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Indymedia Paris nos tribunais

alexzapa, 25.08.2005 15:15

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Um(a) membro(a) do CMI Paris foi chamado(a) para comparecer nos tribunais no mês que vem por causa de duas demandas. O primeiro processo dirigido contra essa pessoa é como administrador(a) (para ser julgado em 8 de setembro), o segundo processo como ‘editor(a) chefe(a)” (será julgado em 22 de setembro.

Ambos casos se referem a legislação da liberdade de imprensa [ [sumário en inglés]

A polícia já teve discussões com o(a) membro(a) do Indymedia; o(a) acusam de ser a pessoa que representa a página da web http://paris.indymedia.org e por isso é considerado(a) responsável pelo conteúdo do servidor.

Nós queremos declarar que:

  • IMC Paris é parte da rede Indymedia e que, portanto, não há nenhum ‘editor chefe”
  • O corpo que hospeda o conteúdo da pagina web de IMC Paris é o mesmo Indymedia


Para mais informações visite a página: Paris IMC



Gaza &quot;Withdrawal&quot; a Smoke-Screen for Military Occupation

20.08.2005 04:05

As the world's attention is turned toward the Israeli withdrawal of illegal Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land in the Gaza Strip, a harsh, deadly and brutal military occupation continues throughout Palestine. While the future of the border crossings of the Gaza Strip, to Egypt and to other regions of occupied Palestine remains unclear , as Israel has refused to negotiate on these key issues, which will define if Gaza will remain a large, social and economically isolated prison.

Also in the context of withdrawal from Gaza, Israeli settlers have severally escalated their attacks against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. This past week three Palestinians were killed by an Israeli settler in the West Bank, who used weaponry belonging to the Israeli military. Throughout the West Bank, Israeli military occupation continues, settlement expansion continues and the construction of the internationally condemned Apartheid Wall is ongoing. The Palestinian struggle against occupation and for liberation also continues on a daily basis. Throughout the summer of 2005 demonstrations and direct actions against military occupation and the Apartheid Wall have taken place on a daily basis , as Palestinians struggle for basic survival.

All Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip and West Bank , like the ongoing construction of the Apartheid Wall is internationally recognized as illegal, confirmed by a 2004 ruling from the International Court of Justice , which was then adopted by a majority vote in the United Nations General Assembly . While throughout the world Palestinian refugees continue to demand their right of return to occupied Palestine, from which they were displaced through the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. In Lebanon hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugee continue to live in extreme poverty in refugee camps scattered throughout the country.

For more information and background on the Gaza Withdrawal visit the Electronic Intifada and Indymedia Beirut



Encontro Internacional Confirma Bloco Anticapitalista

alexzapa, 20.08.2005 02:54

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O Encontro Internacional pela Nacionalização do Hidrocarboneto e a Soberania dos Povos terminou no domingo, 14 de agosto, com uma declaração política que reafirma a confirmação de um bloco anticapitalista e antineoliberal que se expressa neste começo de luta contra todas as privatizações dos recursos naturais que foram feitos no continente e no mundo

O encontro durou três dias, de 12 a 14 de agosto, e se iniciou com uma granda marcha que partiu da sede da 'Central Obrera Regional' de 'El Alto' até a Universidade Pública (UPEA) da mesma cidade, aonde se deu o ato inaugural com muitos cantos, discursos de unidade entre os povos.

Cerca de duzentos delegados de 17 países como Brasil, Perú, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, México, Colômbia, Equador, Venezuela, EEUU, Espanha, Itália, França, Grã- Bretanha, Turquía e Bolivia se dividiram em quatro comissões que trataram temas comuns em todos os países: nacionalização dos hidrocarbonetos, recuperação de empresas privatizadas, terra e território, e participação política das organizações sociais.

Na última plenária debateram-se as conclusões do encontro que, nas palavras de vários assistentes, serviu para reforçar o laço de luta dos trabalhadores bolivianos pela nacionalização dos hidrocarbonetos - sem idenização - e pela defesa da soberania nacional. Entre as organizações sindicais presentes se encontravam 'El Alto, Central Obrera Departamental de La Paz, Federación de Trabajadores Mineros de Bolivia, Central Obrera Boliviana', entre outras.

Para mais notícias acesse: CMI Bolivia



Majaz: Otra Masacre del presidente Toledo

16.08.2005 01:54

El 1 de agosto, entre las 6:00 a.m. y 7:00 a.m. mas de 3 mil comuneros campesinos procedentes de las comunidades campesinas de Ayabaca y Huancabamba (Piura) y Paicapampa y San Ignacio (Jaén, Cajamarca), ocuparon el campamento Henry Hills de la Minera Majaz, al norte del pais. Cerca de tres mil campesinos habrían sido reprimidos con gases lacrimógenos e inclusive armas de fuego, por efectivos de la División Nacional de Operaciones Especiales (Dinoes) en un enfrentamiento que se mantuvo hasta la 1:00 p.m. y en la tarde en el cerro Corazón de Jesús, jurisdicción de El Tambo, provincia de Huancabamba, departamento de Piura continuaron los duros enfrentamientos de los pobladores que no permiten mas contaminacion minera y destruccion de la tierra.

El obispo de Chulucanas, Daniel Turley, en declaraciones radiales, informó que era prioritario atender la vida y la salud de las personas movilizadas que aún se en encuentran en las alturas de Huancabamba, y era muy probable que hubiera 7 comuneros fallecidos, 40 heridos, 32 detenidos y entre 6 y 8 dirigentes desaparecidos, como consecuencia de la violenta respuesta policial en defensa de la empresa minera.

Mariano Alberca Caucha, presidente del Frente de Defensa del Medio Ambiente de Paicapampa (Ayabaca), en declaraciones desde El Carmen, dijo que hay un número indeterminado de desaparecidos y que se encuentran en la condición de detenidos los siguientes dirigentes: Mario Tabra, dirigente de la Comunidad de Yanta, Julio Vásquez, corresposal de Radio Cutivalú; Félix Calva Guerrero, dirigente comunero de Jaén; Pedro Aponte, de Huancabamba; Elizabeth Cunya y Mario Pintado, de Ayabaca, entre otros. Para esta fecha ya han sido liberados, y nadie ha sido juzgado por los asesinatos.

Links: Informacion de Protestas | 7 asesinados en protestas contra minera en Piura | Tres mil comuneros toman campamento minero de Majaz | Gobierno mata pobladores | Detienen periodista que cubría enfrentamientos contra Majaz | Ultimo reporte que transmitió | Liberan periodista de Radio Cutivalú | Testimonio de Periodista | Relación de heridos, desaparecidos y detenidos | Miles de ronderos marchan en Huancabamba | Liberan a 27 detenidos y denuncian maltratos durante su cautiverio | CMI Peru



Zeb Mountain Destruction Halted by Escalating Anti Mountain Top Mining Campaign

15.08.2005 09:38

As dawn approached this morning (15 August, 2005), activists stood on an ancient Appalachian mountain in a dramatic protest against mountain top mining. This is the first time a mountain has been taken over in the struggle to protect the Appalachian Mountains from the devastating practices of mountain top mining. Dedicated citizens are blockading National Coal's strip mine in scenic Campbell County, Tennessee, United States to halt the destruction of Zeb Mountain. Activists affiliated with MountainJusticeSummer.org and Katuah Earth First! are using creative non violent tactics to bring attention to the modern atrocity of mountain top mining.

In an unprecedentated non-violent intervention, individuals are blockading the entrance to the mine by locking themselves to a car on the haul road and sitting in a tripod to prevent access to the mine. Other activists have locked themselves to drilling equipment. Citizens are using their bodies to create a giant “no blast” zone across the mountain. These drastic tactics are being used because strip mining companies are not allowed to use explosives when unauthorized people are nearby. “Coal companies bend and break laws in order to blow apart Tennessee's mountain headwaters. Since regulatory agencies refuse to protect our mountains, non violent citizen intervention has become necessary. We stand for the preservation of the mountains, water, forests, and communities of Appalachia” said Maria Johnson of Kingsport, TN.

[ Timeline of events: Updated Hourly | Previous Actions ]



German police raid activists' house for using 'Yomango' on website

Notts IMC, 14.08.2005 15:24

Yomango

From 5th to 13th August, over 100 activists gathered for a week of discussions, socialising and action at Prekär Camp 2005, an action camp raising issues of precarity, and its impact on daily life and social movements, near Lüchow, north east of Hamburg, Germany.

On Wednesday 10th August, activists evicted the executive of the social benefits office in Lüchow", who is according to activists "well known for his strict and inhuman interpretation of the new German labour and social security benefit laws". The following day, police raided and searched a house for an alleged call for criminal offences on the precarity camp's website. It has now become clear this was in relation to the use of the word 'Yomango' on the website.

The offices of 'Anti-Atom-Aktuell', a monthly grassroots magazine on anti-nuclear issues, were also affected by the raid. They have given out a statement, explaining they are unable to work as equipment and papers have been seized. Some people say the police intentionally raided the offices of the magazine in an attempt to repress media activists. Furthermore, Anti-Atom-Aktuell being a prominant source of information within the anti-nuclear movement, the repression against the "anti-atom-aktuell", located in the region of the Castor-Protests, is considered by some as an attack on the movement in general. Early July, german police also raided the offices of LabourNet; a German website adressing issues of (un)employment and precarity.

Websites: Precarity Camp | Anti-Atom-Aktuell | Yomango | LabourNet | Photos benefits office eviction



Stopping Climate Change in its Tracks

13.08.2005 15:21

The Save Happy Valley Campaign has taken the fight against Solid Energy to a new level. In a carefully planned protest, three activists ‘locked on’ to train tracks at about 11.50am today preventing Solid Energy’s coal trains reaching Lyttelton port [first press release]. Two were locked onto the track directly and a third was hanging from a tree 30m up with his support rope connected to the track.

Three trains were forced to stop and police quickly turned up [second press release]. Those locked-on refused to move and police were forced to dig up the concrete that been laid to remove the two directly connected. The third in the tree took longer for the police to get down. In all, the protesters held up the coal trains for just under 4 hours.

All three have been arrested and released. They have been charged with trespass at this point but more serious charges are expected to follow.

Solid Energy has been pushing very aggressively to destroy Happy Valley, a beautiful area of native bush, fragile wetlands and a thriving ecosystem of native birds and animals located on the West Coast of New Zealand, with an open-cast coal mine and have just recently cleared the neccessary legal hurdles. The mine will not only destroy the valley and the surrounding area, but further add to climate change which is expected to have devastating global consequences if left to continue unabated.

For more info check out Save Happy Valley | Aotearoa IMC



Akha Activist, Wife of United States Citizen, and Mother of Four Denied US Visa

12.08.2005 17:19

An Akha woman activist who opposed the US War on Drugs in Thailand that saw many of her people brutally murdered and is married to Oregon activist Matthew McDaniel of the Akha Heritage Foundation has been refused entry into the US. They have four children. Together the six of them are on the run in South East asia. Her spousal visa was applied for in Jan of 2005, they have been married more than five years. Their four children have US passports and are residents of Oregon as American Citizens. But without their mother they will not come to the US.

After a silence of seven months US Immigration finally said there was not enough evidence of marriage. However, the Akha woman was married in a traditional village ceremony, and witnesses at that ceremony filed a notarized statement to their marriage. A woman with a Thai passport will loose her right to land if she marries to a foreigner, so few marry officially in Thailand. The Akha do not register their marriages with the Thai government.

US Immigration is claiming they are not retaliating against anyone. They said that since there isn't sufficient proof of marriage, kids are not enough, that they must remarry somewhere and file again for a spousal visa and pay a new fee and wait all over again.

related: The Akha Heritage Foundation | Akha and Indymedia Activist, from Salem, Arrested in Thailand (20.04.04) | American human rights activist from Oregon arrested in Thailand (20.04.04) | Thailand. Salem, Oregon anti-drug-war activist detained. Akha hill tribe defender. (18.04.04)



Acção directa para parar Barragem da Alcoa na Islândia

agualva, 10.08.2005 00:19

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Activistas da Islândia e e do mundo inteiro organizaram um campo de acção directa para parar a construção no leste da Islândia de uma megabarragem hidroeléctrica. O projecto de Karahnjukar irá destruir uma extensafaixa de natureza selvagem na zona montanhosa da Islândia. A barragem tem por único objectivo fornecer energia eléctrica a uma fundição de alumínio que será construída pelaAlcoa, uma multinacional que tem nos seus antecedentes um longo historial de desrespeito pelos direitos humanos, do ambiente e dos trabalhadores.

Os manifestantes organizaram um acampamento e montaram um bloqueio que acompanha o primeiro lock-down da história da Islândia. A policia quando chegou ao local deu ordem aos trabalhadores para utilizarem o equipamento pesado e ferirem directamente os activistas. Muitos activistas foram violentamente detidos e alguns arriscam-se a ser expulsos. Os activistasocuparam também o local da fundição de alumínio da Alcoa tentando atrasar a sua construção.

Em solidariedade, ocorreram acções de protesto emLondres e os activistas de todo o mudo estãoconvidados a juntar-se ao acampamento que se prolongará até ao inicio de Setembro.

Cobertura dos acontecimentos: Reportagem de Rádio & Fotos: 1, 2, 3, 4
Mais informação: SavingIceland.org



Governo dos Estados Unidos libera documentos relacionados à apreensão de servidor

08.08.2005 13:53

Respondendo a um pedido do Centro de Mídia Independente (CMI) e da Eletronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), o governo dos Estados Unidos liberou parcialmente alguns documentos relativos a apreensão de um servidor do CMI em 2004.

No dia 7 de outubro de 2004, um servidor do CMI na Inglaterra foi apreendido por uma determinação judicial americana, tirando do ar cerca de vinte sites do Centro de Mídia Independente. A ordem incluía uma cláusula de sigilo que proibia a empresa que hospedava o servidor de comentar o caso e o conteúdo da ordem de apreensão. O CMI teve assim seu servidor apreendido sem que tivesse ciência de quem solicitou a apreensão e por que motivo. Após uma campanha internacional de entidades que defendem a liberdade de imprensa e os direitos civis, o servidor foi restituído sem que, mais uma vez, qualquer informação sobre o motivo da apreensão ou da restituição fossem oferecidos.

Após uma batalha judicial que durou quase um ano, o CMI e a EFF, uma organização que defende os direitos civis na internet, conseguiram a liberação parcial dos documentos relativos ao caso. O motivo da apreensão, divulgado agora, é a investigação do governo italiano sobre uma carta bomba enviada ao presidente da comissão européia Romano Prodi em dezembro de 2003. Aparentemente, diversos sites da rede CMI estão sendo investigados por terem publicado o manifesto de uma suposta Federação Anárquica Informal que assumiu os atentados. Os documentos revelam também que estão sendo investigados pelos mesmos motivos os sites www.squat.net e www.alasbarricadas.org.

O atentado ao presidente da comissão européia Romano Prodi e a reivindicação da autoria pela Federação Anárquica Informal foram vistos com muita estranheza pela comunidade anarquista da Itália que desconhecia completamente os grupos que compunham a suposta federação.

Diversas organizações anarquistas italianas publicaram declarações repudiando o ato classificando-o de "vanguardista" e desconfiando da autoria assumida que lhes parecia apenas um pretexto para a perseguição de militantes e grupos dissidentes.

Documentos liberados: Memorando do Procurador americano explicando a requisição do governo italiano e Solicitação de medidas para a coleta de provas atendendo o pedido da Itália) | Lista completa dos documentos liberados no site da Eletronic Frontier Foundation

Mais links: FBI apreende servidores do CMI no Reino Unido | Indymedia pergunta: "Quem levou os nossos servidores?" | CMI: FBI e outras notícias | Equipamento do CMI é devolvido, porém algumas questões permanecem em aberto



World's first open-source Point Of Sale system tested at People's Food Co-op

07.08.2005 07:23

This past weekend People's Food Co-op in Portland, Cascadia made history. During a conference with tech and IT folk from co-ops around the united states these uber-geeks assembled and successfully rang out items on the world's first entirely free, open-source point-of-sale system. A point-of-sale system (or POS) is the software needed to run a cash register and manage the pricing of all the items in a store.

It all started several years ago when Tak Tang, the Technology Coordinator at The Wedge Co-op in Minneapolis, MN got frustrated at his stores POS system because of his inability to get the information out of it that would really be useful to the store. Like most proprietary software POS systems have a locked core that prevents anyone from copying the source code and also prevents anyone from getting inside to mine data that the software wasn't designed to spit out. Not being able to get inside of the software means expensive service calls to vendors when something goes wrong. It also means having to wait to purchase the next version for new features and bug fixes.

Well all of this was really cheesing Mr. Tang off so he decided to go ahead and write his own POS system. And he DID! IS4C (Information Systems 4 Co-ops) was born.



Captura do servidor Ahimsa: Documentos desclassificados

agualva, 08.08.2005 00:27

A 1 de Agosto, nove meses depois da apreensão do servidor Ahimsa do Indymedia pelo FBI em Outubro de 2004, um tribunal americano desclassificou os documentos sobre a apreensão incluindo os da citação.
Todos estes documentos estão disponíveis no site da EFF.

Mais detalhes e analises serão publicados em breve...

[ Captura do Ahimsa | EFF | Artigo do "The Register" ]



Czech freetekno party ended by police assault

gnd, 31.07.2005 19:10

CZECHTEKK 2OO5

A 'Freetekno' Party was stopped during the weekend by a series brutal and irrational actions of the Czech Police. Around 6000 people were attacked by the riot cops while having a party. The Highway was blocked and people entering the Czech Republic were turned away at the border, discriminated against on the basis of their looks.



Governor Ulises Ruiz; 6 months of harvesting terror in Oaxaca

25.07.2005 17:11

Since being sworn into office on the first of January, 2005 Oaxaca, México’s governor, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), has been making good on his promise to “do away with the social problems” (i.e. popular resistance) in the state. Returning to the old, brute tactics of his party, the governor has been utilizing his power to stifle any group or community which opposes his rule.

After only two weeks in office, he ordered the arrest of over 150 activists and organizers. In what can be described as a labyrinth of repression, the governor and his party are supporting paramilitaries and their reign of terror throughout the state. Autonomous and rebel communities face the constant threat of violence and death as massacres, brutality and politically motivated detentions have become commonplace. Members of atx indymedia have been in Oaxaca the last two weeks documenting government support for paramilitaries and the revocation of constitution rights throughout the state.

related: FACT SHEET | SOLIDARITY LETTER



Venezuela Launches Latin American TV Network

25.07.2005 03:52

Televisora del Sur (Television of the South), or Telesur, began broadcasting from Caracas on July 24, the day South American independence leader Simón Bolívar was born. Telesur was created by the Venezuelan government in association with the governments of Argentina, Cuba and Uruguay to provide a counterweight to corporate channels such as CNN and Univision. The station will draw on material produced by independent mediamakers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean for much of its programming.


According to its director, Telesur "was born out of the need to give voice to Latin Americans confronted by an accumulation of thoughts and images transmitted by commercial media and out of the urgency to see ourselves through our own eyes and to discover our own solutions to our problems."


On July 20, before Telesur even began broadcasting, the lower house of Congress in the United States passed an amendment to finance radio and TV broadcasts to Venezuela intended to counter Telesur's "anti-americanism".



Nem repressão nem ocupação: autodeterminação para o Sahara JÁ

agualva, 25.07.2005 23:11

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Encontramo-nos num ponto de inflexão do longo processo de descolonização iniciado por Espanha há 30 anos, com a sua saída precipitada da colónia assinando o acordo tripartido de Madrid pelo qual «entregou» o Sahara a Marrocos e à Mauritânia. Marrocos invadiu, ocupou e exilou um povo inteiro, violando cegamente os direitos humanos. 30 anos é muito tempo: um tempo morto ou um tempo de morte que liga três gerações de saharauis.

Em finais do verão passado pareceu reactivar-se a actividade diplomática espanhola que tanto achámos em falta (Os interesses económicos por Marrocos, e o complacente protocolo diplomático pareciam ser um impedimento para que o governo espanhol tomasse uma posição digna ante esta situação vergonhosa). Também se ergueu com força, e o apoio da ONU, o pedido de um um referendo de autodeterminação no Sahara.

Os protestos iniciados recentemente no mês de Maio, brutalmente reprimidos pelo governo marroquino são a expressão de um povo que não está disposto a esperar mais, que pede uma solução imediata, que conhece a astúcia política do atraso e da dilação do governo alauíta. São a expressão da terceira geração, esse futuro do povo saharaui que já não pode nem quer permanecer em silêncio, custe o que custar.

O governo espanhol tem responsabilidade. Como cidadãos devemos pressionar para que de novo não sejam os interesses económicos em última instância os que decidam as posições dos estados.



Irish Government Creating 'Facts On The Ground' At Tara Hill Complex Despite Huge Opposition

24.07.2005 17:44

Despite widespread opposition from hundreds of academics worldwide, from the Director of The Irish National Museum and from those activists bringing upcoming legal challenges to the routing of a new tolled motorway through the Tara-Skryne complex, the Irish Government is creating facts on the ground by pushing ahead with hasty and crude excavations of the many sites of archeological interest on the proposed route.

The Tara-Skryne Valley Group, the main activist group opposing the planned motorway have called on the government to halt their pre-emptive work and to stop wasting Irish taxpayers money on wanton destruction of  a whole area which they believe should be protected as a National monument.

Meanwhile the mainstream media in Ireland looks away and has failed across the board to let the people who according to a recent poll are absolutely against this motorway of the country know that digging at the Tara  complex has already begun. Most Activists who are involved in the campaign link the issue to peak oil and criticise the insanity of massive private investment in tolled motorways at the expense of public transport which is severely underfunded in Ireland at the present time.

Activists believe firmly that corrupt officials and property speculation are behind this almost unbelievable slicing up of one of the most ancient and key symbols of the Irish nation. Anyone who is concerned about this please contact journalists, archeologists and Irish embassies in your countries, spread the information and if you feel like doing so - make your displeasure clear.

RELATED STORIES: Washington Post Article On This Issue | Possible Halliburton Involvement



Voo charter internacional para o Afeganistão

agualva, 25.07.2005 11:06

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No seguimento da reunião dos ministros do interior da França, Alemanha, Inglaterra, Itália e Espanha em Evian a 4 e 5 de Julho último (ver conclusões) anunciaram-nos um primeiro voo charter internacional para o Afeganistão.

Nós sabemos que em Calais, um grande número de afegãos estão em transito para tentar passar para Inglaterra e não temos dúvidas que as coisas se vão complicar para eles.

  • Desde 14 de Julho que se desenrolam as detenções selectivas de afegãos. (recital / fotografias e recital).
  • A 20 de Julho, 51 afegãos estavam já detidos no centro de detenção de Coquelles.-mais informações aqui
  • A 22 de Julho, as pessoas detidas iniciam uma greve de fome no centro de detenção. A 23 de Julho, novas informações chegam de Inglaterra sobre a situação no Afeganistão -em françês / em inglês.

A vontade alemã de expulsar os afegãos está explicada aqui no Indymedia Alemanha: texto + som em alemão. Segundo outras noticias os grevistas foram dispersos por vários centros de detenção (Lille-Lesquins, Rouen, Paris-Vincenne) -info-. apelo do ncadc (colectivo contra as expulsões inglesas): em inglês / em françês
  • hoje 23 de Julho as noticias sobre os afegãos no centro de detenção de Coquelleici
  • manifestação diante de matignon a 25/7-> artigo no indy paris / [comunicado]
    Segundo certas informações ([aqui]) um voo charter para Cabul está previsto para terça feira.



Ouspoken Haitian Priest and Democracy Activist Assaulted by Mob and Arrested for Murder

23.07.2005 19:22

On Thursday July 21, 2005, Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste went to St. Pierre's Catholic Church to be one of the priests participating in the funeral of Haitian journalist Jacques Roche. Fr. Jean-Juste is a cousin of the Roche family and members of the Roche family protected him from a mob earlier in his life. He went to express spiritual comfort and reconciliation to the family.

Fr. Jean-Juste went to the funeral expressly to pay his respects to the family and express his open remorse and opposition to any killing of anyone, no matter their political affiliation. When Fr. Jean-Juste walked out, people started yelling at him in the chapel. They called him "assassin" and "criminal" and yelled out to "arrest and kill the rat."

Fr. Jean-Juste has been publicly accused in the last several days of "a plot against the security of the state," smuggling money and guns into the country, and of being behind all the kidnappings. All clearly false charges but widely reported by unfriendly press.

related: Jean-Juste Free, For Now I Father Jean Juste speaking in Berkeley, CA January 2005

past stories: UN "peacekeepers" step up the violence in Haiti I Continuing crisis in Haiti exemplified by plights of imprisoned Prime Minister, Yvon Neptune, and singer So Anne | A Mother's Day Call for Justice in Haiti's Prisons | Police Brutality in Port au Prince puts UN Mandate to the Test (2005.03.25 - multi language) | Walking a Tightrope Between Hope and Fear: Northern Haiti One Year after the Coup (2005.03.17) | Lavalas Officials throughout Northern Haiti Forced into Hiding (2004.12.24) | Community Schools in Northern Haiti: A plea to the international community (2004.12.23) | Peaceful Demonstration in Cap Haitien a Success despite Ongoing Repression / Beloved Mayor Continues to Serve his Community from Hiding (2004.12.21 - multi language) | The Politics of Injustice in Haiti: The Cases of Auguste and Chamblain (2004.09.01) | Hard hit Municipalities:The Attempt to Destroy Lavalas and the Consolidation of the Coup (2004.08.21) | The Dismantling of Popular Education Under the new U.S-backed Regime in Haiti (2004.08.21) | Reportback form Haiti: Resistance and Repression Six Months After the Coup (2004.08.21) | Aristide Supporters Demonstrate in Haiti (2004.08.14 - multi language)

More info: [ HaitiAction.net ]



Palestinians in Lebanon: the Right to Work, Refugee Camps &amp; Emigration

23.07.2005 19:09

In June 2005 Lebanon's Labour Minister proposed changes to the countries labour laws. If implemented the changes will grant the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees there the right to work in certain professions, through applying for foreign work permits, for employment in manual and clerical positions. Although still the proposed changes will barring many professionals from working in their fields of expertise including, medicine, law and engineering.

Currently Palestinian refugees in Lebanon do not have the right to work in over 70 professions, while broader laws and regulations of the Lebanese state, undermines the basic survival of Palestinians. They are forbidden from owning property, the majority living in refugee camps throughout the country, which are surrounded by Lebanese military check-points. Legally defined as foreigners, Palestinians live in Lebanon as second-class citizens without any basic social or political rights. According to UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees) an estimated 60% of Palestinians in Lebanon live below the poverty line, a situation which has forced thousands of Palestinian refugees to flee the country .

In April 2005, Syria complied with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1559 and withdrew upwards of 15 000 troops from Lebanon. In this political context, the shadow of Resolution 1559 hangs over the camps , as included in the resolution is the demand for the disarmament of all Palestinian resistance organizations in Lebanon.

Social and political pressure also forced from Lebanon, tens-of-thousands of Syrian workers from the country. Many Palestinians in the camps express skepticism regarding the economic motives for this change regarding their right to work. It has been argued that Palestinian refugees can now fill the cheap-labour vacuum, left by the withdrawal of Syrian labour force.

Visit recent IMC Beirut photo essays of Burj el-Barajneh and Ein el-Hilweh refugee camps: Burj-el-Barajneh I Ein-el-Hilweh
related: From Montreal to Ein el-Hilweh: Deportation, Destitution & Dignity




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