Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Forbes, Day Two: A Moving Feast in Downtown Sydney

Forbes, Day Two: A Moving Feast in Downtown Sydney. Activists successfully shut down ANZ, corporate climate criminals and the Australian Stock Exchange.

Forbes, Day Two: A Moving Feast in Downtown Sydney.

Hosted by Forbes Magazine editor-in-chief Steve Forbes, the Forbes CEO Global Conference has brought together 350 of the world's business leaders in Sydney. Forbes has also fortified itself in the Sydney Opera house with a personal army of a thousand special tactics police, police dogs, horses, boats and helicopters to protect and remove themselves from the cries of anti-corporate and anti-war protestors.

Instead of engaging in a futile attempt to march on or blockade the Opera House, anti-war and environmental activists took to the streets of Sydney and it turned into a day of NON-COMPLIANCE and RESISTANCE. Non-compliance--a stoppage of normal activity to protest objectionable conditions, a halting of our participation in the system. Resistance-- force the system to shut down by sticking a wrench in the gears! It was a day where people reclaimed public space, discussed their ideas, put their bodies on the line and expressed their freedom, creativity and autonomy.

A number of office occupations and demonstrations planned outside businesses throughout the city instead was the theme of the day. Despite the best efforts of the Sydney police, anti-corporate activists have been able to disrupt and shutdown numerous corporate and financial targets through the course of the second day of the Forbes Conference.

Utilizing decentralized creative action, affinity groups and action teams dispersed throughout the city causing ANZ Bank to shut down all it's downtown branch's, putting on street theater at war profiteer Halliburton/KBR, disrupting numerous corporate climate criminals, causing the closing of the doors at the Australian Stock Exchange and keeping one step ahead of the police as a festive Reclaim the Streets rolled through downtown.

Tense moments occurred as police at one point locked in Reclaim the Streets at Wynyard St. Thus far, 10 people have been arrested. One man wearing a white disposable jumpsuit and mask, was hurt in the clash and had to be treated for minor injuries by ambulance officers. Activists chanted "This is not a police state, we have the right to demonstrate!" as police illegally detained large groups of people. Tonight and tomorrow, more small group actions are planned.

Photos from the Hands Off Halliburton action outside Kellog Brown and Root (KBR) a major subsidiary of the Halliburton corporation of which US Vice President Dick Cheney was formally the CEO. Halliburton have made massive profits in Iraq from it's so call reconstruction. The protest aimed to highlight the greed of these war profiteers and the deceit of the war in Iraq. It was fun too!!!

A citizen's arrest has seen the capture of one of the all time badass war criminals in Australian history.
The culprit was captured robbing pensioners, picking fights with Muslims and trying to stand over indigenous Aboriginals, unionists, (students and workers).

NSW Police kidnapped our friends because they dont want us exercising our political rights.

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Well I rode into town on my pushbike and went straight down to the Quay to the protest location, got to about Surry Hills and could smell horse shit thinking the cops aren't far off. Sure enough I went around the corner and there were four cops on horseback and they were in riot gear so I avoided them.

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Climate Change

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