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The most recent crime scene: the Sixth WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong. For five days members of the WTO triad (technocrats, government negotiators and big business) strike a series of deals, while covering their tracks in false promises and blatant lies. Then they make their escape under the full glare of the media, flying first class. They're free. Meanwhile, after a week of police violence to break up street protests, dozens of arrested protestors are released, but criminal charges are filed against 14 protestors, mostly Korean farmers. What was their crime? They were attempting to stop the WTO triad from making trade deals that threaten the livelihoods of farmers and their communities, deepen global inequality and poverty, and wreak more havoc on our ravaged and fragile planet. In other words, they were arrested for trying to stop crimes committed in the name of corporate profit (a.k.a. global capitalism). So the police intervened to protect the criminals and helped them get away. Again.
What: Videos from the Resistance
When: Monday, January 30th, 7pm
Where: It's a Beautiful Pizza (SE Belmont, at about 34th)
This was a day of solidarity among people who stand for justice. It was a day of action on different fronts, in a common struggle.
We would appreciate if the brave people who took this action didn't use this forum to describe the tactics we used to make this possible. This is just one step in a long path to real change. Loose lips sink ships.
There are now 3 sets of videos from the streets of hong kong that detail the actions that took place in resistance to the WTO. Though the videos are mediocre quality and not particularly non-windows friendly they are worth watching to get a sense of what happened.
Sat Dec 17, Hong Kong—It's 1:30 am in Hong Kong. We have just returned to the house after being in the Hong Kong streets all afternoon and evening in the most intense street battle that we have ever seen. We are taking turns showering the teargas and pepper spray off as we write this up. Farmers, workers, women's organizations, fisher folk, Hong Kong youth, migrants and other movement people from Korea, across Asia and around the world marched on, broke through several police lines to less than a block from the site of the WTO conference center and laid siege to it until we were dispersed with teargas and mass arrests tonight.
The protest against WTO in HK since Sunday morning, at least for the majority of the S. Koreans, is over. Nearly all (1001) were arrested...
I attended the WTO Teach-In Saturday, December 17, 2005, held at the Koinonia House at Portland State University in downtown Portland. Organizers were thrilled with the turn out and the event met or exceeded all expectations.
Feature posted from Global Indymedia ( indymedia.org)
This Saturday, please join Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering for a workshop on the WTO, Genetic Engineering & Food Security.
This Saturday, please join us for ten great workshops exploring many of the issues associated with the WTO, ranging from human rights to militarization, neoliberalism, genetic engineering and the global struggle. FREE breakfast, lunch and childcare. One workshop per session will be offered with Spanish translation.
I packaged up the videos currently available from link to swtop.blogspot.com covering the first couple of days of WTO protests in Hong Kong as well as some of the events before hand. This includes video from the "No WTO : Stop Collusion between Government & Business" Rally, the "Stop WTO! Mourn for the Dealth!" Action, an interview about the police raid of the Indonesian Migrant Worker's Union (IMWU), video of Korean farmers and their shrine to Lee Kyung-hae, activists entering the conference center, and of course video of police violence (riot porn, though pretty tame by US standards).
there will be a teach in from 10am-4pm at the koinonia center at 633 montgomery (near psu)
this saturday december 17th
workshops on trade, labor genetic engineering, human rights, and global struggle
I again, near the end of your free time here, am asking for Americans to help
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Some really excellent coverage is coming out of hong kong by independent journalists and activists. As many predicted the WTO will likely fail once again due to pressure exerted by activists on the ministerial. There are some truly excellent first-hand reports being written by people engaged in the events. Here are a few that I enjoyed.
I posted this commentary as a reply to a post earlier on lack
of coverage in the local media, but was
interested in your comments on it's merits (or lack thereof).
If against the rules, I sincerely apologize.
Jail Support update for Saturday's Human Rights Day march/ Right to Organize action and the anti-fur protest at Schumacker's
Today, December 10, 2005, Human Rights Day, the Portland community took to the streets, demonstrating an immense solidarity with labor, the environment and human rights. The message was a resounding NO to the World Trade Organization, who will be meeting next week in Hong Kong, and YES to the rights of workers to organize.
After the anti-WTO protest had ended, 40 of us went to go to Schumacher Furs. Some of us had previously been there, and we went back to get more people. We were followed by at least twenty cops. As we arrived at Schumachers Furs, many of us were angry. We screamed at the top of our lungs chants against fur. This was all happening while the Schumacher people were laughing inside and trying to take pictures of us. We became nervous when the riot police came. In a split second the police just randomly started attacking us. Great job mayor Potter, you are now making the police system as bad as it was back in the Vera Katz days, something you promised you would change.
A list of new content that you can stream is available in the text of the article. To get your own show o publish audio content send an e-mail to "pdx-audio(at)lists.resist.ca" with the subject line "RADIO" preferably. Check out the link to the radio page on this article.
About 600-1000 unionist, anti-WTO/FTAA, imagrants-rights, and kids, mothers, anarchists, environmentalists, brothers, daughters, liberals, families, anti-capitalists, farm workers, and cops came to downtown Portland to oppose the WTO, support opposition in Hong Kong, march for union rights, decry the capitalist state and the republican federal government, sing, chant, shuffle, and charge a down-town office building. Some organizers read off of large report cards describing the voting record of state representatives to the US congress on issues of right to organize, immigration, the environment, and fair trade.
Just a quick report, hopefully more stories and photos will be posted soon!
Officer Elmore will soon be resurrecting his role as riot porn star for the Videos from the Resistance. Because, in fact, officer Elmore is a mesomorphic asshole who has too many anger issues to allow him to make a living doing anything other than cop or possibly contract worker in Iraq. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me back up.
Well, having read here about the demonstrations and other actions about time here, and only here,
Reports that protestors went back to the Justice Center to inquire about arrestees. 1 more person arrested. It is reported that one female protestor was assaulted. IF YOU WITNESSED THIS ASSAULT PLEASE CALL US. THIS IS IMPORTANT!
A group of a hundred folks are protesting in front of Schmachers furs.
Two people, a man and a woman have been arrested in front of the store.
there was just an arrest on 5th and Clay.
call us if you need more info 503-295-6400
Call us if anything unusual happens, if you see police miscoduct, if you are ticketed, see someone arrested, or have other questions. We are working today with a radical medical team called the Cascadia Health Collective, and a team of NLG Legal Observers. Both groups will be on the street and reporting back to the NWCRC office. We will call in regular updates to the indymedia audio stream, and will also monitor the stream for your calls. If you shoot video today, call us after the event is over if you are willing to let us copy it.
Broadcasting Dec 10th, stories from around the country
A coalition of over 50 organizations invites you to Join us in the streets as we stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong and around the world in the struggle against free trade and corporate globalization. Join us as we demand the right to organize unions!!
This Saturday December 10th at NOON
March begins at SW First and Salmon!
We are the group that has been doing jail support in Portland for the past three years. We were called the GDC but we changed our name and moved our location. There are 12 of us, and we work in conjunction with NLG legal observers.
This Saturday is Human Rights Day. As queers, we have an obligation to make our voices heard and to stand up for ourselves. We will be marching alongside the anti-WTO rally as a show of solidarity and to create awareness for ourselves.
SAIC leaflet condemning the World Trade Organization (WTO) in light of the upcoming (December 13-18) WTO meeting in Hong Kong.
Just days before the coming Hong Kong WTO meeting, December 13-18, writers posting here at Portland Indymedia have been presenting the idea that protest of the WTO is pointless and futile in the absence of a real international workers movement.
Coming just days before planned protests in Portland and Seattle, what is the intention of these writers? To discourage anti-WTO protest? Or is it to co-opt anti-WTO anger? To make it appear that only if protesters sign up to follow some revolutionary vanguard, that is the only possible significance of the protest action?
Even the corporate media is taking note of the fact that there will be an international protest, including workers, risking their lives and liberty to be at Hong Kong:
"They will be coming for the Dec. 13-18 summit from around the world -- Pakistani fishermen, Korean farmers and Argentine environmentalists." -- Sylvia Hui, writing for the Associated Press.
Let's get it straight what this protest is all about:
anti-WTO = anti-War = anti-Empire
Huge Mobilization Against the World Trade Organization (WTO) and for the right to organize!
Saturday, December 1st, Noon. Meet at SW 1st and Salmon (World Trade Center).
Is this gonna be big?
It's fitting that the Sixth WTO Ministerial should arrive in Hong Kong only a couple of months after the opening of Disneyland. In both cases reality is abandoned at the door, while fiction and fantasy take over. The magical Doha 'Development' Round promises an end to global poverty and a new prosperity for all -- based on an agenda that boosts transnational corporate power and demolishes the remnants of political and social barriers to corporate profit. Like a rollercoaster ride through a fictional world, we set off to alleviate global poverty and arrive at greater impoverishment as the destination. There's a lot of smoke and mirrors and dazzling special effects, but we end up where we began. We end up with US$545 billion in global agricultural exports co-existing with eight million people dying of hunger and hunger-related diseases every year, while tens of millions of small farmers and agricultural workers who produce the food that feeds the world are themselves living in hunger.
This is going to be good! Hit the streets on Dec. 10, plus several other events starting tonight.
Join a coalition of labor, environmental and community to say "No" to the WTO and "Yes" to the right to organize unions.
Two orientation meetings this week to find out more about the issues, what is being planned, and ways to plug in and volunteer.
Momentum is building for what will be a great protest! If your organization wants to sign on, send an email to email@example.com
We are hoping to have over 1,000 people in the street on December 10th!
The goal of GATS is promoting worldwide liberalization in trade and investments in the service sector.. GATS is not a privatization agreement but its market-opening clauses facilitate the entrance of transnational corporations.. GATS encourages expropriation and privatization.
Pre-negotiations are being conducted this week in Geneva, Switzerland, as the W.T.O. attempts to sneak through yet another sell-out of the interests of working and poor people around the world.
A report by Gustavo Capdevila, Inter Press Service (IPS), dated October 11, explains that the WTO meetings beginning this week in Geneva, Switzerland -- particularly this Thursday's session of the Trade Negotiations Committee, (the body mandated to supervise the overall conduct of WTO talks) -- are crucial to the W.T.O. meeting to be held in Hong Kong in December.
<<The following week, they will shift their focus to the Oct. 19-20 meeting of the General Council, which carries out the functions of the WTO in the intervals between ministerial conferences.
<<This emphasis on preliminary meetings responds to what activists see as a change in tactics on the part of the WTO.
<<They believe that the organisation is striving to ensure that negotiations are not left until the last minute, for fear of a repeat of the disastrously inconclusive Seattle and Cancun ministerial conferences.
<<Consequently, the negotiations taking place this month in Geneva will be crucial to the outcome of Hong Kong, the activists maintain.
Capdevila's report IPS report is via Yahoo! News.
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