SPRING HILL VOICE 

 

261st day of peaceful protest [Lorengau Prison, Manus Island]

 

 

RIP our loyal friend Tiger .you struggled , suffered and felt our pain, you were with us on peaceful protest from day one. ... @sunosi3 [20/4/18]

 

 

 Now, it was our bombs that started this war

And now it rages far away

So we dismiss all its victims as strangers

But they're parents and children made dogs by the danger

Existence is futile, so we don't engage

But it was our boats that sailed, killed, stole, and made frail

It was our boots that stamped

It was our courts that jailed

And it was our fuckin' banks that got bailed

It was us who turned bleakly away

Looked back down at our nails and our wedding plans

In the face of a full-force gale, we said “Well, it's not up to us to make this place a better land ...

 

Kate Tempest, 'Tunnel Vision [2016]

 

 

 

 

Exclusion of athletes from the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony brought to you by the same fascist mindset behind an unaccountable police force that serves only to create fear throughout the state ---> Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has backflipped on his handling of a controversial police leak case, contacting a domestic violence complainant to belatedly make good on his offer of a personal meeting.

The Gold Coast woman, who wishes to know why a police officer was not charged for leaking her address to her allegedly abusive former husband, said Commissioner Stewart called this morning to confirm he would meet to discuss her case. ... [ABC - 17/4/18]

 

 

@GraffitiExpert [18/4/18]:  When Peter Beattie says "move on", "get over it" and calls those who want to know who made the decision to exclude athletes from the #ClosingCeremony, and why, "whingers", it's time to keep digging for the truth....

 

 

@GraffitiExpert [18/4/18]: Still no word on Dylan Voller ... 

 

 

@OtherSociology [17/4/18]:  Still no reliable update on the well-being of these brave young people: Dylan Voller, Ruby Wharton and Meg Rodaughan were arrested by police for exercising their democratic right to protest and charged with public nuisance. Gross abuse of police power

 

 

@GraffitiExpert [12/2/18]: Screen capture of CCTV footage of "Young Person A1" at Brisbane Correctional Centre. [Wholly punitive sensory deprivation: How the Queensland government tortures its child prisoners - Brisbane Times, July 2017]  

 

 

Exclusion of athletes from the Closing Ceremony brought to you by the same fascist mindset behind the relentless intimidation and harassment of #StolenWealthGames protesters? ---> Courageous and Inspiring: When police and government officials descended on the Gold Coast Spit [last Saturday afternoon] to harass and intimidate Camp Freedom following arrests of young activists, #StolenWealthGames protesters stood their ground and saw them off [Welcome to Country - 16/4/18]

 

 

When Beattie says it's "time to move on", it's time to keep investigating. ---> As Queensland govt continues insulting the #GoldCoast by giving Brisbane the tickertape parade, Peter Beattie still has not explained who made the decision to show no athletes in the #ClosingCeremony and why. @GraffitiExpert [17/4/18]

 

 

@GraffitiExpert [17/4/18]:  Find it hard to believe this guy would deliberately exclude athletes, when he included them in Melbourne 2006 and Glasgow 2014 #ClosingCeremony ... Who made the decision, and why? ...

 

 

@Aussies4Refugees [17/4/18]:  Genocide continues, the coal burns, gas flows and refugees are still rotting in Australia's concentration camps ...

 

 

Interrogation by outsourced Homeland Security officials for the purpose of being trafficked to the US by the IOM as part of the co-ercive, secretive and sadistic Obama "deal" charade is NOT freedom, NOT protection and NOT resettlement.

 

STOP THE LIES!

 

END THE POLICY!

 

OPEN THE ISLANDS!

 

FREE THE REFUGEES!

 

 

@Aussies4Refugees [18/4/18]: The US "deal" is a diversionary delay tactic pushed by the political, media and rights establishment. While the policy continues, Australia's war of attrition against refugees continues.

 

 

At the June 2015 Bangkok Summit (the region's sham response to 1,000s of Rohingya refugees dying at sea) Anne Richard (the architect of US-Australia refugee "deal") signalled boat turnbacks as an acceptable course of action.

Richard was more interested in maintaining the demented "deterrence" ideology than protecting Rohingya from genocide.

She remains unaccountable for condemning 100s of 1,000s of refugees, while the media and human rights estableishment now legitimise her dodgy #Manus #Nauru US "deal".

This is criminal. @Aussies4Refugees [18/4/18]

 

 

@Aussie4Refugees [18/4/18]:  Pacific Command's Admiral Harry Harris has been running Australia for the US empire for years; and now it is "official"

 

... In March 2006, he assumed command of the joint task force at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

During his command, three prisoners – Mani Shaman Turki al-Habardi al-Utaybi, Salah Ali Abdullah Ahmed al-Salami and Yasser Talal al Zahrani – died in the custody of US forces. US Defence reported the deaths as suicides. ...

 

 

@Aussie4Refugees [24/2/18]: ... “In addition, the rights violating practices surrounding Guantanamo are now a model for the detention and incarceration polices of the US and other states. ..." 

 

... Why did the Clinton Justice Department insist on snuffing out the precedential value of the Guantanamo ruling?

In later interviews, Clinton national security officials explained that they feared future refugee crises in the Caribbean and couldn't afford a court precedent that might limit their options for handling the situation.

Using words that have a prophetic ring today, one official commented that White House advisers wanted "maximum flexibility" on Guantanamo, "confident that they would do the right thing but not wanting to be forced by the law to have to do so." ... 

 

 

@GuantanamoAndy [17/4/18]: WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Ex-#Guantanamo Prisoner Salem Gherebi’s Letter Explaining Why He Voluntarily Returned to Libya from Senegal Despite the Danger in Doing So ...

 

 

@Aussie4Refugees [17/4/18]:  In an interview on the ABC, Human Rights Watch's Ken Roth described the #Manus #Nauru aspect of Australia's war of attrition against refugees as uniquely punitive "offshore exiling". [Evidently US imprisonment of Haitian refugees on Guantanamo in 1990s slipped his mind] ... 

 

 

@Aussies4Refugees [17/4/18]: The real story is: What is one of the key boosters of US interventionism doing down under? ...

 

 

@Aussie4Refugees [17/4/18]: Australian media continues absolving Australia from any responsibility for Myanmar's genocide of the Rohingya, and subsequently, any obligation to condemn and offer protection to refugees

 

 

Conditions worsening for 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar ahead of monsoon rains [Japan Times - 17/4/18]

 

 

@Aussie4Refugees [17/4/18]:  As Australia's illegal trafficking, detention, torture, exile and deportation policy continues with impunity, UNHCR plays along with white South African farmers distraction ...

 

 

@sunosi3 [17/4/18]:  258th day of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center. # Manus SOS  

 

 

257th day of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center.

 

 #Manus SOS

 

 

Image: @sunosi3 [16/4/18]

 

 

@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN [16/4/18]:  90 days of our peaceful protest for freedom #Balikpapan ...

 

 

@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN [16/4/18]:  90 days of our peaceful protest for freedom #BalikpapanDetentionCenter ...

 

 

@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN [16/4/18]:  since we have been starting our protest 90 days passed but up today no one from UNHCR come to us why? #Balikpapan

 

 

@HashimSohrabi [15/4/18]:  The body of a young immigrant Nemat was buried few weeks ago. The migrants in #Indonesia are suffering mental, emotional and physical health problems. Dreams & hopes of #refugees are vanished. ...

 

 

Afghan and US Special Forces intensify raids "against ISIS-K" in Jawzjan [Khaama - 16/4/18]

 

 

"ISIS hideout" targeted in latest US drone strike in Nangarhar [Khaama - 16/4/18]

 

 

Unidentified gunmen have shot dead a school principal in the Chaparhar district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Monday. ... [Pajhwok - 16/4/18]

 

 

 

 #YourADF’s commitment to the people of #Afghanistan focuses on boosting the capabilities of local forces to build security & stability @VCDF_Australia [16/4/18]

 

 

Hit and Run author Jon Stephenson is glad the Government will hold an inquiry into the allegations of civilian deaths at the hands of Kiwi SAS soldiers.

But he questioned why the Government appeared to "muddy the waters" by mentioning unseen video footage of armed individuals when announcing the inquiry.

Attorney-General David Parker announced the inquiry on Wednesday evening.

He said questions remained over what happened during Operation Burnham - a raid on a village in Afghanistan in 2010 - which was detailed in Hit and Run, written by Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson. ... [Stuff.co.nz - 11/4/18]

 

 

Perhaps Captain Scanes should try protesting outside the US Embassy?

 

Former Australian soldiers are fighting to get a visa for an Afghan interpreter who was left behind in Afghanistan and fears for his life, after he failed a US Defense Department character test. ... [ABC - 23/6/16]

 

 

Veteran Jason Scanes has mounted a one man vigil outside @PeterDutton_MP’s office until he gets a meeting or an answer as to why his Afghan translator hasn’t been brought to Aus for protection. ... @isobelroe [16/4/18]

 

 

More than 500 Afghan nationals who helped Australia's mission in Afghanistan have been resettled in Australia under a "discreet" relocation program, the Government says.

 Defence Minister David Johnston said the employees and their families, including interpreters, were assessed to be at risk of harm after providing critical support to the Australian Defence Force and Australian Government agencies in Afghanistan. ... [ABC - 1/6/14]

 

 

Professors Suvendrini Perera and Joseph Pugliese [The Conversation - 26/8/15]:

 

… Recently, a whistleblower who worked in the Nauru detention centre went public with allegations that waterboarding took place in the compound and that cable-ties were used to chain asylum seekers to beds and fences.

His allegations, and the delays in providing medical treatment for asylum seekers and refugees until their condition becomes critical, lend weight to our argument that that there seems to be little or no distinction between care and punishment, or between asylum seekers and those identified as “enemy combatants” in the war on terror.

The Nauru whistleblower claimed some detention centre staff, including several former military personnel, harbour hatred toward asylum seekers “who they perceive to be the enemy, [though they are] the people they are supposed to be providing care for”.

A growing number of voices are recognising that we have crossed a threshold. Official policies have converted people seeking refuge into the enemy, leading to the logic that they deserve not care but punishment and abuse from the state and its agents. ...

 

 

Australian guards jest about shooting refugee ‘c*nts’ and ‘f*ckers’ on Nauru [RT - 14/8/15]

 

 

'I'm pretty sure he said shoot that guy': Nauru guard [VIDEO - ABC - 13/8/15]:

 

Footage shows guards at the Nauru immigration detention centre talk about taking orders from local police.

 

 

Moonlighting Australian soldiers use Manus Island and Nauru refugee concentration camps as recreational facilities ---->  ... A former employee for Transfield subcontractor Wilson Security told Guardian Australia the guards’ online posts provided a glimpse of the mindset of ex-defence force personnel who “frequently referred to asylum seekers in their care as ‘the enemy’”. ... [Guardian - 14/4/15]

 

 

ABC reporters engage in cheerful banter about promotion of the head of Australian military's anti-refugee operation to ADF chief; laugh off the secrecy of Operation Sovereign Borders [16/4/17]

 

 

@Aussies4Refugees [16/4/18]:  Foreign Minister Stephen Smith later approached us privately to assure us that Australia would press for the AHG mechanism to "be invoked soon to deal with the Rohingyas" ...

 

 

Rohingya left homeless after fire destroys Delhi refugee camp [Asian Correspondent - 16/4/18]

 

 

@latoya_aroha [16/4/18]:  Dylan Voller sits in a mental health ward right now while his legal team plead for bail in court. Dylan’s charges are ridiculous and need to be thrown out of court immediately! FREE DYLAN VOLLER! #StolenwealthGames #EyesonQldpolice #Toomanycoppersnotenoughjustice

 

 

@latoya_aroha [16/4/18]:  The constant (re)arrests of Dylan, Ruby and others protesting the Commonwealth Games over the past 2 weeks is significant in how we must conceptualise police powers as infringing on the human rights of Aboriginal peoples and allies to peacefully protest. #StolenwealthGames  

 

 

@GraffitiExpert [16/4/18]: ABC propagandists spin into damage control for Peter Beattie and the fascist Queensland Labor govt. ...

 

 

The buck does stop with Peter Beattie, and he MUST answer these questions:

 

Who is behind the company that controlled the broadcast of the Commonwealth Games?

 

Who made the decision to show no athletes in the closing ceremony? And why?

 

 

NEP provides the technology, expertise and global network to help our clients [i.e. GOLDOC and Peter Beattie] deliver amazing productions.

We offer a full range of industry-leading solutions for broadcast and live events, as well as a complete range of media solutions to manage your content.

When the world’s premier producers need flawless delivery, they turn to NEP for the solution. ... [NEC]

 

 

@JohGriggs7 [16/4/18]: ... I hope this answers some of your questions

 

 

Context omitted from Tracey Holmes' damage control --> 6PR interview with Basil Zempilas [16/4/18]

 

 

STOP THE LIES!

 

END THE POLICY!

 

OPEN THE ISLANDS!

 

FREE THE REFUGEES!

 

 

256th day of peaceful protest from East LorengAU refugees transit center. #Manus SOS @sunosi3 [15/4/18]

 

 

@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN :  89th day of our peaceful protest for freedom in Balikpapn detention center . We ask from IOM and UNHCR to hear our voice and consider our problems but they do not care . So we ask help from the World . Please help us . #Refugees Sunday 15 / 4 / 2018

 

 

‏@MahdiAlizada18 :  89th day of our peaceful protest for freedom in #Balikpapan detention center - Indonesia . Watch us in this video Sunday 15/4/2018 #Refugees 

 

 

... We saw the faces of those who would throw our children out of the windows of this last space.

A star to burnish our mirrors.

Where should we go after the last border?

Where should birds fly after the last sky? ... via @Stranger4Ay [13/4/18]

 

 

The pro-"deterrence", pro-Labor Party Guardian and Australian human rights establishment aren't suddenly interested in the plight of refugees trapped in Indonesia.

This colour piece makes no mention of the ongoing Balikpapan protests, or UN-backed Bali Process, which for over 15 years has condemned 1,000s of refugees trying to reach Australia under the pretext of preventing "people smuggling".

It isn't an expose, it is damage control for the escalating atrocities associated with the Bali Process, and the perpetrators of Australia's racist, genocidal policies, (including a complicit media and human rights establishment).

The next move will be to pressure Indonesia into signing the Refugee Convention and/or create work "rights" that facilitate ongoing statelessness and enslavement, along with efforts to convince Turnbull-Dutton-IOM to recalibrate DFAT funding in order make refugee concentration camps and "voluntary" deportations "humane" and "transparent" (all co-ordinated with the Labor Party, think tanks and opinionators to make it appear in the leadup to the next election that ALP refugee policy isn't the same as the LNP i.e. THEY CAN'T COME HERE) [15/4/18]

 

 

@Aussie4Refugees [16/4/18]: Another colour piece from pro-"deterrence", pro-Labor Party Guardian. This one deliberately delinks Australia's humanitarian intake of Syrians from our war of attrition against refugees, and pretends "far right" isn't sitting in parliament ...

 

 

A union boss emailed a draft list of demands to a Palaszczuk Government Minister via his private email account before he was sworn in.

The email is the latest to be revealed following a Right to Information request into the former Energy Minister Mark Bailey's use of his personal email account, mangocube6@yahoo.co.uk.

Electrical Trade Union boss Peter Simpson emailed Mr Bailey on the night of February 15, via a Gmail account the Minister used while working with Keep Queensland Nuclear Free, forwarding it to his Yahoo account on the morning of February 17. ... [Brisbane Times - 13/4/18]

 

 

Crime and Misconduct Commission urges Queensland government to close a legal loophole which allows people to potentially cover up corrupt conduct without consequences [West Australian -23/9/17]

 

 

Great Barrier Reef: Queensland Labor breaks election promise; moves to allow ​coal ship loading [Guardian - 23/9/17]

 

 

 

Queensland Labor Party's Mark Bailey shamelessly promotes himself by exploiting a victim of his party's anti-refugee policy at a Brisbane rally  @MarkBaileyMP [23/6/17]

 

 

Despite the relentless efforts of Brisbane Labor Party "advocates", and gatekeepers of refugee voices,  to own and limit the demands of the refugee rights movement to solely Dutton bashing, Mojgan's message cut through ---> ... "Your voices make me strong and give me heart," she said.

"It gives other refugees both on and offshore hope."

However, Ms Shamsalipoor said she was too emotional to be interviewed afterwards, instead Teachers For Refugees and People Seeking Asylum co-convenor Jessica Walker spoke on her behalf. ... [Brisbane Times - 23/6/17]

 

 

... People coming to Australia by boat will not - should not expect to be accepted into our refugee and humanitarian intake. ...

 

Tanya Plibersek

 

 

 

... The plight of the 30,000 “legacy” refugees is the direct responsibility of the previous Labor government, which was kept in office by the Greens from 2010 to 2013, as well as of the current Coalition government.

These asylum seekers were the last to land in Australia before the Labor government reopened the refugee prison camps on Nauru and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea in 2012, and declared that all future arrivals would be sent there. ... [WSWS - 31/3/17]

 

 

... Labor introduced a controversial "no advantage test" on 13 August last year in an unsuccessful attempt to stop asylum boats from coming by insisting that those applying for refugee status in that way received no benefit compared with those who stayed in refugee camps in the region.

The test has meant that there has been virtually no processing of the claims made by the more than 20,000 refugees who have arrived since that time, no information about how long processing could take, and that those who have been released into the community are not allowed to work and receive just 89% of unemployment benefits. ... [Guardian - 28/6/13]

 

 

So called journalists, activists and human rights sector who used Voller's torture to get a Labor government elected in the NT, despicably silent as he and other young indigenous leaders and protesters brutalised in Queensland over the past week --->Youth justice advocate and #StolenWealthGames protestor Dylan Voller hospitalised after second alleged self harm attempt while in custody ... @GraffitiExpert [16/4/18]

 

 

Brisbane Aboriginal-Sovereign Embassy [13/4/18]:·

 

Ruby and Dylan are being targeted for police harassment.

Unconfirmed reports state that they were lawfully driving through the Gold Coast outside exclusion zones but were directed by a police detour into an exclusion zone, forcing them to breach bail conditions related to simple charges incurred during the opening ceremony protests.

Police promptly arrested them for breach of bail conditions.

Latest updates state that they will remain in custody until their case can be heard by a magistrate.

 

 

Why is it that the only politician/civil society leader to question the OTT Queensland police powers during the course of the #StolenWealthGames is One Nation MP Stephen Andrew? [10/4/18]

 

 

@GraffitiExpert [13/4/18]:  #StolenFutures #StolenWealthGames

 

 

@GraffitiExpert :  Screen capture of CCTV footage of "Young Person A1" at Brisbane Correctional Centre. [Wholly punitive sensory deprivation: How the Queensland government tortures its child prisoners - Brisbane Times, July 2017] ...

 

 

After initially being denied entry to the Closing Ceremony on the basis of race and attire, #StolenWealthGames protesters got the final word. So FUCK YOU BEATTIE AND FUCK THE FASCIST ALP! ---> No justice, no games! ... Genocide is not a game! [The Black Rising Magazine -15/4/18]

 

 

Ticket holding Aboriginal protesters fenced in, patted down and searched, as officials deny them entry to Commonwealth Games closing ceremony - while others freely stroll in [Daily Mail - 15/4/18]

 

 

 

Time for a Truth and Treaty Process. #StolenWealthGames #GC2018 #CommonwealthGames #ClosingCeremony #TheWorldIsWatching ...‏ @qwerkyzadia [15/4/18]

 

 

@ShutYouthPrison [15/4/18]: Standing in solidarity with #CampFreedom @ #StolenWealthGames from #AliceSprings. Respect for everyone on the front line standing strong.  

 

 

@approachingcrit [15/4/18]: Snap action happening now in #Narrm #Melbourne outside the #British consulate in solidarity with the #Stolenwealth protesters on the #GoldCoast #StolenWealthGames #CampFreedom @WARmobofficial

 

 

Welcome to Peter Beattie and the Labor Party's fascist Queensland! ---> Athletes completely sidelined in closing ceremony @7CommGames [15/4/18]

 

 

Compare and contrast. ---> #StolenWealthGames closing ceremony in the "bad old Joh days" [1982]

 

 

The Sri Lankan government has not done anything to reduce the military footprint in the North-East and oust Sinhalese who illegally occupy Tamil lands and houses said the Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran whilst in Tamil Nadu. ... [Tamil Guardian - 15/4/18]

 

 

Tamil man drowns in Mullaitivu police chase [Tamil Guardian - 14/4/18]

 

 

The families of the disappeared protest in Mullaitivu was attacked by a knife-wielding individual on Thursday on its 400th day.

The attacker entered the protest’s shelter on Thursday evening bearing a knife and shouting death threats at the protestors. ... [Tamil Guardian - 13/4/18]

 

 

Tamil political prisoner hunger strikes demanding trial [Tamil Guardian - 13/4/18]

 

 

@Aussie4Refugees [15/4/18[: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte apologises to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi for calling her genocide of the Rohingya a “genocide.”

 

 

Following the UNHCR's official declaration it will participate in refoulement of Rohingya from Bangladesh, Myanmar says it has accepted the first family for imprisonment in its new concentration camps [Reuters - 15/4/18]:

 

... The family members were scrutinized by immigration and health ministry officials and the social welfare, relief and resettlement ministry provided them with “materials such as rice, mosquito netting, blankets, t-shirt, longyis (Burmese sarong) and kitchen utensils,” said the government in the statement.

It added that the family members who “are in line with the rules” were issued the National Verification Cards (NVCs) upon entering Myanmar.

NVCs are part of the government’s ongoing effort to register Rohingya that falls short of offering them citizenship.

The card has been widely rejected by Rohingya community leaders, who say they treat life-long residents like new immigrants. ...

 

 

@nslwin :  .@myanmar_moi's propaganda - 5 #Rohingya repatriated on April 14 (today). The reality is the man in the photo is current village administrator of #TaungPyoLetYar village. He was convinced by the authorities to pose for the photos.

 

 

More insanity made possible by a region that refuses to condemn genocide and protect refugees, as UNHCR officially declares participation in refoulement of Rohingya from Bangladesh [Media Release - 13/4/18]

 

 

Pressure on Malaysia to sign refugee convention ramps up while Australia continually breaches its obligations [Malaysiakini - 13/4/18]

 

 

@Aussie4Refugees [13/4/18]:  Rohingyan refugee and founder of the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation calls on Australian government to suspend military aid and investment in Myanmar ...

 

 

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