Sunday, October 30, 2011

Revolution! From an Arab Spring to a Pacific Summer

An evening on the struggle for democracy and freedom in the south Pacific. The winds of the Arab spring are blowing in the south Pacific.

Since the recent massacre of peaceful activists in Papua and the new wave of repression in Fiji, the need for solidarity and collective struggle in the Pacific to end the colonisation, genocide and police states is evermore pressing. Are revolutions in the Pacific on the cards? How can people involved in unions, the student movement and Occupy Auckland aid the Pacific struggles for liberation? What does tino rangatiratanga mean today? What role can the Mana Movement play in the fight for Pacific democracy?

Talks by Nik Naidu, Maire Leadbeater and Tracey Lee.
  • Nik Naidu is the spokesperson for the Coalition for Democracy in Fiji fighting for free and fair elections.
  • Maire Leadbeater from the Indonesia Human Rights Committee has been campaigning for ten years for freedom for the West Papuan people. She played a leading role in the solidarity campaign with East Timor from the 1980s onwards.
  • Tracey Lee is a Mana Movement activist based in Te Raki Pae Whenua (North Shore).
And a film on the 2006 Tongan democracy movement that brought democratic reform to the Kingdom through strikes, protests and riot.

8pm - Tuesday 1 November at Occupy Auckland!

"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." - Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s

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