attend the convergence. The local organizing coalition has secured Hog Ridge Hollow Amphitheatre for the convergence spot and camping for all activists. An Alternatives to Wal-Mart Village will be set up at the convergence spot with an ongoing DIY skill-sharing festival. Local musicians and artists will be performing all day long, and there will be free camping and food provided by good-hearted hillfolk.

Stay tuned to Arkansas IMC for coverage of the Against The Wal Mobilization and ongoing investigation into the largest company ever.

[ AgainstTheWal Coalition | Sprawl Busters | Arkansas IndyMedia | More Wal-Mart Links | Alternatives To Wal-Mart DIY Skill Sharing Festival ]



Torture in Iraq - &quot;What did they leave for the devil to do?&quot;

imc, 24.05.2004 04:00

no more torture The leaked photos of tortured prisoners in Iraq that U.S. military and government officials are now forced to deal with are truly horrific. As one Iraqi put it: "What did they leave for the devil to do?" While an increasing part of such illegal and immoral military activities are contracted out to private companies who employ ex-military personnel, there's plenty of blame to go around within the U.S. government. As military tribunals are gearing up to prosecute the lowest ranking reservist MP’s that appeared in the gruesome photos, high-ranking government sources confide that the torture was part of a top secret ‘black ops’ program to elicit information from Iraqi prisoners by subjecting them to extreme humiliation and sexual abuse. According to these sources, the program was approved by U.S Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, and overseen by his protégé, Stephen Cambone, the Under-Secretary for Intelligence. In addition, there are recent [corporate media] reports that Gen. Sanchez, Commanding General in Iraq, was involved in abuse.



Colombia Rises Against Free Trade Agreements

22.05.2004 20:13

Thousands of workers marched in all the large cities of Colombia Tuesday during the national strike, called by the Comando Unitario de Trabajadores (CUT).

In Cartagena 15,000 demonstrators were violently repressed by the forces of order. On the other side of the country near the Ecuadorian border, in Pasto, thousands were attacked by the police but resisted against those in uniform. In Bucaramandga, Cali, Popayán and many other countries the workers began a 24 hour strike and left their places of work to take to the streets. More that seven million students attending public schools were left with out classes when 300,000 teachers joined the strike.

The common call was: "NO TO THE FTA - NO TO THE FTAA!"

RELATED STORIES: [ DECLARACIÓN DE LA ASAMBLEA FRENTE AL ALCA Y EL TRATADO BILATERAL CON ESTADOS UNIDOS | Policía agredió a No amigos del TLC | FOTOS | In Colombia nobody wants the FTA with United States ]



Protests greet Halliburton Shareholder Meeting

20.05.2004 23:11

500 pig-snout wearing activists raised hell at Halliburton's annual shareholders meeting in Houston, Texas, USA on May 19. Chanting "corporate invasion is not liberation" and "Halliburton, Kellogg, Brown and Root, Go to Iraq and Loot, Loot, Loot" they disrupted the Halliburton meeting to send a message that not all North Americans support the war profiteering and corporate favortism that Halliburton epitomizes. Halliburton is U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's former company and has been the number one financial beneficiary of the war and occupation of Iraq with $9 billion on contracts.

A 25-foot inflatable pig called "Hallibacon" greeted shareholders as they entered the Four Seasons Hotel for the shareholders meeting, and anti-Halliburton banners were dropped all over Houston, including one from a Four Seasons Hotel window. Activists on the street outside the Four Seasons hotel conducted a blockade of the driveway and held a die-in at Halliburton's headquarters just two blocks away from the shareholder meeting. Five activists handcuffed themselves to railings inside the hotel and shouted "your profits are bloody and your hands are too" at the shareholders until they were arrested for trespassing.

Photos 1, 2, 3, 4 | listen to audio reports from KPFT news and Free Speech Radio News | watch video of Houston Police riding horses into protestors | Download the new report, "Houston We Have a Problem", on Halliburton by Corpwatch and Global Exchange




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