Anarchists attack Australia

From Sydney Indymedia

In the early hours of January 26th we tipped a bucket of paint on a statue celebrating the First Fleet in Brighton Le Sands, Botany Bay.

We later threw numerous paint bombs at a massive statue of James Cook in Hyde Park, who according the plaque on the monument “discovered this territory in 1770”.

We sprayed stencils reading: "FUCK AUSSIE PRIDE", "DESTROY COLONIAL AUSTRALIA" & "PROUDLY UNAUSTRALIAN" throughout the city, Redfern, Newtown, Marrickville, Sydenham and at Bicentennial Park and Carss Park, where ‘Australia Day’ celebrations were to take place.

We paint bombed the Tempe office the Australia First Party, a small fascist sect which has managed to get one racist elected to the Penrith council.

We dropped 7 banners across Sydney, five from walkway bridges and two from an empty warehouse on a busy intersection. They read:

ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE ABORIGINAL LAND

DECOLONISATION NOT RECONCILIATION

KILL THE COLONISER IN YOUR HEAD

225 YEARS OF OCCUPATION, 225 YEARS OF RESISTANCE

FROM PAPUA TO PALESTINE, GADIGAL TO WALLMAPU, SOLIDARITY WITH INDIGENOUS STRUGGLES.

And an Aboriginal Flag banner.

Around midday a few of us dropped a massive banner reading FUCK THE FIRST FLEET from a walkway above Circular Quay in Sydney Harbour, where thousands had gathered to watch city organised events, including a military aircraft show. A few hundred leaflets were thrown from the walkway which soon attracted a large police response.

Throughout the night we removed council banners promoting Australia Day events and set about capturing as many Australian flags as possible. Large and small flags were taken from park flagpoles, shopfronts, fences, yards, cars and later burnt.

We are completely opposed to nationalist celebration commemorating the date of invasion by the First Fleet. The fleet was comprised of eleven prison vessels, sent to establish a colony on the east coast to displace Britain’s criminalised poor and rebellious. The colony introduced the paradigm of police, prisons and private property to a territory where land was communal, communities settled disputes and meted out punishment without recourse to incarceration or a specialised armed force constantly patrolling and surveilling everyone’s behaviour.

This process of conquest and control has been consistently opposed and resisted by Aboriginal fighters, rebellious convicts, poor settlers and migrants. Despite constant claims to the contrary, struggle against this colonial state and its laws has not been defeated. From bushrangers to bank robbers resistance has continued through daily attacks against property by thousands of mostly young rebels.

Australian colonialism is not a thing of the past. It is continued and reproduced every day though government policies such as the NT intervention, the massive incarceration rate of indigenous youths and Australian military action in the South Pacific and Afghanistan. It is reproduced and legitimised through the daily activity of everyone on this territory who upholds property rights and recognise the government’s claim to this territory.

Although nationalist and militarist holidays such as Australia, ANZAC and Remembrance Day are entirely symbolic, they are intended to foster a proud colonialist mentality and unity around the state. We encourage disruption and sabotage of any celebration of colonial history.

We extend a wave of solidarity to indigenous resistance struggles around the world. We wish strength to the Papua freedom fighters, resisting Indonesian military occupation, Mapuche communities battling the Chilean state and landowners for control of their native lands, indigenous peoples in Bolivia fighting against a massive highway through their territory. Indigenous peoples in Brazil who’ve been resisting the Belo Monte Dam for decades, and the first nation peoples in Canada currently mobilising through the inspiring Idle no more campaign.

We are against any process of reconciliation between indigenous and non indigenous Australians until the structures of colonialism have been destroyed.

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Busy fucking night. Good job

By "Anarchists Attack Australia" you meant "Some Anarchists IN Australia Threw Some Paint Around" and not the full-on sea and air invasion I pictured when I thought of anarchists attacking the Australian continent.

Maybe next time...

Whatever. That was the best title in months.

fucking sick! Solidarity from Turtle Island

love the increased activity coming out of australia. folks there seem to have some solid heads on their shoulders. nothing wrong with low-intensity attacks like paint bombs and banner drops to help build momentum and affinity. know your capacity, know what you're capable of, and plan accordingly. nothing saps the energy out of a bunch of gung-ho anarchists than trying to take on more than you're capable of, failing, getting burnt out, and giving up. little victories are oftentimes better than big defeats.

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For sure. Well said. Onya mob. x

YEAH! I always said FUCK Silver chair!

I really really enjoyed this communique.

Nice work. That's a fuckin' lot of actions to pull off so quick.

So when anarchists talk about "decolonization" what specifically do they mean by that? Cause it seems like every time I hear an anarchist discussion about "decolonization" all I hear at best are vagaries and sloganeering, such as: "decolonization means smashing white supremacy" or "decolonization means confronting patriarchy." At worst I've heard advocation for a weird tribalism (that ends up skirting the line of racial separatism in my opinion). What I never hear, though, is anything tangible, like what a "decolonized" society would look like, or how we can achieve it. If anyone could help me shed some light on this It would be much appreciated.

Removing the colonial society and its system of values, production and exchange... or bringing it down so to create a situation where going back to the roots and reconnecting with ttyhe Earth is not some pipe dream for petit-bourgeois hippies, but a necessity for a living... Getting all those shitty racial, sexist, patriarchal patterns from out of your head, probably by confronting these to other possibilities... going to live with a bunch of natives... fucking up the power lines... learning to love beyond the penetration-based interactions...

Stuff like that.

In your response you did the very thing I was complaining about--vageries and sloganeering.

"going to live with a bunch of natives"

"bringing it down so to create a situation where going back to the roots and reconnecting with ttyhe Earth"

"learning to love beyond the penetration-based interactions..."

For real? Give me a fucking break.

Reading Wretched of the Earth would be a start to shed some light on what it would look like...

Well ok that's a good starter, but next time, please consider bringing it to a higher level that what pidgeons are already doing... Ever heard of hacksaws? Expansive foam can allow for some creativity too!

Day and night in irons clad, we like poor galley slaves,
shall toil and sweat, and when we die shall fill dishonored graves.
But someday I shall slip my chains, and to the wild bush go,
and join the bold bushrangers there, Jack Donahue and Co.

...and some still night when all is right, and there's quiet in the town
I'll shoot the bastards one and all, I'll gun the floggers down.
I'll give them all a little treat, remember what I say.
...and they'll regret they sent Jim Jones in chains to Botany Bay.

i am kind of new to anarchism, love the beleifs and freedom by whatever means. So what im asking is, would it be against anarchist beleifs to celebrate on australia day not for its governmental reasons but because i love this land and the people who live here.

or do what others do on the 4th of July or canada day, have a drunken flag burning party.

of course not, anarchists love a good party! Use it as an opportunity to point out the stuff about australia day that you disagree with.

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