NZ: Activists Occupy Labour Party Offices Across Aotearoa

Activists are occupying Labour MP offices across the country today to urge the government to take immediate action on the Manus Island refugee crisis.

In a demonstration of solidarity for the men trapped on Manus Island, activists have today occupied Jacinda Ardern’s office in Auckland to make an urgent demand for Jacinda Ardern to bring all the Manus Island refugees to Aotearoa immediately.

“Jacinda Ardern needs to talk directly to the Papua New Guinea government to arrange for all the Manus Island refugees to be brought to New Zealand. This week Papua New Guinea government officials have been destroying the water supplies, and the refugees are reaching their 17th day without water, power, food and essential medication.” said Auckland Peace Action member Hamish Noonan.

“The deal to take 150 refugees is a toxic deal left over from the John Key government, which had Australia offering to detain people wanting to come to New Zealand in return. The Labour government is now using delaying tactics and needs to accept all the refugees on Manus Island, not just 150.”

“We have been in contact with many of the refugees on Manus Island. 20 of the refugees are gay and have been fleeing persecution, but are being held in a country where homosexuality is illegal and can lead to lengthy prison terms. They need to be evacuated to safety as soon as possible.”

“We call on Jacinda Ardern to condemn Australia’s cruel, inhumane and illegal treatment of asylum seekers. Auckland Peace Action calls for a fair and due process for people seeking asylum in the Pacific.”

There will be a rally in Aotea Square this Sunday at 1pm to support the Manus Island refugees.


Salatiga, Indonesia: Demo in Solidarity with West Papua Struggle


– Solidarity between various alliances including Libertarian Student Federation (FML), Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) in the small town of Salatiga, at the Satya Wacana Christian University. This solidarity is a nationwide call from the KNPB (National Committee of West Papua) in order to give pressure to the Indonesian government to give rights to West Papuan independence and autonomy. In this case, anarchists and libertarians limited their solidarity for the full autonomy and freedom of West Papua from Indonesian state and not supporting the creation of West Papua as a nation-state.


Videos Links (click on the links below):

some anarchists students make their way out of campus

Demonstration outside of University

(via Agitasi)

Sydney: Refugee solidarity protestors clash with police outside Liberal Party dinner

11 Nov – Former prime minister Tony Abbott’s sister, Sydney councillor Christine Forster, had her “favourite jacket” ripped as she tried to enter a Liberal Party fundraiser surrounded by hundreds of Manus Island detention protesters.

Riot police formed a human chain to shield guests arriving for a Liberal Party fundraiser from several hundred Manus Island protesters who had formed outside the Friday night event which was also attended by Tony Abbott and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Cr Forster had to be helped through the crowds by police and had her jacket torn in the crossfire.

“Basically a melee broke out, it was a riot,” she said.

“It was an extraordinary situation, it was very unpleasant, it was dangerous for everybody, it was an aggressive, awful, scary situation.

“I’m a local City of Sydney councillor and I don’t want to ever have this kind of stuff happening in my electorate.”

Cr Forster said people should able to walk into an event “unmolested, unassaulted and unattacked”.

“It was shocking to me and it was dangerous. People were trying to punch us, people ripped the jacket off my back … If you want to make your political protest, anyone can make a political protest anywhere in Australia, but you don’t do it like that.”

“It was a very unpleasant, unnecessary, dangerous situation that those people put everybody in,” she said.

“It was a situation that I have never been in and I would never choose to be in ever again. It’s my favourite jacket and it’s shredded sadly and it was shredded off me from behind.

“It was a very volatile and extraordinarily surprising situation to me.”

The protesters were calling for the Immigration Minster to restore services to the now-closed Manus Island detention centre and bring the remaining asylum seekers to Australia.

The Australian Government had officially closed the detention centre on the Papua New Guinea Island on October 31.

On Friday, refugees and asylum seekers on Manus island told the ABC they were “extremely scared” as workers tore down fences around the compound.

The Papua New Guinea Government also put up a notice warning “force may be used to relocate those who refuse to move voluntarily”.

Protesters outside the Liberal Party event at Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh spoke on loudspeakers and harassed and berated guests, with police forced to intervene several times.

Hundreds of protesters came with whistles, pots and pans, shouting “Abbott, Dutton, blood on your hands” and “Shame on you” to the guests who made their way through through the crowd.

Activist Lily Campbell said she was protesting because Mr Dutton and Mr Abbott were “responsible for the siege on Manus Island right now”.

“I think every refugee should be brought here and should be granted asylum in Australia,” she said.

“I can’t believe the state it’s got to on Manus Island,” another protester, Margaret Walters, said.

“It’s just atrocious … they should never have been put in an offshore detention camp.”

Hundreds of people also marched through central Melbourne calling on the Federal Government to assist refugees at the Manus Island detention centre.

The rally began at the State Library before demonstrators marched along Swanston Street.

There were no arrests.

Hamilton: Fireworks used in suspected arson attack on Sacred Heart Girls’ College

11 Nov – Police are looking into the possibility a fire at a Hamilton college was started by fireworks.

Two science classrooms were gutted by the blaze at Sacred Heart College late on Friday night.

Police are treating it as suspicious and are inspecting the wreckage on Saturday.

“There have been reports of fireworks going off near the school,” said Acting Detective Sergeant Ian Foster.

He asked anyone with information to contact police.

“The fire caused extensive damage to the building which is not only a terrible blow for the students and teachers, but it will result in a substantial financial loss to the school,” Det Sgt Foster said.

In a post on Facebook, the school said no one was hurt.

“It would help if everyone stayed away from the school this weekend,” the school said.

Sydney: Manus Solidarity Graffiti on the Department of Immigration HQ


8 Nov – Graffiti in solidarity with the refugees on Manus Island painted on the headquarters of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Sydney, so-called Australia.

Graffiti reads: ‘FREE THE REFUGEES’ , ‘161 WSC’ (Western Sydney Crew).

via: Insurrection News

Melb: Report on the Melbourne Cup Disruptions for Manus Refugees


8 Nov – RISE: Refugee Survivors and ex-Detainees called for a Day of Action on November 7 in solidarity with over 600 refugee men who are currently blockaded inside the former Australian-government run detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. The Australian government imprisoned the men on Manus as part of their despicable policy of mandatory detention for all refugees who tried to enter Australian territories by boat.

The detention centre has been officially closed by the Australian government and all essential services have been cut including water and electricity. Papua New Guinea police and military have been preventing food and other essential items from entering the detention centre. The Australian government are refusing to take any responsibility or duty of care for the refugees and have been actively blocking other countries from accepting them, insisting that the men must move to a new centre that have been built on Manus. This centre is not safe nor is it equipped to meet the needs of the refugees who are justifiably fearful of being attacked by angry locals who do not want the refugees in their communities. As a result of this situation the 600 men are refusing to leave the Australian detention centre and have been calling on the international community to intervene and help them. Conditions inside the detention centre are grim – no food, no water, no sewage, no electricity and no medical facilities.

The Day of Action was called for November 7th to coincide with the annual Melbourne Cup, a high profile international horse racing event in order to generate maximum publicity. In Narrm / Melbourne, activists responded to the call with a diverse series of actions…


#SanctionAustralia banner drops by the RISE Team and volunteers in front of Flemington Racecourse (where the Melbourne Cup is held) as well as East Link and City Link toll roads. (source)


On the outskirts of Narrm / Melbourne, a banner reading ‘SAFETY 4 MANUS MEN’ was dropped from a bridge along the highway to provincial city Geelong. (source)


In the north-eastern suburbs of Narrm / Melbourne, a banner reading ‘MANUS = CRIME’ was displayed alongside a busy highway. (sent anonymously)


At Flemington Racecourse where the Melbourne Cup was being held, two women activists from the group WACA (Whistleblowers, Activists & Citizens Alliance) entered a construction site on the racecourse grounds and scaled a crane that overlooked the middle of the stadium where they unfurled a banner that read ‘SOS: EVACUATE MANUS NOW!’ The women were able to successfully negotiate with the police and agreed to climb down from the crane under the condition that they would not be arrested and that the banner would stay on the crane. WACA later released a statement regarding the action, here is an excerpt from it:

“We are joining with others across Australia to demand that the government evacuate the men on Manus immediately and bring them to safety for processing.

This is an emergency. This is an humanitarian crisis. We refuse to sit by whilst the Government, with the complicity of the Labor Party, puts over 600 men’s lives at risk.”


Also at the Flemington Racecourse, members of WACA ran out onto the racecourse itself and unfurled a large banner that read ‘FREE THE REFUGEES!” before being evicted by security.



In Ascot Vale, a group of anarchists caused major disruption to trains transporting people to the Melbourne Cup by blocking the railway tracks with a car. The car was covered in slogans in solidarity with the men on Manus and against the Australian government’s barbaric policies towards refugees. A woman padlocked herself inside the car and the car’s tires were punctured to make its removal from the train tracks more difficult. Signs and a banner were displayed prominently highlighting both Australia’s cruel treatment of refugees and also Australia’s celebration of the Melbourne Cup, an event that glorifies cruelty to animals. Police attended the scene and began the time-consuming task of unlocking the woman from the car and removing the car from the train tracks, resulting in lengthy delays in trains services to and from the Melbourne Cup. Unfortunately 4 comrades were arrested, it is not known yet what charges they are facing however all 4 were released later that day.

Canberra: Indigenous protesters occupy iconic restaurant after Government rejects treaty

Members of Canberra's Aboriginal Tent Embassy  have 'reclaimed' the iconic Lobby Restaurant

Members of Canberra’s Aboriginal Tent Embassy have ‘reclaimed’ the iconic Lobby Restaurant

6 Nov – Members of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra have ‘reclaimed’ a once-popular Canberra venue, moving into the iconic Lobby Restaurant on Sunday night

The venue is currently being peacefully occupied by a group of protesters lead by Nioka Coe, a member of the Ngunnawal people of the Australian Capital Territory.

‘There’s a conversation that needs to happen in this country around Aboriginal people and treaty,’ she told Canberra Times, adding that the protest was an act of sovereignty.

The famous Lobby restaurant is being peacefully occupied by a group lead by Ms Nioka Coe.

The restaurant, which closed suddenly in December 2016, has been empty until the group settled in the formerly bustling venue on Sunday evening.

At least thirty people are currently involved in the occupation, with Arabunna Elder Uncle Kevin confirming that more are on their way.

The occupiers have furniture, books and food donated by the community, and are cooking their own food including damper on the premesis.


Among their demands are that $7 million in rent on the site to be back-paid – at a rate of $3000 a week for the next 49 years.

The group issued the National Capital Authority (NCA), which owns the historic site, with an eviction notice, citing its ‘failure to seek permission … or sign a Treaty or Lease the land from Ngunnawal Traditional Custodians’ as the reason for the takeover.

In conjunction with Ngunnawal elders, the group is hoping to turn the site into a cultural centre operated by the tent embassy.

The group issued the National Capital Authority with an eviction notice on Sunday morning

The group issued the National Capital Authority with an eviction notice on Sunday morning

The occupiers inside the Lobby have furniture, books and food donated by local communities

The occupiers inside the Lobby have furniture, books and food donated by local communities

Overlooking the Rose Gardens of Old Parliament House, the Lobby Restaurant has hosted political heavyweights including Malcolm Turnbull – who scrapped plans for a ‘referendum to establish a new Indigenous advisory body’ in October.

After the move, conversations constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians stalled, prompting a gathering of indigenous nations at the tent embassy on Sunday.

The Lobby Restaurant was also the site of the famous Aboriginal protest against racist comments made by the then-Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in 2012.

Canberra’s tent embassy was set up across the lawn from the restaurant by four Aboriginal activists in 1972 to demand land rights, and its fire has been burning ever since.

Canberra's tent embassy was set up close to the restaurant by four Aboriginal activists in 1972

Canberra’s tent embassy was set up close to the restaurant by four Aboriginal activists in 1972

A fire has been continuously burning in the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra for 45 years

A fire has been continuously burning in the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra for 45 years

The Canberra Times understands that National Capital Authority, along with police and Ngunnawal Elders, will meet at the tent embassy fire on Wednesday to discuss the occupation.

Ms Coe said that she hopes the electricity and water will be turned back on, and that ‘the government needs to be aware we ain’t going no here, we’re part of this country and its future as well’.

A spokesperson for National Capital Authority said, ‘[We] are working with authorities to ensure a satisfactory outcome for all parties.’

The Lobby Restaurant which closed suddenly in December 2016, has been empty ever since

The Lobby Restaurant which closed suddenly in December 2016, has been empty ever since

A spokesperson for NCA said, '[We] are working ... to ensure a satisfactory outcome for all'

A spokesperson for NCA said, ‘[We] are working … to ensure a satisfactory outcome for all’