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Índios Lakota Sioux Declaram Status de Nação Soberana

bamzin, 07.01.2008 14:41

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Os representantes dos índios Lakota Sioux declararam status de nação soberana na quarta-feira, 19 de Dezembro em Washington D.C, seguindo com a retirada de todos os tratados anteriormente assinados com o governo dos Estados Unidos. A retirada, entregue a mão a Daniel Turner, Deputado Diretor de Relações Públicas do Departamento do Estado, acaba imediatamente e irrevogavelmente com todos os acordos entre a Nação Indígena Lakota Sioux e o Governo dos Estados Unidos, firmados nos tratados de 1851 e 1868 em Fort Laramie, Wyoming.

"Esse é um dia histórico para o povo Lakota", declarou Russell Means, Itacan de Lakota. "O domínio colonial dos Estados Unidos chegou ao fim".

"Hoje é um dia histórico e nossos bisavós falam através de nós. Nossos bisavós fizeram tratados de boa fé com o sagrado Canupa e com o conhecimento do Grande Espírito", compartilhou Garry Rowland do Wounded Knee. "Eles nunca honraram os tratados, essa é a razão para nós estarmos aqui hoje."

Lakota Freedom Delegation | Lakota Withdrawal Letter, December 17, 2007 | Declaration of Continuing Independence (June, 1974)



Greve de fome contra a Transposição do São Francisco completa 20 dias

Indymedia Brasil, 17.12.2007 18:53

Desde o dia 27 de novembro o Bispo da cidade de Barra (Bahia, Brasil) Dom Luiz Cappio está em greve de fome em protesto contra a transposição do Rio São Francisco. Este projeto encabeçado pelo governo brasileiro prevê a transposição de parte das águas da Bacia do Rio São Francisco que será utilizada para irrigar algumas regiões do semi-árido nordestino e para o abastecimento das grandes cidades da região.

O governo brasileiro iniciou as obras a cerca de algumas semanas com a ajuda do exército brasileiro. Foram enviadas tropas para as cidades de Cabrobó e Alta Floresta, no Estado de Pernambuco, para garantir que as obras sejam iniciadas sem “transtornos”. A idéia da transposição do rio foi estudada e considerada por administrações anteriores, mas somente agora está sendo colocada em prática. Os gastos com as obras é orçado atualmente em R$ 4,5 bilhões, que prevê a construção de dois canais que totalizam 700 quilômetros de extensão.

Opositores do projeto proposto pelo governo afirmam que a transposição nos moldes que está sendo implementada não servirá para resolver o problema da seca no nordeste, pois o trajeto dos canais e as regiões que serão beneficiadas pela irrigação são áreas que pertencem ao agronegócio. O interesse do governo é garantir infra-estrutura para o capital internacional, deixando para segundo plano as necessidades das populações locais e ribeirinhas, que serão afetadas com a mudança da vazão do rio. Além disso, não há consenso entre os estudos feitos de quais serão os impactos da transposição ao meio ambiente, e a todo o ecossistema e sistema hídrico da bacia.

Leia Mais: Governo descumpre acordo sobre Rio São Francisco e Dom Cappio retoma greve de fome | Pela vida de D. Luiz Cappio, pela vida do rio São Francisco | Sítio em prol do Rio São Francisco | CMI Brasil



Avança o Plano México

João X.M.Santos, 06.01.2008 01:42

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Assim que o Presidente Felipe Calderón declarou que "no México não há guerra suja", o plenário da Câmara dos Deputados, em nome do "combate à delinquencia", aprovou no geral a Reforma Judicial do país, legalizando ela o Estado policial que já vinha se impondo. Este consiste na execução legal de invasões de domicílios, detenções arbitrárias, o indiciamento de inocentes, acesso a dados confidenciais de suspeitos, incomunicabilidade de réus, entre outros, não apenas é a anulação de importantes garantias individuais, mas também o caminho rumo a um cenário repressivo, onde os Direitos Humanos e a Justiça ficam cada vez mais longe dos despossuídos.

O Plano México/Iniciativa Mérida continua avançando sob o discurso da segurança nacional e a implementação de uma política de medo, apesar de que alguns a vejam como um "ganho", que em tese os movimentos sociais não sejam considerados delinquencia organizada, as recentes experiências onde o Estado criminaliza o protesto e inconformidade social, indicam o contrário. Basta mencionar a resposta policial-militar frente a movimentos populares como os de Atenco, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Guerrero, Chiapas, assim como a agressão a defensores de Direitos Humanos, assim como o desaparecimento forçado de pessoas relacionadas com organizações armadas.

Plan México Indymedia México



NATO não foi completamente parada

agualva, 16.12.2007 01:18

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Cerca de quarenta activistas protestaram contra a Cimeira da Nato em Craigiehall Army Barracks perto de Edimburgo na Escócia. Os manifestantes bloquearam a estrada principal de acesso ao local da reunião, que aguardava ministros da defesa de oito países da NATO e altos dirigentes políticos e militares para discutirem a actual situação no Afeganistão.
Reportagens dos protestos no Indymedia Scotland e IMC UK:
[ reportagem das acções ao começo da manhã | reportagens e fotos | folhetos no hotel da NATO | Editorial do Indymedia Scotland | pormenores dos protestos | artigo convocatória ]
Links:
[ The Senlis Council | RAWA e a degradação dos direitos humanos nos EUA | Talibans controlam mais de metade do Afeganistão: IMC Germany | Womankind: Taking Stock | Aliança para a Paz do Canadá | Imc Germany: Não há fim para o Afeganistão | Le Monde Diplomatique françês/alemão/inglês | desastre | Porque estamos no Afeganistão? | Politica Externa Justa]



Povos indígenas excluídos das negociações sobre o clima

João Xavier M.Santos, 05.01.2008 23:46

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Índios Navajo e Mohawk representantes da Rede Ambiental Indígena (Indigenous Environmental Network) estão em Bali na 13º Painel da ONU sobre Mudanças Climáticas (UNFCCC). Jihan Gearon, Dine’ da nação Navajo, organizador de campanhas da rede internacional de energia (IEN) e clima, e Benjamin Powless, índio Mohawk de Six Nations, Ontário, Canadá, jovem membro da IEN, estão reunidos com outros povos indígenas, enfrentando o poder das superpotências mundiais e de suas fraudes na questão do carbono.

No dia 9 de dezembro, uma delegação de povos indígenas foi impedida à força de entrar na reunião entre o Secretário-executivo da UNFCCC, Yvo de Boer, e representantes da sociedade civil, apesar da delegação indígena ter sido convidada para este encontro. Este ato é representativo da sistemática exclusão de sistemática exclusão de povos nativos das discussões da UNFCCC.

Gearon, escrevendo de Bali, disse: "O que venho dizendo é que os povos indígenas precisam de mais e melhores assentos nesta mesa de negociação. Nossas comunidades e nossas formas de vida são as primeiras a serem afetadas por mudanças climáticas. Nós também somos os mais afetados pelas soluções insustentáveis que são apresentadas para resolver as mudanças climáticas - energia nuclear, carvão limpo, sequestro de carbono, reflorestamento, compra de carbono, etc, etc, etc." Os povos indígenas aqui em Bali pedem à ONU... que nos ouça, e que pare com as falsas soluções que devastam nossas terras, ameaçam nosso modo de vida, e negam nossos direitos humanos... leia mais >>



A sutil diferença

João Xavier M.Santos, 06.01.2008 00:56

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O julgamento de 25 pessoas acusadas de devastação e saques durante a conferência do G8 em Gênova no ano de 2001 terminou. A última decisão da promotoria de propor 225 anos de cadeia e 100 mil Euros de multa por ferirem a reputação de Gênova teve uma sentença final que não fica muito longe daquela: 110 anos de prisão. Este é o preço que temos que pagar por estar nas ruas protestando aos milhares contra governos.

A sentença faz distinções entre maneiras "boas" e "más" de expressar descontentamento. Há maneiras toleráveis de se protestar e maneiras que devem ser punidas como se fossem crimes de guerra. As 10 "ruins" receberam entre 6 e 11 anos de condenação (1 pessoa recebeu 11 anos). As "14 boas" receberam de 5 meses a 2 anos e meio. Uma pessoa foi liberada.

Um mês atrás, em 17 de Novembro milhares de pessoas protestavam novamente em Gênova contra uma reinterpretação da história do G8 em Gênova, e contra uma versão tendenciosa dos eventos:A polícia agiu corretamente e os manifestantes ainda superestimam os abusos.

Enquanto isso, os casos judiciais contra policiais pelas torturas em Bolzaneto e pela invasão da escola Diaz prosseguem lentamente (um deve terminar no final de 2007 e o outro por volta do verão de 2008) rumo a condenações brandas e à prescrição das penas após a primeira sentença. Mais pode ser lido em: Supporto Legale | nota de imprensa | Comunicado de imprensa



US Corporate Broadcaster Airs New Mumia Abu-Jamal Crime Scene Photos, Breaking Mainstream Media Blackout

11.12.2007 15:06

Following a weeks-long media-activist campaign (including a Dec. 4 press conference covered by Reuters, Black Commentator, and Media Channel) the Dec. 6 broadcast of NBC's Today Show prominently featured the new crime scene photos that were recently discovered by German author Michael Schiffmann, breaking the mainstream media blackout of the photos, which had only been published by The SF Bay View. A large demonstration of Mumia supporters outside the NBC studio in New York City was featured on The Today Show, as well as The NY Post, NY Times, and NBC10. Today Show guests Michael Smerconish and Maureen Faulkner (authors of "Murdered By Mumia"), were reportedly outraged by the show, which entailed several challenging questions from co-host Matt Lauer. Journalists for Mumia responded to Faulkner and Smerconish's statements regarding the new photos.

The Dec.8 Free Mumia rally in Philadelphia featured a presentation of the new photos, where Pam Africa and others urged supporters to thank The Today Show (today at msnbc.com) for their fair and balanced report. Read More>> || View the show's overview and video online.

Related Stories: Dec. 8 demonstration in Bern, Switzerland || Veronica Jones' letter to The Today Show || Ed Herman on The Philadelphia Inquirer || The Mumia case: What is true justice? || Dec. 6 WBAI show featuring Suzanne Ross, Orie Lumumba, Hans Bennett, Linn Washington Jr., and Pam Africa || UPRISING RADIO: Journalists Decry Racism in Media Coverage of Mumia || Opio's Podcast || Dave Lindorff's letter to The Philadelphia Inquirer



Indian court orders 'arrest without bail' of Dutch activists

imc-uk features list, 09.12.2007 06:24

A court in Bangalore has issued an order for the 'arrest without the possibility of bail' of seven campaigners over their websites postings about labour conditions of an Indian supplier of fashion label G-Star. The activists are from the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN); the director of their Netherlands based ISP, Antenna, is included.

The case could have implications for activists posting anything on the web, with the court using the Convention on Cyber Crime to call for extradition. It all happens with the backdrop of the continuing campaign about labour conditions and particularly the huge number of child workers in India coming up against the religion of 'free trade'.

The case has been running for some time now. As the legal threats get worse the campaign are asking for solidarity. As G-Star is the only remaining buyer from the jeans manufacturer at which the CCC and ICN have highlighted the labour rights violations they are asking people to make demands of them listing things you can do [cleanclothes.org]. In the UK No Sweat! have called a picket of G-star [nosweat.org] focusing on their Covent Garden store. There are lots of outlets around on their store locator [g-star.com].



Crackdown of Migrant Organizers in South Korea

03.12.2007 03:03

On November 27th, three officers from the Migrant Trade Union were arrested outside of their homes and work. As part of an overall intensification of the government's crackdown on undocumented migrants in Korea, the MTU leadership has been vigorously targeted. Since August of 2007, over twenty members and officers have been seized by authorities. Around one million foreigners reside in South Korea, with a reported 230,000 of them undocumented laborers. Lured by the prospects of realizing their "Korean Dream", the number of migrant workers in Korea continues to grow. As the government's migrant policy has proven unable to provide legal solutions, it has resorted to brutal arrests and deportations.

On the morning of November 27th, MTU President Kajiman and Vice President Raju, both Nepalese, and General Secretary Masum from Bangladesh, were separately ambushed by immigration agents outside their respective homes and workplace. After initially protesting, they were arrested by force. They had reportedly been under thorough surveillance for a period of time, to the extent that agents knew the kind of medication Masum took. Soon after all three men were sent to a detention center in Cheongju, Northern Choongjeong Provence, south of the capital Seoul.

The current conditions faced by labor in general in korea is restrictive and oppressive, but especially so for migrant workers who have no rights as citizens and face huge obstacles for organizing. This latest arrest succeeded in eliminating the union's entire executive leadership. Despite international criticism of its migrant worker policy, the Korean government seems determined to protect industry's ability to exploit migrant labor by denying migrant's the ability to organize for basic rights. The new migrant labor policy Employment Permit System (EPS), enacted in 2004, encourages illegality and results in a virtual slave system. According to the new law, migrant workers can work in South Korea for only three years and for only one employer. Unable to change their work place, the employer has complete control over the wages and working conditions. Workers who wish to avoid a dangerous or exploitative workplace find themselves criminalized.

solidarity letter campaign | two koreas blog | Migrant Workers TV | seoulidarity | Migrant Trade Union



Repressione durante le azioni antimilitariste a Lugano

Indymedia svizzera, 01.12.2007 22:14

Domenica 25 novembre a margine della parata militare la polizia ha represso con violenza il gruppo di manifestanti antimilitaristi che, in modo pacifico ed ironico, stava esprimendo il proprio dissenso contro la kermesse militare che in questi giorni ha trasformato Lugano in una vera e propria zona di guerra [ 1].

Un primo intervento della polizia si è avuto durante la parata militare, dove sono stati fermati 11 clown facenti parte del collettivo della Clown Army. I clown si erano infiltrati nella parata inscenando delle performances goliardiche, utilizzando la semplice arma dell'ironia.

In seguito di fronte al pretorio di Via Bossi la polizia ha caricato violentemente ed in modo del tutto ingiustificato un presidio pacifico, composto anche da anziani e bambini, che si era formato spontaneamente in solidarietà ai clown fermati.
La polizia senza nessun preavviso ha caricato alle spalle, con manganelli e spray orticanti i clown e le altre persone presenti compiendo 5 fermi e ferendo una decina di persone tra cui pure un mediattivista che ha riportato la frattura di un braccio.

Si è trattato di un increscioso episodio di intolleranza e violenza connesso con la libertà di espressione. Proprio nel giorno in cui l'esercito (auto)celebrava la sua presunta efficienza, ci è stata mostrata la brutalità operativa degli apparati repressivi dello stato.



Genoa 6 years later: We are the history

25.11.2007 23:19

50 thousand people returned to the streets of Genoa on November 17th to protest the recent charges against 25 people accused of devastation and sacking. The peaceful demonstration was a protest against the Italian government decision to not create a special facts commission on the G8 in Genoa in 2001 and against the latest decision of prosecutors to propose 225 years in jail and a hundred thousand euros fine for hurting the reputation of Genoa. Meanwhile, the court cases against police officers for the tortures in Bolzaneto and for the raid in the Diaz school move slowly forward (one will be ending by the end of the year and the other around summer 2008) towards meek convictions and statute of limitations after the first court sentence. People were protesting against a reinterpretation of Genoa G8 history and a clean and one-sided version of the events: Police acted correctly and protesters are still overestimating the abuses.

Chronology of the day | supportolegale.org | Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6



Movimento estudantil contra a lei L.R.U.

agualva, 22.11.2007 00:13

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Em França, a lei relativa às liberdades e responsabilidades das universidades (L.R.U.) foi votada durante as férias pelo parlamento. Desde há algumas semanas, assembleias de informação e mobilização relativamente a esta lei, greves e/ou bloqueios estenderam-se a uma trintena de universidades. Uma coordenadora nacional (englobando representantes de 21 universidades) reunida a 27 e 28 de Outubro em Toulouse lançou um apelo alargado reivindicando a revogação da lei L.R.U. e defendendo os sistemas de reformas e os serviços públicos, a amnistia para os condenados dos movimentos sociais e a revogação das leis anti-emigrantes. [ Ler o segundo apelo da coordenadora ]

[ Ler : analise pormenorizada das universidades mobilizadas actualizada diariamente ]

Mais informação nos sites locais: [ Lille | Nantes | Paris | Grenoble | Auvergne | Toulouse | Marseilha | Lyon | Rennes ]

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Cananea Mine Workers' Strike Enters 5th Month

17.11.2007 09:50

Report Finds "A Serious Lack of Preventive Maintenance, Failure to Repair Equipment and Correct Visible Safety Hazards, and a Conspicuous Lack of Basic Housekeeping" on the Part of Grupo Mexico, S.A.

For more than four months 1,200 workers have been on strike at the Cananea Copper Mine in Cananea, Sonora – the largest copper mine in Mexico and one of the largest mines in the world. Mexico’s Mining and Metal Workers Union, which represents the workers, has been demanding that health and safety conditions be addressed at the mine. Cananea, located about 30 miles south of Sierra Vista, Arizona, has a long history of workplace action, including a 1906 strike that helped ignite the Mexican revolution and a bitter 1999 strike that ended in workers’ defeat. Most of the copper mined at Cananea is exported to the United States for use in electronics equipment.

Between October 6-8 a binational delegation of occupational health professionals, organized by the United Steelworkers' Union (U.S.) and the Maquiladora Health Safety and Support Network, toured the site at the invitation of the Cananea workers. A report, released November 12, found serious occupational hazards and deliberate neglect of safety precautions on the part of Grupo Mexico, SA, the owners of the mine. The Cananea strike follows a February 2006 explosion at a Grupo Mexico mine that killed 65 miners.

See United Steelworkers News for more coverage of the strike and cross-border solidarity.



Border Patrol Attacks Demonstrators as No Borders Camp Closes

14.11.2007 22:52

Hundreds Gather in Calexico / Mexicali to Advocate a World Without Borders

On the evening of November 11th, participants in the first No Borders Camp on the US-Mexico border dismantled the camp and marched west on either side of what has become a 15 foot wall dividing Mexicali (Mexico) and Calexico (United States), converging on the port of entry to protest the militarized border. The demonstration was peaceful until the US Border Patrol, without giving an order to disperse or other warning, brutally attacked those on the US side with point-blank rounds of pepper-spray pellets, batons, and swarm tactics, leaving several badly injured. This event was the final action of the No Borders Camp, and came after a week of peaceful confrontation and resistance to the border system.

The Border Patrol made three arrests: Steve Murphy, Erik Wackernagel and Juan Ruiz. Murphy and Wackernagel have been released and Ruiz is being held in the Imperial County Jail in El Centro, California. Ruiz is being charged with two counts of assaulting a federal officer and will have his second appearance before the magistrate on November 15th in El Centro. If you would like to donate to the legal fund, use this donate link and specify "No Borders Camp Legal Fund." Further support and solidarity information will be available soon.

More than 500 people participated in the No Borders Camp during the week of November 7-11. Actions during the camp included a rally and march on November 9 at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in El Centro, CA and a memorial service on November 10 at a cemetery in Holtville, CA where the remains of about 600 migrants who have died crossing the border are buried. All activities during the camp were peaceful and intended to build connections across borders.

Text: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 || Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 || Audio: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 || Video: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 || Informational Poster

more info / más info: San Diego Indymedia | No Borders Camp | Centro de Medios Libres | Regeneracion Radio


More Coverage of November 5th - 11th and Solidarity Actions



150,000 March for Climate Action

13.11.2007 16:17

Thousands Walk Against Warming Up to 150,000 people marched on November 11 around Australia against the lack of action on climate change by Australian political leaders, according to Walk Against Warming. Melbourne saw a crowd of 50,000 people (photos) bringing the city to a standstill, with 30,000 in Sydney, 9,000 in Canberra, and thousands more in Perth and 60 events across Australia.

Like the USA, Australia has refused to sign the Kyoto protocol and has the second highest emissions on a per capita basis behind Luxembourg. Australia exceeded the United States for the average highest emitter per capita in the developed world between 1996 and 2005. Action on Climate change has become the most important issue in the Australian Federal Election with voting on November 24. The climate policies of both major Australian parties allow Australia’s emissions to continue to rise, despite scientific projections and warnings that Catastrophic Climate Change may be Inevitible unless Drastic Steps are Taken with Arctic Sea Ice already Heading for Rapid Disintegration and predictions of Disastrous Sea Level Rise.

Photos: Melbourne 1, 2 | Perth 1 2 | Goldcoast | Sydney | Adelaide 1 2 | Cairns | Brisbane | Canberra
Video: Thousands march in Melbourne
Sydney IMC | Perth IMC | Climate IMC



First North America No Borders Camp Begins on Both Sides of US/Mex Border

08.11.2007 17:42

During the week of November 7-11th, the first No Borders Camp will take place on the US-Mexico border. The camp will take place during the 18th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, will happen simultaneously with the Indigenous Border Summit of the Americas in San Xavier on the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Week of Action Against the Apartheid Wall in Palestine / Israel.

Participants who want to see "a world without borders, where no one is illegal" will meet on both sides of the border in Mexicali (MX) and Calexico (US) and march on Wednesday, Nov. 7th to take the camp. Following the establishment of the camp there will be different days of action against capitalism, immigrant detentions and the separation wall. On Friday, November 9th, there will be rally and march against the Border Patrol and ICE in El Centro, CA, site of one of the largest federally run detention centers in the United States. Solidarity events will also be happening across North America, including in Tacoma, WA at the biggest Homeland Security Detention Center in the North West.

More Info: Promo Videos: 1 | 2 | Schedule of Camp | Ways to Plug-in to the Camp | deleteTheBorder | San Diego Indymedia | Arizona Indymedia | Tijuana Indymedia



Protests and a Strike Precede Barrick Gold’s 3rd quarter shareholders meeting

06.11.2007 11:45

While Barrick shareholders met to discuss third quarter earnings, over one thousand Chileans took to the streets in protest of Barrick’s multi-billion dollar Pascua Lama mining project. At the same time, in Tanzania, thousands of miners went on strike over salaries, healthcare and working conditions at Barrick's controversial Bulyanhulu mine.

In Chile, mine opponents include the Diaguita Huascoaltinos Indigenous group and local political leaders. They fear that the mine will disturb the area's sensitive ecosystem – already a UNESCO biosphere reserve – which provides water for the agriculture-rich Huasco Valley. Despite company assurances, Barrick's explorations activities have already been linked to a 56 to 70 percent depletion in three glaciers near the mine site.

In Tanzania, Barrick fired every worker on strike as they sought to improve pay, working conditions and benefits. Read More>>

Past Coverage: Aug2: Barrick hides opposition from shareholders | Apr24: Anti-Gold Mining Conflicts Spreading Throughout the Americas | Apr7: The Occupation of Barrick in Australia | Feb27: Mining in Papua New Guinea | 2001: Barrick Sues Greg Palast

en español En Santiago de Chile y en Tanzania: Protestas y huelga preceden a reunión de Barrick Gold Marcha contra la precarización de la vida en Argentina | Sentencia a Barrick Gold en Juicio popular en Chilecito La Rioja Argentina | Repudio ciudadano en III Reunión Bi-Nacional de Ecología | Observatorio Latinoamericano de Conflictos Ambientales

Related Links: protestbarrick.net | minesandcommunities.org (bilingüe) | corpwatch.org | Latin American Observatory of Mining Conflicts | noalamina.org (Argentina) | noalapascualama.org (Chile) | Save Lake Cowal campaign



Turkish Voices Speak Out Against Invasion of Iraq by Turkey

Cyprus, 02.11.2007 05:50

Turks and Turkish Cypriots from many and varied political tendencies are taking initiatives to oppose the war fever that has gripped Turkish society. Military and political preparations for the invasion are well underway, including daily bombings of Kurdish villages inside Iraq by jet aircraft and shelling by heavy artillery of the Armed Forces of Turkey. There are reports that more than 100.000 troups have been amassed at the border, waiting for orders to move forward.

Inside Turkey and in northern Cyprus - which is occupied by the Armed Forces of Turkey - a nationalist war frenzy is being whipped up in order to create a climate favourable to war. Mobs of nationalist pro-war demonstrators have been attacking the offices of Leftist organizations and newspapers, vilifying them as "traitors" and "supporters of the enemy", who in this case is the Kurdish people's' Liberation movement and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Related links: Turkish Voices Speak Out Against Invasion of Iraq by Turkey | IMC-Cyprus (English language)
In the hellenic (greek) language: Τουρκικές Φωνές Μιλούν Ενάντια στην Εισβολή της Τουρκίας στο Ιράκ | Turko - Hellenic Bicommunal Dialogue group | gelecege dogru bakmak | Istanbul Indymedia



17 activists arrested, denied bail. 300+ Police raid houses across Aotearoa / New Zealand

Aotearoa IMC, 16.10.2007 17:23

In a wave of massive state repression, 300+ Police, in many cases armed, raided houses around the country (Aotearoa / New Zealand) on October 15, making 17 arrests. Search warrants were carried out in Auckland, Whakatane, Ruatoki, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch. Police are also seeking up to 60 people for questioning. The arrestees are all activists in the Tino Rangatiratanga, peace and environmental movements.

Prominent Tino Rangatiratanga activist Tame Iti was among the first arrested at his home at 4am Monday morning. At 6am raids were carried out at A Space Inside anarchist social centre in Auckland [ Search Warrant ] and the 128 activist Community Centre in Wellington [ Video of police raid ]. In Tuhoe Country, the town of Ruatoki was blockaded by armed police for several hours, with no cars allowed in and many searched, including a school bus full of children.

14 of the arrestees appeared in court hearings in Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington the same afternoon and were all refused bail. All but two received name suppression. They have all been charged under the Arms Act with various offenses relating to alleged possession of various firearms and ammunition.

Stand In Solidarity!

  • Everywhere: Any letters emailed to lettersforprisoners[at]riseup[dot]net will be printed out and distributed to arrestees. Obviously don't write anything that could negatively impact on you or anyone else!
  • Auckland: A solidarity group has been formed, and will meet next on Thursday. Details to come.
  • Wellington: A meeting to "constructively discuss a reaction" will be held on Tuesday at 7:30pm at 128 Abel Smith St and a solidarity demonstration will be held at Wellington District Court at 2pm Wednesday.
  • Christchurch: A solidarity protest will be held in Cathedral Square on Tuesday at 5pm. There will also be another demonstration in Cathedral Square at 12noon on Saturday.
  • Melbourne, Australia: Demonstration in support of the arrestees Tuesday, 11am at the Consulate-General of New Zealand, Suite 2, North Level 3 350 Collins Street.

Links: Video interview with Annette Sykes, lawyer for Tame Iti | TV3 News video | Please remember security culture

See Aotearoa Indymedia for the latest updates



TAKE ACTION! Big Media Must Not Ignore New Mumia Abu-Jamal Crime Scene Photos

14.10.2007 13:48

As the world waits on a decision from Mumia Abu-Jamal's May 17 hearing before the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, new questions are being raised as to whether the original jurors had access to all available information. On October 6, Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal (EMAJ) issued a press-release stating that recently disclosed photos taken by press photographer Pedro Polakoff amount to "more evidence that basic investigative protocol was violated by police from the earliest moments of the killing."

Pictured: Rap artist Immortal Technique holds a poster depicting several of Polakoff's photos. From the SF BayView's report on the May 17 hearing.

Dr. Michael Schiffmann of the University of Heidelberg unveiled these 26 photos in May at a press conference in Philadelphia. (View four of the photos here). The story was picked up by independent media, but no mainstream media outlet has acknowledged it. Readers are encouraged to contact the media directly, and have prepared a list of media contacts and a sample letter.

In anticipation of the Third Circuit Court's ruling, supporters in Philadelphia, the SF Bay Area and around the world are preparing for emergency "day after" actions. They continue to highlight the connections between Mumia's struggle and other political prisoners -- such as Leonard Peltier, the Cuban Five, the SF 8, and the MOVE 9. Meanwhile, Mumia continues his prolific journalism production from death row, with two new stories on the housing crisis in the US, as well as stories on Jena, Blackwater, and many more (see below).

Related Coverage: Listen to May 17 courtroom audio ||| "In Prison My Whole Life" Premieres October 25 (view trailer) ||| Pacifica Radio's Margaret Prescod Interviews Mumia ||| Uprising Radio's Sonali Kolhatkar Interviews Mumia ||| Mumia Abu-Jamal: On the Road to Freedom? ||| The Trial of Billy Cook ||| Attention MOVE: This is America! ||| "Wettlauf gegen den Tod" Mumia Abu-Jamal




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