Fat Cop

It’s been a long time since we caught up with our favorite Puerto Rican Montreal based anarchist Franklin Lopéz. Since 2007 we’ve been playing him stuff and working with him so it was about time we got him on the show. We talk about his trip to Puerto Rico (he’s now there) and what the future holds for Sub.Media.

As always we report on police violence and misconduct with BAD COP NO DONUT and we have our #antifa report with the help of Queen Antyfa.

Since a lot of the world is unaware of Australia’s harsh treatment of refugees again we broadcast the voice of a refugee in the Manus Island detention center and give a round up of what’s happening.




Franklin López launched  subMedia.tv in 2000. More than a website, subMedia.tv is an independent video production ensemble that aims to crank out anarchist, anti-capitalist, anti-colonial films and agit-prop. The first anarchist film they made debuted in 2004, it’s called Join the Revolution Fall in Love.

In 2007 Franklin started making a It’s the End of the World as we Know it and I feel Fine regularly and I came across it randomly and contacted him about playing it on the radio. We’ve been in touch since then, he came to Australia in 2012 and we toured with his film END:CIV.

So some changes have been happening in submedia, which is why I contacted Franklin for an interview. But then he went to Puerto Rico or so we thought…….

Bad Cop No Donut


A video which was posted on Facebook last week shows police assaulting a number of Aboriginal people in the small Queensland town of Murgon.

An elderly officer violently grabs one woman and in the events that followed crash tackled a school girl.

The school girl was trying to give him back a key he had dropped.

The officer was later seen sobbing in his car and many say he should leave the force or be force to leave.

The ethical standards command are investigating, but we all know these things don’t lead to much action.

Dozens of men, including several foreigners, have been arrested in a raid of a gay sauna in Indonesia’s capital, police say.

Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said the raid in downtown Jakarta on Friday (local time) would lead to seven people being charged under Indonesia’s pornography law, including the sauna’s owner and staffers.

They face penalties of up to 10 years in prison and fines.

Mr Yuwono said the other 51 men would be released if they were found to not be criminals or carrying drugs.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia except in Aceh province, but the country’s LGBT community has come under siege recently.

Police have set up a special task force to investigate activities by gay people and a case before the country’s top court is seeking to criminalise homosexual sex.

Anti-police brutality groups in Utah are livid after a prosecutor this week determined police were legally justified in a fatal shooting of a black man in August that was captured on body camera video released this week.

While one video appears to show the victim, Patrick Harmon, 50, shot from behind as he ran from police, a slowed-down version shows he pivoted toward officers with a knife, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said Friday.

Officer Clinton Fox told investigators Harmon threatened to stab him before he fired the fatal shots. Body camera video shows Fox shot Harmon at close range after Fox yells, “I’ll f….ing shoot you.”

Lex Scott, an organizer with Black Lives Matter in Utah, said the community is livid over the footage and wants the district attorney to resign. The Harmon family, which lives in Colorado and St. Louis, is “shell shocked,” Scott said.

“You can’t watch that video and not realize it is a clear case of murder,” Scott said. “It is one of the clearest cases of murder we’ve ever seen.”

Pro tip – familiarise yourself with the law in your area.

Police Powers – Your Rights

A guide to your rights when dealing with police. made by the Caxton Legal Centre in Brisbane where we are based.

Queen Antyfa

The SSM debacle has given far right fuckwits across Australia the opportunity to express how much they hate bumming & love Jesus. A lot of yapping from within their far right fuckwit echo chambers but some found the courage to face public humiliation & tbh who else does public humiliation like those merry hateful pranksters the Party For Freedom? And humiliated they’ve been, holding “rallies” in support of the NO campaign that have come close to attracting double figures. Nowhere near the heady numbers that their fearless leader Folkesy gets when he stands for election (I think he got 36 votes last time).

The kidlets of Antipodean Resistance with their cute “we’re the Hitler’s you’ve been waiting for” have been consistently busy of late putting stickers & posters blaming their lack of friends on Jews, Poofs & Muslims around university campuses around Australia. They’ve just done some stickering around Toowoomba as well which is fancy. I wonder if their parents are aware that their little Adolph is sneaking out at night?

Blair (my Dad loves me) Cottrell from the United Patriots Front (remember them? Mein Kampf & pictures of Hitler in every classroom) has been to Court again to appeal his recent conviction for being silly & conducting a mock beheading. He had no people there to support him boo hoo. Anyway you’d think he’d have fuck all chance of a successful appeal seeing as though the sausage had the whole stunt filmed but hey, when your popularity starts plummeting after getting booted by Facebook you’ve gotta start playing the martyr card. Afterall it can’t be much fun when you’re 28 & Dad has to tell people to stop picking on you.

QUT has it’s very own Nazi!! Woohoo! David Hilton a former history teacher has decided to go back to uni & is currently a PhD candidate. David is behind a whole bunch of Neo-Nazi batshit crazy stuff including YouTube channels & the Austranati website & others using a variety of aliases. QUT have been non responsive to communication from Anti-Fascists & concerned QUT students & David remains at this point still a candidate. Fear not though my fine Comrades, the chances of David teaching again or becoming an academic would be next to fuck all I’d think in light of these revelations. It’s worth noting that David is not the first far right fuckwit to engage in academia. The OG of Australian fascism & Grand Poobah of Australia First Dr Jim Saleam got his PhD years ago & has gone on to… Well nothing really. Anyway…

In finishing up this half arsed insight as to what’s happening around the place I’d like to say Take care of each other & be kind to yourselves.

For details on the above & lots more head where all good Anti-Fascists head to for excellent information on Australia’s far right fuckwits Slackbastard who has a blog as well as Facebook & Twitter.

Stay tuned for news on some new kids on the block next week.

O/s Antifa (translated from Italian)


Direct action against a new info-shop of neo-fascist in Genova. some Antifa growing a block wall to close this place.

First action of Genova Antifascist and it was well attended.

The neofascist place is called “La Superba” and is directed by “Lealta’ e Azione” a former fascist party. They now supporting center/right party in the next Italian election.

Double Trouble Anarchist Short Documentaries

Double Trouble Anarchist Short Documentaries

Sub.Media has been working hard for the last six months producing 30 min documentaries about topical anarchist actions and issues.

We’ve got a lot to catch up on so we’re going for double Trouble. After the films a short discussion with a focus on how the issues raised can be put to action in our local community.

Killing the Black Snake: Behind the Scenes of the #NODAPL Struggle

The first episode of Trouble, looks beyond the mainstream narratives surrounding the Standing Rock encampment to get a better understanding of some of the camp’s overlooked dynamics, including serious disagreements over which tactics to use to best stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Reactionary right-wing politics are on the rise in the west, and events are moving at a dangerous pace. In the wake of Trump’s ascendancy to the US presidency, a toxic mix of white nationalism, Islamophobia, trans-phobia, violent misogyny, and anti-migrant hysteria is rapidly coalescing into a growing movement that has in turn sparked a surge of interest in anti-fascist organizing. Battle lines are being drawn, and street clashes are escalating. In this month’s episode of Trouble, anarchist media collective subMedia interviews a number of individuals from the US, Canada and the UK in order to get a better understanding of just what it is that we’re up against, what a viable strategy for confronting this threat might look like, what steps we can take in order to mount an effective response, and how this all fits into our efforts to build a revolutionary movement against capitalism and the state.



The Autonomous Action Radio team are back having morphed AnarchyShow into Subversion #1312.

Because we want to subvert the system and hate cops – ACAB (1312)

Let’s acknowledge first of all that this quiz we used for our test about what sort of anarchist are you is purely and simply a vehicle for market research on the behalf of evil multi-national corporations. Mark Tropicana suggested using this so we’ll blame him.

We take no notice of marketing anyway so us having used that quiz which was really quite ambiguous will have no actually real life ramifications.








#NoG20 #Hamburg Hates the Police

#NoG20 #Hamburg Hates the Police

Enough is Enough!

Press release #15 from 8 July 2017

On 7th July 2017 the G20 summit in Hamburg officially opened – the protests on the other hand had started long before. Although 15.000 police officers were present in the city already the deployment of further police forces was requested and approved. Nevertheless the police lost complete control over some parts of Hamburg during the night after opening day. Neither the use of more than 20 water cannons nor armed vehicles, neither the massive use of riot control agents nor physical assaults made it possible to regain control. Ultimately even heavily armed special riot control squads were patrolling in the streets.


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White Rock – a story of Afghan refugees in Iran

Much like our own governments and media fuel hatred and resentment about refugees so too does the Iranian government about refugees from Afghanistan who have crossed their border seeking safety from war.

This is a story of a massacre of 630 Afghan prisoners at the Safed Sang (White Rock) refugee camp after they began to protest the aberrant conditions they were being kept in.

There is no happy ending to this movie as 2 Iranian helicopters arrive and open fire.


Dakota Access Pipeline to continue despite Army Corps failure to grant easement

Warrior Publications

dakota-access-pipeline-mural To the people of Standing Rock, with love, peace, and prayers. “How The Protectors Defeated The Black Snake” -Art Alley, Rapid City, SD #NoDAPL

Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners Respond to the Statement from the Department of the Army

Business Wire, December 4, 2016

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE: ETP) and Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (NYSE: SXL) announced that the Administration’s statement today that it would not at this time issue an “easement” to Dakota Access Pipeline is a purely political action – which the Administration concedes when it states it has made a “policy decision” – Washington code for a political decision. This is nothing new from this Administration, since over the last four months the Administration has demonstrated by its action and inaction that it intended to delay a decision in this matter until President Obama is out of office.

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Across the Void: Behrouz Boochani

Across the Void: Behrouz Boochani


When the Australian immigration department incarcerated Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist fleeing the oppressive Islamic regime in Iran, they made a huge tactical error.

Seasoned at fighting human rights abuses in his home country Boochani has continued inside the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea.

He’s not the only voice speaking out from inside this prison like facility but he is one of the loudest.

Voices like his will be part of what brings this unjust, unfair system to its knees.

His writing has featured in major newspapers in Australia, and around the world, and is opening up the gates of this prison and exposing the human rights abuses occurring inside.

After several failed attempts I finally managed to record an interview with Behrouz, coincidentally just when he announced he had shot and co directed a film from inside Manus – ‘‘Chauka, please tell us the time’.

This interview was recorded by using Skype from my computer to ring Behrouz’s mobile. Due to this occasionally there’s some odd bleeps and bloops.



The Chauka bird of Manus Island.
The Chauka bird of Manus Island.

A review of Chauka, please tell us the time.

By Arnold Zable.

‘Chauka, please tell us the time’ is a remarkable film,’ shot on a mobile phone, in restricted and distressing circumstances by Kurdish-Iranian journalist and writer, Behrouz Boochani.

Incarcerated since mid-2013 in the Manus Island Detention Centre, Boochani co-directs the film with Amsterdam based Iranian filmmaker and editor, Arash Kamali Sarvestani.

Far removed from the action, Sarvestani, honours Boochani’s vision, and works with him, across a vast distance, to create a poetic, hypnotic film, which is both a work of great artistry, and a damning inditement of a brutal policy.

At the heart of the film, the central thread around which all the others are woven—is the chauka, a bird that is sacred and central to Manus Island culture.

The camera roams through the centre, and beyond, and conveys the torturous ordeal endured by the 900 men, incarcerated in the prime of their life, for over 40 months now, endlessly waiting, aimlessly pacing, enduring the heat, the erosion of hope, and destruction of the spirit.

The many visual and aural threads include tense phone-calls back home, hinting at family breakdown and the unbearable pain of separation: ‘I am parted from my child,’ one asylum seeker laments in his three-minute weekly call. Referring to a child born after he fled his country, a detainee says: ‘I haven’t had a chance to hold him, touch him or feel his presence’.

We hear the incessant whirring of fans, the dentist-like drill of the fumigation apparatus. We witness the wasted lives of men, their loss of agency: ‘I have no control over this’, says one. ‘Look mum, please don’t cry. Please don’t cry. Look mum, I am stuck here’, pleads another.

Boochani’s mobile phone pans over the cramped living spaces and the tiny cubicles, partitioned by sheets and tarpaulins to create a fragile and claustrophobic privacy.

We hear the comments of broken spirits: ’I prefer to be dead because I have nothing anymore… no one is waiting for me, and I am waiting for no one. I have lost everything.’

There are startling, poetic surreal-like images—rows of empty white plastic chairs leaning against the wire through which can be seen the unobtainable sea; the exuberant, beautiful faces of Manus Island children, dancing just beyond the wire, images of cats, contrastingly free, at home in any space within and without the wire.

The soundtrack compliments the imagery—with two recurring sounds in particular—a haunting Kurdish folksong, sung by one of the inmates, and the chirping of the chauka bird.

The folksong is a lament, a cry of longing, and the birdsong, a homage to Manus Island culture. The theme of the Chauka, and what it symbolises is a brilliant conception.

Through an ongoing conversation with several Manus Island men, we begin to understand the deep significance of the bird, and the ongoing colonial history of the island.

We come to see the cruel irony—the name of a bird that means so much in Manus Island culture, being used as the name for a high security prison within the wider prison, which, for a time, was a place of isolation, and punishment.

We come to understand that the appropriation of the Chauka, as a name for a place of such abuse and suffering, is obscene, and reflective of the neo-colonial system on which the offshore detention system is based.

Also interwoven is an eye witness account of the murder of Reza Barati in February 2014, and eerie footage of a detainee, who at the end of his tether, has self harmed, and is carried, at night, to an ambulance.

The mesmerising rhythm, the recurring imagery, the glimpses of Manus Island culture, the bird song, the sound of the sea, and the intermittent silences, have a powerful cumulative effect.

When we briefly see, at film’s end, Australian Prime Minister Turnbull trying to justify the brutal policy for which his government is responsible, he is condemned by his own words.

He tries in vain to justify the horror, and is revealed as a man in self-denial, representing a government that is, at best, in self denial.

Boochani’s inclusive vision is enhanced by the respect he shows for the Manus Islanders. The mobile phone camera lingers on scenes of island life and culture.

Boochani allows the voices of Manus islanders to be heard. The people of the island are stuck in a terrible dilemma, co opted into the offshore processing system through their desperate need for work.

They are on a lower rung in the camp hierarchy, with the Australian government firmly established at the apex.
Chauka please tell me the time’ is driven by a unique, poetic vision. It is filmed by a man who has an eye for life’s beauty, but also deeply feels its injustices, and cruelties—a man who has personally suffered these injustices.

Boochani is at heart an artist, who works intuitively, and instinctually. He, and his distant partner, Arash Kamali Sarvestani, allow the images, the sounds, the snatches of conversation, to speak for themselves.

They transcend the severe limitations of the circumstances under which the film was shot, to give us a glimpse of hell, juxtaposed against the island’s tropical beauty and fragments of its indigenous culture.

They have documented a specific time and place, and helped expose the horror that is indefinite offshore detention, whilst remaining true to the paradoxical beauty of their art-form, and their deeply humanistic vision of life.