BRISBANE G20 ANARCHY?

For a change from spreading fear about ‘Muslims’ the Courier Mail this weekend focused on ‘anarchists’.

The front cover for Saturday September 27 contains a beat up about plans for ‘anarchy’ at Brisbane’s G20.

So now is a good time reiterate that anarchy is not violence.

At the beginning of every episode of The Anarchy Show the introduction borrows these words from Alexander Berkman

“anarchism is not bombs, disorder, or chaos. it is not robbery and murder. it is not a war of each against all. Anarchism is the very opposite of all that”

Anarchism is love. Anarchist action stems from love. And that’s what puts us up against capitalism and economic organisations such as the G20.

Capitalism is not about love. Capitalism is about greed.

The result of capitalism is environmental destruction, poverty, an erosion of workers’ rights and war.

The focus of the article Brisbane G20 looms as security nightmare as protesters plan for mayhem
is a wordpress site planbg20.wordpress.com.

Apparently Plan B is a plan to unleash ‘waves of destruction’ during the G20 in Brisbane.

The Plan B site suggests actions, but gives no indication there are any groups or actual plans associated with it.

However no matter how much destruction or disruption an anarchist group might cause it will never equal the destruction caused by capitalism and the decisions made by the G20 and similar international organisations.

Bangladesh Factory Collapse
Unidentified bodies prepared for mass burial after a factory collapse killed more than 400 garment workers in Bangladesh. Decisions made by the G20 lead to poor work conditions and low wages for people in developing nations.

As I write this a war plane flies over head….. warming up for a display for Brisbane residents – Riverfire a ‘family’ event. Because under capitalism war is entertainment.

Yet according to the mainstream media, government and police anarchists – armed with a desire for equality and universal peace – are a threat.

The Plan B site does suggest some actions but none of those involve violence.

Property destruction is not violence.

And anyway there are far more important issues discussed on the Plan B site.

The violence, mayhem and destruction caused by neo-liberal capitalism which is at the heart of the G20’s agenda.

‘… neo-liberal policies lead to increased corporate control, and to increased levels of inequality between the rich an the poor – both locally and internationally. Neo-liberal policies include cuts to social services and support, a reduction of tariffs, and the privatisation of the public sector – including health care, education, social services and environmental protection.’

‘The gap between rich and poor is still growing. Children routinely die starving while hoarded food rots. The world moves daily closer to feeling the tangible effects of irreversible climate change. Profits flow through borders unimpeded (always into the pockets of the rich) but people are caught in razor wire traps.’

Oil Affected Pelicans
These pelicans wait to be cleaned after the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster in 2010. Environmental safe guards are ignored as corporations compete in the capitalist market place.

Bris-CAN is not Plan B

Saturday’s Courier Mail aims to draw links between the Plan B website and the Brisbane Community Action Network.

There are no links and the Courier Mail journalist David Murray was told this.

Robin Taubenfeld whose quote and photo was published inside the print version of the Courier Mail along side the article sent this message to David Murray –

“people have had concerns about past reporting and sensationalism from the Courier Mail. I request Courier Mail does not print any thing that implicate, incriminates or links me/briscan to plan b as you are aware that I/BrisCAN have not been involved. It would be irresponsible and unfortunate if the Courier Mail attempts to cast aspersions on me/us after I have commented in good faith.”

It’s not surprising the Murdoch paper choose to hype up the potential for so called violence during the G20 it once again reinforces that the mainstream media are part of the capitalist system and do not reflect the true interests of the community.

Trash

I’m including the article here so you don’t have to go to the Courier Mail website, and get sucked into the fear machine.

PROTESTERS are circulating a plan to unleash “waves of destruction” during Brisbane’s G20 summit.

The plot to mar the event — dubbed Plan B — is being distributed online.

It advocates destroying ATMs and other property and disrupting sport and social events. The plan cites an array of activist causes including globalisation, poverty and gay rights.

Attacks would be launched away from the heavily fortified security zones in favour of areas where police would be thinner on the ground.

Police yesterday extended the time and locations that would be subject to restrictions — security lockdowns will now begin on November 8, six days earlier than planned.

Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett said police needed the extra time because protesters would be out in force earlier than first anticipated.

The changes also mean the public will be banned from entering the Southbank Cultural Precinct — including the Gallery of Modern Art, the State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Art Gallery — on November 15.

Gambado Hotel on Caxton St, the Intercontinental Hotel, Sanctuary Cove Resort and the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel have been added as hotels for the delegates with strict security measures and join another nine in Brisbane City on the restricted list, meaning they are for the sole use of the G20 delegates.

Streets around the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will now be closed from November 1.

Police Assistant Commissioner Katarina Carroll has condemned the plan for violence and said she would be “bitterly disappointed” if Brisbane’s G20 summit descended into the kind of chaos that has marred recent world economic summits.

“When we have got so much going on across the world in terms of terrorism ­issues, to push this out to ­various groups is irresponsible,” she said.

Placed online anonymously, Plan B adopts the motto “disrupt, resist, obstruct”.

Ms Carroll warned groups should be concerned about ­infiltration by “violent extremist protesters”, not police.

“Our biggest issue is people who want to lawfully protest and air their issues are ­infiltrated by violent people,” she said.

The Brisbane Community Action Network G20 (BrisCAN-G20) and Occupy Brisbane both shared the plan on Facebook this week.

BrisCAN-G20 organiser Robin Taubenfeld (pictured left), who is also with Friends of the Earth, said she did not know who was ­behind Plan B.

“I’m certainly not in a position to denounce or criticise Plan B,” Ms Taubenfeld said.

Plan B suggests people destroy billboards, “haunt” officials, occupy offices, strike, blockade and picket.

“Instead of gathering our strength and marching into the traps they have set for us, we are calling for disseminated disorder,” the plan reads.

“We are calling for people to form affinity groups in their home towns and autonomously organise decentralised direct action against the G20 and the capitalist occupation of our lives.

“Just imagine, while the pigs are helplessly patrolling the streets of Brisbane’s CBD in their ridiculous armour with their intimidating vehicles, decentralised waves of creation and destruction will ebb and flow right across the country.

“There is nothing more beautiful we can think of.”

Associate Professor Janet Ransley, head of the Griffith University criminology and criminal justice school, said groups prominent in previous G20 events in Toronto and London could be expected.

“It’s going to be a very difficult task for police. They’re going to be very concerned by this conflation of this terrorist risk with this volatile crowd situation,” she said.

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As Brisbane prepares for the G motherfucking 20 to engulf our quiet backwater I’m taking a look back at previous G20s and the action on the streets of resistance which accompanied the meeting.

Brisbane’s new marketing campaign #teambne and the Global Cafe which is going to be happening as part of the circus surrounding the G20. But are they really looking at the right issues.

The episode also includes the Rap News and a brief discussion of compassionate communication.

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Family of deceased Indigenous woman suing Toronto police for $14 million

A sad story from KKKanada

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Cheyenne Fox 1Kenneth Jackson, APTN National News, Sept 13, 2014
The family of an Indigenous woman that died in Toronto under suspicious circumstances is suing Toronto police for $14 million alleging the force was negligent in the events leading up to her death in April 2013 and during the subsequent police investigation that labeled it a suicide.

Cheyenne Fox’s family alleges Toronto police didn’t properly respond to two 911 calls prior to Fox’s death April 25, 2013 when she fell to her death from a 24th floor balcony of a Toronto condo according to a statement of claim filed in Peterborough court Friday and obtained by APTN National News.

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Cairns Safe from Granny with Anti G20 Stickers and Spray Chalk Offenders

The G20 Finance Ministers Meeting will be held in Cairns next weekend September 20 & 21.

At the meeting will be delegates and staff  from 24 countries and 12 international organisations.

A sixty year old grandmother has had her house raided by 4 police officers who were searching for …. stickers.

They confiscated her phone, dug through her rubbish and searched her car.

On a quest to find anti G20 stickers which read ‘G20 benefits the 1%’.

Because stickers such as these pose such a threat to the smooth running of the finance meeting photocopy shops have been advised to not print anti-G20 materials.

Office Works has reportedly complied.

Rest assured that it’s not just stickers the police are protecting Cairns from but also SPRAY CHALK.

Aleta Kathleen Tulk and co-offender Adam Mark Brooker pleaded guilty to wilful damage in the Cairns Magistrates Court after using spray chalk to write “G20 benefits the 1%” on a path at the northern end of the Esplanade on July 24.

They were given a $400 3 month good behavior bond each for the graffiti which was removed easily by community service workers.

Ms Tulk was quoted in the Cairns Post as saying

“We wanted to make a statement because, you know what, we’re fed up.

“I even tested it before on my own driveway to make sure it would wash off.”

“I’ve been told to behave for the next three months so I’ll probably keep it to a minimum, I’m not going to do anything outrageous.

“(But) ultimately in the end that’s who I am and I’ll continue to speak out about it. I just won’t do it with chalk on the pavement.”

G20 authorities claim they are taking a “business as usual” approach to the Finance Ministers’ meeting.

However 60 year old grandmother’s are waking up to their house being raided, photocopy shops are being told to censor what people can copy and  an additional 700 police are steadily arriving in Cairns over the next week.

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G20 Badge

Here’s some images you can make into posters or stickers. They do not mention the G20 so you’ll have no problem distributing them. (Thanks to Emma Goldman from Sydney’s Black Rose Anarchist Bookshop)

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At the end of August all around Australia marches were held to protest about the various unpalatable actions that the Abbott government has taken during their one year in power. In Brisbane the focus of the ire of the march was also Queensland premier Campbell Newman. Linda, Kimbeaux and Peter went to the march in Brisbane and report back at the beginning of this episode. But first I introduce the First Nations Women’s Ceremonial Walk for Freedom. – we hear from one of the speakers at the march economist John Quiggin – Comedian Mandy Nolan – Duncan Hart from the National Union of Students speaks about the protest against Christopher Pynes planned at the University of Queensland (this has since been cancelled) – Guy McPherson on Climate Change and Human Extinction MUSIC

 

Scott Morrison to wind down Manus Island detention centre in favour of Nauru

From Fairfax – Sarah Whyte

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has ordered that no asylum seekers be sent to Manus Island, instead funnelling them to the small Pacific Island of Nauru.

In changes made to the Migration Act on July 15, Mr Morrison revoked the direction to send male asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea’s offshore processing centre on Manus Island.

In the changes made under subsection 198ad(5) of the Migration Act 1958 (‘the act’), obtained by Fairfax Media, Mr Morrison writes it is in the “public interest” to “direct officers to take unauthorised maritime arrivals to the Republic of Nauru.”

It says the only people who are exempt from the Act are asylum seekers who are flown to Australia for medical reasons.

“In this instance I direct officers to take the unauthorised maritime arrival to Papua New Guinea when the person no longer needs to be in Australia for the medical treatment,” the statement says.

Service providers, who have recently returned from working on Manus Island, have told Fairfax Media the Manus Island centre appeared to be “winding down”.

The running of the Manus Island centre has faced severe criticism when an asylum seeker was killed and scores of others injured during brutal violence in February. It has also experienced significant delays in processing asylum seekers.

Unlike the 179 asylum seekers who have been now settled on Nauru, not one asylum seeker has yet been resettled in Papua New Guinea.

Manus Island Injuries
Injuries after the attack on the Manus Island Centre early in 2014 which left over 70 injured and 1 dead

 

Reza Berati was the man murdered in Feburary on Manus
Reza Berati was the man murdered in Feburary on Manus