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The article below is based on an April 30 statement by the Stop the War Coalition Sydney http://www.stopwarcoalition.org.
SYDNEY— On April 24, more than 30 organisers and officials from the NSW Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) heard a presentation on the Palestinian resistance and the growing movement for boycotts, divestments from and sanctions against Israel (BDS). The presentation was given by activists from BDS Sydney and the Gaza Defence Committee.
Responding to US president Barack Obama’s for Cuba to free so-called dissidents in Cuban jails, Cuban President Raul Castro said on April 16: “Why do they not release our five heroes, young heroic men who never inflicted any harm on the United States?”
In an act of peaceful civil disobedience, more than 500 Tamils occupied George Street in Sydney’s CBD for more than an hour. The May 1 action protested the genocide being carried out by the Sri Lankan government against the Tamil people in the north and east of the country.
After Israel’s December-January military assault on Gaza, the global boycott campaign against Israel is starting to have an impact.
On April 29, Prime Minster Kevin Rudd’s government announced the deployment of 450 extra soldiers to Afghanistan, bringing the Australian contingent to 1550. This is part of an overall increase in foreign troops taking part in the US-led occupation.
The following open letter is to Tasmanian federal Labor MP Duncan Kerr, from Resistance.
For more than 100 years the WA seat of Fremantle has been safe Labor territory. Now, the May 16 state by-election for the seat is tipped to be a neck-and-neck race between ALP candidate Peter Tagliaferri and Adele Carles from the Greens.
Arturo Villanueva Arteaga, a 32-year-old Basque activist who has lived in west Belfast for four years, was arrested in a raid on April 21.

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