ANTIFA INFO-BULLETIN, Supplement 19

Tom Burghardt (tburghardt@igc.apc.org)
Wed, 27 Mar 1996 13:18:45 +0100


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Periodically, AFIB will post updates on topical events of
interest to subscribers. Unlike the regular weekly
bulletin, supplements will provide coverage of breaking
events and alternative views not found in the "mainstream"
media.

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CONTENTS: Supplement 19

1. (MEXPAZ) Mexpaz Weekly Bulletin 63: Human Rights
2. (GLW) Australia: Profiting From Racism
3. (FNB) March 20 Actions To Free Leonard Peltier
4. (AP) Government, Opposition In Agreement Crack Down
On Violent Kurds
5. (AP) Oregon's Leading Crusader Against Homosexual
Rights Makes Senate Run
6. (AT) Military Members Among Ranks Of Ku Klux Klan
7. (AP) Study: Hundreds Die Trying To Cross Illegally
Into Texas
8. (REUTER) House Aims At Kids In Immigration Bill Debate
9. (REUTER) House Passes `Stripped Down' Immigration Bill
10. (KKK) Louisville Rally: Klan E-Address `Mail-Bombed'

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** Topic: MEXPAZ #63 - Human Rights **
** Written 12:29 PM Mar 15, 1996 by rights@uibero.uia.mx in
cdp:reg.mexico **
From: MEXPAZ_rights <rights@uibero.uia.mx>

MEXPAZ WEEKLY BULLETIN 63 : HUMAN RIGHTS.
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Human Rights Center Miguel A.Pro (PRODH)
E-mail: prodh@laneta.apc.org
Tel. (52-5) 511 47 33 Fax 208 75 47
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Information: March 5 to 13

March 5

SUPREME COURT WILL INVESTIGATE THE AGUAS BLANCAS CASE

Following repeated requests by civilian and political
organizations, president Zedillo asked the Supreme Court of
Justice to investigate the Aguas Blancas massacre "being a case
of exceptional seriousness where constitutional guarantees were
violated". For the first time in 50 years, a president of Mexico
has asked the Supreme Court to investigate a matter that
contituted a grave violation of individual guarantees.

March 6

SOCIETY DEMANDS FULL CLARIFICATION OF THE AGUAS BLANCAS CASE

Intellectuals, political parties, human rights organizations,
churchmen and artists demand that there is justice in the Aguas
Blancas case and that impunity must cease in Guerrero.

March 7

BLACK STATISTICS IN GUERRERO

Lilia Moreno, a representative of PRD human rights office,
reported that since 1989, when the party was founded, 132 of its
members have been murdered in Guerrero for political reasons.
During the four years of the Ruiz Massieu government, 51 persons
were executed; and in less than three years of Figueroa's
government, 81 persons were killed for political reasons.

AT LEAST TWO VICTIMS SUMMARILY EXECUTED

Through a detailed analysis of the video shot during the Aguas
Blancas massacre it can be proven that at least two persons were
summarily executed. One campesino, Ahuateco Coyote, was shown
walking without wounds and later he is shown dead with a bullet
in the head. In the same way, Efrain Vargas Sabayo is filmed only
wounded in the legs and finally he is filmed dead with bullets in
the back.

US AND VIOLENCE IN MEXICO

In its annual report abour human rights, the US State Department
declare that, generally, Mexico's government respected human
rights in Mexico during 1995. However it gives a general view of
human rights violations: the massacre in Guerrero, police
criminality ("80% of the federal police have participated in
criminal activities" stated the Lozano Gracia, Chief Federal
Prosecutor in Mexico); political violence in Chiapas and Tabasco;
the discrimination and violence against homosexuals, women and
indigenous; the impunity of the military in Chiapas and rape in
the state; and the expulsion of foreign priests in Chiapas; the
protection of big landowners (caciques), etc. But "the government
"in general", "respected the citizens rights".

POLICE KILL A CAMPESINO IN GUERRERO

Agripono Comonfort, a PRD member, was killed by the police in the
Montana region of Guerrero. The police raided his house and took
him away to an unknown location. Next day he was found dead from
shotgun and pistol wounds. He was active in the organization of
meetings for the selection of candidates for next October
elections.

SOCIAL ACTIVIST IS ARRESTED IN CUERNAVACA

Carmen Genis, head of Casa Ciudadana and El Barzon, was violently
detained by federal policemen, accused of fraud. This fact is
part of the campaign of harassment against democratic
organizations.

600 POLICEMEN EXPELL WORKMEN

In the early morning some 600 policemen forcefully removed
workers of Ruta 100 bus drivers who were keeping guard in front
of the Federal District buildings. One of the protesters was
hurt. The action also resulted in the removal of campesinos from
Guerrero who were demanding justice in the Aguas Blancas case.

March 8

AGUAS BLANCA VIDEO

Analysis of the Aguas Blancas video indicates that at least 5
campesinos were executed.

ANOTHER PRD MEMBER MURDERED

In three days three PRD members have been shot in the Montana
region and another one lays in the hospital for shot wounds.

PAN MEMBERS WERE MISTREATED IN PUEBLA

Sixty PAN members who were protesting peacefully for electoral
decisions in Huejotzingo, were beaten, dragged and gassed by the
police in Puebla.

WOMEN RAPED IN ACAPULCO

On March 1, six women, two US citizens and two Mexicans, were
raped in a bus in Acapulco. No hospital would attend them.

March 9 to 11

Thousands of women marched in Mexico City and in Chiapas. In
Chiapas, three thousand women representing various Indian people
protested against discrimination.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORTS VIOLENCE AGAINST ACTIVISTS

The murders, the kidnappings and the harrassment of Guerrero's
women who protest against the Aguas Blancas massacre are ways of
controlling these protests. Amnesty states that in Mexico it is a
risk to defend human rights and that the Mexican government
hasn't fulfilled its committment, signed in Peking, of protecting
human rights defenders.

RAPED WOMEN ARE FORCED TO LEAVE ACAPULCO

Four of the women raped on March 1 were forced to leave Acapulco
due to policemen pressure.

March 12

THE FREEDOM OF PRESUMED ZAPATISTAS IS DEMANDED

Members of the popular organization Asamblea de Barrios marched
for ten hours in demand of the freedom of 18 presumed Zapatistas,
imprisoned in the Federal District, Morelos and the state of
Mexico.

MICHOACAN: SOLDIERS ARE ACCUSED OF MURDER

Soldiers are accused of having killed farmer Matias Farias in
Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan. The soldiers burst into his house,
took him together with his brothers and tortured them to make
them confess about a presumed load of mariuana. The brothers were
freed, but Matias body was found on the highway, some 50 km from
this locality.

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION IN VERACRUZ

Jesuit priest Alfredo Zepeda and Concepcion Hernandez
representing the Northern Sierra Human Rights Committee, reported
that inhabitants of several communities have suffererd murders,
illegal arrests, kidnappings and expulsions whithout any action
of the justice department. Lately Jose Barron, Huayacocotla
broadcasting station reporter, suffered an attempt on his life
due to his information work. Violence in this region is
undertaken by caciques and extremist groups. A report about
violence in the Huasteca region has been made public by PRODH.

PEASANTS ARE ARRESTED IN CHIAPAS

Human Rights Center Fray Bartolome de las Casas denounced that
peasants, accused of being related to the expulsed foreign
priest, have been arrested and are imprisoned in the Tuxtla
Gutierrez prison.

March 13

ON DEFINITIVE LEAVE

258 days after the Aguas Blancas massacre and in a climate of
political violence, governor Figueroa resigned finally from his
post, under the argument of not obstructing the investigation
about the case. Before leaving he chose his successor.

In the 35 months of the Figueroa government, there have been 84
assassinations committed in Guerrero.

NGOs DECLARE

Figueroa's leave is only a first step in the right direction for
the clarification of the Aguas Blancas case. It is neccesary to
carry out a full legal investigation and punish the people who
are responsible.

MILITARY MOBILIZATION IN CHIAPAS

After one year of having penetrated in the Ocosingo canyons, the
Army carried out new movements involving transportation of
soldiers by helicopters.

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PRODH Weekly Bulletin of Human Right Information in Mexico

Sources: Servicio Diario de Informacion de Derchos Humanos en
Mexico (SIDIDH) del Prodh, Procesom La Jornada, El
Financiero and Reforma
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** End of text from cdp:reg.mexico **

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** Topic: AUS: Green Left #223, March 13, 1996 **
** Written 8:49 AM Mar 18, 1996 by DEBRA@OLN.comlink.apc.org in
cdp:hrnet.racism **
## author : greenleft@peg.apc.org
## date : 10.03.96

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Profiting from racism

Both the establishment media and the major party bosses have
attempted to characterise the racist pre-election statements of
National Party candidates Bob Katter and Bob Burgess, disendorsed
Liberal Party candidate Pauline Hanson and former ALP member
Graham Campbell, as somehow ``exceptional''.

According to the March 5 Financial Review editorial, for example,
the high votes for these candidates - Campbell scored 62% of the
two-party preferred vote, there was a 22% swing to Katter and
Hanson almost obtained an outright majority - ``certainly doesn't
mean Australia's drive to build a tolerant, multicultural society
has failed''. After all, it asserts, ``these victories were
confined to rural or semi-rural Queensland and Western
Australia''.

Unfortunately, this is not true. The wider acceptability of
racist ideas, and not only within the National Party which
refused to disendorse Katter and Burgess, was partly revealed in
the vote for Australians Against Further Immigration on March 2.
Where the AAFI contested seats they had previously stood for
their vote increased in every case. This trend was particularly
strong in NSW where between them, the AAFI and the new right-wing
breakaway from AAFI, Reclaim Australia, scored an average of
almost 5% across 26 lower house seats.

While the still small vote for these new racist outfits indicates
that their rabid anti-Asian views are unable to mobilise
significant electoral support, deep seated racism is still
entrenched in the major parties.

The media spotlight on the so-called maverick racists has almost
totally obscured the fact that the Liberal Party contested these
elections on a policy of instituting a two year waiting period
before new migrants can obtain social assistance. Liberal leader,
now Prime Minister-elect, John Howard's comments since the
elections that people should be more ``cautious'' about what they
call racism, and the Coalition's relegation of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Immigration and Multicultural
Affairs to the outer ministry, give further insight into the new
government's reactionary stance on this question.

While the ALP has been forced by its traditional base in migrant
communities to be less overt in its racist agenda, it has a lot
to answer for in the escalating backlash against people of
colour.

After 13 years of federal Labor rule, despite the introduction of
Native Title legislation, Aboriginal people are still the most
incarcerated, homeless, sick, poor, murdered and discriminated
against in Australia.

Neither did the ALP government's decade of rhetoric about
multiculturalism, or last year's public relations exercise around
racial vilification, do anything to improve the actual quality of
life or extend the rights of non-English speaking migrants in
this country. On the contrary, the ALP's cooption and weakening
of the trade unions and other progressive social movements has
left the targets of racism largely disorganised and disarmed.

Because the major political parties serve the interests of the
big capitalists in this society, and capitalism profits from
racism, they will themselves inevitably be racist. But endemic
racism is not confined to the capitalist political parties. The
list of racist decision-makers and opinion-shapers in this
country is much longer: they sit on the boards of the Australian
multinationals that devastate the lands of indigenous peoples in
Australia and overseas; they run the police force and prison
system in which Aboriginal people are dying at an increasing
rate; and they have their own newspaper columns, TV shows and
radio programs.

Racism is not an anomaly in Australian society. While to some
extent it has been held in check by the anti-racist social
justice movements of the 1970s, the recent pre-election
campaigning and election results have begun to carve out more
space for racism to grow again.

The fight against racism has still to be won. It is a fight that
requires more than appeals for tolerance. It requires an
explanation of who profits from racism - the capitalist class -
and who stands to lose from it - not only Aboriginal people and
migrants, but all working class people. And it is a fight that
requires concrete measures to end the systemic inequality of the
indigenous people through preferential treatment to compensate
for past and present discrimination.

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First posted on the Pegasus conference greenleft.news by
Green Left Weekly. Correspondence and hard copy subsciption
inquiries: greenleft@peg.apc.org

** End of text from cdp:hrnet.racism **

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** Topic: 3/20 Free Peltier Actions **
** Written 7:10 PM Mar 20, 1996 by bwitanek in
cdp:justice.polabuse **
From: Bob Witanek <bwitanek@igc.apc.org>

Posted: Keith McHenry <kmchenry@Catch22.COM>
Subject: FREE PELTIER

FREE LEONARD PELTIER

On March 20, 1996 in San Francisco about 300 people met at the
Federal Building at about 7 AM to support a civil disobedience
protest to free Leonard Peltier. His parole was denied. There
was drumming, speeches and free oatmeal and bagels. There were
many signs saying Free Peltier Now! FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS,
20 YEARS IS ENOUGH - FREE LEONARD PELTIER NOW. Two rows of
federal police totaling about 30 in all stood across the plaza
blocking the entrance to the Federal Building at 450 Golden Gate
Ave. Police barricades and a chain link fence made it so there
was only a small entrance to the Golden Gate Avenue side of the
building. The Federal Protective Service video taped everyone.
He even spent time taping a child drawing with chalk on the side
walk. The protesters marched to Market and Van Ness where 27
people sat in a circle and stopped traffic in two directions.
The civil disobedience action was peaceful even though several
people went limp when the police arrested them. When everyone
was arrested they followed the drum up Market to Larkin and back
to the Federal Building. The protest to free Leonard Peltier
ended with a dance to free all political prisoners. Only Channel
2 and an unmarked TV camera showed up when the traffic was
blocked. It seemed that no reporters and KCBS were the only
corporate media, As for our media it was extensive. Four or five
activists video taped the action. Karen Pickett and two other
people taped event for Free Radio Berkeley, Free Radio Santa Cruz
had at least one tape recorder, and Richard Edmondson and Kiilu
Nyasha from San Francisco Liberation Radio also recorded the
event. San Francisco Liberation Radio will air parts of the
tapes Wednesday night. A report on the Free Leonard Peltier
action will most likely be on next months Food Not Bombs Radio
Network program. Send $12 to The Food Not Bombs Radio Network,
3145 Geary Blvd., #12, San Francisco, CA 94118. 1-800-884-1136

There were protests in Washington DC, Dayton, OH and Salt Lake
City, UT and other cities calling on Bill Clinton to free Leonard
Peltier.

THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED, BUT IT IS BEING BROADCAST

BUCK THE FCC
Support Free Speech

Free Radio Berkeley is under attack by the FCC because of its
efforts to liberate the air waves from corporate control the
airwaves. Farther legal success depends on your financial
assistance. Donate today!

Free Radio Berkeley Legal Defense
1442 A Walnut Street #406
Berkeley, CA 94709

FREE RADIO BERKELEY GOES TO COURT FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 1996 AT
OAKLAND COURT

FCC officer David Doon has indicated that has no respect for the
Federal Courts claiming that they could take action regardless of
how the Court rules. The San Francisco Police have excepted two
helicopters equipped with spot lights from the Defense
Department. They are going to fly 10 hours a day for one year.
Will the helicopters be used at protests?

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Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 06:54:07 -0800 (PST)
X-within-URL: http://www.usa.net/gtwork/today/wor040.html

GOVERNMENT, OPPOSITION IN AGREEMENT CRACK DOWN ON VIOLENT KURDS

Associated Press

BONN, Germany -- Television footage of enraged Kurds kicking
and punching bleeding police officers prompted the government
Monday to launch a crackdown on Kurdish militants.

"Enough is enough," Wolfgang Schaeuble, parliamentary leader
of the ruling Christian Democrats, said of the militant Kurds
whose clashes with police on Saturday resulted in 1,500 arrests.
About 400 people were injured.

Opposition leaders said they support the government crackdown.

Kurds taking part in violence have "used up their right to
hospitality," the executive board of the opposition Social
Democrats said in a statement.

Many Germans are increasingly hostile to the country's
population of foreign workers and residents. The government
coalition faces elections this weekend in three German states.

Justice Minister Edzard Schmidt-Jortzig said the government
coalition had agreed to amend the law on foreigners, making
deportation mandatory for troublemakers sentenced to jail.

The unrest erupted Saturday after authorities banned a
demonstration by Kurds in Dortmund and turned back hundreds of
Kurds trying to enter Germany from the Netherlands and Belgium.

Interior Minister Manfred Kanther blamed the violence on
militants belonging to the Kurdistan Workers Party, which is
waging a guerrilla war in southeastern Turkey in an effort to
gain an independent Kurdish state.

The struggling Free Democratic Party faces a crucial test in
state elections Sunday in the states of Schleswig-Holstein,
Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Franz-Josef Kniola, interior minister of North
Rhine-Westphalia state, which took the brunt of the violence,
said "populist demands from the standpoint of election campaigns
won't help."

Kniola, a Social Democrat, said the idea of making laws
tougher on foreigners had to be carefully examined.

"The problem has its roots in Turkey and cannot be resolved by