Jock Palfreeman has been in jail in Bulgaria for about 10 years. Inside the prison he set up the Bulgarian Prisoners Association and campaigns for human rights inside the countries harsh prisons. We interview two anarchists who work to support Jock and keep his case in the public eye.
Bad Cop No Donut begins with a funny issue Victorian police are having with their uniforms, and we discuss the on going situation in Australia’s offshore detention centre on PNG’s Manus Island.
Police Association Victoria secretary Wayne Gatt said members had reported poor-quality and ill-fitting pants.
“The material used in manufacturing the pants is particularly unpopular with members, who have advised that the material does not breathe, and that the pants cause excessive sweating particularly in summer,” he said.
Mr Gatt said some officers had complained the excessive sweating had caused them medical problems.
He said the trousers limited police movements when they were trying to make arrests.
“Our members tell us that the cut of the pants limit their movement when they are required to execute some of the defensive techniques they are trained to perform, and are particularly limiting when they are required to complete routine policing tasks, such as jumping fences,” he said.
The Can’t Stand By network exists to make the Australian government’s regime of mandatory detention of refugees so economically, politically and socially expensive that they have no choice but to abandon this policy.
CSB is designed such that it will continue to operate until all offshore detention centres have been closed, the worst of the Australian onshore detention centres have been closed and there is a 30-day limit placed on detention in Australia with periodic judicial review of any detention after that. CSB will continue to apply pressure until these demands are not just an agreement but an operating reality.
On this weeks program we tackle racism and the socially inappropriate practice of black-face fancy dress. Also policing and police brutality and fascism.
The major story this week is the closing down of the Manus Island detention center which has left 615 men stranded parched and hungry. They are also fearful of attacks by PNG police, military or hostile locals.
These are the findings of a report by the Youth Justice Coalition.
Police calculate a person’s future risk of offending and put them into a category of extreme, high, medium or low risk. Those on the STMP are singled out for attention, including being repeatedly detained and searched while going about their everyday lives.
People are being stopped and searched several times a week`, and visited at home sometimes late at night for no specific reason.
Dr Vicki Sentas author of the report believes STMP interventions are often based on discriminatory assumptions, raising serious issues around procedural and substantive justice.
She says the policy appears to disproportionately target young Aboriginal people.
The STMP can involve police harassment of those under ten which increases their contact with the criminal justice system while not showing any observable impact on crime.
Kenyan security agencies are accused of using excessive use of force against protesters, including use of live bullets in Kisumu, Migori and Kibera in Nairobi.
In a statement, the US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec and UK minister for Africa Rory Stewart call for investigations into the allegations of police brutality against demonstrators in the immediate aftermath of the repeat presidential election which was held last week.
WORST IGNORANT COMMENT EVER – People also sit on the beach to change their skin colour, but would you call them racist? No. But technically, they are changing their skin colour..
‘Blackface has frequently been used to perpetuate demeaning stereotypes of people of colour and symbolises how people who are not white have been represented as “the other”. It is widely seen as a form racism.
At its heart, “blackface” is about power. Specifically, using one’s power to take something important from someone else and use it for ridicule or entertainment. ‘
Black face stems from when black people were slaves and was designed to laugh at black people because they were considered lesser.
Queen Antyfa’s Report
In a BiZaRR0 interview with news dot com dot au, local comic Shayne Hunter has announced his retirement as CEO of ANTIFA (‘I established a terror movement in Australia, and I quit’, Shayne Hunter, as told to Corrine Barraclough, news.com.a, October 24, 2017: ‘SHAYNE Hunter established the far-left and violent Antifa movement in Australia. After four years the Brisbane man quit. Here’s why.’).
East Coast Australia Anti Fascist Action Groups Statement
news.com.au has recently published an article by right-wing writer Corrine Barraclough, interviewing the self-described founder of the “Antifa” movement in Australia.
It goes without saying that anti-fascist movements have existed in this country for many, many decades previous to this person’s involvement in “far-Left” politics, and that their account of their own participation is delusional.
In reality, after being excluded from numerous leftist spaces in Australia due to his erratic behaviour and a history of sexual assault, we have seen this individual move towards a right-wing politics; one which better suits his hateful narratives about gender-diverse people, people of colour, and women.
Our advice to comrades would be to avoid this individual. Our advice to the media would be to apply even the smallest grain of salt when reporting on fantastical claims. Anybody with a genuine interest in the origins and history of anti-fascism would be advised to consult Mark Bray’s Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook (Melbourne University Press, 2017).
4ZZZ News – The South Australian Opposition said in August they would install shoot-to-kill powers in the event of a terror threat if they won Government in the March election, however the Police Association says there will be no support of any such laws unless there was full criminal and civil immunity.
The union will meet today for the annual delegate conference, with an expected announcement regarding the shoot to kill laws in the coming weeks.
Complaints made against Corrective Services
The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) made a series of complaints, to the Queensland Corrective Services (QCS), about the behaviour of staff towards Islamic inmates at the Arthur Gorrie correctional centre (AGCC).
The council’s appeal for action was unsuccessful, according to a QCS spokesperson, on the grounds that no further evidence was provided to substantiate the claims.
The GEO Group, who privately owns the AGCC, is aware QCS has received complaints directly from the ICQ which were investigated by QCS.
Franklin Lopez sub.media has gone to Puerto Rico where he is from to help his family and the community clean up after Hurricane Maria
In Puerto Rico, a humanitarian catastrophe continues to unfold 12 days after Hurricane Maria struck the island. Over the weekend, the Pentagon said the percentage of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million residents without access to clean drinking water rose to 55 percent. Only 5 percent of the island has electricity, while food and fuel remain scarce and about half of the island’s roads are impassable.
DONAL TRUMP: (Puerto Rico) is an island and it is surrounded by water, BIG water, ocean water.
Technically Puerto Rico is not surrounded by ocean water, but is touched by ocean water in the north (the Atlantic) and sea water (the Caribbean) in the south.
The fines date back to a dispute over an unregistered dog in 2012 and police arrested the woman after being called to the house regarding a domestic violence incident.
Meanwhile her children are being cared for by an aunt in their home where the power has been cut.
The case mirrors the case of Miss Dhu an Aboriginal woman who died after three days in custody. Police had been called to her house because her partner was suspected to be breaching a family violence order.
Instead they did a background check on Miss Dhu and found $3622 in unpaid fines.
In Spain, more than 800 people were injured Sunday after Spanish police stormed polling stations across the country’s Catalonia region and tried to forcibly prevent people from voting in a Catalan independence referendum, firing tear gas and physically attacking prospective voters.
The Spanish government says the referendum is illegal. Ahead of Sunday’s vote, Spanish police seized control of ballots and fliers, raided the Catalan regional government’s offices and even shut down pro-independence websites.
Late on Sunday night, the Catalan regional government said 90 percent of Catalan voters chose independence.
The leader of Catalonia insisted on Monday that Sunday’s independence referendum, though marred by clashes and rejected by the Spanish government, had earned his region the right to a separate state and that he would press ahead to make the vote binding. Spain rejects the referendum. Anarchists have been calling for a general strike.
Trouble 6 – Adapt and Destroy: Counterinsurgency and Social
Despite the unimaginable capacity for violence and coercion that they wield, states are far more vulnerable than they let on. This is not only true of the so-called “failed states” currently plagued by civil war and internal strife, but also the imperialist centers of global capitalism themselves. Their fatal weakness is built into their design; modern states are incredibly complicated and dynamic political constructions, yet at their core they remain what they have always been – vehicles of social organization aimed at facilitating the exploitation of the many, for the enrichment of the few. Without the active or passive consent of the many, the few are in serious trouble.
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.
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.
This is the latest sedition of The AnarchyShow. Featuring the latest It’s the End of the World As we Know it and I feel fine, Anna’s #antifa wrap up and an interview with transgender musician Jandy Rainbow.
“Reclaim Australia rallies tomorrow across the nation. They claim they’re going to take back Australia, saving us from “the threat of sharia law”. Never mind that the law imposed on this country was done so by genocidal acts of dispossession. This land is not theirs to reclaim, nor the state and the cops to decide who should be free to come and go or what laws we are subjugated to. Whether the far right or the government, the only enemy is the ones who want to strip us of our rights and divide our communities.
I urge all anti-racist people to join the counter-rallies across the country and take a stand against racism, fascism and Islamophobia.
On Sunday The AnarchyShow went to the Reclaim Australia Counter Rally.
It was quite well attended and the crowd was energetic and well engaged. Before I got there the police had apparently tried to keep the anti fascist (antifa) crew up in the corner of Roma St Forum Emma Miller Place to give the fascists the actual forum part of the space.
Antifa didn’t let this happen though and pushed past the police ensuring that the fascists only had the corner of the space closest to Roma St Station. So good to see a bit of civil disobedience.
So it played out after that fairly much as expected there was a PA on our side with fairly much an open mic. Others had megaphones.
When Anna arrived she walked into the Reclaim space and unplugged as much of their PA as possible. We didn’t find out til later, reading a news report (see the MSM can be useful) that Reclaim Australia had.. wait for it… issues with their PA… This may have been caused by Anna we don’t know but I did say to her that they probably wouldn’t know how to plug it back in so that may well have caused it.
Despite the organisers of the Reclaim Australia rallies telling attendees not to I don’t know basically not to look like neo nazis or actual nazis someone came dressed as Hilter and others had Swastikas tattooed on their bodies or proudly displayed on placards.
I guess the PA problems explain why I didn’t hear any of the choice music RA played but it was equalled by our side playing John Farnham you’re the Voice… which I haven’t heard on the left since the World Economic Forum Protests in Melbourne 15 years ago. It was played because Farnsy told the Reclaimers he didn’t want them to use his music.
Anyway this promoted me to say much like ‘the enemy of my enemy is not my friend the music of my enemy is not my music’.
At about 3 o’clock the Reclaim Australia folk called it a day.. as we waited for them to slither off and crawl back into the holes they came from one of them got really angry and couldn’t contain himself anymore. He ran towards the barricades which were keeping us separated gesticulating rudely and yelling. After a while he gave up and left defeated with the others.
We then marched to King George Square… a little too fast for my liking… could have slowed down and celebrated taking the streets, and I think we could have pushed things by going further but that didn’t happen.
So… see you at the next one!!
Here’s Anna’s version of the day –
In total, there were maybe 250 on our side & 100 on theirs. It was scheduled to start @ Emma Miller Place @ noon. I got to the Roma Street station @ 11.30am & was kinda surprised that I had to walk past the RA area to get to where around 100 ‘Say No To Racism’ folk were already pressed against police barriers & in full voice.
Noticing a way to get past police into their area I went in & ripped out anything I could see plugged in before some RA & cops came to stop me. The cops were a wee bit unsure what to do with me as I looked like ‘commie scum’ but needed a walking stick. I made a bit of a fuss & the RA wanted me arrested but cops just took me to our side haha.
Apparently each mob ended up where they did because our mob pushed through initial police lines while they were still setting up. Highlights: their PA not working; seeing Hitler, more than a few boneheads. Swastika & SS tatts got a guernsey & we genuinely made them really fucking mad. Catching a cop tapping his foot to “FUCK OFF NAZI FUCK OFF! FUCK OFF NAZI FUCK OFF!” was great. There was one arrest when a RA supporter tried to get over the police barrier: an exercise in futility as they had a line of cops stopping them & we had PSRT (Public Safety Response Team) riot cops stopping us.
The energy this time was amazing. It was an almost celebratory mood on our side, despite their increase in numbers & increase in bonehead presence.
An hour earlier out at Logan the PDLA held an anti immigration rally, so if they’d been there there may have been even more aggression from them as they seem to have some proper psychos in their ranks. Fuck knows why they did their own thing Sunday but aside from a small group of bikies turning up to the RA rally late I don’t think many from their rally rocked up.
Kim Vuga was at the RA rally but we could hear & see fuck all as when they had speakers they were forced to huddle together in the back of their area to hear anything. PA probs apparently. As I say it was a real party atmosphere on our side.
After a few hours RA organisers started rounding up their mob & they drifted off with police protection as usual (we weren’t able to leave our area) to the sounds of “YOU’LL ALWAYS LOSE IN BRISBANE” & “FUCK OFF NAZI FUCK OFF”. Our mob, when able to leave (about 30 mins after the fash) spontaneously took to the streets & marched to King George Square where people milled around before drifting off. We should’ve done a march through the city or had a street sit-in but hey …
Finally, another highlight was a number of new faces on our side who had attended as a direct result of Paris. It was the most anarchist comrades I’ve seen in one place for a while too and it was nice to catch up with people. Ummm … the cops even seemed to be a bit more receptive to our presence & a bit put out by RA causing them to use up so many resources this time. Their whole demeanour when dealing with us was quite reasonable. Police negotiators didn’t even bother with us either, just went straight to their mob. Anyway that’s about it … aside from some positive talk among anarchists about doing stuff out my way. Yay!
This article is from the ABC… The United Patriots Front haven’t got a strong hold in Queensland yet but we have to expect them, after all Pauline Hansen grew to national significance from here.
Standing among the crowd at the anti-Muslim United Patriots Front rally in Bendigo, it was frightening to consider what they might be capable of. Make no mistake, this is fascism, writes Christine El-Khoury.
When Blair Cottrell, the ring-leader of the fascist street movement the United Patriots Front (UPF), addresses his horde of followers it looks like the blonde-haired body builder from Melbourne is about to blow his top:
“This here now is what creates communities and nations: togetherness, pride, love, the willingness to sacrifice not just some of your own time but if necessary your own life for the future of your own people!”
Even from a distance I can see his blood boil. His pale Anglo-Saxon complexion becomes red. His body tenses in his black muscle shirt, his fists clench by his side, his voice rises until he is yelling into the microphone:
“At the end of the day you can either be a Muslim or an Australian. It must be either or because the two do not co-relate and do not correspond.”
On this sunny day in October, Cottrell believes stopping the development of a mosque in the regional town of Bendigo is a matter of life and death, and he wants you to feel that way too:
“Never give up, no matter what these people say, no matter what they do. Just believe in each other. Feel the person next to you. Feel the energy connect to it, that’s what a community is!”
Cottrell remonstrates to the crowd which responds with cheers of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi” and waves of the Australian flag.
Only this isn’t a sporting match. This is not a game. This is a war-like call by an angry young man who wants the 350 people before him to protect his skewed – and dare I say it, delusional – view of what it means to be Australian.
When Cottrell reaches a crescendo, he salutes his audience by raising a fist to the air in one swift and forceful motion. Make no mistake, this is fascism. This is what hate looks like. As I stand amongst the predominantly male crowd – some young, some much older, many dressed in black with tattoos – it was frightening to consider what they might be capable of. Perhaps not here, where 400 police officers are standing by, but what seed might be planted in the minds of those listening? How emboldened might they become?
Before setting out to the Bendigo rally, I was curious about what drives these men to hate. The UPF had staged a highly offensive mock beheading at the Bendigo Council Chambers that I later discovered was designed to gain publicity. I wanted to be careful that by reporting on their activities, I wasn’t also promoting their agenda. The rallies that had been conducted so far weren’t huge, but the far-right had never mobilized quite like this before.
So, I began by making a few phone calls. I needed to get a better understanding of the history of far-right groups in Australia. I soon discovered that there has been little academic work in this area. As one academic quipped, “There’s plenty of research money available to look at jihadis, but not far-right extremists.”
It seems odd, considering Islamist extremism sits on the far-right spectrum alongside anti-Muslim hate, white supremacy and neo-Nazism. It suggests that historically far-right groups have been largely unsuccessful. The views these groups espouse have been considered “deviant” by the majority of society, and they have previously been difficult to infiltrate.
However, the rise of social media has provided a platform for a growing anti-Islam movement in Australia and the Western world to find like-minded souls, and much of their vitriol is available for public viewing.
Online, it looks like Cottrell and his fellow supporters (many of them former members of the military and Christian fundamentalists) are just a bunch of narcissistic fringe dwellers, who spend a lot of time uploading videos of themselves to Facebook. They rant about British culture, left-wing “f–tards”, the Bible and how much they hate Muslims.
It soon becomes clear though that the conversations being had online do need to be taken seriously – there have been threats to bomb mosques and kill Muslims. They may just be the anonymous ranting of “keyboard warriors” but I soon learned that some members of these far-right groups also have the means to facilitate these acts of violence should they choose to do so. For example, one member of the United Patriot Front declares via the group’s Facebook page that he is a gun-owner. He warns his fellow “patriots” to keep their firearms secure because the police are watching.
In the lead-up to protests last weekend, a member of Reclaim Australia was arrested and jailed for possessing five Tasers and a quantity of mercury. When police raided the home of 31-year-old Phillip Galea, they also found information about making explosives on Galea’s computer, along with an “extensive” amount of “extreme” material linked with far-right groups. When he appeared in court it was revealed Galea had been in possession of a weapon at another anti-immigration rally.
We do need to be concerned that since the Paris attacks, anti-Muslim hate has ratcheted up a notch. The Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI) – a charity that tracks, reports and tries to take down hate speech online – has seen a sharp rise in both the quantity of hate and also the level of extremism being displayed on social media towards Muslims. It’s not unheard of for attacks against Muslims, especially women, to be carried out.
The CEO of the OHPI, Dr Andre Oboler, says it’s “very clear more needs to be done if we don’t want our values as a society, of inclusivity, multiculturalism and a fair go for all, to be put at risk.”
Kevin Dunn from Western Sydney University believes our political leaders are taking this threat to social cohesion seriously.
Dunn believes that Australia’s well-established and well-supported policy of multiculturalism will help ward off this growing anti-Muslim movement, but says when it comes to racism we cannot be complacent.
“Antipathy towards a group will grow through a vicious cycle in which it’s increasingly seen as the norm,” he says. But it also has the potential to de-escalate, “as it has with some of the other dominant antipathies that have been around in Australia’s past.”
Our overwhelming support for multiculturalism is evidence that Australia is not racist; in fact, it’s been the secret to our success as a country relatively free of political violence, according to Kevin Dunn.
If we want to keep it that way, we do need to take the level of antipathy currently being directed towards the Muslim community very seriously indeed.