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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Sydney: Solidarity with Russian Anarchist Prisoners

18 March – In response to a solidarity appeal from comrades in Russia, on the 18th of March, the day of the Russian elections, a group of anarchists in Sydney, gathered at the Russian consulate. We distributed leaflets about the situation of imprisoned Russian anarchists and antifascists and chanted soligans against police, prisons and the Putin regime.

Sydney: Unauthorised Protest at the Mardi Gras 2018 by Pink Bloc

March 3, 2018 – BACK IN ’78 AND 40 YEARS LATER QUEERS REVOLTED AND QUEERS WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO

WE STAND AGAINST ALL OPPRESSIVE INSTITUTIONS & CORPORATIONS APPROPRIATING AND CAPITALISING ON OUR CONTINUING STRUGGLE

In 1978 queers took to the streets of Darlinghurst to denounce the intersectional oppressions we have faced for centuries. Queers with legitimate political critiques of the homophobic, patriarchal, capitalist status quo used a diversity of protest strategies to defiantly celebrate our identities and genders. Some danced, some kissed, and some carried placards, but most significantly, militant queers, fed up with being criminalized (and subject to various forms of physical, sexual, verbal abuse), literally fought the enemy, the notoriously violent, homophobic Darlinghurst cops, for our right to exist.

Now, 40 years later, queers continue the struggle against ongoing and diverse examples of state sanctioned anti-queer violence, and the capitalist pink-washing of what Mardi Gras represents as a significant moment in queer revolutionary resistance. Remember, ‘they’ only gave us ‘rights’ because we rioted!

40 years ago, staunch queers deliberately took to the streets to assert our rage as causalities of socially sanctioned violence by the mainstream establishment: police, religious bodies, authoritarian state-run institutions (prisons, psych wards etc) and homophobic “upright citizens”.

Today, in tribute to the original political nature of Mardi Gras, we continue to denounce state tyranny in all it’s forms – not just in the name of freedom and liberation for queer communities – but in solidarity with all those who are subject to ongoing criminalization due to their ethnicity/nationality, migration status, non-mainstream lifestyle choices, occupations, gender identities, class, species, and radical political praxis. Continue reading “Sydney: Unauthorised Protest at the Mardi Gras 2018 by Pink Bloc”

Sydney: Vandalism of Liberal & Labor Offices in Solidarity with Manus Refugees

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– In the early hours of the 29th of November the electoral offices of Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott and Anthony Albanese were decorated with stencils that said:

Evacuate Manus. Your Inaction Is Blood On Your Hands. Refugees Welcome.

These actions were undertaken in solidarity with the refugee men on Manus, who for years now have fought against the brutal ‘refugee policy’ of the Australian and PNG States.

Sydney: Manus Solidarity Graffiti on the Department of Immigration HQ

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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

Sydney: Solidarity with Anarchists Facing Repression in Porto Alegre, Brazil

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4 Nov – Solidarity from Sydney, so-called Australia, with anarchists in Porto Alegre facing the repression of the Brazilian state. Photos were taken out the front of Jura Books, an anarchist library and bookshop in Petersham, Sydney.

Sydney: Women held after Manus solidarity protest

3 Nov Sydney students occupied immigration department offices on Friday to protest the federal government’s refusal to bring refugees on Manus Island to Australia.

Three women have been arrested after chaining themselves together as part of protests at the Immigration Department building in Sydney’s CBD.

The protests come amid dire conditions at the recently closed Manus Island detention centre.

The protesters briefly occupied the government department and then stormed the offices of Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek demanding authorities bring refugees stuck on Manus Island to Australia.

The Australian-funded detention centre was officially closed on Tuesday but up to 600 refugees and asylum seekers remain on the site without food, water or electricity.

The men are refusing to move to alternative accommodation in the community because of fears they’ll be attacked by locals.

The Sydney protesters were evicted from the immigration offices and three women were arrested after refusing to comply with a move-along direction.

They were taken to a nearby police station and continue to help investigators with inquiries, a NSW Police spokeswoman told AAP.

The remaining protesters marched to Ms Plibersek’s office in nearby Surry Hills.

Alice, a 20-year-old student, told reporters that overseas detention centres had historically been set up by Labor and they’d failed.

“There’s been a bit of scapegoating by Labor in terms of shifting responsibility without having solid policy to actually have targets to close these detention centres,” she said.

“It’s unfair for Labor to pretend they have no hand in it.”

Ms Plibersek says she’s concerned about the situation on Manus Island.

“It is completely unacceptable – the refugees and asylum seekers have been there too long,” she told journalists in a statement.

“The government has completely failed these people.”

Ms Plibersek called for detainees to have access to essential services. But she stopped short of calling for the refugees to be brought to Australia.

Protestor Zeb Parks, 24, said it was unacceptable to force the former detainees to return to the countries they’d fled or accept resettlement in Papua New Guinea at the Lorengau transit camp where refugees have previously been attacked.

“We’re saying those options are not acceptable, it’s a gross violation of human rights, and we’re willing to stand in solidarity with them,” Mr Parks told AAP.

Conditions for the 600 refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island have worsened in recent days with the men reportedly digging wells for water.

Refugee and detainee on Manus Island Behrouz Boochani chronicled the deteriorating conditions in the camp through Twitter on Friday afternoon.

“At the moment hundreds of naked men are lying around me,” he said.

“They are starving and their bodies are getting weak.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern this week reiterated her government’s offer to resettle 150 of the men from Manus Island or Nauru.

The Sydney protesters were ordered by police to leave Ms Plibersek’s office after midday and left peacefully.