Sydney: Eviction of the Hat Factory

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Squat!net, 10 August

31 July 2014- Australia: A known squat in the territory known as Sydney has been evicted

Some courageous occupiers and supporters made the decision to barricade and defend as much as they could a space full of history, dreams and resistance.

The autonomous, liberated social centre known as the Hat Factory has for over at least 12 years hosted hundreds of events and people in its quarters – encouraging creativity, mutual aid, rebelliousness and respect.

At the time of its eviction, the Hat Factory was known for is great fundraisers, library, its free shop, where people could come and find free clothes and a whole array of tools and facilities to take care of spaces and each other.

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Darwin: two teenage asylum seekers flee immigration detention

31 July: Two teenage asylum seekers have fled from detention in Darwin, the Immigration Department has confirmed.

The ABC understands the two are unaccompanied Vietnamese boys, both aged 16, who were moved by the department to Darwin from Adelaide a month ago.

The pair had previously been living in community detention in Adelaide and attending Woodville High School.

Woodville principal Meredith Edwards said staff and students were devastated that the boys had been sent to Darwin.

“These are 16-year-old boys and up until now, they’ve committed no crime,” she said.

She has been told the boys ran away while they were attending classes at Sanderson High, a school in Darwin’s northern suburbs that teaches many asylum seekers detained at the Wickham Point detention centre. Continue reading

Sydney: Hat Factory Social Centre evicted by riot police

The Hat Factory Social Centre just before the raid on Thursday afternoon.1 August: The group evicted from an iconic Newtown squat and community hub this week have vowed to find a new base.

Dozens of police donned riot gear to search the premises after smashing in the now boarded up doors of the Hat Factory Social Centre shortly after 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon. Many were wearing helmets and several in white police jump suits.

Two Aboriginal flags and several home-made banners had been unfurled along the property earlier in the week. One declared the property “reclaimed community space”.

Police on the lookout at the Hat Factory eviction on Thursday afternoon.

Reading from a statement prepared by the group, resident Jack Summers-Webb said the eviction was difficult for residents, who intended to continue to reclaim unused buildings.

“This has been devastating for all of us, for the community and the people who live here,” Mr Summers-Webb said. “This is not the end for us; we’ll continue to do community spaces wherever we can.” Continue reading

Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne: antifascist events

Sydney, Saturday July 26
11am-1pm, Woolworths, Illawarra Rd Marrickville

Racist scum are trying to intimidate & drive out religious minorities from Marrickville, while promoting white nationalism.
They have decided to target the Woolworths (Illawarra Road) for the grievous crime of wishing its customers ‘Happy Ramadan’.
We are standing up against these hateful people to let them know their views are not welcome.
(Facebook event link, includes link to event organised by “Patriots Defence League”)

Sydney, Saturday July 26
1pm, IKEA, Princess Highway, Tempe

The extreme right wing Australia First Party are holding a public forum at 1:30 on the 26th July, at their Tempe headquarters. They are Australia’s most notorious and prominent Neo Nazi sect with a violent agenda. They will be operating in conjunction with the fascist Greek organisation, Golden Dawn. Their forum is titled ‘End the Ethnic Cleansing of Australians from our Education Institutions’.
This is targeting all foreign influence & presence in Australia, with an exclusively euro-centric view.
We need to send a clear message to these groups that they are not welcome.
Attendance is paramount to make our opposition to a divided community known.
We are meeting underneath the IKEA clock (730 princes highway, Tempe) on Princes Highway, at 1pm, and from there marching to the AFP bunker down the road.
(Facebook event link)

Adelaide, Sunday 27 July
The Adelaide franchise of the Patriots Defence League (a splinter of the Australian Defence League) is planning on holding a BBQ at Bonython Park/Tulya Wodli. Joining the Patriots will be some anti-fascists:
Racists are organising a recruitment BBQ to create a network of fascists in SA. We’re organising a counter-meeting on the same day where people who are motivated by inclusiveness and compassion can meet, share food, listen to music and participate in a group discussion on how to tackle issues relating to racial division in SA. Bring friends and confront hatred with humanity.
(via Slackbastard)

Melbourne, Sunday 27 July
On the same day in Melbourne the Melbourne Anarchist Club is holding a benefit gig for imprisoned anti-fascist Jock Palfreeman. Kick-off is 3pm, entry is $10 and all proceeds are going to the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Association. See also : Continued Assaults on Asylum Seekers in Sofia Central Prison (July 21, 2014) | Free Jock Palfreeman : July 2014 Update (July 4, 2014).
(via Slackbastard)

Indonesia: Chronology of Resistance in Rembang City, Jawa Tengah: Street and community conflict against military & police in struggle against the construction of a cement factory

This is a news report from one of our comrades in Rembang City, Jawa Tengah. Via 325

People in Rembang City in Jawa Tengah, Indonesia make a protest because the company PT. Semen Indonesia will build a factory in Rembang City. Why the farmers and people protest to that capitalism is because Jaringan Masyarakat peduli Pegunungan Kendeng (JMPPK) and Semarang Caver Association [farming and local community groups in Rembang City] found 109 springs, fountains or wells, as well as 49 caves and 4 underground rivers that make a great amount of pure water there.

And this is different news from Analisa Dampak Lingkungan (AMDAL) which is an organisation, or an ‘Non-Government Organisation’ that is a bullshit organisation that belongs to the government and PT. Semen Indonesia. They say they only found 20 fountains.

If PT. Semen Indonesia still make their factory and cement production in Rembang City, it will destroy nature and the water supply in Rembang City, because that water is directly produced from Watuputih mountain.

That’s why we must boycott PT. Semen Indonesia and AMDAL.

Feed the fire… burn baby burn….!!!! Continue reading

Kingscliff: 61-year-old graffiti vandal led police on a 300m chase on a toy scooter after spray-painting police station

June 11: A senior vandal led police on a 300m chase on a toy scooter after allegedly scrawling graffiti across the Kingscliff police station.

Police intercepted the man a few blocks from the station after spotting the 61-year-old spraying ‘Kingy Boyz Rule’ and other illegible slogans in orange paint on the building early yesterday morning.

Despite his age the man put up quite a fight, injuring two officers while they tried to arrest him, with Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen saying one officer suffered a shoulder injury. Continue reading

Perth: man escaped Serco guard while being deported from airport

8 June: A Vietnamese man who escaped Serco guards at Perth Airport yesterday while he was being deported is still on the run.

An intensive search involving officers from the Australian Federal Police and WA Police from three stations, backed up by the dog squad, failed to locate the man.

The missing detainee, who is not known to be a threat to the public, was described by officials as “an illegal maritime arrival”.

An AFP spokeswoman said the man escaped while under escort in the international departures terminal.

“At about 9.15am local time a Vietnamese national absconded while on escort at the departures check-in area within the Perth International Airport,” he said about 6pm.

“AFP and WA Police were advised and police assisted Serco in the search for the individual. The man has yet to be located.