In both cities, the movement is refusing to be intimidated -- and plans are underway for big rallies and attempts to re-occupy public space.
Occupy Melbourne has organised a rally for Saturday, October 29, 12pm at the State Library. The rally will march to the Treasury Gardens, with the goal of setting up a new occupation there.
Occupy Melbourne released the statement below on October 27.
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Occupy Melbourne’s 8th general assembly passed a proposal, put forward by the Indigenous Working Group, to support the creation of a treaty between the First Nations of Australia and the Australian Commonwealth Government.
The call for recognition of Aboriginal Sovereignty gained public prominence in Australia with the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra in 1972.
Socialist Party Yarra City councillors Anthony Main and Stephen Jolly released released this letter below to Occupy Melbourne on October 27.
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Dear Occupy Melbourne comrades,
Thank you for your letter to Councillors requesting support from the Yarra City Council. On behalf of the two Socialist Party Councillors at Yarra we would like to offer the following brief reply.
Newly-elected Wollongong Mayor Gordon Bradbery gave this speech at a October 16 rally against coal seam gas, organised by Stop CSG Illawarra. More than 3000 people attended the rally.
Seamus Doherty is a long time human rights activist, particularly with the Western Australia Deaths in Custody Watch Committee. The WA Liberal government has put him on the CHOGM excluded people's list.
Doherty has never being charged with anything before and needs a walking stick to get around. But the CHOGM police task force has deemed him a threat.
Doherty is also a member of the CHOGM Action Network, which has planned a peaceful people's march on the CHOGM summit on October 28 to call for "justice and climate action, not racism and war".
Democracy Now's Amy Goodman speaks to a participant in Occupy Oakland as it comes under attack from police.
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