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(en) Thral #23 May/June '02 - Sydney Mayday Report - this is your life

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(http://free.freespeech.org/thrall)
Date Fri, 16 Aug 2002 14:56:34 -0400 (EDT)


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  A vibrant and successful   Mayday was had in
  Sydney by the 1500-2000  people who attended the
  exhausting days  activities.
  It started with a blockade  of Australasian  Correctional
  Management, the  company who run the  detention centres in
  Australia (and privatised prisons) which lasted all morning as
  planned but which saw police repeatedly running into the crowd with
  horses.
  Then we marched to Martin Place (the corporate heart of the city)
  where there were speeches from Palestinians, afghan refugees,
  unionists from the Maritime Union of Australia and the Financial
  Sector Union, aboriginal activists, as well as a radical cheerleading
  squad (who urged everyone to smash the state!), a history lesson on
  the anarchist roots of Mayday and a street theatre enactment of 'This
  Is Your Life' for the World Bank.

  i get knocked down....

  Later a mass die-in was held at the Israeli Consulate then a visit to the
  stock exchange in case they felt left out ( where a rousing frenzy
  accompanied the Chumbawamba song 'Tubthumping', better known
  as the 'I get knocked down but i get up again' song. Interestingly i
  heard a cop saying 'that's our song'). Music for the day was provided
  by a mobile sound system made from a wheelie bin, and one of the
  more surreal moments was the police terrorising people on horses
  while Louis Armstrong sang 'and i think to myself, what a wonderful
  world'.
  After the stock exchange it was time for a visit to John Howards
  office where an effigy of him was burnt to the chants of 'Burn,
  Johnny, Burn' and 'Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire' in a reference to the
  infamous children overboard claims.
  Though the TV footage was inevitably focussed on the scuffles the
  mood of the day was humourous and defiant. One speaker summed it
  up as "Happy Mayday! Where we celebrate the few freedoms we've
  managed to wrestle off the powers that be"








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