The Other Side of the Coin

Tent Embassies sovereignty movement is 'Union' business

ETU and the BLF forming a human barricade

One very positive thing to come out of the Brisbane Embassy eviction, has been the reports of Union solidarity shown towards the Tent Embassy. Organisers from the ETU and the BLF formed a human barricade in front of the embassy to try and stop the sanctioned police invasion.

Fences had been erected around the site with the assistance of these Unions. Motions of Solidarity and Support were passed at both the ACTU Congress (forwarded and seconded by the RTBU and ETU) and the University of Queensland NTEU Branch.'

The struggle to get Indigenous sovereignty rights recognised in this country has a lot of power working against it. There is a big need for the broader union movement to show its support.

Musgrave Park and ‘the embassy in my own land’

'Moving the Embassy, and forcefully evicting its staff, is an abrogation of both human rights and citizen rights under the expectations of democratic theory.' Jean-Paul Gagno, social and political philosopher who specialises in democratic theory writes on 'The Conversation'.

The Embassy is a political place where Aboriginal people are declaring their sovereignty. This is, at least to some democratic theorists, a moment where a citizenry (or in this case a group of citizens) are declaring their right to their native land.

This is not an Embassy that should be moved. This is a declaration of sovereignty which should be respected and afforded its place in the processes of democratic governance.

Aborigines call for UN peacekeepers to protect them

The 'Sovereign Union' movement has asked the United Nations to send peacekeepers to this country to protect them against "increasing aggression by the Australian authorities”.

"We have already put the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, on notice that we are in need of UN peacekeepers as the Australian authorities are increasing their aggression against our sovereignty movement,” writes Michael Anderson in a media release.

Several Tent Embassies have been set up across the country and all are being harassed by local and state authorities.

Brisbane Originals subject to politically motivated eviction

Despite successfully negotiating with the Greek community and allocating a suitable area so they can both share the park, and muturally arranging a smoking ceremony to welcome the Greek community at their upcoming Festival, the Mayor of Brisbane ordered an eviction.

The Mayor justifies his decision by announcing support from some handpicked Aboriginal people who are not involved with the Embassy and one or more Greek community members that were obviously not participating in the previous negotiations.

Audio File  AUDIO:  Brisbane Sovereign Embassy - Wayne (Coco) Wharton ABC 612

Police arrest protesters as Brisbane Originals try to hold sacred land

Brisbane Tent Embassy activists have been released from the police watch house on bail and have gathered next to Musgrave Park, the official Embassy site.

Earlier today about 100 sovereigns and their supporters marched to Parliament House in Brisbane after being evicted from their Sovereign Tent Embassy where more than 200 police moved in and arrested over 30 people.

An Embassy spokesperson said the use of the police 'as a para-military group' harks back to the days of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

 PETITION to Mayor Graham Quirk - 'Allow Sovereigns to return to Embassy'

Ancient 'Kiacatoo Man' reburial today

The reburial of 'Kiacatoo Man' remains that were exhumed last year for scientific analysis will be reburied today (Wed 16th May, 2012) at Condobolin, NSW by the local Original people.

It is believed that the Kiacatoo Man lived between 30,000 years and 70,000 years ago and the bones are so ancient the age is still being established by scientists. He was a huge man somewhere between six foot five and seven foot four.

Local Originals believe that the 'Kiacatoo Massacre' may have had something to do with people protecting the sacred site.

Brisbane Tent Embassy - stand by Sovereignty

Protestors at an Aboriginal Tent Embassy are preparing to stand their ground despite being evicted from an inner-Brisbane park.

The "Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy" has been set up in Musgrave Park in South Brisbane for more than two months with permission from Brisbane City Council.

Embassy member Boe Spearim says he and other protesters were given a 12 hour eviction notice on Monday afternoon, which is due to expire early Tuesday.

Walmadan Tent Embassy faces 150 police

150 police have travelled over 2,000 kilometers to boost the local police force to push mining equipment onto the sacred Walmadan site, even though it is widely understood that some of the joint venture partners would prefer an alternative solution.

Bedfellows, the WA Premier Colin Barnett and Woodside Petroleum continue their push to destroy the Walmaden (James Price Point) site which is highly significant both culturally and environmentally.

Originals are bolstered by other concerned Australians but they were outnumbered by this outrageous waste of public money.

Originals say asylum seekers are welcome

Robbie Thorpe - Image 2011

Treaty Republic's Robbie Thorpe says two Tamil detainees will be given "Original Nation Passports" at the detention centre on Monday afternoon as a symbolic welcome to the country.

"The Australian Government has no legitimate right to grant or refuse entry to anyone in this country, let alone lock up people fleeing war and persecution," Mr Thorpe says.

"We are issuing passports to these men because it's what any reasonable, humane society would do," he said "We expect these men to be responsive to traditional law ...

Police and state allow drug trafficking into Aboriginal communities

Michael Anerson at Tent Embassy (Tracker)
Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson, interim spokesperson for 'Sovereign Union' states in a media release that is very clear that the drug traffickers are targeting Aboriginal communities in various parts of Australia, and there is a lack of real interest by the state police. Instead of rigorous police investigations many communities find that the police are targeting and harassing them instead of the perpetrators.

Mr Anderson said that police and state officials appear to be only too happy that Aboriginal communities are being targeted by the drug trade in order to maintain the impression that communities are dysfunctional and therefore need intervention.