[Marxism] Rice protests at Sydney University

Ggregray at aol.com Ggregray at aol.com
Thu Mar 16 03:55:01 MST 2006


Five people were arrested today( Thursday 16 March) outside of the 
Conservatorium of Music in Sydney after mounted police and dog squad cops moved against 
a demonstration aimed at US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

Rice is visiting Australia which, under the right wing Howard Government, has 
been a close supporter of the US imperialist war in Iraq. The visit had been 
planned for a couple of months ago but the visit was postponed when the 
Zionist butcher Sharon went into a coma.

The Conservatorium is a part of Sydney University but is separate from the 
main campus in an area of the city where it is relatively easy to throw up a 
tight security 
cordon including blocking off several streets from regular traffic.

A statement from the Stop the War Coalition expressed outrage that the 
University had allowed this war criminaal to speak. But to add injury to injury the 
student audience was vetted by US security staff including having to give 
details of their country of birth. This was seen as a clear targetting of 
"middle-eastern" students.

In spite of this vetting and the massive security crackdown outside the 
Conservatorium  two separate interruptions happened during Rice's talk. In the 
first instance two people in the audience stood up and confronted Rice with the 
words:
"Iraqi blood is on your hands and you cannot wash that blood away"

In a second incident a protestor called out:
"What freedom are you talking about Dr Rice? What freedom are you talking 
about?

The Stop the War Coalition statement that called for today's demonstration 
against Rice said,"It is truly shameful that an Australian university would 
allow such a war criminal a platform, and also allow her audience to be racially 
screened by US security forces."

There will be a rally in Sydney this Saturday 18 March calling for peace and 
justice for the Iraqi people and troops out now as part of the world-wide 
mobilisation to mark the third anniversary of the brutal and disatrous invasion of 
Iraq. 



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