State of Emergency: The Violence of the 2007 APEC Meeting

Posted: August 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

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The link below is to an article that began as a collaborative work by Alexander Brown, Mark Gawne and myself. State of Emergency: The Violence of the 2007 APEC Meeting discusses the global state of emergency which became increasingly evident following September 11 2001. To shed light on the implications of the state of emergency this article traces a history of confrontations between those advocating neo-liberal globalisation and those opposing it. As explained in the article, a few days before the Sydney 2007 APEC meeting began, the NSW Police Minister and mainstream media outlets announced they had uncovered a ‘rioters training manual’ which they claimed “openly declares an intent to commit violence”. The evidence provided for this claim were articles in the counter-APEC conference ‘FLARE in the Void’ reader (that the initial form of this article appeared in). Those of us attending the ‘FLARE (For Liberation, Autonomy, Resistance, Exodus) in the Void’ convergence, which included Alexander, Mark and myself, were described in the media as “rioters” and the organisers were declared public enemy number one. According to media outlets, the reader called for violence by advocating “direct action” and by stating; “It is important to defy police attempts to frighten us”.

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