Australia: Statement on the disruption of Melbourne Pride 2016

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aSTATEMENT ON THE DISRUPTION ON MELBOURNE PRIDE 2016

Today at the Melbourne ‘Pride’ March, on Boon Wurrung land, a group of queer and transgender activists staged a peaceful sit-in with the aim of disrupting the march. We drew attention to the ties of ‘Pride’ with environmentally destructive and socially unjust corporations as well as police and political parties that institutionalise oppressive systems.

Our group wanted to remind people that ‘Pride’ is not simply a celebration, but a protest fighting for liberation for everyone harmed by heteronormativity, cisnormativity, misogyny, ableism, racism and other forms of oppression.

Several onlookers – many of whom were drinking alcohol at the adjacent pub – violently assaulted us. They sprayed us with a hose, threw large buckets of dyed yellow water, threw glass bottles and some attempted to violently take a transgender flag. Victoria Police and some Pride attendees also assaulted a physically and visibly disabled…

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Cambodia: Workers block SEZ over back wages

22 Jan – Unpaid workers from the shuttered, Turkish-owned Weibo garment factory blocked the entrance to the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone again yesterday after the heavily indebted firm failed to pay their full salaries this week.

The factory, part of the Istanbul-based Weibo Group, ceased all operations on January 9, the day before December salaries were to be paid. Following protests, Weibo promised to pay the salaries in two equal instalments.

While the first instalment was successfully paid, Weibo failed to pay the second one on Wednesday, prompting about 80 workers to gather at the zone’s entrance yesterday morning, blocking traffic into the facility.

“We are demanding full pay now,” said Prak Sreynich, a 19-year-old garment worker who worked at Weibo for three years and said she was owed roughly $100 by the firm.

The workers, who also claimed to be owed severance pay, may have to keep waiting, however.

Irsat Kanca, the managing director of Weibo Cambodia, said Weibo missed its second instalment because of a lawsuit from a former supplier temporarily blocking the firm from selling off its machinery.

“We have debts of $580,000 to suppliers and $270,000 to the workers,” Kanca said in Weibo’s deserted headquarters.

While Kanca claimed that workers’ severance pay had already been doled out over the past three months, he vowed that their salaries would eventually be paid in full.

“The process will take a maximum two weeks [from now].”

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Australia Day: The Main Event in the National Sport of Denial

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Note: The following text was written by some unknown activists who redecorated several ‘ADSHELL’ corporate advertising spaces in the city of Melbourne, in so-called Australia on 26.01.16 in protest against the ‘Australia Day’ national public holiday and it’s accompanying ‘official’ celebrations. 

Australia Day: The Main Event in the National Sport of Denial

Today, advertising across the city of Melbourne has been replaced with messages that confront “Australia Day” for its inherent celebration of invasion and the genocide that continues to be perpetrated against First Nations Peoples of this land.

This act of protest seeks to highlight that so-called “Australia” was invaded under false pretenses, and that the sovereignty of its First Nations was never ceded, whilst simultaneously reclaiming public spaces from commercial entities for use as a public forum.

For many Indigenous people, today is a day of anger and mourning. In the wars that followed the initial invasion 228 years ago…

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7 Days of Resistance

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This is a blog about decolonising. It is a place for collating acts of resistance. In the lead up to Invasion Day, 26 Jan 2016, join the resistance!

If you have contributions for this blog, you can email them to 7dayresistance@riseup.net

All photos of actions will be added to this blog with as much security as possible to protect those resisting (including activities that would be deemed unlawful by the dogs of the state) , but security on your end of the line is your own responsibility.

DISRUPTING SOUTH BANK CELEBRATIONS

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REMINDER OF GENOCIDE

On Invasion Day (“Australia Day”) 2016, the water in this South Brisbane feature turned red as a reminder of the attempted genocide of more than 200 nations that have called this land home for over 60, 000
years. This particular feature was used due to its close vicinity
to the South Bank police station on Glenelg St, to mark the ongoing unjust and
excessive incarceration, abuse and murder of First Nations people at
the hands of the police.

This action was undertaken by non-indigenous people in solidarity with
First Nations’ struggles.

BANNERS FOR INVASION DAY

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RADICAL STREET ART IN BRISBANE’S WEST END

GRAFFITI ON AUSTRALIA FIRST PARTY OFFICE

Fuck Aussie Pride

WHAT’S THE DAY? INVASION DAY!

Australia Day holiday notice corrected to read "Invasion Day" Australia Day = Invasion Day

SOLIDARITY

I Ceolin aka Javier Padilla support my Aboriginal brothers and sisters of what is called Australia because I know what it is to be stripped away from everything you as a people are. I support Aboriginal peoples of Australia because the ancestral homeland contains the sacred burial of our past family members, contains our origin as a people and the land is the representation of the cultures of the first people. I am Ceolin descendant of the Amuzgo indigenous people Solidarity from Amuzgo brother

 PAINTING THE STREETS

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Melbourne: Solidarity actions against the French consulate and VINCI owned companies

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Disruption of VINCI and French Consulate

To the defenders of the ZAD,

Solidarity from anarchists in so-called ‘Melbourne, Australia’- the never-ceded indigenous land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, stolen and occupied by the genocidal settler-colonial state.

In response to recent threats of violent eviction by the French State, actions were taken at several locations in Melbourne, the city built on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, in colonised Australia. The actions targetted the French consulate and offices of companies of the VINCI corporate-family linked to the proposed destruction of land at the Zone-A-Defendre.

The French consulate was attacked with paint and its locks were stuffed and glued.
The Offices of Menard-Bachy and Fressynet (both companies owned by VINCI), had their windows broken and slogans in support of the ZAD painted on the facade.

The Melbourne office of Electrix (a company owned by…

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Border Fascist Update

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According the the Operation Sovereign Borders December Update there were no so called illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.
And no illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres. This doesn’t confirm whether any people attempted to seek asylum in Australia by boat.
The report also mentions the 2 year anniversary of the policy to turn boats back to their country of origin. It claims 695 people on 23 boats have been returned to their country of origin (the country the boat left from most likely Indonesia).
Of course they claim this is saving lives at sea. But this logic is nonsensical.

How can you save lives at sea by keeping boats at sea? Do they know what happened to the people when they returned to Indonesia? Did they even get back to Indonesia?

I’ve read reports of boats washing up on remote islands and people…

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