Story by Dave Wright SYDNEY — United States President George Bush was tried for crimes against humanity by a people's court here earlier this month.
The event was organised by the Mobilisation Opposing Bush, a coalition of peace, environment and solidarity organisations preparing for Bush's proposed visit to Australia during the New Year period.
Charges against Bush included:
l Waging war against the people of the Middle East during the Gulf War and perpetuating the oppression of the Palestinian people.
l Persistent destabilisation of Latin America, including the invasions of Grenada and Panama, mining of Nicaragua's harbours and the 30-year economic blockade of Cuba.
l Continuing expansion of US military activity into other countries, including use of military bases in the Philippines, Turkey, Cuba, Australia and South Korea.
l Destabilising the Asia-Pacific region, including North Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines.
l Attacking women's rights, especially the right to abortion.
l Attacking the trade union movement and workers' rights, and the rights of migrant, minority and black workers.
l Failing to address environmental problems such as ozone layer depletion.
The jury found Bush guilty on all counts. Judge Alissar Gazal deferred sentencing until such time as a suitable punishment could be found.
MOB is planning protests for George Bush's December 31 to January 3 visit to Australia. The group's next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 4, at 6.30 p.m., Sydney Trades Hall. For more information phone Jenny or Dave on 690 1977. n