Sydney: Antifa clash with police at Cronulla nationalist memorial

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12 Dec – During the protests and counter-protests that marked the 10-year anniversary of the Cronulla race riot on Saturday, riot squad officers clashed with anti-racism protesters numbering in the hundreds, and managed to corral them at the southern end of Cronulla beach.

The memorial barbeque for the riot attracted about 50 people.

Many of the anti-racism protesters dressed in black, with faces covered and appeared to be members of Antifa, the self-appointed enemies of the far-right.

Antifa members carrying red, black flags emblazoned with the words Antifaschistische Aktion clashed with anti-Islam protesters and  abused police using megaphones.

Antifa, or anti-fascists, are a loose collection of socialists and anarchists, anti-racists and small-l liberals.

Antifaschistische Aktion is the name of a paramilitary German communist organisation that was dissolved in 1933 by the Nazis and resurfaced in the 1980s in Europe as a response to resurgent right-wing groups.

Today Antifa groups are transnational, and part of the ultra-left common at the protests that often mark G20 and other global leader summits.

In Australia, members or self-professed members of the group have become an increasingly common sight at rallies organised to oppose the far-right protests held by groups like the United Patriots Front and Reclaim Australia.

Members of Antifa in Australia have deliberately remained anonymous.

 

 

Canberra: Climate change protesters dragged from Parliament House

3 Dec – About 200 climate change activists have been dragged from Parliament House after staging a sit-in.

As global talks in Paris continue, protesters occupied the Marble Foyer before being asked to leave.

When they decided to stay, security officers dragged them out.

Climate change sit-in rally ... protesters inside Parliament House, Canberra. Picture: Ray Strange

The protests were also captured on Twitter with the hashtag of #peoplesparliament which has been trending across Australia on the social networking platform.

They chanted slogans and held signs such as saying “People ahead of polluters”.

Refusing to leave ... one climate change protester in the Marble Foyer. Picture: Ray Strange

 

Protesters are removed ... by security after attending a rally inside Parliament House. Picture: AAP

Australia: Open letter to the PM & Immigration Minister from the men incarcerated on Manus Island

1 Dec – Open letter to Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton from the men incarcerated on Manus.

Six hundred men in Manus RPC, PNG, signed the following letter to Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia and Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. Embargoed for publication until 30 November 2015

Transcribed text of that letter follows:

30/11/15

Hello Dear Mr Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton.

As the refugees and asylum seekers trapped in Manus Island detention we wold like to request you something different this time.

As previously we wrote and asked for help and there was no respond to our request to be freed out of detention we realized that there are no differences between us and rubbish but a bunch of slaves that helped to stop the boats by living in hellish condition. The only difference is that we are very costly for the Australian tax payers and the Politicians as our job to “stop the boats” is done.

We would like to give you some recommendations to stop the waste of this huge amount of money ruining Australian’s reputation and to keep the Australian boarders safe forever.

1. A navy ship that can put us all on board and dump us all in the ocean. (HMAS is always available)
2. A gas chamber (DECMIL will do it with a new contract)
3. Injection of a poison. (IHMS will help for this)

This is not a joke or a satire and please take it serious.

We are dying in Manus gradually, every single day we are literarly tortured and traumatized and there is no safe country to offer us protection as DIBP says.

Best regards

Merry Christmas in advance

Manus refugees and asylum seekers.

Mount Isa: Officer injured during youth crackdown

23 Nov – More than 50 youths have been arrested as part of a crackdown on juvenile crime in north-west Queensland.

Police said among those were eight children, aged between seven and 13, arrested for trespassing, break and enter and wilful damage in Mount Isa over the weekend.

Officers charged 54 people with 66 offences as part of Operation North Tearose.

A 29-year-old police officer was injured during the operation.

He was taken to hospital with cuts to his arms but later released.

Superintendent Russell Miller said the bad behaviour started for no apparent reason.

“There seems to be this element within the community at the moment that believes they can do whatever they like, they can act how they like, they can drink irresponsibly, involve themselves in fights and then when the police attend the jobs they turn on the police in a crowd,” he said.

Melbourne: Train stolen and derailed, in ‘severe act of vandalism’

A derailed train at Hurstbridge Station in Melbourne's north-east.

11 Nov – Vandals have broken into a railway station in Melbourne’s north-east, started a train and then derailed it, “destroying everything in its path” after seemingly obtaining a key on the black market.

Victoria Police believe the offenders broke into the train at the Hurstbridge Railway Station about 1:50am.

They managed to start the train and drive it forward, before running into carriages, fencing and security boxes.

Metro Trains chief executive Andrew Lezala said the incident had caused about $3 million in damage and a key would have been needed to start the train.

“Somebody has gained access to one of our trains and managed to motor it up,” he said.

“The train has been derailed by the derailing device, which is there to stop trains getting onto the main line when they shouldn’t be there.

“So it’s done its job, but [the act has] caused extensive damage.”

Keys for Metro trains are not kept in the carriage but are looked after by drivers and key staff.

The train was an X-Trapolis model, which operates on a universal key system – meaning any train of that model can be started with the same key.

Mr Lezala said they were “occasionally stolen” and those involved may have obtained one through the black market.

“This is a severe act of vandalism,” he said.

“I am very concerned that somebody has been able to do this and we will work with the police to apprehend these people, and I hope they get very severely dealt with.

“This is a situation that we just cannot tolerate.”

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