[Marxism] Socialist Alliance student leader harassed under "anti-terror" laws

Nick Fredman srcsra at scu.edu.au
Wed Dec 6 21:55:00 MST 2006


"Anti-terror" Laws used to Intimidate Student Union
President

Wollongong police yesterday informed Jess Moore,
President of the Wollongong Undergraduate Students'
Association (WUSA), anti-war activist and member of
the Socialist Alliance, that under the new
"anti-terror" laws, she is facing a police
investigation. A Senior Constable told Ms Moore that
someone had made a complaint that she had organised an
action in support of Hamas on October 18 of this year.

The action in question was in fact organised on campus
to combat homophobia, it had nothing to do with the
conflict in the Middle East, let alone the Palestinian
group Hamas. At the action, students threw balloons
filled with water at placards of John Howard, to
highlight their disgust with the Prime Minister’s
homophobic policies. Ms Moore attended the action that
was supported by WUSA, but wasn't an organiser.

"This is a shocking case of intimidation. That anyone
can 'dob in' anyone else merely for attending a
political demonstration that opposes the Howard
Government, and have the police investigate them is an
outrageous attack on civil liberties", Moore said.

"It's really scary to be called by the police to be
told you are under investigation for allegedly
supporting a terrorist group. These laws are obviously
designed to dissuade activists and trade unionists
from speaking out against the war, injustice and
against this government. It's well known that many
Muslims and people of Arabic background fear attending
public demonstrations in this country - It's obvious
why!

"Free speech is under attack. In a democratic society
people should have the right to speak their mind
without fear of reprisal or intimidation. This
incident undermines the freedom we supposedly have.

"For me this exposes the so-called 'War on Terror' for
what it really is: inhumane and unjust foreign policy
and an excuse for this government to intimidate and
silence those who oppose them," she concluded.

Ms Moore has vowed to continue demonstrating against
injustice despite the harassment she is facing. She is
calling on all supporters of civil liberties to do the
same.

Media enquiries:
Jess Moore
President
Wollongong Undergraduate Students' Association
0416 232 349



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Nick Fredman
Advocacy, Research and Policy Coordinator
Southern Cross University (Lismore) Student Representative Council
Available Mon, Tues, Thurs 9am-5pm
Ph 02 6626 9346
Email srcsra at scu.edu.au
Web http://www.lismoresrc.org.au
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