FLYING GREEK ANARCHISTS

FLYING GREEK ANARCHISTS

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I could just about call every show we do FUCK THE POLICE and this one is no exception… but it goes without saying these days right? and the flying Greek Anarchists is a truly inspiration story.

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The show kicks off with April 29 1992 … a song about the riots in the aftermath of the acquittal of 4 people officers for the (video taped) beating of Rodney King.

There are riots all over America at the moment as communities rise up and express their discontent at yet more cases of police brutality (and fatalities) in which the officers involved are not held responsible for their conduct.

This song I think is the song for these times… especially the chorus ‘It’s about coming up and staying on top …. And screaming 187 on a motherfuckin’ cop’

Not that I would suggest violence…. just self defense.

The reason why the flying anarchists were hurling molotov cocktails (and a fridge!) was the hunger strike of Niko Romanos and the anniversary of the police murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos in December 2008 .

In Greece they say ‘remember, remember the sixth of December’

Romanos was the best friend of Alexandros Grigoropoulos and Alexis died in his arms, this event radicalised Romanos.

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He is serving time in prison for a bank robbery which targeted one of the banks that was never brought to account for its part in Greek’s economic woes.

“What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?” (Bertolt Brecht)

His hunger strike ended last week when the Greek government gave in to his demand for access to education.

Below is an excerpt from a text written by Romanos about hunger strikes.

A hunger strike is the ultimate means of struggle of a revolutionary individual. Historically it has been used by a wide political spectrum of fighters held hostage for their subversive action, mainly against democratic regimes.

From the dead hunger strikers of the r.o. Red Army Faction (RAF) and the deaths of the fighters of the IRA and ETA, up to the successful hunger strikes of anarchist comrades such as Christophoros Marinos and Kostas Kalaremas, the members of Revolutionary Struggle and the CCF. Points in common can be minimal to non-existent, but there is a decision which remains the same, “I am fighting to the end.”

This decision has been capable of creating specific blackmail against the State. Blackmail which, as paradoxical as it might sound, has gained important power of negotiation because of the dead hunger strikers.

And right at the end of the show we interview Steve Towson about his new song Christmas Island . Which is a fundraiser for the Asylum Seeker Resource Center.

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Scott Morrison may gloat but asylum seekers’ boats haven’t really stopped

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The Guardian

Two facts emerge as the UNHCR meets in Geneva to look at protection for refugees at sea: more people than ever are fleeing their country by boat, and deterrence doesn’t stop them…

For all the slogans and military operations, over 54,000 people have boarded boats across the Indian Ocean this year, with around 20,000 in just the two months of October and November. As much as Scott Morrison may gloat, the boats haven’t really stopped.

The point you won’t see on any media release or hear at a doorstop press conference is this: even if people haven’t drowned on the way to Australia, they’ve still drowned. Because people fleeing countries in the region are still getting on boats.

There are many inconvenient facts for those who won’t stop talking about stopping the boats. But perhaps the facts are not so bothersome if they aren’t on the nightly news. After all, if an asylum seeker drowns well enough away from Australian territorial waters, will there be a leadership challenge today? And have you seen Julie Bishop’s broach?

For the rest of us, here are some details.

According to the UNHCR report on Irregular Maritime Movements in South-East Asia, over 50,000 people set sail just from the Bay of Bengal area in January-November 2014. The smugglers operating in the region move people who are trafficked as well as those paying for passage outside of legal migration channels. The latter includes people such as ethnic Rohingya who do not have any nationality (and therefore no official travel documentation) and have a long history of persecution and discrimination by the Burmese government.

The UNHCR estimates that around 21,000 people have departed from the Bangladesh-Burmese maritime border in the two months of October and November 2014. About 10% were women, and around one-third of arrivals interviewed by UNHCR in Thailand and Malaysia were minors. The numbers for October 2014 are a marked increase (37%) from the year before.

And not all the deaths at sea are merely from drowning, according to the report:

“One in every three interviewees said at least one other passenger on their boat died en route; one in every 10 said 10 or more people died on board. Deaths were attributed to severe beatings by the crew, lack of food and water, illness, and heat.”

Globally, around 350,000 people have risked it all by taking a boat this year. On 10-11 December 2014, UNHCR is hosting a meeting looking specifically at protection at sea. The non-governmental organisations taking part have recommended, among other things, that to implement effective protection and ensure safety at sea, it is vital to “address ‘route causes’ and ‘root causes’ of forced and dangerous migration”.
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UNHCR notes that these reasons for irregular movement include: conflict and war, protracted refugee situations, statelessness, the absence or inadequacy of protection systems, family separation, poverty and economic inequality.

What is notably absent from all the recommendations to “stop the boats” from these experts is deterrence, which in Morrison’s parlance is also known as “taking the sugar off the table”. This was of course the honourable minister’s reasoning last month for reducing the number of refugees Australia would resettle from Indonesia and banning those who registered with UNHCR in Indonesia after 1 July 2014 from ever getting to Australia.

Sweet though that poison may be (and poisonous is certainly how one can characterise the way Australia treats those who come across the sea), no refugee is paying a people smuggler for any sort of benefit other than getting the hell out of the hell they were in.

At the opening of the UNHCR meeting yesterday, the High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said, “You can’t stop a person who is fleeing for their life by deterrence, without escalating the dangers even more”.

So what would work to actually stop people getting on boats? Again, according to the NGO recommendations, practical solutions for preventing irregular migration by sea include:

More opportunities for legal migration
Cooperative international agreements by states to provide more safe-havens for asylum seekers, e.g., through expanded UNHCR resettlement programmes; and
Migration and asylum policies that recognise the benefits of migration and the contributions of migrants and refugees to the development of countries of destination and origin.

It’s ultimately pretty simple and obvious: the key to reducing irregular movement of people by dangerous ways is to increase pathways for properly managed, safe and regulated movement. It involves as Guterres said, “looking at why people are fleeing, what prevents them from seeking asylum by safer means”.

In practice, nobody is going to be able to neatly pack their passport and customs declarations cards in order to flee discrimination or state persecution in a “regular” way. Which is why, in the case of those people, the Refugees Convention set up a system for countries around the world to join forces to help them, and why the UNHCR’s resettlement process allows for countries to accept refugees who cannot return to where they fled. Both of which the Australian government is slowly but surely repudiating.

Opening and expanding legal channels for migration and the movement of asylum seekers and refugees will reduce the use of smugglers and black-market operations. But for various reasons it’s doubtful Australia would be checking off anything on that list of solutions any time soon.

And so the boats will sail on, but just a little further off Morrison’s horizon.

Pregnant refugees from Nauru protesting on bus near Darwin detention centre, group says

Two pregnant women brought from Nauru to Darwin to give birth are refusing to get off a bus with their families near the Wickham Point Detention Centre, asylum seeker advocates say.

Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul said the families were from Iran and had spent 15 months in detention on Nauru.

They were among a group found to be refugees and resettled within Nauruan communities earlier this year, he said.

He said the women had been brought to Australia yesterday to give birth.

They had been assured they would not be placed in detention while in Darwin, he said.

“When they arrived in Australia, they were told they would be taken to the detention centre and put on a bus to take them to Wickham Point,” he said.

They arrived at the centre and began their protest before midnight last night, he said.

“The women are both around eight months pregnant,” he said.

The 10-year-old son of one of the women and both women’s husbands were on the bus, he said.

Mr Rintoul said he had spoken with a brother in law of one of the women, who was in Australia, as well as friends of the families on Nauru.

He said pregnant asylum seekers were often transferred from Nauru to Wickham Point to give birth, but this was the first time the policy had been applied to refugees living outside of detention.

The ABC has contacted the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for comment.

Source: ABC news.

Related: Manifesto for a pogrom: hostility to resettled refugees grows on Nauru

G20 (black) BLOC PARTY AND BULLSHIT

G20 (black) BLOC PARTY AND BULLSHIT

Well Brisbane ‘Australia’s new world city’ hosted the G20….. the media hyped it up for months all the world’s anarchists were coming to Brisbane to smash shit up and kill your grandmother.

What ended up happening was that it was really fucking hot, Tony Abbott made a fool of us once again and there was a street parade involving .001% of Brisbane’s population.

The police are hailing their operation a huge success……. the media claiming all the police stopped any violence or property destruction from happening. To be honest it’s a bit sickening.

Will anything change? Would more direct action have changed anything?

There are the things we must think critically about, future shows will discuss this more.

The cult of non violence is something that is well and truly dominant in Brisbane’s ‘left’ movement. To think critically about this we play an interview with Peter Gelderloos author of How Nonviolence Protects the State and The Failure of Nonviolence.

Also I wrote some satire about the BLACK BLOC PARTY that could have been.

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EXCLUSIVE G20 BLACK BLOC PARTY SETS BNE ON FIRE

EXCLUSIVE G20 BLACK BLOC PARTY SETS BNE ON FIRE

The event we had all spent years waiting for was finally on. The #G20 security ring of steel had been erected.

South Brisbane was in serious LOCK DOWN… the media said the barricades were intimidating, South Bank a fortress.

All year the media talked about a black bloc party in Brisbane so Megsie Lemon Grass and I went in search of it and to check the security arrangements.

Things started off well.... this dumpster looked like it was ready for the black bloc party...Things started off well…. this dumpster looked like it was ready for the black bloc party…

BLACKBLOCTOOLSYep we could have some fun with all this rumble…

We walked down towards the Convention Centre and found this sticker which seemed to be advertising the (black) bloc party.OMGG20WTFAfter this we saw 100s of the one time… the thin blue line looked rather plump as I asked them if they knew about the (black) bloc party but they just wanted to go and sit in the shade.

POLICE IN THE SHADE

Still that many police are a sure sign that a (black) bloc party is going to happen.

FALL DOWNMegsie tried to climb the barricades but fell down…

THROUGH THE BARRICADEI got to the other side but it was really boring… The ring of steal was no match for Megsie though as she kicked down a barricade to let me through

TIP OVER BARRICADE

KICK SIGNThis sign could be kicked over as part of the (black) bloc party… but there’s no one around to see it fall so does it really fall at all?

POSE WITH SECURITYThese drivers/security asked us to let them know if we found the party…

BEERBEERBEERThese would certainly start the party…

MOVEBINAll the police we asked about the (black) bloc party thought it sounded fun and wanted to come along…. it would be til they turned up so I tipped over this dumpster to make our own barricade..

PUNCH SECURITYThis security guard was not in the mood for a party so Megsie dealt with him true ninja style…..

LOOSE PROJECTILEAll the police I ask about the (black) bloc party think it sounds good luckily Megsie found a loose projectile to throw at them when they came to ruin our fun.

1511190_10152851116069596_91834903137370908_nSomeone’s planned ahead … this will be great for powering the sound system…

G20 police policing‘We’re looking for the G20 (black) bloc party, do you know about it? ‘ ‘Huh… no… black bloc… party .. no… er… der…. geetwenny … why don’t we have Segways?’

Abomination Maybe Lowkey is coming to the party…

movesignWho left this here? We heard Obama was coming so we blocked the street with it…

binbombBetter get this shield ready for the party…

molotovFinally we found someone else preparing for the (black) bloc party… Megsie gets ready to make (molotov) cocktails…

DSC_0135Quiet before the storm…

DSC_0023Fight for your right to party…. I mean party for your right to fight…

JLL 021The po po are wearing fluros to get in the party mood….

colours of genecideWe displayed the true colors of Brisbane

march 187This happy party goer missed the memo about prohibited items but somehow managed to avoid detection…

Kicking off

We gave an anarchist a cigarette and a Molotov cocktail and really got the party started

Burn baby burnWe warned the police to be careful where they parked their cars in this heat

Police car ruined

Tony angryTony is pretty angry about the mess we made and randomly mentioned something about the budget and $7 co payments

angela merkel partyAngela Merkel thanked us for rioting because it made her feel right at home…

putin offerPutin offered to arm us… can someone explain what these are? And if we need them?

Dragunov SVD, BM-27 Uragan, VPK-3927 Volk, S-400 missile system, A-100 AWACS, 6B43 Body Armor, MP-443 Grach, KSVK, ABCE, V0dKa 100P, OSV-96, VIT-B12, RPK-74, VLaD2000, GM-94

OBAMA SADAnd Obama was just really sad about how much C02 we would have released into the atmosphere because it’s going to put a huge dint in his target to reduce greenhouse emissions.

OBAMA GREEN HORNETWe reminded him about his zero emissions fighter jet and he calmed down realising how much it was going to help save the planet…

You may not hear about this on the news but it really happened. Brisbane isn’t that boring after all…

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This is another thing that rocked Brisvegas this #G20 weekend…

Aboriginal woman dies undertaking mandatory NT alcohol rehabilitation program

This is revealed the same day as protesters in Brisbane gather for a rally against black deaths in custody.

republished from abc.net.au

An Aboriginal woman has died while taking part in the Northern Territory’s highly contentious mandatory alcohol rehabilitation program.

It is the first death linked to the scheme that was introduced by the NT Government 18 months ago in the face of warnings from experts that it would target Indigenous people and punish alcoholics.

The woman died last month in the Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programmes Unit (CAAAPU) treatment centre in Alice Springs, but the NT authorities have not made news of the death public until now.

Her family is now asking questions about the care she was given and how she died.

The woman’s sister, Elizabeth Raggette Naparula, speaking from her remote central Australian community of Papunya, said she had been worried about her sister’s health and was willing to give the treatment a chance.

“I thought they were going to keep her to get better, to eat lots of good food,” she said.

“I wanted them to look after her properly so she could get healthy and not have so much grog.”

Key points of NT’s mandatory rehab:

  • The legislation came into effect in the Northern Territory on July 1 2013
  • Anyone taken into custody for drunkenness three times in two months is assessed for treatment
  • Means some alcoholics are forced into three months of rehabilitation
  • Treatment occurs at rehabilitation facilities in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs
  • Draft legislation heavily criticised by Indigenous groups, medical bodies and justice advocates
  • Critics argue it criminalises drunkenness

She said she was informed of her sister’s death by a relative last week.

“All my grandchildren are crying every night for her,” she said.

“When I cry, they cry too. I can’t understand what happened, I don’t know what happened.”

She wanted to know what medical services were in the CAAAPU treatment centre, and whether her sister had medication for her seizures.

“I never went to see her at CAAAPU, I thought everything was alright,” she said.

“When I last saw her she was looking in the best of health. I can’t understand what happened.”

The NT Health Department said the next of kin had been told but would not give any more details.

Death in mandatory rehab ‘not a death in custody’

Under the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment (AMT) program, anyone picked up by police for being drunk three times in two months is forced into alcohol treatment.

Legal and health groups have warned the untested program would target Indigenous people and cost millions while doing little to treat addiction.

I thought everything was alright. When I last saw her she was looking in the best of health, I can’t understand what happened.

Elizabeth Raggette Naparula

Even though people are detained against their will in AMT, the woman’s death will not be treated as a death in custody, authorities say.

Instead, it is being treated as a death in care and is now before the NT coroner.

NT Criminal Lawyers Association president Russell Goldflam said the public was usually informed about deaths in custody.

“In my experience, whenever there’s a death in custody or a death after some sort of engagement with police, the police are very quick to put out a statement,” he said.

“It’s pretty obvious why, if they didn’t they would be accused of trying to cover things up.”

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) chief executive Priscilla Collins was highly critical of the NT Government’s failure to make the death known publicly.

“The worst thing is we’re only hearing about it two weeks later; why wasn’t this brought up two weeks ago?” she said.

She said it was indicative of the secrecy around AMT.

She said her questions about medical staff levels, costs and success rates had gone unanswered.

“What we’ve always questioned is how many people go through the program?” she said.

The worst thing is we’re only hearing about it two weeks later; why wasn’t this brought up two weeks ago.

Priscilla Collins, NAAJA chief executive

“How many people successfully complete the program and what is the cost per person? We just don’t get those answers.”

The ABC’s AM program put a number of questions about the death and the care at the rehabilitation centre to the NT Health Department.

The department would only confirm there had been a death.

It said the coroner has been informed and it was not appropriate to make further comment.

The CAAPU treatment centre where the women died did not return AM’s calls.

AMT safer than life on the streets: Elferink

When the AMT legislation was being debated in Parliament in June last year, Attorney-General John Elferink said people would be safer in rehab because they were not on the streets.

“Currently, they are dying because they are staggering out in front of cars and getting run over,” he said.

We do not get to see about them in the newspapers because they often go unmarked and unnoticed in their deaths. Their deaths represent the end of an unremarkable life awash with their drug of choice.

John Elferink, Attorney-General

“[They are] dying of diseases such as pneumonia because they are sleeping out unprotected in winter in Alice Springs, and dying because they have renal collapse.

“One example I can cite is of a fellow who was drunk and asleep on railway tracks and was run over by a train. They are dying now, and in large numbers.

“We do not get to see about them in the newspapers because they often go unmarked and unnoticed in their deaths. Their deaths represent the end of an unremarkable life awash with their drug of choice.”

He said in order to “protect the community” the Government would accept the risk people could die in AMT.

“It is a political risk we engage in,” he said.

“Unfortunately, when you are in a position where you take people into custody that is a risk you take.

“However, if you are so adverse to that risk, police would take nobody into custody and [Correctional Services] would hold nobody in prison.

“The mental health authorities, who also have non-judicial incarceration, would not take people into custody. Why do we do it and accept it so readily in those environments?

“The reason is we need to protect the community and/or the people themselves.

“We take the risk.”

Absconding from AMT no longer criminal

Last month the NT Government announced it would no longer be a criminal offence to abscond from the a treatment facility, while also allowing doctors to refer chronic drinkers to AMT.

It also meant people excluded from AMT because of charges resulting from drinking would be eligible to access the treatment.

The reform was welcomed by Australian Medical Association NT president Dr Robert Parker, who said it “made sense” that referral to AMT was done through a therapeutic tribunal process rather than a legal one.

“I am very happy to see that being removed from any sort of criminal act,” he said

CAAPU is a not-for-profit organisation that also administers part of the AMT scheme for the NT Government in Alice Springs.

It was established in 1991 to assist Aboriginal people with alcohol and drug rehabilitation.

A $6.1 million AMT treatment centre in Katherine was canned this month following community outrage about its industrial location.

G20 (black) BLOC PARTY

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Well here we go…… Geetwenty fever is well and truly setting in… more and more police are visible around Brisbane city and South Brisbane where the G20 super summer summit will take place.

When we take to the streets on Saturday for the People’s March in the hot hot Brisbane sun the crowd control device of choice would have to be water cannons but the next best thing would have to be the LRAD (rad!) sound systems which the Queensland police are in possession of.

Since we all don’t want to be part of any revolution which doesn’t involved dancing, the ‘free speech zone‘ on Saturday during the march should be lots of fun as long as the po po remember to bring the beats (and blops).

As the march crosses the Kurilpa bridge, everything going as planned, underneath us on the river should be paper boats set sail by the Refugee Action Collective Queensland.

I caught up with Scotia Monkivitch at a boat building workshop on Sunday to find out about Walking Borders a series of actions which are going to culminate with the flotilla of paper boats planned to meet the People’s March.

Don’t want to go to the People’s March try the refugee FLASH MOB.

First of all on the show though The Stimulator gives us a run down on 2 major struggles which are currently happening around the globe. We play the first half of the latest It’s the End of the World as we Know if and I feel FINE!.

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We also talk to Brisbane Community Action Network spokesperson Robin Taubenfeld about the People’s Summit which starts tomorrow. You can download the program here.

 

Mexico Protests

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