On Thursday November 24 a small island in the middle of the pacific made world headlines, but not because of its natural beauty. Today PNG police and immigration stormed the Manus Regional Processing Centre and attacked refugees who were fighting for survival after being abandoned by Australian and PNG immigration. How did they find themselves in this predicament? A common narrative is people washing up on tropical island after their boats have become lost at sea. The refugees on Manus Island did embark on a dangerous voyage by boat but that is not why they are now in this situation, at least not directly. Fleeing their home countries looking for safety and freedom they arrived on Australian shores and asked for protection. Unfortunately the Australian government had just implemented a policy to send all people who arrived by boat to offshore processing centres. These centers are in developing nations – Nauru and Papua New Guine – who this colonial power can bully and bribe with money. PNG’s Manus Island fits the bill for a policy which seeks to send a message to other refugees that Australia is not a welcoming humanitarian country (as many believe). After some three years of locking refugees in the derelict centre on Manus the PNG supreme court ruled this incarceration unconstitutional. The centre was slated for closure, detainees were encouraged to return home some with bribes of up to $25,000. A small number around 50 decided to settle in PNG, with some becoming homeless and trying to return to detention, one man even tried flying to Fuji and applying be protection there only to be sent back to PNG. A number are in the East Lorengau ‘Transit’ centre, some having applied to go the America under a bizarre people swap deal and others expected to settle in PNG. Human Rights Watch have recently detailed an upsurge in violent attacks by armed locals. This is why when the detention centre closed on October 31 around 620 men decided not to leave. Alternative accommodation has been provided however it is closer to town, and hostile locals, and insecure. This and a series of terrifying events have lead to the current situation where detainees feel safer in the cage they have so longed to escape from than outside. Besides according to sources, including the UN, the new facilities are not yet ready to house the men. This was proven when SBS flew a drone over the new centres and broadcast the footage. Mostly the men are refusing to leave as a political statement, after 4 years on Manus they are demanding freedom. Even when not surrounded by the wire that was around the MRPC they are still held captive by the ocean and the administrative chains which deny them the freedom we take for granted.
This week is a massive show full of anarchist news from around the world. We also play some great songs some new and some classics.
This program is real. We are real, our news, information and discussion is all real. The beats we play are real as well.
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THE SHOW IN TEXT
Franklin Lopez sub.media has gone to Puerto Rico where he is from to help his family and the community clean up after Hurricane Maria
In Puerto Rico, a humanitarian catastrophe continues to unfold 12 days after Hurricane Maria struck the island. Over the weekend, the Pentagon said the percentage of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million residents without access to clean drinking water rose to 55 percent. Only 5 percent of the island has electricity, while food and fuel remain scarce and about half of the island’s roads are impassable.
DONAL TRUMP: (Puerto Rico) is an island and it is surrounded by water, BIG water, ocean water.
Technically Puerto Rico is not surrounded by ocean water, but is touched by ocean water in the north (the Atlantic) and sea water (the Caribbean) in the south.
Bad Cop No Donut
Ten months after a coronial inquiry recommended an end to the practice a woman in Western Australia has been jailed for 14 days in loo of paying $3900 in unpaid fines.
The fines date back to a dispute over an unregistered dog in 2012 and police arrested the woman after being called to the house regarding a domestic violence incident.
Meanwhile her children are being cared for by an aunt in their home where the power has been cut.
The case mirrors the case of Miss Dhu an Aboriginal woman who died after three days in custody. Police had been called to her house because her partner was suspected to be breaching a family violence order.
Instead they did a background check on Miss Dhu and found $3622 in unpaid fines.
In Spain, more than 800 people were injured Sunday after Spanish police stormed polling stations across the country’s Catalonia region and tried to forcibly prevent people from voting in a Catalan independence referendum, firing tear gas and physically attacking prospective voters.
The Spanish government says the referendum is illegal. Ahead of Sunday’s vote, Spanish police seized control of ballots and fliers, raided the Catalan regional government’s offices and even shut down pro-independence websites.
Late on Sunday night, the Catalan regional government said 90 percent of Catalan voters chose independence.
The leader of Catalonia insisted on Monday that Sunday’s independence referendum, though marred by clashes and rejected by the Spanish government, had earned his region the right to a separate state and that he would press ahead to make the vote binding. Spain rejects the referendum. Anarchists have been calling for a general strike.
Trouble 6 – Adapt and Destroy: Counterinsurgency and Social
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Despite the unimaginable capacity for violence and coercion that they wield, states are far more vulnerable than they let on. This is not only true of the so-called “failed states” currently plagued by civil war and internal strife, but also the imperialist centers of global capitalism themselves. Their fatal weakness is built into their design; modern states are incredibly complicated and dynamic political constructions, yet at their core they remain what they have always been – vehicles of social organization aimed at facilitating the exploitation of the many, for the enrichment of the few. Without the active or passive consent of the many, the few are in serious trouble.
I was pretty excited about this show. Having one of the people who leaked the documents that made up the Nauru Files was a fantastic opportunity, but also sure to be emotional and distressing.
The interview with Paul starts about 25 mins in.
First up though continuing one from last weeks special (show to be uploaded soon) on the Spanish Revolution is a reading from a text by a member of the Iron Column an anarchist militia active in the civil war. More info here.
The text is ‘A day Mournful and Overcast’. The reading is from Resonance Audio.
The rest of the show is an interview with Paul J Stevenson who leaked 2000 incident reports he gathered while working on Nauru and Manus.
He is a psychologist and traumatologist who worked at both centres for over a year. What he witnessed was so bad he began documenting the horrors unfolding inside Australia’s offshore detention centres.
United Nation High Commission for Refugees
Refugees on Nauru
Humble Words of Refugees on Nauru
We are detained and imprisoned for the last three years on this island. We want freedom and freedom is everyone’s basic right. We are like living corpses, we are free in a sense that we can walk, talk and eat but living aimless and hopeless lives which are resulting refugees in mental issues and disturbed social lives.
19thJuly, 2013 Government of Australia announced this harsh policy to send helpless and vulnerable people seeking asylum in Australia to offshore (PNG and Nauru) and everyone was told that no one coming after this policy is going to resettle in Australia, but same boat and same policy people are living and started peaceful and beautiful lives in community and we are asking what about us?? Do we have to live life without any future?? Are we not that same policy and boat people who are living in Australia community??
The most important thing is refugees are not mentally, socially, physically and economically safe here. Refugees are in conditions here which led them mentally so unsafe and unsound that no one can focus on the daily life. Three years staying away from the family on this small and remote Island and even small more isolated place like in different accommodation sites (because refugees avoid going out in community to avoid any incident) with lots of problems making refugees mentally on risk. Socially we are living our isolated lives for the last three years.
Local Nauruan people just treat us not more than their source of income. All of us are scared to go outside of our accommodation sites but still we have to go and get our necessities and we faced heaps of incidents which are reported and still pending to be taken action but we can say it for sure there will be no action on those as to date there is none because of the corrupt and lack of law and order. Refugees are economically exploited as the locals Nauruan people know that we are in situation that we need to work and it makes them easy to exploit and disvaluing our skills. We are getting $ 200.00 fortnightly from connect settlement services which is too small and insufficient to get the basic needs as per survey of the stake holders itself.
Hence to summarize it, it will be like here there is no law, everyone here is trying to disgrace and degrade us. Some are beating us up, and the law makers are pushing us in all these situations instead they know this situation very well. Whoever wants, they just beat us up, take our money, loot our belongings and possessions and disgrace us and if we report it there is no one to take action or follow it up, so we are tired to report such like incidents now because every one is sure that nothing is going to happen and there is one more interesting fact behind so many cases that’s unreported as reporting it could raise another problem which is, if the local Nauruan who is doing something wrong to any refugees is reported, he will make problems for that refugee in future or will beat him/her and there are lots of cases like this.
WHY WE LEFT OUR COUNTRY???
We left our country because of the security reasons; everyone here had some very good reasons to flee his/her country, which are political, social, religious, deprivation, discrimination and life persecution and threats, So we are facing more not least such like issues here.
Like every person on the planet earth, we want to build our future, we have some future plans, we want to explore and advance our lives but we can’t see any life chances on this remote island. All we are struggling to get our daily life necessities because of the lack of the resources as the government administration is not even capable to look after their own local people. Life is not all about struggling for the basic needs, there is something more important to struggle for like education, career growth, self-esteem, social network, friends and family which we don’t have it here.
We are systemically tortured mentally and physically for the past three years in the name of services. If this system is giving services to the refugees, why don’t they let the world see it? People who fled countries for their lives are giving up under this system in the name of services. Refugees are attempting suicides and trying to take their lives to ease themselves out of this suffering system.
Our health issues are escalating day by day; here is no proper medical care. Everyday there is new viral disease and refugees are suffering from different health problems and because of the lack of medical care we are getting disables day by day. These medical issues and lack of care leaving people in frustration and badly affecting mental states.
What is our sin?? Taking refuge in any country for a life is not a sin!!! Third country (New Zealand) offered to take refugees from Nauru but Government of Australia reject the offer. So what should we understand?? Is it like Government of Australia wants to torture vulnerable people!!! Is it like decision makers playing their dirty politics on helpless people for their lavish interests!!!
Why we are treated so inhumanely??? Why the humanitarian organizations around the world (UNHCR, Amnesty International, US Committee for Refugees) are the silent spectators on the inhumane treatment and harsh policy of Australian Government.
[UPDATE – Behrouz says the meeting was cancelled, immigration is waiting for an important leeter from the minister about him]
BREAKING THE VOICES OF MANUS
Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites announced today the outspoken journalist and Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani is again being singled out by PNG Immigration.
Behrouz has written many forensic critiques of life within the concentraion camp, and of Australia’s immigration policies.
Despite having refused to make an application for asylum in PNG because he was forcibly taken there by the Australian government, he received a letter on April 18 staying he has been found to be a refugee.
Behrouz did not accept this finding and staged a tree top protest refusing to be moved into the compound with other positive refugees.
“I have never accepted their positive result. I want to show to all people that their process is fake. Where would you find an asylum seeker who would rather be in a ‘negative’ prison than be found to be a refugee? Only in Manus.”
Behrouz was later arrested and moved into Oscar compound with other ‘positive’ refugees.
He continues to write about the conditions in the camp and the mood of detainees, his words are especially after PNG’s Supreme Court ruled the Manus camp is illegal and must close.
This is set detainees on a roller coaster of emotions, happy about the ruling, but then despondent as they hear politicians making announcements which bear no sign of ending the cruelty they have endured.
Today his was told he will have a meeting at 4pm with PNG Immigration who, with orders from Australia, will discuss a third country settlement option.
Researchers Against Pacific Island Black Sites say,
Behrouz is being singled out so to shut him up and in order to BREAK THE VOICES OF MANUS.
Broadspectrum holds the contracts for both of Australia’s offshore detention facilities, on Nauru Island and Manus Island.
Recently they changed their name from Transfield due to the controversy over offshore processing.
It just announced it had tripled its profits, having just posted a statutory profit of $25 million.
Yet men women and children live in mouldy tents on Nauru and the men at Manus are served out-of-date food.
How can you save lives at sea by keeping boats at sea? Do they know what happened to the people when they returned to Indonesia? Did they even get back to Indonesia?
I’ve read reports of boats washing up on remote islands and people dying trying to get to a habitated area..