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Thousands took to the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday as residents of the Chinese Special Administrative Region continue to demand fuller democracy and greater autonomy from Beijing.

China gained control of the former British colony in 1997, and later set the goal of direct elections for the city’s leader by 2017 at the earliest. Many Hong Kongers now treat this provisional date as a firm promise, and consider any possible deferral as backtracking by Beijing.

Also at issue is the vetting of candidates. Protesters at the annual New Year’s Day democracy rally held banners and shouted slogans to demand that candidates be nominated without Beijing’s approval.

[Reuters]

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May 25th 2013 saw the world unite against genetically modified foods. Throughout the world, many people took to the streets to voice their disapproval at Monsanto and its ever expanding claw on the seed industry.

Educated yourself to what your eating, recent studies on lab rats in europe have provided further evidence that GM Foods are not fit for human consumption. Be healthy, Be Food Aware.

Commemorating Al Nakba – Palestine Action Group – Sydney 

2013 marks the 65th year of ‘Al Nakba’ for the people of Palestine, whom to this day live under occupation in Gaza and West Bank.

Here is a collection of Photographs from the rally in Sydney.

For more information regarding Palestine and West Bank click here or alternatively go to Palestine category via sidebar menu.

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Tens of thousands of Bahraini protesters have rallied near the capital, Manama, to demand the release of jailed activists.

The anti-regime demonstration, dubbed “Freedom and Democracy,” was held near a motorway connecting Shia villages with the capital on Friday, AFP reported.

Witnesses say the demonstrators waved Bahraini flags and pictures of jailed opposition activists, including human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who is sentenced to three years in prison for participating in anti-regime protests.

“We do not forget the prisoners!” the demonstrators chanted.

Bahrainis have been holding frequent demonstrations in support of political prisoners since hundreds of opposition activists were arrested as part of Manama crackdown on protests last year…

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I Was forwarded this information today so i thought i would share it around the web.

Rally in Melbourne: End Indefinite Detention, End ASIO checks on Refugees

Friday, 25th May 12.30 – 1.30 ; Dept of Immigration, Casseldon Place (cnr Spring and Lonsdale Sts) Melbourne VIC

By: Refugee Action Collective

At least 56 refugees are facing indefinite detention after being declared a ‘security threat’ by ASIO. This includes two families with young children. They have no right to review or appeal the decision, nor do they have the right to know the grounds on which they have been rejected. Three Tamil refugees rejected by ASIO have attempted suicide in Broadmeadows detention centre. Alongside this mounting despair inside the camps, there is a growing chorus of outrage against this affront to natural justice. Join the Refugee Action Collective (Vic) in calling on the government to scrap ASIO checks. Refugees are threatened by persecution and danger, not a security threat. The government must act immediately to release the refugees into the community.

Link to Facebook Event Page for more information

Source: Refugee Action Collective (VIC)

November 6th, 2011.

Occupy Sydney held their first major Rally yesterday. Starting at 12noon.

I was at Town Hall at around 11am and met with some Occupy Sydney Facilitators to offer a hand for the day with anything needed. I was asked to assist the First Aid team and gladly took on this task. Donning a white arm band with a red cross on it, I was given a crash course in CPR assistance as well as other issues.

Being a mum I felt confident in myself caring for a minor injury such as fall and cuts etc but whoa! CPR! Hope we don’t need that. I thought to myself.

During this time the Maritime Union members arrived along with some from 4 different local Teachers Unions. The PA system was set up and people giving speech’s. We heard speakers from MUA, Teachers Unions, NT Intervention and were given an official “Welcome to Country” by an Indigenous leader with blessing from her elders. Welcome to country provides those whom are welcomed with permission to occupy the land and protection. I felt we needed the protection from the police, after witnessing first hand the forceful eviction a few weeks earlier.

After all speech’s were given, we formed our marching group with MUA leading the charge, the riff raff band right behind to provide the tunes for the march. I took my place on the side nearest the gutter to be assessable if needed. My sign read: “Don’t Abuse our human rights. Freedom of Speech” # OccupySydney” the other side read. “End Wars. I want peace on earth for all children, not just my own! #OccupyTogether.”

I proudly marched through the city from Town Hall to Martin Place carrying this message with me. I believe in our Human Rights, Australia is supposed to as well, considering they are signatory to the Geneva Convention!

Upon arriving at Martin Place, audio was connected and more speech’s and songs/ dancing followed. A GA was then called and members of the public were asked to put their makes on the speaking list if they wanted to say something. I happily did! I introduced myself and told of my experience of occupy. How safe i felt with my fellow occupiers and was only scared when police took forceful action. I am in awe if the love and peace and solidarity at occupy Sydney.

Lots of points came up at the GA but I’ll touch on 2. 1. Was to vote to re-occupy Sydney. 2. The location of the occupy.

A concensus was formed we would re-occupy. A few suggestions were floated around, but due to our time running our at Martin Place we had to rap it up. We decided we would head to Hyde Park and continue the GA. We then walked to Hyde park and were followed again by police.

We re-assembled at Hyde Park and continued our GA. Consensus was to occupy Hyde Park hut if move on orders came, we would have a plan b. This plan b was Victoria park where an indigenous Tent Embassy would be established, this would give occupiers the right to sleep without hassles by police.

At one point someone in the crowd had put up a tent AGAINSt advice of occupy Sydney. This immediately drew police attention and a crowd of police formed. (I’m of the opinion it was probably the undercover cop we had in our crowd that did this). The tent was removed and a tense stand off persisted for about another 5 or so mins.

Things calmed again and we all went back to our GA.

Our speaker had to leave due to the stand off taking his speaking time. (police knew he was speaking at that time, that iswhy I believe it was set up) as he is a professor from a local uni.

Police then continued to pick people off one by one. Anyone with a yoga mat was told it was camping equipment and that it could be used in committing a crime! What bullshit! We had yoga instructors in the crowd and people were meditating as well. We are for peace! Not brutality.

A woman was arrested after climbing a tree. More tense stand offs happened and people grouped together and formed human ring to continue Talking and to protect others from any police harm. They were too worries to sit at this point due to intimidating tactics used by the mounted police. No one wanted to be trampled.

I was sitting on the outskirts and decided to lay down and read a book for a little while. Deciding what to do as it was getting late and I knew I needed to bus it home which is at least 1 hr I’d not longer.

It was at this point I left occupy with another first aider and decided to head home. I have family commitments on Sunday so was what I needed to do.

My phone had gone flat by this time and it wasn’t until I got home that I could get twitter updates.

At around 1.30-2am occupy Sydney was given an official “move on” order to which consensus was taken and all protesters peacefully dispersed from Hyde park, heading to a place they had been offered by someone so they could not be moved on.

From what I’m aware police followed the group over 6 blocks through the city. Then deemed it as illegal march! What bullshit!

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