Posts in: civil liberties & police

Mabel Au: International solidarity really works

Winter/Spring 2002

Mabel Au is an activist who has fought for the rights of migrant and sex workers in Hong Kong. She is Program Coordinator for the Committee for Asian Women. Mabel recently visited Australia to campaign for the release of Tian Chua, a labour activist who was jailed for two years in April 2001 under Malaysia’s… Read more »

The right to dissent — use it, before we lose it!

Summer/Autumn 2002

Alert! The Howard government plans to use the climate of fear resulting from the September 11 attacks in the United States to follow the lead of Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the U.S. It plans to introduce repressive laws designed to outlaw dissent. They must be stopped. Cabinet has announced draft Australian legislation… Read more »

Resistance swells to stop the war at home & abroad

Summer/Autumn 2002

It didn’t take long for George W. Bush to show just who he had in mind when he declared his war on terrorism. The horrifying September 11 carnage provided U.S. authorities with an excuse not only for the murderous bombing of Afghanistan and a bully campaign against that whole region of the world, but also… Read more »

Execution stopped! Redouble the fight to free Mumia!

Summer/Autumn 2002

We join with supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal the world over in celebrating the 18 December 2001 ruling which removes the imminent threat of the African American journalist’s execution. The decision is a crucial turning point in the fight to reverse this 20-year frame up, although Mumia is still far from free. The ruling by U.S…. Read more »

Fight to overturn sexist laws: Free Heather Osland!

Summer/Autumn 2002

On 7 September 2001, Heather Osland’s five-year battle against a 14-year sentence for killing her violent husband came to an abrupt halt. After the High Court upheld her conviction in 1998, Osland tried her last legal channel: a Petition of Mercy to the Victorian government. The panel of Queens Councils decided to stick to the… Read more »

Your Say

Winter/Spring 2001

An enjoyable radical read I really enjoyed reading Freedom Socialist Bulletin # 24 — some great articles. I particularly enjoyed “I don’t want to let go of my rage” by Maria Mardones and “Loud, Proud and Effective,” the review of Graham Willett’s book, Living Out Loud. I do wish Maria and others the best of… Read more »

The Ombudsman must go!

Winter/Spring 2001

The Victorian Ombudsman, Dr Barry Perry, has produced a disgraceful report, giving police the green light to bash protesters who participate in mass blockades. Nine months to the day after the brutal assault by police on those protesting the World Economic Forum meeting, the Ombudsman presented his initial report in State Parliament. On the fundamental… Read more »

Anti-capitalist protesters murdered in PNG: Canberra has blood on its hands!

Winter/Spring 2001

In 1975 Papua New Guinea gained formal independence from Australia. However at no time since Australia took over control of the former British and German colonies has PNG been free of the domination of Australian Capital, particularly the mining sector. Australia accounts for two thirds of the foreign investment in the country, and successive governments… Read more »

Turn Up the Heat: Demand the Right to Demonstrate Free from Police Violence

Summer/Autumn 2001

“Police fear protest riots,” “Fear of violent protests,” Violence fears close stores,” “Help at hand for protest violence” and “Forum chief lashes wild protesters” were among the sensationalist newspaper headlines in the three months before the mass blockade of the Melbourne meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) from September 11 to 13 (S11).  The… Read more »