Indonesia: Open letter from Negasi to Eat & Billy

325received this translation from Indonesia anti-info site, Negasi:

Brothers Billy & Eat,

As you can see, the comrades are okay… The passion for freedom is still stronger than the prison!

It has been four months that both of you have been locked up behind bars which are operated by the state. A tool of repression that restricts your physical space, but we are sure not the imagination, passion and revenge in your hearts. Continue reading “Indonesia: Open letter from Negasi to Eat & Billy”

Sydney: graffiti on MP’s office

February 23: Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott released a statement threatening to ‘name and shame’ graffiti artists in Parliament after his electorate office was vandalised for the third time in the 11 months since his election to Parliament.

Mr Elliott, a Liberal, said it was now necessary to use taxpayers’ money to fund CCTV cameras outside his office to reinforce his view that “vandalism costs everyone”.

He has also called for lifelong bans on driving licences and mandatory jail sentences for offenders.

The graffiti attack on Mr Elliott’s office has been referred to Castle Hill police.

Victoria: flag stolen from school

February 25: (Redesdale, central Victoria) Mia Mia Primary School principal Kathy Vella is angry after someone stole the school’s Australian flag last week.

The theft of the flag from the school’s flagpole, along with the connecting ropes, was discovered by Ms Vella when she arrived for school on February 13.

The theft comes after a string of vandalism attacks on the school that began at the start of fourth term last year.

Indonesia: second night of rioting at Kerobokan Prison, Bali

SMH: Police and prison officials at Bali’s troubled Kerobokan prison have once again abandoned their post in the face of a fresh outburst of rioting.

Security forces responded with an hour or more of warning shots fired around the prison perimeter in an attempt to deter prisoners from starting a second night of full scale rioting.

Two missiles made of rocks bound in flaming cloth were hurled over the prison walls at about 10pm local time (1am AEST).

A barrage of rocks and other debris followed, forcing police stationed inside the prison in the wake of the previous  night’s destructive riot to quit their posts.

Witnesses to the violence say prisoners were yelling: “Everyone is a liar, give back our friends, where are our friends?”. Continue reading “Indonesia: second night of rioting at Kerobokan Prison, Bali”

Indonesia: riot in Bali jail

From AAP: Bali’s notorious Kerobokan jail is expected to remain in lockdown for days in the wake of a riot in which inmates gained control of the prison, including offices just metres from the compound’s front gate.

About 100 heavily-armed police entered the jail early on Wednesday morning to put down the riot which erupted after days of simmering tensions linked to a similar outbreak of violence at the weekend. Continue reading “Indonesia: riot in Bali jail”

Sydney: bottles thrown at riot police breaking up a party

February 19: The police riot squad was called in to remove more than 300 people from a house party in Tamarama after receiving a noise complaint at about 12.15 am.

A police spokeswoman said there were about 200 people on the street and 100 in the house. She said people became aggressive when told to move on and began throwing bottles at police.

Two men were issued infringement notices for failing to move on.

Sydney: Solidarity With Greece demo that resulted in the complete evacuation of the Greek Consulate, the arrest of 6 comrades and an 11 hour Noise Demo at City Central Police Station

Indymedia: On Wednesday the 15th of February, following a 3 day General strike and massive rioting in the street of Athens and other cities throughout Greece, participants of the Occupy Sydney movement staged a demonstration in solidarity with the Greek revolt.

At approximately 12.30pm, while the city streets were full of tourists, shoppers and many office workers on lunch, a black bloc carrying an “Occupy Sydney” banner marched from the Martin Place Occupy camp down Castlereagh Street to the Greek Consulate chanting “A FATE WORSE THEN DEATH FUCK THE IMF. The comrades made speeches declaring solidarity with the popular revolt across Greece then left two objects in the doorway of the consulate and quickly dispersed. One object was a large fake Molotov made out of an empty petrol tin with red cellophane coming out the top, the other was an empty, black foam box labelled “PANDORA’S BOX: DO NOT OPEN” with the titles of various financial institutions: “IMF, European Central Bank” etc, labelled along the sides.

Continue reading “Sydney: Solidarity With Greece demo that resulted in the complete evacuation of the Greek Consulate, the arrest of 6 comrades and an 11 hour Noise Demo at City Central Police Station”

Indonesia: Trial update, two combatants Jogjakarta

Reports from the trial of Eat and Billy, who have been imprisoned since October 2011, charged with having set fire to an ATM with explosives in Jogjakarta as a gesture of attack and solidarity.

Auto-translation from Negasi

February 15: Reyhard Rumbayan (EAT) and the Augustan Billy (Billy) yesterday (February 14, 2012) back in court for the third time. This agenda together with the second hearing on February 7, 2012, that is to hear testimony from witnesses. Public Prosecutor (Prosecutor) said they would present 30 witnesses to prove and convince the judge that the two combatants can be in the defendant with a chapter on terrorism. Continue reading “Indonesia: Trial update, two combatants Jogjakarta”

Victoria: riot police squad to double

From The Age: VICTORIA Police is set to more than double its squad of anti-riot officers in a move that new Chief Commissioner Ken Lay says is partly a response to television images of rioting mobs in England last year.

Membership of the police riot squad will grow from 50 to 110 after Mr Lay recently signed off on the move. Continue reading “Victoria: riot police squad to double”