Rojava: Water and electricity cuts in Kobane due to Turkey cutting Firat river supply

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The water and electricity cuts continue on its 4th day in Kobane. The Firat river’s water supply is so low that the base of the river, at least 3 kilometres in width is visible. The canton has announced that the cuts are indefinite. Those who have wells are sharing their water supply with their neighbours but this is a limited and ineffective alternative and thousands are without a drop of water.

The use and control of natural resources has been something that the Turkish state has used against the Kurds for decades. As the crackdown and mass human rights violations against the Kurds continue in Bakur, Rojava is slowly strangled with the ongoing humanitarian embargo and water cuts. Worse, when Turkey finally releases the water from their end hundreds of villages will be flooded causing massive damages and disruptions to agriculture and livestock (as it did last year) which is the backbone of the economy. This is a tactic that Turkey has used repeatedly against Rojava; as did Assad by cutting water supplies to Kurdish regions or rerouting water from Kurdish areas to Arab regions.

Terrorism takes many forms, whether its bombing and destroying thousands of villages, to burning hundreds of acres of forests and farms, to stopping water flowing further down to other regions, to embargoes. The use of the environment and land to oppress and terrorise the colonised is a well used tactic by states against indigenous communities and minorities.

The motto of the Rojava Revolution is “Resistance is Life”, but I wonder how a deeply oppressed, economically underdeveloped society that lacks resources, infrastructure and access to multiple borders is able to resist such terrorism.

(via Hawzhin Azeez)

Posted in Bakur, Kobane, Kurdish Struggle, Kurdistan, Rojava, State Terrorism, Syria, Turkey

Indonesia: Day 3 of Jakarta anarchist / drug war prisoners ‘Death To Duterte’ street campaign (Eng/Indo)

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Received on 25.02.17:

Today we continued our campaign against the fascist killer Rodrigo Duterte. Along the streets of central Jakarta we used a stencil to relay our call for the death of Duterte. We sprayed the stencil dozens of times along walkways and intersections.

We symbolically launched the campaign at a Catholic church in central Jakarta. This is because we recognise the complicity and the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church in the Philippines in violating people’s human rights and for the Catholic majority in not condemning Duterte’s genocidal campaign against drug users.

Tomorrow the campaign continues!

Death to Duterte!

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Hari 3: Anarkis / obat perang tahanan kampanye jalan menuntut Mati Untuk Duterte!

Hari ini kami melanjutkan kampanye melawan pembunuh fasis Rodrigo Duterte. Sepanjang jalan dari Jakarta Pusat kami menggunakan stensil untuk relay panggilan kita atas kematian Duterte. Kami disemprotkan puluhan stensil kali sepanjang trotoar dan persimpangan.

Kami simbolis meluncurkan kampanye di sebuah gereja Katolik di Jakarta Pusat. Hal ini karena kita mengakui keterlibatan dan kemunafikan Gereja Katolik di Filipina dalam melanggar hak asasi manusia rakyat dan untuk mayoritas Katolik di tidak mengutuk kampanye genosida Duterte terhadap pengguna narkoba.

Besok kampanye terus!

Mati untuk Duterte!

Posted in Autonomy, Death To Duterte, Drug Users, Fuck Duterte, Graffiti, Indonesia, International Solidarity, Jakarta, Mati untuk Duterte, Philippines

Greece: Seventh appeals trial hearing of imprisoned anarchist-communist comrade Tasos Theofilou

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Omnia TV’s Sylvia and Giant report from the courtroom

On February 17th, the 7th hearing of the appeals trial of Tasos Theofilou took place at the Appellate Court of Athens, Greece. The process began with the display of footage that was recorded by security cameras inside and outside the bank on the day of the robbery. The footage, in line with other evidence, confirms that Theofilou cannot be identified as one of the perpetrators. Based on footage content, certain aspects of paramount importance in the judicial process, were identified and addressed.

Firstly, the infamous hat, worn by one of the robbers, looks more solid, significantly larger and made of a harder material, compared to the hat brought as evidence at court, which has a loose-weave. Moreover, there is noticeable a black spot on the hat- the way it’s seen on camera- which is missing from the hat presented as evidence. Just to remind that the police claim that this hat was found at the point of struggle and that genetic material matching to Theofilou’s DNA was extracted from it.

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Secondly, the body type of the robber wearing the cowboy hat (the one the prosecution claims  was Theofilou) is clearly different to the body type of the defendant: the robber is more sturdy with broad shoulders. The nose of the perpetrator is more round while Theofilou’s is crooked. A difference in the chin was also noticed.

Thirdly, the robbers moved constantly inside the bank, while the one wearing the cowboy hat, who was not wearing gloves, moved a chair with his left hand. He was wearing a short-sleeved top and came in contact with the employees’ desks multiple times. Without any shadow of a doubt, the robbers must have left genetic material behind, even fingerprints. Despite that, the bank was NEVER sealed off (like ordinary crime scenes are) by the police in order to proceed to a collection and analysis of DNA and finger prints. Instead, the bank was turned into a temporary police department where officers recorded testimonies about the case.

The video from the external camera shows the robbers coming out of the bank and walking away. Two of the perpetrators, one of which was the one wearing the cowboy hat, came out first and the third, who according to witnesses was the one who was attacked by the victim, followed them later. The moment of the struggle among Michas (victim) and the robber was not recorded clearly since part of the screen was blocked by a caption strip that specifies where the recorded content is stored (c:\programdata\ etc). In a nutshell what we saw was someone’s legs, but the robber with the cowboy hat and the beige trousers was not seen.

As Mr. Papadakis said very emphatically, it is incomprehensible for the counsels of the civil action not to have exerted every possible effort and not to have used all possible means in order to see whether this black caption strip could be removed from the video, in order to take a better look on the crime scene, as if the civil action is not truly committed in finding the perpetrator but is merely interested to make sure that someone, anyone, would be convicted for these crimes, without any regard for the innocence of the accused.

Despite the fact that the video shows someone’s legs from a distance, paradoxically and metaphysically, the presiding judge of the first instance trial had clarified, that he clearly saw the robber with the cowboy hat and was able to distinguish his naked arm on camera. These clarifications seemed to have made an impression on the current presiding judge as well.  Mr. Papadakis derived the very logical conclusion that the presiding judge of the first instance trial used his imagination to complete  the missing scenes.

Next, the defendant’s attorneys requested from the judges to refrain from reading the depositions of two witnesses since this would compromise the integrity of the trial and the right of the accused to defense. The lawyers cited article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights for a fair trial, which safeguards the ability of the accused to exercise his right to defense in full spectrum, essentially meaning to be able to pose questions to witnesses directly. When the depositions are read in absence of the witnesses, the accused is deprived of this right leading to the court’s disregard for the Convention. Despite this, the request of the defense was not granted.

The first witness, Mr. Karassante was temporarily employed by the National bank and could not be located due to a change of address. His testimonies did not provide the court with any useful information. His account was mainly comprised of a description of everything he witnessed happening outside the bank when the robbers were about to flee the scene, while he did not specify who was the shooter and at what direction the shots were fired.

The second witness, Mr. Gavrakis, was serving in the counter-terrorism unit and is currently abroad since he is now employed by the Interpol. His testimonies are characterised by contradictions regarding the person who received the notorious phone-call which pointed Theofilou as guilty for the robbery. The informant had provided extremely detailed information for the defendant, raising serious questions as to whether this phone-call was actually made. At times the officer admitted that he was the one who had answered the phone-call and others he contradicted himself with statements about the call being made at the service’s call-centre. The defense is mainly concerned with the reasons this witness was called to testify, since he had absolutely no contact with Theofilou.

The defense requested that the court issue an order to declassify the supposed phone-call received by the counter-terrorism department, along with the official documents and notes in relation to the phone-call. The requests were not granted by the judge.

The hearing continued with the reading of documents contained in the case file, starting with the photographs of the crime scene and the evidence. While the documents falsely claim that all the objects collected from the crime scene were photographed, the hat, which was photographed for the first time in an office in Athens, was not one of them. The forensics team did not photograph nor present this significant piece of evidence to the witnesses in order to establish whether anyone, especially bank employees who had direct contact with the robbers, would recognize it. While every object in the crime scene, such as shells, shattered glass, even cigarette butts on the ground were photographed, the main incriminating evidence which caused Theofilou’s conviction at the first instance trial was not seen in any of those photographs.

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A very notable failure of the police investigation is that a mobile phone collected from the crime scene was NEVER investigated in connection with the crime.

According to official documents, the DNA extracted from the body which exhibited signs of struggle, was not a match to the DNA of the defendant. Moreover, Theofilou did not have any bruises or other signs of struggle on his body, at the time of his arrest.

The hearing went on with the reading of various articles which appeared in the Greek press and were considered important for the case by the prosecutor. It is important to note that the articles mainly come from tabloids, bear sonorous titles and imaginary stories and lead to misinformation, a common tactic of the Greek press when they intend to affect the outcome of a trial. This is proved by the fact that the prosecutor declined to include articles that shed a different light on the case and provided other perspectives on the identity of the perpetrators in an effort to paint Theofilou as guilty and manipulate public opinion about his personality.

The defense explained, that (low-life) journalists who wrote lengthy articles on ”secret hiding  locations” and other imaginary stories and ”ruled” that Theofilou was a member of the anarcho-nihilist organization C.C.F., were never bothered to retract those statements, issue an apology, or generally mention that Theofilou was acquitted from those charges.

The judge tried to go through the list of objects collected from Theofilou’s home very quickly, since there were numerous objects, from bed sheets, to socks and books, when the prosecutor intervened and asked the presiding judge to pay attention to a book titled ”Trouble is my business” which caused a strong reaction from Theofilou’s lawyers as well as the audience. Mrs Paparrousou, Theofilou’s lawyer, said emphatically: ”the content of books has not been considered relevant in a trial since the fall of the dictatorship in this country”.

The tactics deployed by the prosecutor take us back in time to another era where books and ideas were criminalized. From the tens of books owned by Tasos Theofilou, the prosecutor focused on one title, which is also a very misleading one, since it refers to a novel written by a right-wing conservative, according to Theofilou’s clarifications during the hearing.

The trial resumed on Monday, 20th of February.

(via Omnia TV, translated by BlackCat)

Posted in Anarchist Communist Prisoners, Anarchist Prisoners, Athens, Greece, Repression, Tasos Theofilou

Indonesia: Day 2 of Jakarta anarchist / drug war prisoners ‘Death To Duterte’ street campaign (Eng/Indo)

Received on 23.02.17:

Today we took to the streets of central Jakarta in increased numbers to continue to demand Death to Duterte, the fascist drug user murdering President of the Philippines.

We designed 5 different posters which we made 50 copies of and stuck up around the main streets and walkways of central Jakarta.

We were asked by many curious people about the meaning of our posters. When we explained what we were doing, many people said they knew of Duterte and didn’t agree with his campaign of genocide. One person even promised to shiv Duterte if they ever crossed paths!

The posters we made said, “Shoot Duterte, not drug users (A) F.T.P.”, “Duterte murders, kill Duterte (A) F.T.P”, “Duterte murdered 9000+ drug users..let’s murder Duterte”, “Death to Duterte” (A) F.T.P”, and a poorly photocopied poster of Duterte looking troubled which read “Why does the community and the whole world want me dead? I’m just doing my job”.

In response to Duterte’s claim of “only doing his job”, we say, as anarchists and drug war prisoners we are doing our job in calling for your death! There are no excuses for your fascism and junky genoicide! We will not be complicit or compromise!

Tomorrow the campaign continues!

Death to Duterte!

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Hari ke 2 Jakarta Anarkchists/ Pecandu jalanan yang di Penjara dengan Kampenye MATI BAGI DUTERTE!

Hari ini kami turun kebeberapa jalan di Jakarta pusat untuk Aksi di jalan-jalan neminta, “Bunuh Duterte” Seorang Facic Presiden Philipina yang telah membunuh Para Pecandu.

Kami mendisain Lima Jenis poster and Meng kopi Sebanyak-banyak. Menempelkan disetiap Jalan di Jakarta Pusat.

Kami banyak mendapat Pertanyaan dari beberapa masyarakat tentang arti dari Poster ini kami menjelaskan juga banyak orang mengeta hui tentang Duterte dan mereka tidak setuju dengan pembunuhan masal yang berjanji upabila bertemu dia ingin menu suk Duterte.

Tulisan yang kami buat di poster adalah, ‘Bunuh Duterte bukan hukum mati pecandunya”, “Mengapa Seluruh komunitas di dunia ingin Saya Mati (Duterte)”. Karena Saya hanya melaksa nakan tugus.

Begitulah isi slogan Poster kami Maka para pecandu Anarkists, menyatakan Tidak ada maaf untuk fasisme atau kompro mi kepada Duterte!

Posted in Autonomy, Death To Duterte, Direct Action, Drug Users, Fuck Duterte, Indonesia, International Solidarity, Jakarta, Philippines, Posters

Anti-Oppression & the Internet

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by de flori

Information technology is ubiquitous in present day, it is now considered odd and suspicious to not have a smartphone or any social media accounts. Many people who were not using these technologies heavily in the past are now suckered in by them, partially because they are the new normal that everyone else is doing.

I grew up spending hours on the internet and playing video games every day, back before it was socially normal to do so. Most of my leisure time during my adolescence was spent staring into a screen. I have since realized how much damage it was doing to me, and the extent to which it ruined my concentration, helped stunt my emotional maturity, and generally made me an anxious person. Now I am hesitant to subject myself to the alienation of passively consuming spectacles like television and video games, and carry a deep mistrust of the control inherent in information technology. That these technologies are being cast in a liberatory light seems like a serious error to me, and this essay is a theory I’ve developed over time while participating and noticing others participate in life over social media.

Isolation and atomization are at the core of capitalist society. The internet is increasing this separation and is subsuming more and more of daily life. Nevertheless, there’s a popular narrative which casts this technology in an anti-oppression light, it goes something like this:

“Before the internet, marginalized people (people with oppressed identities and neuro-atypical people) would not have much of an opportunity to see and discuss their experiences with each other. With social networks, marginalized people can connect with each other and realize that they share overlapping experiences of oppression. The internet has fostered a mass ‘wokeness’ (gaining of political consciousness) of young people not seen in decades. People with mental health disabilities can now share coping strategies and feel assured that others suffer from their ailments, and that they are not alone in the world. It offers a method of finding & creating community that bypasses face-to-face interactions that are stressful or debilitating. Without the internet, they would have just been hidden under the normative culture, and felt alone and frustrated, or simply unaware.”

This line of thought is flawed, but it makes some sense. Life in the west since World War II has been very isolating and atomizing, in that people are kept to their homes, codependent relationships, and toxic nuclear family mores, while spending their leisure time passively consuming entertainment media. The conformity of the 50s seems like a stark example of this, but as the decades went on this phenomenon actually increased. Participation in social clubs and adult team sports declined, public space was enclosed and privatized, and average hours of television viewing increased. In this basic context, yes, the internet fosters a connection between people that is appealing due to any other connection being absent in the recent past.

That said, while there probably has been a relatively large-scale “wokeness,” it has not created a situation where politically conscious people rise up against systems of domination and oppression. As of yet, it has primarily produced non-revolutionary identity politics that, through groupthink, aim to discipline an ideal set of personal behaviors onto isolated individuals. Revolutionary impulses against capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchy crumble into scolding an individuals’ language and behavior based on privilege resulting from generalizations about static identities. This tendency has been used to extinguish revolts by separating those in struggle via a relation of “allyship” and ultimately strengthening reformist non-profits. How is it that non-profit groups in Minneapolis using Black Panther imagery and rhetoric were so successful in weakening the forces of rebellion last year? The answer is in the medium, and specifically not the message.

Bonds produced through internet social connections are weak and generally don’t yield feelings of power and the capacity to have an impact on the world. Likely this is because working together to end those oppressions is not even an option, since capitalism’s separation between people isn’t actually broken. Where to turn then with ones’ ideas and critiques? The focus becomes insular: on one’s own individual behaviors, language, and projected image.

Often relationships over the internet are maintained via text, or the occasional image and short video. These communications can be drafted and redrafted, while phone calls and interacting face-to-face in real time are increasingly being seen as too “awkward.” What causes this and then follows from it even stronger is neurotic introspection. That which marginalizes becomes a fixation, as opposed to basis of a bond between people that has the potential to make one another stronger through resistance to it. Anxiety and awkwardness result from a heightened fixation on oneself as a result of any ability to develop solid bonds between becoming stunted.

When isolated people find each other in life, they potentially become more powerful together. This is quantitative, in that more people means more possibilities, but more importantly it’s qualitative. Relationships can deepen through experiences that are shared together. And stronger relationships make stronger people. Think about the courage that people seemingly spontaneously acquire when someone they love is in danger. Bonds between people aren’t always that dramatic, but they are ubiquitous in daily life. When my friend thinks of a funny joke and smiles as they begin to tell it, I smile back even before I’ve heard the punchline. What’s happening in this moment of affectation is not located inside them, nor inside me, but instead in the invisible bond between us. Emotions are contagious, and that makes them political.

Another reason why this post-Occupy wokeness hasn’t produced gains for revolution and anarchy is the lack of power that comes from it. The immense focus on victimization and shameful self-flagellation is directly opposite from the anarchist idea that one should try to gain control of ones’ life. To be clear, I’m not posing anarchy as a bootstraps mentality, but rather to posit that anarchists see themselves as protagonists in their own lives. The bonds between us aren’t based on our victimhood, but on our resistance to what hurts us. “Destroy what destroys you.” I am constantly trying to think of ways to project myself onto this world, and to attack those things which I see as sabotaging the possibility of me living a free life through healthy relationships with other people and the planet.

When one isn’t able to wage war against the world around them, they do battle in the world inside themselves. And judging by how neurotic, anxious, and paralyzed the population has become, it’s a losing one.

In “We Are All Very Anxious” by Plan C, a valuable essay that can be easily found online, it’s suggested that anxiety is a defining characteristic of our era. Social media and the internet are surely related to this. Everything that one says on the internet has the potential to stay archived and accessible for people to see and judge you, possibly for decades. Additionally, social media promotes bite-sized thought, ideas, and communications, where complex ideas are shrunk and ethical conundrums are flattened into oversimplified dichotomies promoting moralistic reaction and denunciation. Face-to-face interaction provides at least the possibility for empathy, in that you see the person whose feelings you are about to hurt; but the style of communication through the internet promotes cruelty. It also enforces a social life based on the mini-rewards of notifications and likes.

What all these recent cultural developments have brought is an expansion of performance in everyday life, where one is constantly trying to impress those around them, or if not that, at least worried about the things they say. As every psychologist and self-help book will tell you, this is the exact opposite of a healthy way to approach life.

Progress is destroying the earth and putting another layer of colonization over our social relationships, including one to ourselves. It was briefly de-enchanted after the 60s but now, at the worst time possible, it’s looking seductive again. Let’s put a hostility towards progress back alongside the social struggles and projects we’ve been a part of. Or, at the very least, let’s realize that technology is not neutral, and that it carries the culture and social relationships of the systems that created it.

(via Plain Words)

Posted in Analysis, Social Media, Technology, The Internet

Indonesia: Anarchists / drug war prisoners launch 7 day ‘Death To Duterte’ campaign on Jakarta streets (Eng/Indo)

Received on 22.02.17:

We are people who have experienced firsthand the violence of the State against drug users.

We bear scars on our bodies, minds and hearts from violence from police and prison guards.

We cannot be silent while we receive news of Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, committing genocide on people like us.

Our hearts are full of sorrow and rage so we have undertaken to take to the streets of Jakarta for 7 days to publicly call for “Death to Duterte”.

Our first day we left messages “Duterte kills- kill Duterte (A) F.T.P” and the slogan used by other anarchists in the region “Shoot Duterte not drug users (A) F.T.P”, in South Jakarta along some busy roads and 1 train station for maximum visibility.

We realize we made some tactical mistakes today because this is our first time working together in such a way, but we also learnt a lot from each other.

We will continue the campaign for 7 days and we have many creative ideas to turn up the heat.

With love and solidarity from Jakarta to our brothers and sisters in the Philippines and all anarchists/ drug war prisoners across the globe taking direct action against the fascist murderer Duterte!

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Anarkchists/ akhir dari Perang yang di Luncurkan dari dam Penjara hari.ke Tujuh “Mati Untuk Duterte” kampayne di Jalan-Jalan Jakarta

Kami adalah orang-orang yang berpengalaman dengam satu tangan untuk melakukan kekerasan. Dengan Pernyataan Menentang Para Pecandu Napza.

Kami menggores dengan Coretan di tubuh kami, pikiran dan Sepenucih hati. Kekerasan oleh Polisi dan Petugas Lapas.

Kami tidak dapat diam Saja, Sementara kami menerima Kabar berita,Rodrigo Duterte, The Presiden Philipine, melakukun pembunuhan masal terhadap masyarakat Seperti kami.

Perasaan kami penuh dkekosongan dan Kegalauan, makan kami akan bertindak di Jalan-Jalan di Jakarta selama 7 hari panggilan Pubikasi agar “Duterte Mati”.

Hari pertama dengan Pesan “Duterte Bunutt, Bunutt Duterte (A) F.T.P” melalui Slogan Regional Anarkchists “Tembak Duterte bukan Pecandu Napza (A) F.T.P” Dipinggiran wilayah Selatan Jakarta, Stasiun Kereta JurangMangu dengan Pandangan Maximal.

Kami Sadari telah berbuat Kesalahan rencana hari ini Karena baru pertama Kami bekerja Sama Selama perjalanah Kami belajar banyak utk Sesama.

Kami akan melakukuan terus 7 hari kedepan, dan Kami mempunya banyak ide-ide Kreatif, Untuk mengeluarkah isi hati Kami.

Kamu Sangat mencintai Selurah Solidaritas teman Jakarta kepada Sahabaut di Philipina dan Semua Anarkchists / Perang Terhadap Narkoba di apenjara, melalui Seluruh Penjuru Dunia Menentang AKSI DUTERTE!!

Posted in Autonomy, Death To Duterte, Direct Action, Drug Users, Fuck Duterte, Graffiti, Indonesia, International Solidarity, Jakarta, Philippines

Melbourne, Australia: Occupation of the STELaR Weapons Research Centre Site in Carlton

Press Release, 21 Feb 2017

STELaR Weapons Research Centre site in Carlton Occupied

Peace protectors are presently occupying the Carlton site of the future Lockheed Martin weapons research lab.

Now an empty building and lot on the site of the former Women’s Hospital near the University of Melbourne, building will soon begin to make it the largest Lockheed Martin weapons research centre outside of the United States.

The weapons research centre will be known as the STELaR Lab (Space, Technology, Engineering and Research) and it is a joint project of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, the University of Melbourne, the Australian Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin (Australia).

“Whilst thousands of people are homeless across Australia, it’s outrageous that our government is giving money to large corporations like Lockheed Martin” Eli Jessup a spokesperson for the group said.

“The government claims that funding the building of this lab is about job creation. We Peace Protectors say it is about preparation for war and that a better way for the government to create jobs is to invest in housing, healthcare and education”, Mr Jessup said.

“At the end of the day, handing billions of dollars over to Lockheed Martin, whether its at the University of Melbourne, or buying their expensive and dodgy F35 Joint Strike Fighter is a killer of jobs and growth. It is our taxes sucked straight out of the Australian community into the hands of Lockheed Martin one of the biggest profiteering US corporation.

The occupation coincides with the lead up to the Avalon Arms Fair and Airshow, where private contractors such as Lockheed Martin are expected to reap up to 100 billion dollars of government money.

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Wednesday 22 February 2017, 0600

New STELaR Weapons Research Centre Site in Carlton Occupied for Second Day

Peace protectors are presently occupying the Carlton site of the future Lockheed Martin weapons research lab. The occupation began yesterday morning when protesters made their way into an empty building on the former Women’s Hospital site near the University of Melbourne. The site is planned to become the largest Lockheed Martin weapons research centre outside of the United States.

The protesters dropped large banners with peace slogans down the side of the building, camped overnight on the roof and have so far prevented construction from beginning. Construction workers arrived at midday yesterday but soon left the site without attempting to start the demolition of the building.

The weapons research centre will be known as the STELaR Lab (Space, Technology, Engineering and Research) and is a joint project of RMIT, the University of Melbourne, the Australian Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin (Australia). The Australian arm of Lockheed Martin is now headed by former opposition leader Kim ‘Bomber’ Beazley, who has expressed his passion for working with the United States weapons manufacturer.

Lockheed Martin has long been a target of peace activists around the world, who have protested the corporation’s design and manufacture of weapons and military hardware, such as the Hellfire missiles that are used in the current Syrian conflict.

Eli Jessup a spokesperson for the group said, “Whilst thousands of people are homeless across Australia, it’s outrageous that our government is giving money to large corporations like Lockheed Martin”.

“The government claims that funding the building of this lab is about job creation. We Peace Protectors say it is about preparation for war and that a better way for the government to create jobs is to invest in housing, healthcare and education”, Mr Jessup added.

“At the end of the day, handing billions of dollars over to Lockheed Martin, whether it’s at the University of Melbourne, or buying their expensive and dodgy F35 Joint Strike Fighter is a killer of jobs and growth. It is our taxes sucked straight out of the Australian community into the hands of Lockheed Martin one of the biggest profiteering US corporations.”

The occupation coincides with the lead up to the Avalon Arms Fair and Airshow, where private contractors such as Lockheed Martin are expected to reap up to 100 billion dollars of government money.

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Posted in Anti-Militarism, Anti-War, Australia, Direct Action, Disarm Avalon 2017, Fuck STELaR, Melbourne, Narrm, so-called 'Australia'