Resistance is Existence: Aotearoa stands in solidarity against Australian Racism
Update: Around 50 people took part in a militant occupation of the Australian consulate. Activist Tane Feary was arrested and has been charged with assulting a police officer. [ Video | Photos | Report ]
As Howard steps up his chilling plans to occupy the Northern Territories, activists acround Aotearoa are standing up in solidarity with the Aboriginal resistance to this new wave of oppression. [ Solidarity Statement ]
"John Howard's seizure of indigenous land for five years has been labelled a backdoor way for the Government to force Aborigines to sign up to 99-year leases for private home ownership." [ Read More ]
"Under the cynical guise of protecting indigenous children from sexual abuse, the Howard government announced on Thursday a“national emergency plan to take control of dozens of Aboriginal communities throughout the Northern Territory and impose virtual martial law conditions. Over coming weeks, police and troops will flood into as many as 60 towns and camps to enforce a series of draconian measures.
Welfare and family payments will be halved, with the seized portions transferred to food and clothing vouchers. All payments will be cut off if children fail to attend school, or are considered“at risk”. Forced labour will be imposed, via“work for the dole”programs, to“clean up”communities." [ Read More ]
"A series of direct and chilling parallels exists between the Howard government's police-military takeover of Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia and its military interventions in the Solomon Islands and other neighbouring South Pacific states." [ Read More: WSWS ]
Protest: Monday 2nd July at 4:30pm, @ QEII Square (Opposite Britomart) [ Call Out ]