David Marr, A crowded hour, an endless pursuit, The Sydney Morning Herald, March 22, 2008
Marr’s is easily the best account of G20 and its aftermath to appear in the state/corporate media thus far. Note that while Marr makes a reference to ‘persons of interest’, he fails to consider the implications of The Age‘s decision to publish a compilation of photos provided to the newspaper by police. Note also that, according to figures provided by UNICEF, since the G20 summit ended on November 19, 2006 to today, March 27, 2008, 14,850,000 children have died as a result of ‘poverty’. See also : afterg20.org: organising support for arrestees | G20 @ slackbastard
…By the time it was all over, police had about 10,000 photographs and 3500 hours of footage to scan for malefactors.
The white paper overalls worn by so many “persons of interest” presented a challenge. Police had to rely on glimpses of shoes, bandanas, glasses, earrings, moles, teeth and T-shirts to identify suspects. When the raids began around Melbourne and later in Sydney, police headed straight for clothes cupboards. The 109-page official Summary of Offences reads like a rag-trade inventory.
Arrests began even before the G20 flew out of Melbourne. Drasko Boljevic, who was out of town on the Saturday, was picked up in the CBD on Sunday and thrown into a police van. The Age quoted Boljevic saying he was tied up and driven round the city with a policeman sitting on his head. He was then handcuffed, arrested and released. Later, the police commissioner, Christine Nixon, confirmed a man had been mistakenly arrested.
Arrests continued for a year. One accused was brought down [December 10, 2007] from Queensland. Another was arrested at Mascot [November 15, 2007] as he flew from New Zealand to Spain on holiday. One was arrested quite by chance after an off-duty policeman out shopping saw a hardware store employee showing his mates his face in a newspaper photograph of the demonstration. Police reckon luck has been running their way throughout the G20 clean-up.
They are naturally reluctant to say how many demonstrators they’d hoped to arrest. They emphasise the case is not closed. Fresh arrests could be made at any time if they identify more faces in their picture files. But, as of now, the total number arrested is 28.
■ Akin Sari went wild at G20. He was a Monash student and political refugee from Turkey with a history of psychiatric difficulties. His role in the occupations made him the “poster boy” of G20. His picture was everywhere. Earlier this month he was sentenced to a minimum of 14 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to aggravated burglary and theft, two counts of common assault and riot, and three counts of criminal damage;
■ Ten other demonstrators, average age 24, have pleaded guilty to charges of riot, affray and assault. They are university students – Monash and Melbourne – plus a barman, child-care worker and a couple of unemployed. They are to be sentenced in the Melbourne Magistrates Court;
■ Four children – three arrested in Melbourne and one in Sydney – face serious charges including riot and affray. Their cases will resume in the Melbourne Children’s Court late next month; and
■ The 13 sent to trial last Thursday. Police have done well in the committal proceedings that began in February. Apart from a few charges they have withdrawn over the past few weeks and a handful rejected on Thursday by the magistrate, Sarah Dawes, the G20 case will go through to the County Court intact.
The media ballyhoo that marked the demonstration and early stages of this case has died away. The magistrate’s decision went unmarked in Melbourne newspapers.
No one can say when the trial will decide the deeply contested issues of G20. The best estimate is not before its third anniversary late next year.
Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group
TV SMITH Live at the 100 Club, April 5, 2007
Re//Fusing Structures : Stevphen Shukaitis
Constituent Imagination : Militant Investigations // Collective Theorization, Edited by Stevphen Shukaitis + David Graeber with Erika Biddle : “From the ivory tower to the barricades! Radical intellectuals explore the relationship between research and resistance.”
Students for a Democratic Society : A Graphic History, Written (mostly) by Harvey Pekar,* Art (mostly) by Gary Dumm, Edited by Paul Buhle, Published by Farrar, Straus & Girroux / Hill & Wang, 2008
ephemera : theory & politics in organization
more seriously (and intelligibly)…
Anthony Rocca kicked six goals in Collingwood’s 26 point season opening win over Fremantle as the Pies ran out the game better than their rivals.
“If Anthony Rocca kicks six they will usually win. But they have got good run and movement – but he (Rocca) is still the main strike weapon,” Matthews said.
“(Lions fullback) Daniel Merrett will get that job and it will be a big task.
“They were impressive on the weekend. They were strong.”
Matthews was clearly licking his lips ahead of the Friday night showdown.
“Collingwood games are always big. You have the big crowd, big interest – the love `em or hate `em attitude is what Collingwood is all about,” he said.
“From a marketing point of view playing them up here early in the year is exactly what you want and from a playing point of view it’s always a little different for all the same reasons.”
PS. Anton Pannekoek, ‘Class Struggle and Nation’ (1912)