BRISBANE G20 ANARCHY?
For a change from spreading fear about ‘Muslims’ the Courier Mail this weekend focused on ‘anarchists’.
The front cover for Saturday September 27 contains a beat up about plans for ‘anarchy’ at Brisbane’s G20.
So now is a good time reiterate that anarchy is not violence.
At the beginning of every episode of The Anarchy Show the introduction borrows these words from Alexander Berkman
“anarchism is not bombs, disorder, or chaos. it is not robbery and murder. it is not a war of each against all. Anarchism is the very opposite of all that”
Anarchism is love. Anarchist action stems from love. And that’s what puts us up against capitalism and economic organisations such as the G20.
Capitalism is not about love. Capitalism is about greed.
The result of capitalism is environmental destruction, poverty, an erosion of workers’ rights and war.
The focus of the article Brisbane G20 looms as security nightmare as protesters plan for mayhem
is a wordpress site planbg20.wordpress.com.
Apparently Plan B is a plan to unleash ‘waves of destruction’ during the G20 in Brisbane.
The Plan B site suggests actions, but gives no indication there are any groups or actual plans associated with it.
However no matter how much destruction or disruption an anarchist group might cause it will never equal the destruction caused by capitalism and the decisions made by the G20 and similar international organisations.
As I write this a war plane flies over head….. warming up for a display for Brisbane residents – Riverfire a ‘family’ event. Because under capitalism war is entertainment.
Yet according to the mainstream media, government and police anarchists – armed with a desire for equality and universal peace – are a threat.
The Plan B site does suggest some actions but none of those involve violence.
Property destruction is not violence.
And anyway there are far more important issues discussed on the Plan B site.
The violence, mayhem and destruction caused by neo-liberal capitalism which is at the heart of the G20’s agenda.
‘… neo-liberal policies lead to increased corporate control, and to increased levels of inequality between the rich an the poor – both locally and internationally. Neo-liberal policies include cuts to social services and support, a reduction of tariffs, and the privatisation of the public sector – including health care, education, social services and environmental protection.’
‘The gap between rich and poor is still growing. Children routinely die starving while hoarded food rots. The world moves daily closer to feeling the tangible effects of irreversible climate change. Profits flow through borders unimpeded (always into the pockets of the rich) but people are caught in razor wire traps.’
Bris-CAN is not Plan B
Saturday’s Courier Mail aims to draw links between the Plan B website and the Brisbane Community Action Network.
There are no links and the Courier Mail journalist David Murray was told this.
Robin Taubenfeld whose quote and photo was published inside the print version of the Courier Mail along side the article sent this message to David Murray –
“people have had concerns about past reporting and sensationalism from the Courier Mail. I request Courier Mail does not print any thing that implicate, incriminates or links me/briscan to plan b as you are aware that I/BrisCAN have not been involved. It would be irresponsible and unfortunate if the Courier Mail attempts to cast aspersions on me/us after I have commented in good faith.”
It’s not surprising the Murdoch paper choose to hype up the potential for so called violence during the G20 it once again reinforces that the mainstream media are part of the capitalist system and do not reflect the true interests of the community.
I’m including the article here so you don’t have to go to the Courier Mail website, and get sucked into the fear machine.
PROTESTERS are circulating a plan to unleash “waves of destruction” during Brisbane’s G20 summit.
The plot to mar the event — dubbed Plan B — is being distributed online.
It advocates destroying ATMs and other property and disrupting sport and social events. The plan cites an array of activist causes including globalisation, poverty and gay rights.
Attacks would be launched away from the heavily fortified security zones in favour of areas where police would be thinner on the ground.
Police yesterday extended the time and locations that would be subject to restrictions — security lockdowns will now begin on November 8, six days earlier than planned.
Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett said police needed the extra time because protesters would be out in force earlier than first anticipated.
The changes also mean the public will be banned from entering the Southbank Cultural Precinct — including the Gallery of Modern Art, the State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Art Gallery — on November 15.
Gambado Hotel on Caxton St, the Intercontinental Hotel, Sanctuary Cove Resort and the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel have been added as hotels for the delegates with strict security measures and join another nine in Brisbane City on the restricted list, meaning they are for the sole use of the G20 delegates.
Streets around the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will now be closed from November 1.
Police Assistant Commissioner Katarina Carroll has condemned the plan for violence and said she would be “bitterly disappointed” if Brisbane’s G20 summit descended into the kind of chaos that has marred recent world economic summits.
“When we have got so much going on across the world in terms of terrorism issues, to push this out to various groups is irresponsible,” she said.
Placed online anonymously, Plan B adopts the motto “disrupt, resist, obstruct”.
Ms Carroll warned groups should be concerned about infiltration by “violent extremist protesters”, not police.
“Our biggest issue is people who want to lawfully protest and air their issues are infiltrated by violent people,” she said.
The Brisbane Community Action Network G20 (BrisCAN-G20) and Occupy Brisbane both shared the plan on Facebook this week.
BrisCAN-G20 organiser Robin Taubenfeld (pictured left), who is also with Friends of the Earth, said she did not know who was behind Plan B.
“I’m certainly not in a position to denounce or criticise Plan B,” Ms Taubenfeld said.
Plan B suggests people destroy billboards, “haunt” officials, occupy offices, strike, blockade and picket.
“Instead of gathering our strength and marching into the traps they have set for us, we are calling for disseminated disorder,” the plan reads.
“We are calling for people to form affinity groups in their home towns and autonomously organise decentralised direct action against the G20 and the capitalist occupation of our lives.
“Just imagine, while the pigs are helplessly patrolling the streets of Brisbane’s CBD in their ridiculous armour with their intimidating vehicles, decentralised waves of creation and destruction will ebb and flow right across the country.
“There is nothing more beautiful we can think of.”
Associate Professor Janet Ransley, head of the Griffith University criminology and criminal justice school, said groups prominent in previous G20 events in Toronto and London could be expected.
“It’s going to be a very difficult task for police. They’re going to be very concerned by this conflation of this terrorist risk with this volatile crowd situation,” she said.