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(en) Australia, Sydney, anarchist zine Mutiny #30 - Police Intelligence Isn't by Princess Mob

Date Mon, 29 Sep 2008 09:27:43 +0300

Police documents relating to the APEC `Excluded Persons' list were recently
released thanks to a Freedom of Information Request from a journalist.
The `Excluded Persons list' was one feature of the extravaganza of police-state
laws put in place for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in September
last year. It was a list of people who were banned for the summit period from
entering certain areas of Sydney, including most of the centre of the city.
There were no real guidelines about what it took to be placed on the list, &
there were no requirements of the police to justify or explain their decisions.
Most of the 61 people on the list were there for one of three reasons: they had
charges pending from the G20 protests in Melbourne in 2006; they were
environmental activists associated with Greenpeace or the Australian Student
Environment Network (ASEN), who had taken part in one of two direct actions
about climate change; or they were associated with Mutiny.

For a dozen people, membership of Mutiny was all that was required to get them
banned from the city. Mutiny is described in the files as `an anarchist group
consisting of a number of layers of trust & information management. Currently it
consist of a small group of individuals who form what appears to be an inner
core group responsible for the clandestine planning & preparation for violence
& malicious damage aimed at police & APEC corporate targets. This core group
meets regularly at a covert location to discuss the details of these plans.'
This overblown description is clearly an attempt to make our ordinary political
activity seem sinister. I'd assume the police know, as everyone else
does, that the `covert' location we meet at is Black Rose Books (& the
occasional pub).
The police would be incredibly stupid not to know that, because the files reveal
a high level of surveillance. People's personal relationships are noted ­ one
person is said to be `a known associate of the leader of the anarchist group
Mutiny', which shows that their observation hasn't yet led them
to understand anarchism.
In some cases monitoring of political activity has clearly gone on for some
years: part of one file reads `For at least the past four years [name removed]
has actively participated in protest activity targeted [sic] selected persons,
organisations and events. Initially his activities were mainly focused
on refugee rights and local issues such as Aboriginal youths and student rights.
Over the past eighteen months however, his focus appears to have shifted towards
anti-globalisation activity as demonstrated by his participation in the protests
against the Forbes Conference and G20.'
Other information noted about people includes details of activities such as
using their credit card to hire a bus to go to a student conference, opening a
PO box, sending out emails, being involved in organising for the FLARE in the
Void convergence, participating in previous protests, and supporting
other people in court.
Other organisations mentioned include: University of Sydney student housing
co-op Stucco (which is said to have housed `a number of associates of Mutiny
members', & many students who have `strong links to issue motivated groups'),
Melbourne's Alliance for Civil Disobedience Coordination (ACDC), Stop the War
Coalition, Sydney University Environment Collective, University of Sydney
Anarchists, Rising Tide, Resistance and Stop Bush Coalition.
Some assessments read like part of an activist resume. For example, one person
`is known to police for his ability to motivate, coordinate & organise protest
events & demonstrations', & another has the evaluation that `his ideologies,
intelligence & level of eduction make him a particularly high risk activist.'
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