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2009

Protest against the Gaza War, Sydney (18 February 2009)

On December 27 2008, Israel launched a suprise air strike on Palestinian territories which marked the beginning of a three week bombing campaign and invasion of the Gaza strip. Known as Operation Cast Lead in Israel, the Palestinians referred to the events as the Gaza Massacre.

Israel claimed the operation was to stop arms import into the Gaza strip and deter rocket fire into Israel. International condemnation mounted with the United Nations Security Council, the Arab League and European Union calling for “an immediate halt to all violence” (UNSC Statement, 28 December 2008). 35 states condemned Israel’s offensive and thousands of civilian demonstrations erupted world wide.

The protest pictured below was the third launched in Sydney following the initial air strike and attracted over 10 000 participants. Other protests were arranged in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Newcastle.

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World Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference – Sydney (21-23 April, 2009)

The World Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference (WNFC), held annually “to provide an international forum for the discussion of issues affecting the commercial nuclear fuel cycle, with a focus on enhancing the economic competitiveness of the nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear energy” (wnfc.info), met in Sydney 21-23 April, 2009.

A series of public forums and protests were organised by the Sydney Nuclear Free Coalition and the Beyond Nuclear Initiative to mark the event and, in particular, draw attention to the campaign against the imposition of a federal radioactive waste depository on Muckaty Station in North Australia.

Muckaty Traditional Owners, Mark Lane and Diane Stokes, addressed the events to reiterate community opposition to the waste dump plan.

“[We say] no waste dump on our beautiful land… We are the traditional owners. We want to let them know that we will challenge them.”

Over 60 protesters gathered outside the meeting of the WNFC Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Sydney, mounting a confrontation with hotel staff and police as they tried to disrupt the conference.

The protest was addressed by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, Greens MLC Lee Rhiannon, ACF Nuclear-Free Campaigner Dave Sweeney, among others.

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 Ampilatwatja Anti-Intervention Walk Off Speaking Tour – East Coast (October 2009)

For over four weeks, Richard Downs, spokesperson for the Ampilatwatja Walk Off, travelled across Australia sharing the story of his community’s historic protest action against poor housing conditions and human rights violations under the NT Intervention.

In July 2009, echoing the legacy of the Gurindji Walk Off which sparked the land rights movement in the 1960’s, Alywarra Elders walked beyond the boundaries of the ‘prescribed’ area subject to intervention laws and vowed not to return to their community until the legislation was unconditionally repealed.

“We are refugees in our own Country’, said Downs.

“We are never ever going back to the community to live under the controls and measures [of the Intervention]”.

The speaking tour hosted many public meetings along the East Coast. Pictured in the photo album below are meetings in Sydney, Wollongong, Mt Druitt and Canberra. The tour also involved workplace meetings with rank and file members of the Maritime Union Australia and Amnesty International.

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International No Berlusconi Day – Sydney (5 December, 2009)

No Berlusconi Day was an international protest calling for the resignation of Italy’s controversial Prime Minister following a court ruling that his ‘ad personam’ laws were against Italy’s constitutional principles of equality.

The event was organised spontaneously by a Rome-based group called ‘The Purple People’ and was largely coordinated through the internet. Supporters became known as the ‘Onda Viola’ (Purple Wave) because of the colour chosen to represent the event.

Protests were held in over twenty countries worldwide, including Australia. The photo album below depicts a rally of about 100 people outside the Italian Consulate in Circular Quay, Sydney.

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