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!
19 Feb – Victoria Police says it will not press trespassing charges against two women who scaled Melbourne’s Arts Centre spire to protest against offshore detention.
The women, aged in their 20s, ended their 12-hour protest about 3:00pm on Friday.
“The Art Centre has informed Victoria Police that it will not be pressing trespassing charges at this stage against the two women,” police said in a statement.
They pair, who climbed the 162-metre structure about 3:30am, left a “LetThemStay banner on the spire.
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11 Feb – Two protesters who suspended themselves from a Melbourne bridge with a banner imploring the federal government to let asylum seekers facing deportation stay in Australia are back on the ground.
Katherine Woskett, 25, and Hannah Patchett, 22, began their protest on the Yarra Bend Road overpass on the Eastern Freeway alongside a “let them stay” banner at 7.30am on Thursday.
They want to stop the imminent deportation of 267 asylum seekers, including 37 babies, from Australia to Nauru.
A High Court decision on February 3 cleared the way for their return following a failed challenge against Australia’s offshore processing arrangements.
Ms Woskett and Ms Patchett’s protest ended after about three hours when they came down on their own accord and spoke to waiting police officers, who confiscated their banner.
“The pair left pending further inquiries,” a Victoria Police spokeswoman told journalists.
It’s unclear if the women will be charged but police have told them to expect a summons in the mail.
The pair had widespread support on social media, as well as from asylum seekers in detention.
“All day we have been receiving messages from refugees who are actually in detention centres,” said protest spokeswoman Helen War.
10 Nov – In response to a call for a week of actions against the North Wales mega prison, some anarchists in Sydney made some small actions.
The primary contractor involved in the Wrexham Prison Project is Lendlease, an Australian based construction company. In Sydney Lendlease is currently involved in a huge casino project called Barangaroo. The project has major state government backing and is responsible for the social cleansing of Millers Point, the last working working class district in inner Sydney.
Over the past two years there has been consistent resistance to the project and to the eviction and sell-off of the remaining social housing in the area. Numerous buildings in the area have been squatted, and the struggle continues.
Over the first week of November dozens of slogans against Lendlease and its projects were painted on walls across Sydney. Lendlease banners were torn down from their construction sites, repainted and hung from highway bridges.
We wish solidarity to our comrades in Wales and all those fighting for a world without prison.
Neither prisons no casinos.
21 Oct – Police in Tasmania have arrested a fossil fuel protester perched on the roof of the University of Tasmania’s Sandy Bay campus.
Campaign group Fossil Free UTAS said the university had been refusing to meet to discuss its demands that it stop investing in coal.
The group unfurled three banners and protester Brodie Jeavons refused police requests to come down.
Police search and rescue personnel were sent up to arrest him and charged him with trespass.
In a statement the university said the protest was dangerous and it referred the matter to police.