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Philippine troops deployed in Iraq, pulled out

21.07.2004 00:08

At 2 p.m. yesterday, 51 Filipino troops completely pulled out from the U.S. occupied Iraq, following the succesful anti-war campaign in the home front to save the life of Angelo dela Cruz who was held captive by the Iraqi liberation army.

According to the infos gathered by corporate medias, Angelo dela Cruz- a Filipino truck driver hostaged by Iraqi militants was released by his captors shortly after the Filipino troops pull-out. This was confirmed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday in a press briefing, announcing that Angelo was already handed over by the Iraqi rebels to the Philippine embassy after she acceded to the rebel’s demand.

The release of Angelo and the pull-out of troops received a warm yet critical welcome from the anti-war movement in the home front against the President’s response to the hostage crisis.

“Our gratitude, however, is not reserved for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. It was her, after all, who by supporting an illegal war and occupation put Angelo dela Cruz in harm's way. It was her who by holding the people's welfare hostage to her and the United States' interests held the life of Angelo on her hand. No: we cannot thank the President for putting aside the knife that she herself had held so close to Angelo's neck,” Iraqi Solidarity Campaign- a coalition of peace and justice groups said in a statement. [ Read More ]



Enforced Democracy: the Bolivian referendum

Jennifer Whitney / Notas de Ninguna Parte, 20.07.2004 04:37

Bolivia voting

After a long day of tension, rumors, and occasional provocations, Bolivian polling stations have closed and the counting of votes is underway. But the results are already known. Regardless of whether the “yes” vote or the “no” vote wins, Bolivia’s most valuable natural resource – natural gas – will remain in the hands of the transnationals.

An eye witness report from Bolivia.

[Bolivia Indymedia | We Are Everywhere ]



Centros de Mídia Independente da Oceania se reúnem na Austrália

pp, 23.07.2004 16:08

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CMIstas e outros ativistas de mídia de todas as partes do Pacífico Asiático se reuniram em Melbourne para a primeira Conferência do Indymedia Oceania. Os assuntos mais importantes discutidos durante os quatro dias foram a compressão e distribuição de vídeo pela internet, redação de notícias e reportágens, análise e coordenação do projeto Indymedia.

Na Conferência estavam: Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Aotearoa, Quezon City, Vancouver, Indybay, Reino Unido, Indymedia Global e o coletivo tech de Sydney Catalyst.

[Oceania Indymedia | Notas da Conferência ]



CMIsta do Chipre é investigado pela CIA

pp., 18.07.2004 17:16

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Na semana passada vimos que a Agência Central de Inteligência (CIA) encaminhou para Embaixada dos Estados Unidos no Chipre ordenando que a Divisão de Investigação Criminal da Polícia do Chipre investigue um CMIsta que é politicamente ativo tanto nos Estados Unidos como no Chipre. Petros Evdokas está vivendo em Portland, Oregon (EUA) e é um voluntário e jornalista do CMI-Chipre.

A investigação de inteligência se baseia em um artigo que ele escreveu para Indymedia Chipre documentando algumas das manipulações que a inteligência Estadunidense utiliza nas Nações Unidas para influir no recente Referendo do Chipre sobre o Plano Annan" (o Plano da ONU para reunificar a ilha, um acordo como o apartheid). O artigo foi republicado no Indymedia Chipre devido ao renovado interesse dos jornais e outras organizações políticas. [ Leia o artigo ]

Queremos dar publicidade a isto e deixar que o povo veja o que se passa. Os investigadores perguntaram aos pais do autor e que declararam por escrito, sim representava uma "ameaça para os interesses estadounidenses". As implicações deste episódio vão mais além para a familía de un ativista e jornalista. Este caso ilustra a política dos Estados Unidos de interferir nos mais pequenos assuntos internos dos outros países e mostra a que ponto as autoridades locais dançam ao som das políticas dos Estados Unidos.



Police brutality against peace movement in Japan is mounting

17.07.2004 01:30

TOKYO, Japan – Three anti-war activists affiliated to World Peace Now (WPN) were brutally harrassed by Japanese police officers by detaining them for a week and later released, after the July 4th "VOTEforPEACE" parade rally that was held in Shibuya district.

According to reports, during the peaceful parade organised by WPN urging the japanese government to withdraw its SDF in Iraq, police officers started to violently provoke the protesters by pushing their back and forced them to walk faster. “Then the police force suddenly got a full nelson on two participants and arrested them, without warning,” Nanashi Solidarity Collective added.

After the incident, some of the WPN contingent immediately held an indignation rally infront the Shibuya Police Station to demand the release of their comrades. But the activists were only assaulted again by the police and grabbed one more innocent detainee. [ Read More ]

Links: World Peace Now (WPN) | "VOTEforPEACE" | later released | Nanashi Solidarity Collective | Read More



Ativista do CMI-Equador assassinado

pp., 10.07.2004 11:24

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Lenin Cali Najera de 23 anos, membro do Pachakutik e do Indymedia Guayaquil (Equador) foi assassinado na noite de 29 de junho.

Mais informações no site do IMC Ecuador



Bush's Timber Czar chased out of Oregon

16.07.2004 14:53

With the first auction of the Biscuit Sales (the largest logging project in the modern history of the Forest Service) set for Friday July 16th, it is Now or Never for Oregon's Wild Siskiyous! The sales are not subject to legal action due to "emergency status determination." The "emergency" is that the trees might rot and be worth less money if the process is slowed by public participation and legal action. Protests at the first five Biscuit Auctions on Friday are followed by a camp out at one of the auctioned sales. Events from slideshows to action camps are staking up to culminate August 27th - 30th with the Cascadia EF! Summer Rendevous, also in the Biscuit. On July 30th, A "Summer Celebration of Life" brings together musicians, artists, and activists in a benefit for the Tre Arrow Legal Defense Fund; Tre is wanted by US authorities for an alleged arson, and is seeking refugee status in Canada. From July 31st - August 2nd, the Cascadia Forest Defenders and Cascadia Rising EcoDefense will be hosting an Action Camp at the Straw Devil timber sale near Eugene, Oregon. Throughout the next month there will be a hike and camp-out at Medicine Lake, a site sacred to local indigenous groups and threatened by Calpine and Halliburton's development through Bush's energy policy. Mark your calendars now to sing and dance with us as we prepare to defend the Siskiyous and all of Cascadia.

Pdx Indymedia Forest Page | O2 Collective (Siskiyou area) | Cascadia RiSiNG! EcoDefense |



Génova – Julgamentos (Actualização)

Kya, 16.07.2004 18:04

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A segunda audição preliminar da rusga à Escola Diaz, em Génova, 2001, foi adiada e acabou por decorrer no dia 9 de Julho. As audições da julgamento Diaz/ Bolzaneto abriram em 26 de Junho, no principal tribunal de Génova. Um grupo de 29 polícias relacionados com a rusga à Escola Diaz, serão julgados em primeiro lugar. Quando este caso acabar, seguir-se-á o julgamento de 44 polícias e três médicos de Bolzaneto. No dia 6 de Julho deu-se a primeira audição do contra-exame da testemunha Corda. Corda é o polícia a quem encarregaram, juntamente com outros 5 colegas, de retirar material vídeo sobre o G8, que deu origem a uma montagem que foi deita de forma a influenciar o juri. Lê mais | CMI Itália



Ativista judia de San Francisco barrada em Israel

maria eugenia, 15.07.2004 19:33

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7/12/04: Jamie Spector, ativista e assistente social de San Francisco, EUA, chegou a Israel no domingo. Ficou detida por 9 horas no AeroportoBen Gurion em Tel Aviv, foi interrogada durante 1 hora, teve a entrada no país negada e ainda está sendo mantida sob custódia das autoridades. Spector é uma das defensoras dos direitos humanos que foram barradas para não entrarem em Israel no último mês. Acredita-se que ela e outros foram marcados para deportação devido a sua associação ao Movimento de Solidariedade Internacional. Ela também trabalha com o grupo Judeus por uma Palestina Livre e a Orquestra de Liberação de Metais na baía de San Francisco. Brooke Atherton, who is also an ISM activist from the Bay Area, was refused entry into Israel in June.



Save Angelo! Pull out Philippine troops from Iraq!

12.07.2004 07:39

Calls to pull out Philippine troops from Iraq are mounting as the life of Filipino truck driver Angelo De la Cruz is still in limbo. Angelo was taken hostage on July 8 by Iraqi rebels who are demanding the pullout of the 51 Filipino soldiers and policemen by July 20.

At least 3,000 Filipino's are currently working in Iraq, many of them on US military bases. They are part of the almost one million Filipino migrant workers in the Middle East who fled the poverty and lack of job opportunities in their own country. Angelo De la Cruz, for example, is a poor 47-year-old father of eight from the town of Mexico, Pampanga.

[Pictures: 1 , 2 , 3| IMC QC | IMC Manila ]



Violência contra trabalhadores em greve no Chile

pp., 13.07.2004 05:05

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150 trabalhadores da fábrica de Indalum em Santiago, Chile entraram em greve na sexta-feira, 2 de julho de 2004, exigindo melhores salários. Desde essa data, eles encararam ataques repetidos por aduaneiros. Mais de cinqüenta trabalhadores foram feridos, dez foram presos e um foi hospitalizado. Mais Informações:
Manifestación fuera de tribunales de los huelguistas de Indalum|| Brutal Represión a los huelguistas de Indalum



Cesare Battisti as a test of Political Asylum - European &quot;anti-terrorism&quot; laws

09.07.2004 18:16

In Italy, hundreds of activist of the 70s are still in jail today for their participation into violent actions in the post-68 Italian upheavals (which lasted over 10 years) and unfair trials. A few hundreds managed to flee and were offered asylum in France by then president François Mitterand in the early 80s, the theory being that forgiveness and amnistia were the best way to calm down things. This policy has been followed over 20 years by various French governments and always confirmed and it had never been challenged by the Italian governments.

Following its very aggressive stance againts lef-wing activists in Italy, the Berlusconi government now seeks a revenge and tests the opportunities offered by the new European anti-terrorism legislation (inspired by the US "Patriot Act"). The purpose is obviously intimidation of activists, which is why we should feel concerned by this old story as much as with the current trials in Genoa.

Cesare Battisti is only the most famous of the Italian refugees, because in his new life as an exiled person, he has become a reasonably successful author of books. Two other people are on the list of the Italian request, but much more feel threatened ; all have renounced violent armed action, although they don't renounce their ideals; a lot have taken wife/husband and have children.

Sign the petition against the expulsion
Feature on IMC-Paris(French)
Via Libre | rezo.net | cesarebattisti.free



THE PERFECT STORM: New York Gets Ready for the RNC

09.07.2004 07:49

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” || 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.



Justice for Palestine: tear down the Apartheid Wall!

08.07.2004 20:36

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!



Repressão Contra Refugiados em França

Milé Sardera, 08.07.2004 23:10

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No dia 25 de Junho, as autoridades francesas maltrataram uma distribuição de comida para refugiados para fazerem uma rusga em Calais, depois de terem dito que não levariam a cabo acções durante a distribuição de comida. Mais de 100 refugiados foram detidos, sem importar se tinham ou não permissão de residência. Não foram permitidas queixas contra o comportamento agressivo da polícia. A rusga deu-se ali, de acordo com autoridade locais, porque reuniões de refugiados ou distribuição de comida para refugiados já não são permitidas em Calais. Apoiantes dos refugiados queixaram-se que o governo francês já nem sequer dá o direito dos refugiados a dormir e comer (reportagem fotográfica, vídeo 1 e 2). Em Paris, no dia 3 de Junho, mais de 600 refugiados ocuparam um parque no Séverine. No dia 4 de Julho, a polícia cercou o parque e desalojou-os de seguida. Houve mais de uma dezena de feridos entre os refugiados. No dia 6 de Julho, a prefeitura de Paris deu uma lista aos apoiantes dos refugiados com o nome de 26 deles, a deportar (notícia e fotos). Artigos do dia 4 de Julho (ordem cronológica): 1 2 3 4 5 6 Fotos: 1 2 3 4 CMI Lille | CMI Paris



Nederlandse actvist wordt uitgewezen naar Zweden.

06.07.2004 08:40

Maarten wordt uitgeleverd aan Zweden. Afgelopen donderdag ontving de 23-jarige fietsenmaker het definitieve besluit van minister Donner van Justitie. Op 29 juni 2004 besloot deze om Maarten aan de Zweedse justitie te overhandigen zonder zijn zaak inhoudelijk te bekijken. Om te protesteren tegen deze beslissing werd vrijdagavond in Amsterdam een manifestatie gehouden door verontwaardigde sympathisanten. Schrijver Geert Mak, zanger The Lau, Groenlinks-politica Kathelijne Buitenweg en Maartens moeder spraken de ruim honderd aanwezigen toe. Daarna liep iedereen achter de sambaband Rhythms of Resistance naar de Vrankrijk, waar Maarten zelf de tap bediende.



Prisoners still held in Guadalajara, International Protests

imc-features, 03.07.2004 11:59

Monday June 28th was an international day of action to demand the liberation of the people who are still being held one month after they were arrested in Guadalajara during the third gathering of heads of state from the EU, Latin America, and the Caribbean (ACLUE). There was a march in Mexico, D.F. to demand that the people who were arrested in Guadalajara exactly one month before be set free. Photos: 1 Report: 1 Read more about the Caravana Libertaria action on Mexico Indymedia. Also planned for that date in Guadalajara were a Forum about Human Rights, Constitutional Legality, and Freedom for All Political Prisoners and a Silent March. An action was also planned for that day in Madrid.

Thirty-three people have been imprisoned in Guadalajara since May 28th. Those who are residents of the state of Jalisco, of which Guadalajara is the capital, have to pay 25,000 pesos ($2,500). Those individuals not from Jalisco are expected to pay 50,000 pesos-- these fees are only the bail that allows them to be released from jail.

Earlier features: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | Mexico Indymedia | Guadalajara Indymedia]



Processo de tribunal da ponte de Aubonne

agualva, 04.07.2004 12:01

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Coincidindo com o inicio em Itália dos julgamentos relacionados com os acontecimentos de 2001 em Génova durante a Cimeira do G8, em Lausane (Suiça) os activistas Martin Shaw, Gesine Wenzel e Olivier enfrentaram o tribunal na segunda-feira 28 de Junho acusados de bloquearem uma estrada e colocarem em perigo a vida dos automobilistas, num processo que ficou conhecido como o Caso da Ponte de Aubonne.

Seguindo o apelo feito pela Campanha da Ponte de Aubonne, cerca de 100 activistas de toda a Europavieram apoiar Martin, Gesine e Olivier na passada segunda-feira. Faixas foram estendidas em volta do tribunal e o almoço foi cozinhado ao ritmo de um sistema de som que deu o sabor da solidariedade à acção. A certa altura, um grupo de teatro representou no exterior do tribunal, distraindo a multidão que não pode entrar dentro da sala de audiências. Embora os activistas fossem considerados culpados por «bloqueio da via pública e colocarem em perigo a vida dos automobilistas», Martin Shaw acabou absolvido e Gesine Wenzel e Olivier foram condenados a 10 e 20 dias com pena suspensa. [ Vê o Video da acção da ponte Aubonne | Comunicado de imprensa 30 de Junho | fotos 1 | 2 | 3 ]

[fotos de arquivo 1| 2| 3| video | reportagens recolhidas]



Art is not Terrorism

01.07.2004 22:26

On May 11, Steve Kurtz, professor of art and member of the Critical Art Ensemble (USA), was arrested on charges of bio-terroism, after he called the emergency services because his wife had died from a cardiac arrest. Now his charges have been downgraded from "bio-terroism" to "mail fraud."

When the police arrived on May 11, they became suspicious of Kurtz's art supplies and called the FBI. Soon agents from the Joint Terrorism Task Force and FBI detained Kurtz, cordoned off the entire block around his house, and later impounded Kurtz’s computers, manuscripts, books, equipment, and even his wife's body for further analysis. Dr. Kurtz and CAE are internationally recognized lecturers in the areas of biotechnology, information technology and media studies. Nine artists and one book publishing company, Autonomedia, were subpoenaed in this case.

[ Critical Art Ensemble Defence Fund | background 1, 2 | Sunshine Project ]



Violent Dispersals an opening salvo to GMA’s presidential proclamation

imc-features, 30.06.2004 14:25

2,000 activists were dispersed by anti-riot police squads together with the military forces using tear gas and water canons as the activist groups occupied the Plaza Rotunda in Manila while protesting against Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo’s (GMA) anomalous proclamation on Wednesday.

According to mainstream media reports, the activists were dispersed by the authorities because they massed up at the Plaza without a permit to rally. While some other groups who are about to join at the Plaza were already blockaded by police squads before they plan to pass through the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon Avenue connecting to the Plaza. Violent dispersal has caused several dozens of activists brutally injured.

Report from June 30 | manila.indymedia.org




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