Category Archives: Actions & protests
The most publicly visible thing activists do. Protests, rallies and direct action to raise awareness and oppose the things we object to.
Russia begins to lose support for the war despite all the propaganda. Could this be the start of Maiden style protests in Russia. More and more evidence of Yukanovich’s dirty deals with Russia and the oligarchs are emerging. Russia has had a similar history of oligarch control, so are Russians beginning to wake up to the possibility that change is achievable, and that freedom is a spreading contagion. Can Russians overthrow their own oligarchy like the Ukrainians have done? The first step is to see through all the lies, propaganda and fear-mongering.
This great article shows the bravery to confront force with peace and deescalate a volatile situation, an the propaganda creating the conflict where none existed.
Mrs Mamchur, who is herself half Russian, blamed a ceaseless barrage of Kremlin propaganda for creating and stoking artificial tensions between ethnic Russians and others, especially Ukrainians and Tatars, on the peninsula.
Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine are really one slavic people,” said the Colonel. “The divisions are only formalities. Whoever gave the order for this operation set brother against brother. It’s a crazy situation.
Colonel Yuri Mamchur on the Russian military occupation of Ukrainian Crimea.
‘Sybil’, A surprise award winner from Ukraine, shilling up whatever point of view is paying at the time. Proof you can’t always believe what you see in the media.
In war, truth is the first casualty.
Greek tragic dramatist (525 BC – 456 BC)
Looks like Venezuela is going up in flames now too. Since the death of Hugo Chavez things haven’t been too good. Most of the protesters are students. Signs read:” Democracy yes, Communism NO”
The international media is quiet on this one so far…and there are very few images available.
George Takei shared the following link on Facebook:
On the day Victorian government was debating laws to effectively criminalize protest , protestors for Ukraine democracy met at the exact place where Robert Doyle’s Melbourne City Council brutally crushed a democracy Movement called Occupy Melbourne.
This may actually be Victoria’s last protest where protest is legal.
Yet another irony is the Ukrainian situation protest was also made illegal recently.
So I’m sure we’d love for you to have democracy Ukraine, but we don’t have it our selves.
Tuesday Feb 4 to Mayday. —Ongoing protest, starts tomorrow night at 5pm
The Napthine regime is trying to amend the Summary Offences and Sentencing Acts, ramming a Bill through Parliament that will criminalise dissent.
Under the guise of ‘combating alcohol-fuelled violence’ the amendments to the Acts smuggle with them a string of anti-democratic measures designed to limit freedom of expression and movement.
The amendments are wrapped up in purposefully ambiguous language which give police the ability to move on or arrest protestors at their own discretion. Through this Act, the Napthine government is seeking to give police extra powers, including:
➢ heightened abilities to arrest—even pre-emptively—peaceful protestors;
➢ the beefing up of ‘move on’ orders;
➢ an arsenal of harsh fines;
➢ and, a possible two year gaol term!
… and all for peacefully expressing an opinion.
These amendments need to be understood as part of a global war on dissent. It is seeking to craft authoritarian and exclusionary laws that are aimed at limiting the rights of freedom of expression, movement and the right to peaceful assembly.
Over the past decade we have heard every excuse under the sun for why the government needs to end civil rights in order to protect democracy.
Such oxymoron’s are very confusing for people who take “democratic values” seriously.
We are now aware that there is a global push to control information and to restrict the rights of individuals.
TPP, global surveillance and parameterised local police forces are working hard to crush the concept of rights and replacing it with privileges in order to create a compliant consumerist society void of community and principles.
It is no longer a cause for radical activists, the new laws will restrict freedom of association, assembly and free speech for all.
Bike riders, trade unions, environmental groups, teachers, nurses etc will all be affected.
Industrial action for better pay and working conditions may end up being a thing of the past.This is what the corporate government wants, but is it what the people want?
Jaws: the 70′s urban horror classic which turned sharks from fisherman’s annoyance into public enemy number one. This movie really has a lot to answer for when it comes to the way people feel about sharks. If you have ever swum at a beach you have swum with sharks, in some places there is a shark every 50 meters, less than 100 meters from the shore. I don’t just mean the innocuous sharks I even mean potential man eaters, tiger sharks and great whites.
Cold sweat thinking about it? Don’t bother, you are more likely to be struck dead by lightning.
So if there are so many sharks and they are so close to you when you are swimming why so few attacks? Simply put sharks like to eat fish and seals much more than they like to eat people, people just do not to taste good to sharks. So now that there is a knee jerk reaction to cull sharks in Western Australia in response to a fatal attack. Should we consider the culling program carried out in the 60′s and 70′s in Hawaii? Culling large adult sharks simply made room for more younger smaller sharks, they weren’t so wise as to what was good to eat, and the result was more attacks by smaller sharks. Most of the baby shark attacks were non fatal, but none the less more carnage.
Certainly a shark attack is traumatic and comes by complete surprise, often to some one enjoying some recreation making it even more horrific. But sharks have no real capacity for cruelty as we know it, cruelty requires that an individual actually considers other individuals as sentient, a shark think only in terms of eating or not eating. A shark has no malice, it is just trying to stay alive. It is folly to think of a shark having some master plan to terrorize a beach for its own sadistic pleasure. Far and aggression are probably the only behaviors it displays that could be considers emotions. There really isn’t a lot going on in the brain of that boneless mass of muscle swimming around.
So to sum up the shark cull:
Stupid, knee jerk, poorly thought out, trying to appear to do something, seeking to create an external enemy, bad for the oceans ecology.
This of course brings us to :
So Nick Carson , Carl Scrace and Teigan Evans are still at it? The Friday Free Shop has officially distanced itself from Occupy Melbourne, but secretly they maintain an online presence via the hi-jacked website occupymelbourne.org (See article below) and I’m guessing the original OM Facebook page to which only 5 people have access? Occupy Melbourne Free Kitchen and Free Shop run every Tuesday and some other days, those are the only endorsed OM events at the moment and there is a sizeable group of people involved right now. The “Media team” however, are living in the past and continue to milk the “glory” of the eviction. Doesn’t look like they really want to say or do anything, except refer to the past and their overstated role in the Occupy Movement. In addition, it now also looks like they want to use the hard work of others to aggrandize themselves, as their first line reads : “Welcome to Occupy Melbourne”.
What people may not know is, that none of the current occupiers are in any way connected to occupymelbourne.org. The website has long been defunct, but has now been resurrected to benefit from recent on-the ground developments and the growing popularity of occupymelbourne.net. Let’s not forget that om.net was only created because occupiers were denied access to om.org, which is tightly held by Carson and Scrace, as is the Facebook page.
Current members of Occupy Melbourne maintain an anonymous presence online for a reason : this movement should not be about personalities. It’s not a secret who we are to those involved, but it doesn’t matter who we are to the rest of the world, we are only some of many many activists involved in the movement and we have yet to achieve the high standard of the Occupy Your Homes and Occupy Sandy initiatives (for example). We are happy and proud to be part of a movement that has changed the conversation worldwide when it comes to money, bank bailouts and unemployment , but we are not interested in promoting ourselves in any way. In fact, we feel that self promotion works against the interest of the the movement.
This website is testament to the many activities OM has been involved in for the past year and a bit, while people like Carson and Scrace declared the movement dead, but continue to promote themselves under it’s banner on occupymelbourne.org.
This cannot be stated often enough, as they simply will not give up on their dirty and misguided approach.