Sydney: Solidarity actions for anarchist prisoner Astro Labe

4 June 2018 – On the 9th of April 2018, Astro Labe, an anarchist from Tasmania was given a six month prison sentence for headbutting Tony Abbott, the former Prime Minister of Australia back in September 2017.

In response, some anarchists in Sydney launched a solidarity campaign demanding his release.

Throughout April and May, dozens of solidarity slogans were painted over walls and hung from highway bridges and hundreds of #FreeAstro posters and stickers were spread throughout various suburbs of Sydney.

Fuck Tony Abbott, Astro Labe is a hero.

Free every Prisoner, Headbutt every Pollie!

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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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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).”

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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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Sydney: Man to be charged over vandalism of Police Wall of Remembrance

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25 May A man is expected to be charged over the vandalism of the police memorial in Sydney’s Domain that has been defaced twice in four days.

The wall displays the names of dozens of New South Wales police officers who lost their lives on the job, and is the site of the state’s annual National Police Remembrance Day service in September.

On Friday the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance was marked with scratches and abusive messages.

About 11.15pm, officers found the wall had been desecrated further, with black graffiti on the panels and the ground in front of the memorial.

Police believe both incidents are linked.

Earlier in the evening, the 30-year-old man believed to be responsible was arrested near the pedestrian overpass at The Domain following information from the public.

Police said the man resisted arrest and smashed the rear window of a police car as he was being taken to Day Street Police Station.

He was then taken to St Vincent’s Hospital to be treated for a possible medical condition about 11:00pm.

Officers said they expected to charge the man over both incidents once the 30-year-old was released from hospital.

On Saturday, police said the panels would need to be deconstructed and be professionally cleaned.

 

Kuala Lumpur: Repression against anarchists in Malaysia

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26 May – Police in Malaysia have launched a witch hunt for two anarchists who they are accusing of being the ‘masterminds’ of the anarchist May Day demonstration in Kuala Lumpur during which a bank window was smashed by rocks and the bank’s security guard was slightly injured.

Police are alleging they found a bag left behind at the bank that led them to a 30 year old factory worker from Shah Alam. The worker’s house was raided on May 2nd and a number of items were seized including posters, a Guy Fawkes / Anonymous mask, pamphlets, a slingshot and some smoke bombs.

Police held a press conference on May 26th with the seized items on display and released photos of two anarchists named Markio and Ocha who they say they now want to arrest and charge under Section 148 and Section 4 (using corrosive or explosive substances or offensive weapons) of the Malaysian criminal code. Of course the scum press in Malaysia happily obliged the police by immediately broadcasting their photos and issuing ‘news reports’ that just repeated everything the police said word for word.

Solidarity With The Wanted Comrades Markio And Ocha!

Solidarity With The Malaysian Anarchist Movement!

Fuck The Malaysian Police!

(source: http://www.mstar.com.my/berita/berita-jenayah/2015/05/26/dalang-anarki/)