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WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IT'S YER BULLSHIT BUSTING...
Published in Brighton by Justice? - Brighton's Direct Action collective
Issue 186, Friday 9th October 1998
Has last words were:
"May all beings live in peace, long live his holiness, Dalai Lama. May Tibet soon be free."
New Labour showed once again this week, just how much they are in bed with big business during Tony Blair's trip to China.
Human rights abuses? The invasion of Tibet? Were these subjects hot on the lips of our Prime Minister? Er, not quite. Blair was more interested in what he called "softly, softly" diplomacy, despite China's Prime Minister Zhu Rongji telling Blair "to say anything on your mind."
Alison Reynolds, Director of the Free Tibet Campaign asked "We are being told that there are other parts of the Sino British relationship that are more important than human rights, but what could be more important than freedom?"
- Palden Gyatso, a Tibetan Buddhist monk who has spent 33 years of his life in Chinese prison and labour camps.
China invaded Tibet in 1950 and since then 1.2 million have been killed - that's more than one out of every six Tibetans. With the Chinese settling in their millions, the policy is clearly one of ruthless ethnic cleansing. Their religion is brutally surpressed while young Tibetans are being 're-educated' about the history of their country. School textbooks don't even mention that Tibet was once independent.
Meanwhile natural resources are being stripped away. Half of the country's forests have gone since Chinese occupation. Ironically, this deforestation helped cause the recent massive flooding in China.
- Kate Saunders 'Beneath The Iron Crust'
When someone in China disappears, their family says they have gone for laogai, reform through labour. The laogai consists of a vast network of prisons and labour camps stretching across China. It is the largest system of its kind in the world, with the Chinese government admitting to 684 'reform through labour' centres, 155 prisons, 492 rehabilitation centres and 37 social reintegration centres for young offenders.
Since the foundation of the People's Republic of China in 1949, an estimated 30 - 50 million prisoner have died from exhaustion, disease or torture in these camps, while an estimated ten to sixteen million prisoners still work on the grim production lines of farms, factories, and prison camps, or are held for years without trial in detention or shelter centres.
And even if you're not in prison, conditions at work aren't exactly rosy. Barbie and Sandy dolls, Power Rangers and Fisher-Price toddlers toys are made by mostly rural girls working 12 to 16 hours a day for the legal minimum wage of £27 a month, if they're lucky. Many will suffer from chronic industrial diseases, caused by the effects of plastics, paints and glues used without protection or ventilation.
The Third Way? Looks more like profits first, people second to SchNEWS.
"Freedom began the day I escaped from Lhasa (17th March 1959). Then we
could openly criticise the Chinese. That was the first time I appreciated freedom
of speech. Although I have refugee life I have complete freedom of speech, expression
and thought. That I love."
Pity Blair can't use his freedom of expression to speak out.
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- Jingle on Serbian state TV
The t-shirts on Sundays solidarity march for Kosova read 'Nato-air: Just Do It'. In the past six months nearly 300,000 people have been driven from their homes, and up to 1,500 killed in fighting as Serbia troops attack the province. Currently, 50,000 displaced people are living in makeshift camps and hiding in forests, scared for their lives who risk freezing or starving to death in the fierce Balkan winter.
So SchNEWS asks should we support air strikes against Serbia?
"It cannot get any worse. At the risk of civilian casualties, at least it would be quick and painless with the possibility of peace rather than being chased by Serbian army or dying of starvation and cold."
A 70 year old Kosavan woman speaking at Sundays demonstration, who declared she would take up arms if she could.
Serbia has always seen Kosovans as second class citizens, but tension escalated in 1989 after a one week underground hunger strike by miners. Serbia reacted by closing the Kosavan Parliament. Then in 1990 workers were expelled from their jobs and replaced by Serbians. Language, culture, education and science was banned., while hospitals, schools and newspapers were shut down. Later 100,000 refugees from Bosnia and Croatia arrived with the offer of lucrative jobs, 10 times the wages of fellow Kosovans.
Kosova remains legally part of the extreme right-wing federal republic ruled by scumbag President Milosevic. It's lands are extremely fertile and rich in minerals and Milosevic needs Kosova to keep Serbia financially afloat, So once again he is praticising "ethnic cleansing" to shore up his country. The two million Kosovans want independence, and world attention has now been focused on this small province with the threat of air strikes. However, in Turkey, the Kurds are demanding the same as the Kosovans, but because Turkey is an ally of the West and a member of NATO it is allowed to get away with savage repercussions without any threat of action by the Western powers. Can someone please explain the moral principles that NATO follows? As one Kosavan refugee told SchNEWS: "NATO's intervention is more to do with Clinton's sexual desire than his desire to help Kosavan people"
For once SchNEWS remains ambivalent, is this one of those rare occasions where air strikes are they only option? We leave you to make your own desisions.
A week ago a Red Cross car hit a land-mine, killing one doctor and seriously injuring another. They have now stopped sending help to the villages because of the threat of land-mines.
Workers Aid for Kosovo are planing a convoy to the country in the next couple of weeks and donations are urgently needed such as tinned food, warm clothing, waterproofs, boots as well as cash to buy staple food. Another convoy will be leaving in a couple of months time. Tel: 0181 674 2528
- Chief Inspector Charles Pollard
"We've put a counter on the phone and last month we had 5,000
Obviously wishful thinking on the part of the old bill as the costs for protecting the cat butcherers at Hillgrove farm, near Whitney, have now passed the £1.25 million mark! Hillgrove farm supplies cats and kittens for scientific, cosmetic and military vivisection and has been the subject of sustained demo's for months. Despite the ridiculous policing bill, at one demo' the police built 12 foot walls around the farm complete with watch towers (SchNEWS 164, 167), Thames Valley Police continue to throw large amounts of their resources into protecting the ailing company, (is the fact that Home Secretary Jack Straw goes to church with Hillgrove owner Chris Brown anything to do with it?). In fact, since the protests started in September of last year, the numbers have anything but dwindled, 1,000's of people have protested, profits have plummeted and staff have left in droves. From a staff of 11 there are now only 5-6 and the farm is reduced to employing 17 year olds from an agency. With over a thousand cats caged up at the farm this gives each cat just 45 SECONDS OF CARE a day.
A spokesperson from Stagecoach buses of Hull, constituency of John Prescott, delivered this statement at their main garage during the 'Disabled Action Network's' three day 'Hell in Hull' demo last week. For many of DAN's members who cannot leave their wheelchairs, let alone fold them, this is little help. Earlier in the day activists crawled up John Prescott's front path and pushed their petitions through his letterbox. The Minister for Transport continues to refuse to comment, probably because he never has to rely on some of the worst-run buses in the country to get around. DAN activists also handcuffed themselves to a double decker in front of Hull University, and were joined by a number of students who, along with the Mayor of Hull, accompanied them on their protest march through the city centre. Hull City council have promised to end their contract with Stagecoach Buses if issues such as access are not addressed.
Contact CAAT on 0171 281 0297.
SchNEWS hopes their spot of stir was spent reflecting on increasing prisoner suicides especially. among young inmates, the many fit-ups and health problems. so don't forget prisoners need constant contact and always appreciate a letter.
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Last updated 11 October 1998
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