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Art and anarchy: understanding a computer center suicide bombing

Oceania

Just after midnight, Neil Roberts painted a quote on the wall of a toilet block: “We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity.” He also painted an anarchist symbol and the words “peace thinking”. Roberts then walked towards the Computer Centre that stored criminal and justice information for use by New Zealand law enforcement agencies. One of two security guards inside the foyer of the centre saw him coming and reached for the intercom. He saw Roberts bend down as if to tie his shoes. It was 12.35am. A deafening roar and a flash followed as six sticks of gelignite in a red hold-all Roberts was carrying exploded. The security guards were blown off their feet but uninjured. The entrance foyer was wrecked.

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Battlefield Indonesia: workers and indigenous communities are resisting

In Indonesia, workers are resisting low wages and demanding health care coverage, and indigenous communities are resisting corporate-enforced destruction. Price rises are provoking revolt in yet another country. The country is Indonesia, the price concerns fuel, and the revolt takes the form of rallies and strike action. The events can be seen as just a new round in a series of workers' struggles for better living standards, against a state and a capitalist class that tries to make profits by keeping wages as low as possible, by destroying the forest and the livelihood of people.

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New Zealand: Up A Mighty River Without A Paddle?

Oceania

During the last election the centre-right National Party lead by multi-millionaire John Key, said it would partly privatise certain state assets if re-elected. Its main losing rival was the Labour Party, at the time lead by the uncharismatic Phil Goff, who had been one of the architects of the privitisation push in the 1980s. National has now decided to press ahead with its threat.

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General strike: Indonesian workers protest against outsourcing

Jakarta (AsiaNews) - At least two million workers in the streets, 23,000 of which in Jakarta alone; a national protest that threatens to turn into a real head-on clash with employers, who fear the flight of foreign investors and the collapse of business. This game between companies and workers Indonesia is being played out around outsourcing; yesterday these workers launched a country-wide strike to call for greater protection of their rights and better employment terms, including health care and higher wages. About 700 plants, belonging to 80 industrial complexes, have suffered heavy setbacks due to absences from work. The event, in addition to the capital, involved Bogor, Depok, Karawang, Semarang, Medan and many other smaller towns.

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Indonesian syndicalists fight for justice at PT Garmindo Jaya KNH

Indonesian anarcho-syndicalist comrades of the Workers Power Syndicate and other fellow workers face retribution including sackings for attempting to organize in response to various labor law violations and other summary behaviour at PT Garmindo Jaya KNH, a garment company in Bogor, West Java.

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