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The count down is on to the G motherfucking 20 and the media is going wild over ‘Anarchists’ and the usage of black bloc style tactics in the sleepy streets of Brisbane.

We’ve also been warned to look out for anarchists with nail clippers. What terrifying things could anarchists do with nail clippers?

Apparently we bring them so we can escape from zip tied handcuffs. How can we used nail clippers while handcuffed I don’t know… but I guess it could work if one managed to de-arrest someone. Thanks for the tip Professor Clive Williams.

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On AAradio though we begin by looking further afield to Iran where the brutal Islamic government has executed a woman who killed a man who tried to rape her. As of October 22 this year Iran had executed at least 585 people.

Then to get a good perspective on the big gangster meeting happening in Brisbane next month The Juice Media break it down for us with the latest Rap News.

And continuing on with our look at what went on in the streets of resistance outside other G20’s we look at what went down in Mexico.

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Daily Meds – Money in the Bank info
Kids on the Run – Barkly Desert Culture – Ali Curong Community info
Marx and Tu P – March is Long info
Eedam feat. Shahin Nafaji – Execution info
thejuicemedia – G20 info
BAMBU – Minimum Wage info
Shining Soul – No Mercy info
DDM – Greve Generale info

Mexican Protesters Raid Supermarkets As One-Month Anniversary Of Student Disappearances Nears

Yesterday when I spoke and posted about the Mexican G20 in 2012 the current situation in Mexico was in my mind.

The G20 Culturecide.. I mean Cultural Celebrations in Brisbane include a Day of the Dead Festival which is a traditional Mexican celebration.

Yet while Brisbane is encouraged to celebrate the G20 and it’s associated colonial and neoliberal agenda people in Mexico are struggling daily because of it.

Because the struggle they face is so much more urgent than those in Brisbane (except for Australian indigenous struggles) the action they are taking is much more militant.

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Republished from the IBTimes

Students in Mexico’s southern Guerrero state took over a radio station and raided supermarkets in the state capital Saturday, a day before the one-month anniversary of the disappearances of 43 students who have sparked mass anger against local and state authorities.

Dozens of protesters reportedly looted four department stores in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero, Saturday morning, taking clothing, food items and appliances outside to the street for passersby to take. At one store, Comercial Mexicana, the students erected a banner reading “Everything Is Free.” Witnesses said the students’ faces were covered, and while they were armed with sticks, they didn’t attack any of the shoppers or workers.

Another group of four students occupied a local radio station Saturday morning, inviting listeners to take on the “capitalist stores.”

“We invite the population to take action and participate in our protests. Everything that we have taken out [of the stores] will be completely free,” they said. Department stores across the capital closed after reports of the raids surfaced.

Mass protests have raged across Guerrero state since 43 students from a teachers’ college disappeared Sept. 26. While most marches and vigils remained peaceful, some demonstrations have been chaotic. Protesters occupied the state Capitol last week and set parts of it on fire while another group of demonstrators set fire to the Town Hall at Iguala, the town where the students were last seen. Saturday’s protesters were reportedly from the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Normal school, the same college that the missing students attended.

The missing students case has come to exemplify Mexico’s deeply rooted problems with corruption, insecurity, and linkages between security forces and organized crime. Protesters have been calling on authorities to determine the whereabouts of the students and seek justice for those responsible for the disappearances. Gov. Angel Aguirre stepped down Thursday under pressure from the growing protest movement.

Federal officials have accused the mayor of Iguala of ordering police to attack the students and hand them over to a local drug gang over fears the students would disrupt a speech being given by his wife. Authorities have ordered arrest warrants for both the mayor and his wife although they have not been seen since the day after the students first vanished.

Mexico Protests

Victory to the Rojava Revolution!

Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group

The Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group today attended a demonstration in support of the defence of Kobanê. About 500 people attended, including many from Melbourne’s significant Kurdish community. The MACG distributed the leaflet reproduced below.

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VICTORY TO THE ROJAVA REVOLUTION!

Defend Kobanê!

The siege of Kobanê continues, with the murderous cutthroats of Da’esh (a.k.a. ISIS) not relenting in their attempts to crush all resistance to their vicious and reactionary movement. The heroic women and men of the YPG-YPJ forces are putting up an implacable defence, despite being outnumbered and outgunned by Da’esh.

The United States imperialists have supplied small quantities of weapons to Kobanê (even if some of them have fallen into the hands of Da’esh!) and have staged some air strikes on Da’esh positions. Meanwhile, the increasingly authoritarian regime of Recep Erdoğan in Turkey shows which side he is on by keeping the border sealed against assistance and reinforcements for…

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G20 Looking Back – Mexico 2012

With the G20 coming up in Brisbane Autonomous Action Radio has been looking back at what happened on the side of the resistance in previous years. g20 mexico Today I looked at Mexico and read this article.The Mexican people certainly were not treated to G20 culture events like Brisbane is.

Today Mexican President Felipe Calderon, speaking in a press conference to conclude the G20 summit in Cabo, Mexico, reinforced why so many people oppose the G20’s neoliberalism, austerity, and corporate elitism.

Austerity measures, he said, are like “bullets” that need to be “reloaded” again and again. His metaphor was appropriate. G20 policies promote systems that lead to suffering, destruction of communities, and destruction of the environment.

These policies are like bullets, killing the people of the world.

Here in La Paz, Mexico, a two-hour drive north along the coastline from Cabo, Mexico, the people held their own summit, as the G20 leaders and rich corporate elite met inside a militarized security barrier, in posh hotel rooms with shimmering seaside vistas.

It was impossible for protesters to get closer to the official summit, though some tried to find a bus driver willing to brave the checkpoints and the security guards with automatic guns slung over their shoulders.

Locals were told that no one could enter Cabo unless they were a documented resident. Activists with the Peoples Summit, Cumbre de los Pueblos, went on a colorful march down the main tourist strip in La Paz on the evening before the official G20 summit was slated to begin.

Several hundred strong, the march poured into the main plaza of the town, La Kioska, and held a rally and a rock concert.

The Peoples Summit also contained two and a half days of energetic panel discussions and workshops on topics like capital flows, offshore tax havens, and climate change and adaptation.

The most enthusiastic discussions, though, were less reform-oriented – feminism, the financialization of nature, mining, workers’ struggles, corporate tourism development – discussions on creating our own solutions outside the security barrier in Cabo.

Many summit participants felt that the hopes of the people cannot be expressed through the dry and corrupted policies of the G20. Much of this spirit of change is expressed in the Statement of the Peoples Summit Against G20, a document that was put out by the summit participants.

It was also felt through the words of the participants. “We need system change, not reform,” said Romulo Torres, Peru, with the network LATINDADD.

“If a new system doesn’t begin, none of the other changes will be important.” “We do not recognize the people who govern for us,” said one local activist who spoke with a mask on, in the Zapatista tradition. “Solutions come from the streets.

They come from what we do in our homes. That’s where solutions come from… We are the 99 percent and we will not obey.”

“Capitalism is alienation,” said one feminist speaker from La Paz. “If we want to take down capitalism, we have to take down alienation.” “The only way to oppose capitalism is through direct action,” said Imelda Garibay, La Paz, a local student activist. “We do not recognize the G20. The G20 is responsible for depleting the resources of the earth.”

A passionate and valuable part the conference were Las Mujeres, the women. Feminists at the conference were loud, visionary, and full of life. A “Feminist Views on the G20” conference had been held the week before in Mexico City, and the energy from that conference was carried into the Peoples Summit.

Many women shared their bold visions for “un buen via,” a good life that blends community with respect, tradition, and connection with the earth.

“I want to make a proposal. The proposal is community,” said Julieta Paredes, a feminist@ from Bolivia. “We’re telling to the world that individualism and collective individualism… is destroying us.”

“We are in love with life. We are in love with the future,” said Paredes, speaking – and singing – at the rally at the end of Sunday’s march.

A lively discussion took place about the position of women in the movement for a better world. “We must have equal representation of women and men, otherwise we are not being progressive” said one feminist@ from Oaxaca.

“It’s very important that we contribute our part from different perspectives,” said feminist@ Marta. “We must use all forms of struggle, We must be creative.

Governments are using all possible means to exploit us, so we must use all possible means.” The discussion concluded with summit participants working to amplify female-identified voices at the conference and taking steps toward equal representation in panelists and speakers.

Last week, I had marched with thousands in Mexico City against the G20.

There was something beautiful about the moment we marched into the Zocolo, carrying a banner that read “G20 –> G7billion” with friends from Occupy London, the M15 movement in Spain, the “Yo Soy 132” movement in Mexico, the Our World is Not for Sale network, and many more.

The resistance here in the region of Cabo would be an incredible force, except that these are tourist towns, and the people are too poor to take a vacation.

But everywhere in Mexico, resistance was visible. Summit participants included activists who had been offered the opportunity to meet with the Mexican government to discuss G20 issues with Mexican government officials.

Global justice activists such as Hector de la Cueva of the Mexican Action Network Against Free Trade had been invited to participate, but had turned down offers to participate in the government’s photo op.

The proposed meetings were a “farce,” said la Cuerva. “They were done by an authoritarian, anti-democratic, violent government.”

Everyone in Cabo had been told they had to have identification on them at all times.

They were told that the schools would be closed, and the hospitals were only for G20 dignitaries and related personnel.

I spoke with one woman who had a pregnant family member in Cabo.

They were told that the hospital would not be available, even if she were giving birth.

They were lucky: The baby was born last week.

The communities in the region of Cabo work in seafood processing plants and mining operations.

They work in the hotels and the restaurants that serve tourists.

If the G20’s policies are bullets, like Calderon said, the people of La Paz have been hit hard.

They have felt the wrath of “foreign investment” development strategies in the mega-hotel projects that are surrounded by devastated shanties in which poverty and drug addiction are rampant.

The workers who sometimes work 15 hours per day processing seafood eaten by Koreans and Americans, with the profits going to a Korean company, understand “lowering barriers to trade” better than anyone.

The fishing and farming communities that are under threat of being poisoned by a foreign-owned cyanide-leaching gold mine may know the pain of “competitive” and “business friendly” environments.

They feel these “bullets,” and they know them well. But they are survivors. The people of La Paz have dreams, and they have poetry.

Many of them are acutely aware that they are being exploited.

I was inspired by how open their eyes were, and their hearts also. The words of the La Paz Zapatista: “We will not obey.” Source – http://www.commondreams.org/views/2012/06/20/message-street-mexico-g20-illegitimate http://lacymacauley.wordpress.com/

EXECUTION – Reyhaneh Jabbari is dead

Iran has executed Reyhaneh Jabbari for an act of self defence.

Ms Jabbari was arrested in 2007 for the killing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence who she said tried to sexually abuse her.

She was sentenced to death by a Tehran court in 2009 under  qesas (“retribution-in-kind”) and her execution verdict was upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court.

Her case drew international outcry and sparked a petition urging her release, which collected over 240,000 signatures.

The court ruling says Ms Jabbari, 26, stabbed Sarbandi in the back in 2007 after purchasing a knife two days earlier.

It says the execution was carried out after Sarbandi’s family refused to pardon Jabbari or accept blood money.

The campaign and world-wide media attention granted her a last minute stay of execution on 30 September, although the reason for the postponement was never officially confirmed.

Amnesty understands Ms Jabbari admitted to stabbing the man once from the back but said another man killed Mr Abdolali Sarbandi. The group said her claim is believed to have never been properly investigated.

Raha Bahreini, Amnesty’s researcher on Iran, told The Independent: “Like many others, we are absolutely shocked by this travesty of justice. Reyhaneh’s execution is a tragic moment for many people in Iran and for the members of the international community hoping for different outcome.

“Her case personifies the outrage of many in Iran and across the globe over the use of the death penalty, which is a despicable, cruel and inhumane punishment.

Source – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/reyhaneh-jabbari-executed-iran-hangs-woman-for-murder-of-her-alleged-attempted-rapist-9817712.html

 

Another death in custody adds fuel to protests

A 31-year-old Aboriginal man has died in a Perth prison, as hundreds rally around the Australia to protest another Western Australian death in custody.

The deaths both happened within the last 3 months.

Protesters rallied in Perth, Brisbane. Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, South Hedland and Geraldton to demand answers over the death of Jjulieka Dhu a 22-year-old Aboriginal woman..

Ms Dhu, 22, died in August after being locked up in the South Hedland Police Station over unpaid fines.

She complained of pain while being held in a police lock-up and was twice taken to the Hedland Health Campus before being released and returned to custody.

She reportedly did not see a doctor during either visit.

And information just published by the ABC reveals further neglect of Ms Dhu before her death.

In a letter obtained by the ABC, the district medical officer said on a third visit Ms Dhu arrived unconscious, without a pulse, and not breathing.

An autopsy report apparently could not determine a cause of death.

However there was evidence of possibly refractured ribs, a head injury and bleeding around the lungs, among other signs of ill health.

An internal police investigation is underway into Ms Dhu’s death and a report is being prepared for the Coroner, but today the calls continue for an independent inquiry as well as strategies to help avoid deaths in custody.

Last night a 31 year old Aboriginal man was found unresponsive in his cell during a routine check.

He was unable to be revived.

The Department of Corrective Services issued a statement expressing condolences and promising an inquiry.

Head of the Deaths in Watch Committee Marc Newhouse said he was told the man had taken his own life.

“It’s devastating and this tells us and the Government knows this – that there is something terribly wrong with our system, particularly in relation to prisons, but also in police custody,” Mr Newhouse said.

“The Royal Commission [into deaths in custody two decades ago] made recommendations around removal of all ligature points in prisons and police lock ups. Clearly that has not occurred in this case,” he said.

“This is appalling and needs to be addressed immediately.

“We don’t have any detail, but we are very, very concerned and we are going to get to the bottom of this. The Government needs to act.

Modified from an ABC article.

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Deaths in Custody Watch Committee WA

340th death since end of the Royal Commission

Interview With YPG Commander: ISIS Has Lost In Kobanê

The Rojava Report

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Mehmûd Berxwedan – a member of the General Command of the YPG – has spoken with journalist Ersin Çaksu in a new interview for Özgür Gündem. Berxwedan told Çaksu that all those who said that Kobanê ‘had fallen’ or ‘will fall’ had themselves be defeated, and that if a corridor is opened to the city ISIS will be entirely cleared from the area. Below is the full interview translated into English.

-We would like to thank you for taking some time for us in this very busy period. In the first place I want to ask why Kobanê is so important for ISIS. Why did it attack it with such force?

In our earlier interview we spent a lot of time around the question of why Kobanê was being targeted. The 19th of July Rojava Revolution began in Kobanê. Kobanê became a symbol of resistance and freedom. Kobanê also became…

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