Bangkok: Sentenced for Act of Rebellion, Anarchist Vandal Says Justice Unserved

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11 Though his own case reached its end Wednesday inside the same building he was charged with defacing, a punk musician said the injustice which motivated him is unchanged.

A year after his arrest, 23-year-old Nattaphol Khemngern was fined 4,500 baht and received a two year suspended sentence for painting an anarchy symbol on a sign in front of the Criminal Court. But the musician’s bid for justice for a former bandmate shot dead by a military officer in February, 2015, remains out of reach.

Two anarchy symbols were found painted May 24, 2015, in front of the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Road.
Two anarchy symbols were found painted May 24, 2015, in front of the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Road.

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Narrm / Melbourne: Banner action for J11 International Day of Solidarity with Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners

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Narrm / Melbourne, so-called Australia, 11.06.16: Banner action by members of Anarchist Black  Cross Melbourne and Pink Bloc Narrm / Melbourne for the June 11th International Day of Solidarity with Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners.

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Cambodia: Preah Vihear villagers seize company’s bulldozers

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Preah Vihear villagers block Rui Feng bulldozers from clearing disputed land last month.
10 June – Authorities in Preah Vihear province’s Chheb district yesterday backed villagers who seized bulldozers owned by a Chinese company that was clearing community land and has long been embroiled in land disputes in the area, according to local residents.

About 100 villagers took possession of two bulldozers owned by the Rui Feng company and detained the drivers, who they said were clearing property the community uses as grazing land, said villager Sath Say, 63.

The incident was not the first time villagers had stopped and held machinery owned by the company and its affiliates.

“They had promised not to clear that area and they’ve cleared almost all of our forest . . . They even bulldozed the demarcation posts – they cleared about a dozen hectares,” Say said.

“The district governor, police, military and company came to compromise with the villages . . . They promised not to do it again and if they do, [the authorities] said villagers can do whatever they want to.”

Reached yesterday, district police chief Chhuon Mady said the district governor had resolved the problem, but was unable to give further details about the incident.

When asked who was at fault in the incident, Mady said he didn’t know. “I was only checking on security.”

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PNG: Police, students clash; 23 injured

8 June – Police in Papua New Guinea fired gunshots Wednesday to quell a student protest demanding the prime minister’s resignation, the government said. The country’s police commissioner said nearly two dozen people were injured, but denied reports that as many as four people were killed.

Students in the South Pacific nation have been demanding for weeks that Prime Minister Peter O’Neill resign because of alleged corruption and mismanagement.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she had been advised by the Australian embassy that police shot students in Port Moresby, the capital, as hundreds prepared to march from the University of Papua New Guinea to Parliament.

“I know that students have been shot, but we’re still trying to determine whether there have been deaths and how many have been injured,” Bishop told reporters. “We call on all sides to be calm and to de-escalate the tension and certainly call on all sides to respect the peaceful and lawful right to protest.”

Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported that a Papua New Guinea lawmaker told Parliament that four students had been killed and seven wounded.

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Malaysia: Graphic artist charged over caricature of PM Najib Razak

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6 June – Malaysian graphic designer Fahmi Reza, known for his anti-establishment artwork, was charged in Sessions Court today for posting a caricature of Prime Minister Najib Razak depicted as a clown online.

The image, which has been widely shared not only across the internet, but has also made its way onto stickers, t-shirts, and graffiti on walls, was posted in January this year to Fahmi’s social media accounts, along with the words: “Dalam negara yang penuh dengan korupsi, kita semua penghasut (In a country full of corruption, we are all seditious).”

I’m in court this morning to face a criminal charge against me for posting a satirical clown-faced poster of the Prime…

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Fahmi, 39, was accused of making and disseminating the “offensive” image with intent to annoy another person.

He was charged under Section 233(1) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. If convicted, Fahmi may be sentenced to a year in prison, subjected to a maximum fine of RM50,000 (US$12,174), or both.

The judge granted RM5,000 (US$1,217) bail with one surety and set June 17 for mention.

Over the past weekend, Fahmi was already in trouble with the authorities – he and three others were detained by police on Saturday night, following their participation in the KL Alternative Bookfest (KLAB) at Publika Shopping Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.

The police questioned him for selling merchandise deemed “seditious”.

Fahmi – along with KLAB organiser Pang Khee Teik, activist Lew Pik-Svonn, and comic artist Arif Rafhan – was released on police bail on Sunday.

According to the International Business Times, he is being investigated under Section 41(c) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 11 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) 1984.

After his release, Fahmi posted to his Facebook account:

“You can arrest me, arrest my friends, confiscate my stuff, detain me, interrogate me, charge me, put me on trial, take away my rights and try to shut me up, but you can’t keep me down. No matter how hard you try to push me down, I will always rise back up.”

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Refugee involved in resistance on Nauru Arrested

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Nauruan police have arrested a 39-year-old Iranian asylum seeker, Hamid Nadaf, on trumped up charges of “threatening behaviour.”

Hamid was arrested on Friday afternoon, 3 June, around 4pm, near the family compound RPC3, and is now being held in the Nauru jail.

Hamid, his wife and eight-year-old son have been in detention on Nauru since February 2014, and he has played a very active role in the daily protests in the Nauru family compound RPC3, since 20 March this year.

The police refused to allow Hamid’s wife to see him yesterday, Saturday, 4 June and have told his wife that he will be held and brought before the court on 13 June.

Asylum seekers and refugees on the island see his arrest as a clear case of victimisation and an attempt to stifle the daily protests that have spread to refugee compounds across the island. Today will be the 78th…

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Blacktown (June 4th, 2016)

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On Saturday the fourth of June, Blacktown in the west of Sydney was inundated by hordes of riled-up patriots, ready to defend their town from the violent African and Muslim gangs. They valiantly addressed the thousands of attendees and-

…Just kidding, there was a tiny gaggle of eighteen racists from the Inner West with a confused jumble of flags ranging from the Aboriginal flag to the American white supremacist confederate flag, all bunched up next to a bus shelter, yelling faintly across to the 100-150+ team of anti-racist protestors and bemused locals. Late to their own rally, protected by a small crew of their mates, the riot cops, and obscured by a taxi rank (from which taxi drivers were not shy in expressing their distaste for the “#White Lives Matter”, “Make Australia Great Again” and “Deport Violent African and Muslim Gangs” placards), the Party for Freedom stood in the rain for…

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