NAURU LEAKS

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I was pretty excited about this show. Having one of the people who leaked the documents that made up the Nauru Files was a fantastic opportunity, but also sure to be emotional and distressing.
The interview with Paul starts about 25 mins in. 

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First up though continuing one from last weeks special (show to be uploaded soon) on the Spanish Revolution is a reading from a text by a member of the Iron Column an anarchist militia active in the civil war. More info here.

The text is ‘A day Mournful and Overcast’. The reading is from Resonance Audio.

The rest of the show is an interview with Paul J Stevenson who leaked 2000 incident reports he gathered while working on Nauru and Manus.

He is a psychologist and traumatologist who worked at both centres for over a year. What he witnessed was so bad he began documenting the horrors unfolding inside Australia’s offshore detention centres.

MUSIC

Rebel Diaz ft. Dead Prez and Rakaa Irisience – Which Side are you On? info
Stage Bottles – Sometimes anti social always anti fascist info
Across the Border – Alerta Alerta Antifascista info
Tu P ft. Stem Master – Border Force Facts info
Combat Wombat – Asylum info
Chumbawamba – The Day the Nazi Died info

 

 

Boundary Street Markets: Last market cancelled amid fears of protest action

Boundary Street Markets: Last market cancelled amid fears of protest action

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THE final Boundary Street Markets will not go ahead tonight and the former ABSOE site has been placed into immediate shutdown.

It is understood Payce Consolidated, the developer behind the multi-million development West Village which is planned for the site, has hired security guards and put up fencing after believing protesters could chain themselves to shipping containers at the markets this evening.A spokesman for Payce Consolidated said it was “incorrect to say Payce has cancelled the markets”.

“Payce has no involvement in that decision,” the spokesman said.

“That’s a matter for market operator Fred Drake, you should refer your inquiry to him.

“Payce has not further comment on the issue.”

But Boundary Street Markets organiser David Bostock told City South News he understood the markets would not go ahead tonight.

The news followed a public meeting about the ABSOE site organised by Brisbane City Councillor Jonathan Sri (The Gabba) on Thursday, April 21 at West End Uniting Church.

Cr Sri confirmed there was talk of “civil disobedience” at the meeting but said rumours of people chaining themselves to anything at the markets were “wildly exaggerated”.

“I think it’s incredibly unlikely that anyone would have sought to disrupt the music or the markets in that way,” Cr Sri said.

“I think they (Payce Consolidated) got nervous, it’s an over-reaction and it shows how out of touch they are with the community.”

Cr Sri confirmed a “last drinks” event was planned to be held at the Motor Room on Saturday night “where we all meet and commemorate the Motor Room”.

“There was talk of civil disobedience (at the Thursday night meeting) and I told the crowd that I think we’re at the point where people aren’t going to take the community seriously unless they start engaging in some form of civil disobedience.

“But I don’t think anyone was planning to disrupt the markets or the music, I think we’re the people who want the markets and the music to stay around so that would not have made sense. This seems illogical and inconsistent.”

Mr Bostock said he was emotional and could not believe the market was going to end “like this”.

“As I talk, there’s fences going up everywhere it’s just devastating,” Mr Bostock said.

“There’s forklifts and everything.”

Mr Bostock said he understood market holders would be allowed to return to the site under watch of security employed by Payce Consolidated to collect their belongings.

“I got a call from the (Boundary Street Markets) head director Fred Drake, he just said to me … The Greens had a meeting last night and that people threaten to chain themselves to the Motor Room and Payce have reacted immediately and blocked off the site’,” Mr Bostock said.

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Greens Councillor Jonathon Sri has issued a press release.

The Lizard Bites Back: The Countdown has Begun

The Lizard Bites Back: The Countdown has Begun

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Once again the Olympic Dam Uranium Mine at Roxby Downs in South Australia will be the seen of protests in winter this year.

July 1st is the beginning of the follow up to The Lizards Revenge, The Lizard Bites Back.

This is an open invitation to all people and a special call out to artists, musicians, activist, community groups and media to get involved in the creation of this autonomous zone as we move for peace and justice to heal the land. We are planning two nights of deadly music, one night of anti nuke cinema and a mass action at the mine. We encourage people to organise in affinity groups and plan their own creative actions!

For a good explanation of the issues watch this video I made back in 2012 before The Lizards Revenge.

This is the video promo for this year’s action

PARIS IS BURNING!! NEW ITEOTWAWKIAIFF

This week we take a look at the multiple converging flashpoints of resistance in France, which have combined into a popular movement that has inspired over a million peeps to take to the streets in a massive expression of collective rage.

If you love what we do, consider supporting us!

On the music break, we have French antifa hip hop group Sang Mêlé, with Le Bal Des Insurgé.es.

From there we move onto a take-down of “the Donald”, and try to answer the question of why his angry message is resonating with millions of Americans. We finish things up with an interview with Crimethinc operative B Traven, who explains what anarchists have against democracy.

To read Crimethinc’s full 10-part series The Anarchist Critique of Democracy, check out:

Broadspectrum: out-of-date food/mouldy tents

Broadspectrum holds the contracts for both of Australia’s offshore detention facilities, on Nauru Island and Manus Island.

Recently they changed their name from Transfield due to the controversy over offshore processing.

It just announced it had tripled its profits, having just posted a statutory profit of $25 million.

Yet men women and children live in mouldy tents on Nauru and the men at Manus are served out-of-date food.

 

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Border Fascist Update

 Dutton
According the the Operation Sovereign Borders December Update there were no so called illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.
And no illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres. This doesn’t confirm whether any people attempted to seek asylum in Australia by boat.
The report also mentions the 2 year anniversary of the policy to turn boats back to their country of origin. It claims 695 people on 23 boats have been returned to their country of origin (the country the boat left from most likely Indonesia).
Of course they claim this is saving lives at sea. But this logic is nonsensical.

How can you save lives at sea by keeping boats at sea? Do they know what happened to the people when they returned to Indonesia? Did they even get back to Indonesia?

I’ve read reports of boats washing up on remote islands and people dying trying to get to a habitated area..

There’s also the claim that refugees on Nauru are ‘free’ because they are no longer in detention centres. And that sending 72 children, who are in detention in Australia, to Nauru will be freeing them from detention.
They are free in so far as they can travel around the 21 sq km Island. Where the government is in turmoil and rape and theft are common, especially if you are ‘not a local’.
Last year children on Nauru staged a protest claiming to be bullied at school and hit by teachers.
“[Nauruan] children from the school are so bad. They tell us bad words and when you want to go to the playground, they will hit us. Nauru is so dirty and so small.”
Meanwhile the Department of Immigration and pandering to racists has committed to spending over $1M for medals for its Border Farce staff.
Much like Minister Dutton’s incapability to control a mobile phone this gave social media users a chance to have a lot of fun.
Underlying this humor is the knowledge of the torment and psychological and physical harm which is being perpetrated by the Australian government against some of the worlds most vulnerable people.
One of those people and someone who is able to allow his inner turmoil to flow into words for others to read is Kurdish Iranian Behrouz Boochani. Below is some of his writing.
From Manus prison for Australian civil society……Australia and Australian society are in a susceptible stage. The fight of civil society with the fascist state has reached to a sensitive point.
During last 3 years the Australian government has acted dictatorially and tortured asylum seekers. Australia’s civil society and human rights activists have not been stationary and are fighting against this dictatorial system by many means but the state has not shown any flexibility and has instead increased strain and stress on asylum seekers.
The behavior of a dictatorial state shows us that it does not value civil society and despite all actions will keep its ways! It is a dangerous occurrence for Australian society because if civil society is defeated in this fight and the state keeps on with its policy civil society will be weakened and the state will continue this pattern in the future. Dictatorship is like a cancer and can easily affect all the portions of a society.
The fight between the Australian state and civil society is a very sensitive fight. It is not only for tortured asylum seekers, this is a vital and significant fight for all Australian people also. It is a fight for the kind of humanity our world needs.We should make the fascist state understand that it can not simply ignore humanity and human rights emphasizing that our fight with Australia is not just for some thousands of refugees but a fight for humanity, justice and peace!!!
Imagine if Australian civil society were able to defeat Peter Dutton? What would the future look like? Many thanks. Behrouz Boochani.

MORE ASYLUM SEEKERS HAVE DIED THAN HAVE BEEN RESETTLED, REPORT SHOWS

Nicole Hasham
Environment and immigration correspondent

253 Nauru detainees attempt self-harm, Senate hears

More asylum seekers have died on Manus Island than have been resettled, gay detainees are mistreated and refugees released from detention are not allowed to work or move freely, a human rights report says.

The gay men said they had frequent nightmares, were extremely depressed, and isolated themselves, often not leaving their rooms

It is two years since the former Labor government announced asylum seekers who arrived by boat without a visa would be denied refugee status in Australia but resettled in Papua New Guinea, via assessment at Manus Island.

Since then, not one has been resettled. This is despite Australian immigration officials confirming 129 detainees have been deemed genuine refugees.

Two asylum seekers sent to Manus have died – one killed during riots that swept through the detention centre and one from septicaemia after cutting his foot.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection on Thursday confirmed 88 men found to be refugees remain in detention on Manus.

Another 41 have been transferred to a transit centre.

However, a report released on Thursday by Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Law Centre said the men were prevented from leaving the island and denied opportunities to work and study.

Refugees are allowed to leave the transit centre, but many were not given identity documents enabling them to find work, the report said. One refugee was not allowed to travel to Port Moresby for work and others were reportedly denied volunteer opportunities.

The report found gay men were mistreated in detention by other detainees – “shunned or sexually abused or assaulted and used by the other men”.

“The gay men said they had frequent nightmares, were extremely depressed, and isolated themselves, often not leaving their rooms,” the report said.

It said the detention centre was overcrowded and detainees suffered depression and anxiety.

The groups visited the island in June and July and interviewed asylum seekers, refugees, United Nations agencies and PNG immigration officials, police, and hospital staff. They were allowed access to the transit centre but not the detention centre.

In the 2013-14 financial year the federal government spent $437.6 million to run detention facilities on Manus. There are 943 transferees on the island including the refugees.

“More asylum seekers sent to Manus have died than have been resettled,” Human Rights Law Centre director of legal advocacy Daniel Webb said.

“People found to be refugees deserve a real solution – not a transfer to a facility down the road where they remain in limbo.”

An Immigration Department spokeswoman said refugee determination, settlement and law and order issues “are matters for the PNG government”.

A PNG government spokesman said it was developing a national resettlement policy which “takes time and should not be rushed. This is in the interests of both the refugees and the communities into which they will resettle”.

Meanwhile, Shine Lawyers social justice counsel George Newhouse says the government’s controversial new border force laws would prevent detention centre staff from documenting riots such those on Manus Island last year, or from writing about their work in personal diaries.

He said doctors and nurses in state and territory hospitals who treated asylum seekers would also be covered by the secrecy provisions forced upon detention centre workers.

The Immigration Department said emergency room doctors and nurses “working in their normal roles” would not be captured by the laws. It said employees and contractors had never been allowed to “make personal records of protected or sensitive information for their own purposes”.