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”

Man stitches his lips in Broadmeadows Detention Centre

February 14: As tensions once again rise at MITA (Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation) in Broadmeadows, an Iranian man, aged 28, stitched his lips up this morning (Monday) as a sign of desperation. He has been detained for 11 months. Continue reading “Man stitches his lips in Broadmeadows Detention Centre”

Brisbane: man fined for mooning Queen

14 February: A man was fined $750 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court for mooning the Queen during her visit to Australia last October. The court heard he told police he did it as a political protest to show his contempt for the Queen and elitist groups. Continue reading “Brisbane: man fined for mooning Queen”

Brisbane: police, cars attacked

February 11: Police were pelted with bottles and other projectiles and their cars were sprayed with graffiti when they went to shut down a party gatecrashed by 400 teenagers in Brisbane on Saturday night. Six people were arrested.

A helicopter was called in to shut down another out-of-control party on the Gold Coast the same night.


Indonesia: Hidayat, Locked Inside the Prison ‘Red Zone’

From Hidup Biasa, translated from Kokemi:

This news that follows is just one story of how horrible life in prison is. Even worse than that, of being already locked up inside one prison and then finding another prison inside that one. This is what our comrade Hidayat is suffering right now, isolated under lock and key in a place that is known as the Red Cell, a miniature prison 2m by 1m, darkened and subject to the prison guards’ stifling intimidation and terror. Continue reading “Indonesia: Hidayat, Locked Inside the Prison ‘Red Zone’”