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.

Free Cannabis 420 rally flagstaff gardens

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I must be getting old, I thought cannabis went out of fashion when roller skates, flares and disco music did.

But seriously, there is a rally in on April 20 in flagstaff gardens, so if your most recent Sunday was a bit boring get along there show your support and meet some really friendly chilled out people. When you get to the rally be sure to mention occupymelbourne.net and you might win a free sample, you also might get a quizzical look and a free sample anyway, or just the quizzical look, it’s hard to say. Another likely feature is the apparent verbal sorcery of several guys with a high level of awareness of the law demonstrating ways to make the police go away without charging anyone with anything.

 

Should the legal status of Cannabis Sativa be changed?

 

Before considering consuming any substance please do your own research, these days people are even killed by peanut butter and bee stings.

A good place to start your research is http://www.erowid.org/

No one is going to tell you how to live your life, you have to make your own decisions.

MYKI replaced by NOKI

MYKI card with no money on it, the NOKI, the perfect solution to protest MYKI.

MYKI card with no money on it, the NOKI, the perfect solution to protest MYKI.

 

Because the conviction rate for people contesting their fines related to MYKI is 0% the new way to travel in Melbourne is with a broken or no credit MYKI card.

If you are stopped, just blame the white elephant that is MYKI , give your details and elect to go to court. You will win the court case by blaming MYKI, and go straight back to free riding.

March In March – Anti Coalition Government Protest

Looks like this government has finally achieved what the previous one was unable to: mobilise a lot of people to protest. By conservative accounts about 20 000  protesters descended on the the city yesterday, still about 10 000  short of a MCC  football crowd , but not a bad effort for a town that is known for it’s complacency in political matters. Now, if they only understood that it doesn’t matter which party is in power…still, we have to thank Phony Tony for doing such a great job as Enemy Number One! Maybe there can  be a revolution now after all?

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Mussolini on Victorias anti protest laws

Victorian government votes for anti protest laws.

This is a move to further erode and criminalize dissent and marginalize political thought.

1394344426973Mussolini approves of the Victorian government.

But do you?

The following politicians voted to remove your right to protest.

Hon Mr Bruce Atkinson : Nunawading (03) 9877 7188
Mrs Andrea Coote  : Port Melbourne (03) 9681 9555
Ms Georgie Crozier  : Caulfield (03) 9555 4101
Hon Richard Dalla-Riva  :Vermont South (03) 9803 0592
Hon David Davis :  Surrey Hills (03) 9888 6244
Mr Damian Drum :  Bendigo (03) 5443 6277
Mr Andrew Elsbury  : Werribee (03) 8742 3226
Mr Bernie Finn :  Sunshine (03) 9312 1212
Hon Matthew Guy :  Melbourne (03) 8392 6075
Hon Peter Hall :  Traralgon (03) 5174 7066
Mr David Koch :  Geelong (03) 5222 1941
Mrs Jan Kronberg :  Ringwood (03) 9870 8284
Hon Wendy Lovell :  Shepparton (03) 5821 0055
Mrs Amanda Millar  : Woodend (03) 5427 2444
Mr Edward O’Donohue :  Melbourne (03) 8684 0900
Mr Craig Ondarchie  : South Morang (03) 9422 0099
Mrs Inga Peulich :  Chelsea (03) 9772 1366
Mr Simon Ramsay :  Ballarat (03) 5332 9443
Hon Gordon Rich-Phillips :  Dandenong (03) 9794 7667
Mr Andrew Ronalds :  Sale (03) 5143 1038

their email addresses:

bruce.atkinson@parliament.vic.gov.au
andrea.coote@parliament.vic.gov.au
georgie.crozier@parliament.vic.gov.au
richard.dalla-riva@parliament.vic.gov.au
david.davis@parliament.vic.gov.au
damian.drum@parliament.vic.gov.au
andrew.elsbury@parliament.vic.gov.au
bernie.finn@parliament.vic.gov.au
matthew.guy@parliament.vic.gov.au
peter.hall@parliament.vic.gov.au
david.koch@parliament.vic.gov.au
jan.kronberg@parliament.vic.gov.au
wendy.lovell@parliament.vic.gov.au
edward.o’donohue@parliament.vic.gov.au
craig.ondarchie@parliament.vic.gov.au
inga.peulich@parliament.vic.gov.au
simon.ramsay@parliament.vic.gov.au
gordon.rich-phillips@parliament.vic.gov.au
andrew.ronalds@parliament.vic.gov.au

Do not ever vote for these people, they think of you as nothing more that dumb beasts to be used and abused for their pleasure. Your only legal way to get political change is to contact them directly, which we suggest you do each and every day. You’ll soon see they really couldn’t care less  about what you want, and any illusion of democracy you have will soon be gone.

Protest is now illegal, if you disagree with government policy you will be punished.

Emperor Napthine

Saratov Russia protest in support of Ukraine

BiFcfAbCYAE_DgwApproximately 10,000 people protest in support of Ukraine in the Russian city of Saratov

https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPR/status/441735926213926912/photo/1

Saratov RUSSaratov: Home to significant arts institutions and significant Ukrainian and German populations

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10679161/Ukraines-hero-colonel-insists-he-was-just-doing-his-duty.html?fb

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.

Ukraine Academy Awards: Sybil

‘Sybil’

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https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPR/status/440986681353580545/photo/1

‘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.

Aeschylus

Greek tragic dramatist (525 BC – 456 BC)

The Ukrainian upheaval: Some geopolitical perspectives

The Ukraine is becoming a complex and fast moving conflict with multiple factions having multiple agendas.

For the latest updates: https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPR

It seems that this conflict started as a proxy war between Russia/CIS  vs  EU/US, but additional home-grown factions soon saw their chance to enter the power vacuum. The Crimea has talked of independence so what you have is at least four factions.

Some might argue Russia is simply suffering from a bruised ego, but the conflict goes deeper than this. The former USSR states are attempting to for a new USSR called the CIS, a copy of the EU incorporating many of the former USSR states.  You might be wondering why Ukraine is so important to Russia and the CIS in this plan. The answer is of course petrochemicals, not oil per se this time, but rather gas pipelines.

The Gas

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The Ukraine is strategically important have the majority of Russian gas pipelines to Europe, Without the Ukraine Russia has only one pipeline going  through  Belarus to deliver is gas to Europe. Giving Belarus a monopoly on gas delivery to Europe would make Belarus far too powerful for Russia’s liking, and far too powerful in a proposed CIS.

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Russia is of course building other pipe lines to be less dependent on the Ukraine and Belarus, but these are massive projects and take significant time and resources to complete.

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The gas deals are of course very controversial, Yukanovych and Tymoshenko were both implicated in dirty deals and skimming money off gas deals with Russia, and most recently (2010) the controversial Ukrainian decision to allow Russian to keep its black sea fleet in port of Sevastapol, on the Crimean peninsula until 2042.

The Crimea

Crimea has wanted Independence from both Russia and the Ukraine for at least a decade. The Crimean Economy is largely based on the two navies stationed there, (the Ukrainian and Russian) the industries that support the Navies.  Tourism Is economically significant being a temperate ( and Russian speaking)  beach side resort for many people of the CIS. The Crimean does not want to risk bad relations with Russia and the CIS, as the tourism money would disappear.

While Russia has other land that borders the Black sea, they have had their navy stationed In Sevastopol since 1783, briefly forced out by the Germans in WW2, so naturally feel they belong there. Sevastapol is part of the Ukraine so the Ukrainian navy feel it should belong there. As a deep water port the Crimean has some interesting advantages, because of its island/peninsula arrangement the Navy can quite easily surround and defend its port from land based attack, This makes it a natural stronghold, not something any navy would want to give up. The black sea flows through the Dardanelles past Gallipoli (which we all should know about) into the Mediterranean (of importance to the EU) and then to the rest of the world’s oceans.

This of course leads to somewhat strange situation of two navies both being stationed in the same place, almost a naval cold war.

So what this is about is the politics of the middle man.

For the Gas pipelines Ukraine and particularly Kiev are able to set the price (and quantity) of Russian gas entering the EU. Controlling this flow of energy and money between two powerful economic blocs makes for significant political power and significant risk of corruption.

For whoever controls the Crimea and Sevastopol controls the black sea and its ability to deploy naval and military force in the region. Controlling a geopolitically significant deep water seaport is an extremely powerful tool in diplomacy. Russia wants to build a gas pipeline under the black sea so will need to control the black sea to assure the project and hardly want the additional expense of building a new naval port as well.

An independent Crimea would be unlikely to create a naval fleet of its own and would likely take the highest bid to station any interested party, which could be almost anyone, Turkey, US, EU, Iran… This could become a geopolitical lottery, or just Russian Roulette.

It’s not easy being an honest middle man.

Meanwhile In Venezuela…

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:

http://caracaschronicles.com/2014/02/20/the-game-changed/

Ukraine protesters shot, Oligarchs flee

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DxkDiAcSF8

Army marching to Kiev allegiance uncertain, political turmoil, EU and US sanctions on senior politicians.

Russian military implicated in ‘berkut’ armed crackdown.

Euromajdan protesters retake independence square, at least 13 protesters killed by sniper fire, possibly up to 100 dead. 67 police taken prisoner by protesters.

Many oligarchs and senior political officials are attempting to fee the country, even taking armoured cars full of loot to the airports.

Titushki (government paid vandals/thugs) wandering city destroying property and attacking people.

Hard to say if this civil war at this stage or exactly what it could be defined as, but it is certainly happening.

Ukraine: violent clashes, revolution likely

ukraine ustream channel pic

Links to live stream channels.

http://channel9000.net/euromajdan2/

Some English commentary from:

http://channel9000.net/spilno3/

protesters defeat armoured personnel carrier

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6Eaqfi6gZg

protesters using guns and attacking riot cops

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=34e_1392746107#qMxuguTeJ7T5irHc.99

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