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2011

Red Shirt Democracy Rally – Bangkok, Thailand (23 January 2011)

On 23 January, 27 000 red shirt demonstrators gathered in Bangkok to mark the 8 month anniversary of a violent government crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

Beginning in the upmarket central shopping district of Ratchaprasong, the rally gathered at the Democracy Monument in the historic district – the site of the deadly clash between protesters and authorities on April 10 which saw over 90 people killed. Stations were set up throughout the rally to exhibit footage and photographs of the incidents, with many red shirts mourning their dead comrades.

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Lucani Nel Mondo Conference, Policoro Italy (2-5 February 2011)

Lucani Nel Mondo (Lucani of the World) is an advisory committee to the Basilicata Regional Government in Southern Italy which is comprised of elected representatives from Lucani communities outside Italy.

Basilicata, also known as Lucania, experienced some of the highest levels of post-WWII emigration in Italy. The Lucani Nel Mondo Conference, conducted annually, aims to fortify the relationships between the Basilicata Region and Lucani communities world wide and encourage cultural, political and economic exchanges.

The Lucani Nel Mondo Conference 2011 was held in Policoro in the Province of Matera and involved over 150 participants. Pictured below is Antonio Di Sanza, the current president of the Lucani nel Mondo Committee.

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One Million Protest Against Berlusconi’s ‘Bunga Bunga’ Italy, 13 February 2011

In early February, over one million people rallied across Italy asking “se non ora quando?” (if not now, when?), demanding an end to the rampant sexism characterising Italian politics and media and the worsening conditions for women and workers under the Berlusconi government.

Rallies were held in over 200 cities across the country including Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Venice and Bari. Solidarity protests were also organised in Brussels, Lisbon, Lyon, Paris, Toulouse, London, Madrid and Tokyo.

In Rome, over 40,000 protesters flowed into the Piazza di Popolo (The People’s Square) waving flags and banners denouncing the controversial prime minister and calling for his resignation (and some, his incarceration). Berlusconi’s sex parties—that he has referred to as his “bunga bunga” parties—have outraged Italians. The latest sex scandal, involving an underage sex worker, was the impetus for the demonstrations.

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Referendum Rally for Public Water and a Nuclear-Free Italy, Rome (26 March 2011)

As part of a vibrant referendum campaign calling on Italian people to vote against government plans to privitise drinking water and reintroduce a nuclear power agenda to the country, 300 000 people rallied in Rome on 26 March 2011.

The rally was attended by environmental groups such as WWF, Legambiente, the Constituent ecologist, the USB, the Federation of the Left, Left criticism, Italy of Values, ATTAC and the Greens. There was also a significant presence from the Italian unions such as CGIL and COBAS.

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May Day Protests in Tunis following the Jasmine Revolution, Tunisia (1 May 2011)

May Day in Tunis following the recent revolution was set to have an historical edge with the first public rank and file protest organized in the capital for fifty years.

While the bureaucracy of the General Union of Tunisian Workers (UGTT) marked the day with formal celebrations and entertainment, a gathering of over 2000 union militants, students and supporters met outside the UGTT headquarters chanting, “Citizens, lets continue the revolution to remove the rest of the dictators”.

The UGTT is Africa’s oldest union and was the country’s sole union federation up until the revolution. It represents the majority of unionized workers in Tunisia, mostly from the public sector, and has a membership of around 517 000.

The protest was organized by ‘le Recontre Sindicaliste Democrat’, the Meeting of Democratic Unions (MDU), a group founded in December 2010 to campaign for greater democratic process within the UGTT.

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Sydney Solidarity with Tahrir Square in the wake of Egypt’s elections, 26 November 2011

On Saturday 26 November, over 100 people gathered outside the Egyptian Consulate in Sydney to condemn the violent repression of protesters in Tahrir Square by Egypt’s ruling military council (SCAF), calling for an immediate transition to a civilian government.

The rally was addressed by the Egyptian Consul-General, Ayman Aly Kamel, who also condemned the violence and reiterated the demands of the Egyptian People’s movement.

Whilst there was disagreement with protesters on questions around the legitimacy of the elections, the transition timeframe to a civilian government and the role of SCAF, Kamel is the first Egyptian diplomat in Australia to publicly protest the actions of SCAF and align himself with the people in Tahrir Square.

Please find a summary of his address to the rally in English here

Please find unedited film documentation of Kamel’s address and the ensuing discussion (in arabic) here

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Anti-Nuclear Lobbying at National ALP Conference – Sydney – 2 December, 2011

Muckaty Traditional Owner’s Dianne Stokes and Kylie Sambo were joined by representatives of Beyond Nuclear Initiative, Friends of the Earth, the Australian Conservation Foundation and Greenpeace outside the national ALP Conference 2011, calling on delegates to oppose Gillard’s plan to sell uranium to India, which is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Delegates were also invited to attend a forum and photo exhibition in solidarity with Muckaty Traditional Owners currently fighting the imposition of a national radioactive waste dump.

The ALP national conference voted to sell uranium 205-186 after a very heated debate.

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Photographs also published on http://www.beyondnuclearinitiative.com.

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