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(en) Greece, liberta salonica: NTUA intervention at the Australian Consulate [machine translation]

Date Wed, 22 Jan 2020 09:29:28 +0200

Today, Thursday 16/1/2020, an intervention was carried out with paints and tricks outside the Australian Consulate in Thessaloniki, on Fragon Street. ---- Australia has been experiencing a colossal environmental disaster for months. 26 people lost their lives, thousands of burnt homes, entire species threatened with extinction, with dead animals seeming to exceed 1.25 billion! The burned area is estimated to be over half that of Greece, while the health and survival problems it will leave to humans and animals are incalculable. This would not come as a surprise, of course, to anyone who had observed the practices of the Australian state in recent decades, with nature looting tolerating the rise of Scott Morrison's Liberal National Party.
Australia is the largest exporter of coal and natural gas in the world. On the contrary, it has been ranked last among the 57 countries on climate change action, demonstrating that industry profits are always inversely proportional to environmental protection. It has not imposed any taxes on the environmental burden of industries and last year made $ 12.9 million in cuts to Fire & Rescue NSW, the voluntary rural firefighting group that plays a key role in fighting fires. However, it spends $ 34.3 billion a year on military spending, ranking 11th worldwide, has hundreds of troops in Iraq and elsewhere as a US and NATO ally, while supporting Indonesia's occupation of West Papua. So it is,

At the same time, it is once again revealed that the agreements of the States are rag-tag and controls by various international organizations are non-existent when it comes to mining and exporting industries. They are, after all, the largest sponsors of government and opposition in Australia, implementing a common policy in support of the unconditional domestic coal and metal industry, delivering huge parts of Australia's natural wealth for exploitation and complete destruction. A prominent example is the leader of the opposition Labor Party, who, with the outbreak of fires, began a tour of coal mining communities, expressing his full support for exports. He himself realized that his pre-election commitments for "limited environmental protection" led to the defeat of the Labor Party, as coal mining oligarch Clive Palmer created a puppet party to keep the Labor Party charismatic in Morrison. Palmer's advertising budget for his election campaign was more than double that of the two major parties. Immediately afterwards, he announced plans to build the largest coal mine in Australia. Palmer's advertising budget for his election campaign was more than double that of the two major parties. Immediately afterwards, he announced plans to build the largest coal mine in Australia. Palmer's advertising budget for his election campaign was more than double that of the two major parties. Immediately afterwards, he announced plans to build the largest coal mine in Australia.

Scott Morrison's development is certainly not accidental. It fully fills the profile of other conservative presidents around the world, like Boulsonaro in Brazil, a major culprit in the Amazon disaster. Morrison, as Minister of Immigration, perfected an inhumane policy of incarcerating refugees in nightmarish camps in the Pacific Islands, so he was expected not to be particularly concerned about the destruction of Australian flora and fauna, but also about the quality of life and in the future. Now, his government is suppressing unions, political organizations and journalists. Under a bill tabled in Tasmania and expected to expand across Australia, environmental activists will face 21 years in prison if they demonstrate.

All this is, of course, done with the generous sponsorship of Australian and international media, who once again play their role as pillars of state and capital. Expressing government and opposition narratives, they point to a tragic catastrophe that is probably due to accidental events or, most of all, to "sky-rocketing" - as they put it - climate change. Climate change plays an important role in spreading fire. But policies themselves, like those of the Australian state, are the ones that have led to climate change and enormous environmental disasters. Still, it is inexplicable that dozens of horse manure spontaneously ignite simultaneously in areas where new huge-range mining projects and a new high-speed rail line (CLARA program) are planned.

And all of this is happening to boost profits for big industries, such as BHP Billiton, which is the largest mining group in the world and the third largest in revenue in Australia. It has tripled its revenue over the past eight years, and is expected to extract an additional 7,738 tonnes of copper, gold and uranium from the Olympic Dam mine in South Australia.

Like the French company Total that converts coal in the Queen Island areas of Australia into natural gas in a factory on the country's east coast. Or like Link Energy, which found oil fields worth a total of $ 20 trillion. Dollars In South Australia.

So who are the culprits of the catastrophe of the planet. All those who bring "growth" and "jobs" with hunger wages and health problems. All those who - indirectly or directly - do not hesitate to profit or cause enormous ecological disasters. The only ones who can stop them are us. From below, those who receive the daily attack of state and capital. It is time to prevent the destruction of our lives and the planet, to end the exploitation and plunder of nature.



Thessaloniki Freedom Initiative


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