============================================================================ From: "Vadim Bondar" <•••@••.•••> To: •••@••.••• Subject: Re: cj#1131> BELGRADE "INDEPENDENT" RADIO B292 ? Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2000 23:55:07 EDT Let's be consistent here. American bombings of Serbian radiostations are as wrong as the Serbian goverment shutting them down... <snip> =========== Dear Vadim, That's not 'consistent'; this is 'consistent': The U.S. has been under intense aerial bombardment for weeks. Thousands of civilians have been killed, and most of the major industry has been destroyed. The enemy has spread radioactive pellets all over the country, which will cause millions of deaths by cancer over the coming decades. The enemy then takes over one of the U.S. political parties and opens a radio station broadcasting enemy propaganda. As an American in that scenario, would you protest the closing of the radio station, saying that would be 'as wrong as the bombing'? rkm ============================================================================ From: MER <•••@••.•••> To: "MER" <•••@••.•••> Date: Sun, 01 Oct 2000 12:12:32 +0000 Subject: Israeli Snipers Target Civilians and Medical Workers Reply-To: •••@••.••• Organization: MiD-EasT RealitieS MIME-Version: 1.0 _______ ____ ______ / |/ / /___/ / /_ // M I D - E A S T R E A L I T I E S / /|_/ / /_/_ / /\ Making Sense of the Middle East /_/ /_/ /___/ /_/ \ http://www.MiddleEast.Org News, Information, & Analysis That Governments, Interest Groups, and the Corporate Media Don't Want You To Know! - - - - - - - - - - IF YOU DON'T GET MER, YOU JUST DON'T GET IT! To receive MER regularly email to •••@••.••• ISRAELI SNIPERS TARGET CIVILIANS AND MEDICAL PEOPLE "Horrible days indeed.... I did not write any column...because in such days all I can produce are shouts and frustration -- murderers! keeps repeating in my mind.... I will nevertheless try to send you later today some more coherent words." MER - Washington - 10/1/00: This anguished comment just received from an Israeli Professor associated with MER. And the following updates just received from The Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees, three of whose workers have today been targeted by Israeli snipers. Also remember that many persons who are not severely injured do not go to hospitals for fear the Israelis may find them and subsequently interrogate them, and thus are not recorded in the statistics. THREE AID WORKERS SHOT BY ISRAELI SNIPERS October 1, 2000, 4:30 PM: Three UPMRC First Aid Workers have been shot by Israeli snipers using high-velocity ammunition. Suheila Abdel-Rahman, a UPMRC health worker, and two volunteers, Bashir Bargouthi and Ashraf Bisht were assisting the injured at the junction near the City Inn Hotel in Ramallah. All three wore vests clearly identifying them as medical personnel. ISRAELI FORCES STILL FIRING AT CIVILIANS October 1, 2000, 4:00 PM: The Israeli army and police continue using deadly force against Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem for the fourth day in a row. Palestinian deaths and injuries continue to mount as Israeli forces fire live high-velocity ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas indiscriminately into crowds of protesters. The number of casualties are alarming: * At least 25 Palestinians are dead. * Over 750 are injured. * Fourteen remain in critical condition. Attacks on civilians have been especially brutal in the Gaza Strip, where 12-year old Rami Al-Dura was killed while under Israeli attack. Television cameras recorded the boy and his father, Jamal Al-Dura, trying to shield themselves from the hail of bullets. The father sustained critical injuries while trying to protect his son, but the army kept shooting until Rami was fatally wounded. Doctors are currently trying to remove a bullet from Jamal’s spine to prevent paralysis. Ambulance driver Ghassan Al-Balbisi, was shot to death by the same group of snipers while trying to reach the boy and his father. These events are a clear indication of the force the Israeli army is employing in their continued attacks against unarmed Palestinian civilians. Reports of an Israeli “cease-fire” are false. This afternoon, the army has been using tanks, helicopters and anti-tank missiles against Palestinian men, women, and children. MiD-EasT RealitieS - www.MiddleEast.Org Phone: 202 362-5266 Fax: 815 366-0800 Email: •••@••.••• ============================================================================ Delivered-To: •••@••.••• Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 12:56:51 -0400 From: David Creighton <•••@••.•••> Reply-To: •••@••.••• X-Accept-Language: en,fr-CA MIME-Version: 1.0 Subject: Repressions in Bolivia Please disseminate -- dc Subject: Fwd: Urgente -bolivia Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 12:44:00 GMT From: "sarah harden" <•••@••.•••> To: •••@••.••• hola. for those of you who have followed the april riots in bolivia, and may be reading limited information regarding the current problems, the following forward is a good update of what is happening right now. (it is clearer when read from the bottom up...) i am not writing from Bolivia, but from the US. however, i know quite a bit about what is going on. Following september 18, blockades planned by various groups, including the coordinator for water and life, began all over the country. teachers in rural and urban sectors demand wage increases, farmers in the chapare region, where coca is grown, call for an end to the eradiction of their farms (this is nothing new except that the army under US management is planning to build 3 new military bases in the zone), and farmers in cochabamba battle once again the law to privatize water. the situation has become desperate and my companions call for all to denounce this bolivian government along with its US funded projects in the Chapare. with reports that indicate at least 20 deaths and 100 wounded in this conflict bolivia is worse off now than in the april conflicts. please support the solidarity of bolivians by passing this information on. thanks, sarah harden ============================================================================ Delivered-To: moderator for •••@••.••• Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000 15:24:19 -0400 From: Rights Action <•••@••.•••> MIME-Version: 1.0 To: •••@••.••• Subject: Urgent action for prisoners -- WB & IMF meetings September 29, 2000 Communique #6 Contact: Grahame Russell 416-654-2074 •••@••.••• www.rightsaction.org URGENT ACTION NEEDED "Widespread reports of Torture in Czech Prisons" Please demand access to prisons by Legal, NGO and Governmental Observers [This communiqué was prepared by Rights Action staff (Annie Bird) who is in Prague (Czech Republic) working on the Chixoy Dam reparations campaign. It is based on information from INPEG, the Initiative Against Economic Globalization, a local organization formed to sponsor education, advocacy and protest activities related to the now-ended Annual Meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Members of INPEG have received death threats.] ******* There are many personal testimonies and eye-witness reports of civil rights abuses by Czech police of illegally detained prisoners, rounded up over the past 72 hours, during educational and advocacy activities and demonstrations related to the WB and IMF meeting in Prague. Though much of the mainstream media focused on the tiny fraction of protesters who engaged in the clash with police, the vast majority of participants were committed to non-violent protest and blockade strategies, including a pink and silver contingent of samba dancers and the huge Ya Basta! group clad in padding, inner-tubes, and balloons who spent four hours pushing against a police blockade. Violations reported by victims and eye-witnesses include: torture (severe beatings and sexual aggression), denial of medical attention, denial of food, denial of water, denial of sleep, and the denial of other civil rights such as telephone calls, access to lawyers, access to consular officials, etc. INPEG estimates that on September 26th approximately 422 people were arrested -- of those, approximately 130 were internationals and the remainder Czech. On the evening of September 28, Czech authorities claimed that number had risen to 859 people. INPEG estimates that between September 26 and 29 approximately 1000 people have been detained. Reports indicate that a large percentage of those were not detained during or even near protests and that many of the detained had nothing to do with protests. Beginning on October 26, INPEG's legal support team reported that they had difficulty collecting information about arrests because, contrary to Czech Law, prisoners were not allowed to make telephone calls, nor were they allowed to receive visits. The legal team has not been allowed access to prisons where those arrested are being held. There are many reports of people missing for several days, though INPEG is unable to confirm how many due to a lack of reliable information. CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS Joshua Tzarfarti, an Isreali/ French citizen, was detained by police on October 26, while cleaning up trash following a demonstration. Witnesses claim that he put up no resistance and was not injured at that time. [In fear of anti-Semitism, he showed his French passport]. On October 27, a US citizen and two German witnesses confirmed that Tzarfarti was beaten severely in prison. He was reported to have a broken rib, a broken arm, difficulty walking because both legs had been severely damaged and bruising. He was denied medical attention for his injuries. INPEG's legal team, his family, friends and the Israeli consulate have been unable to obtain any information as to his condition or his whereabouts. An American woman, released from prison, spoke to a man who had been so severely beaten he was unable to hear from one ear. Two Norwegians, who were reporting a stolen cellular phone in a police station, witnessed through a briefly opened door that a number of people were handcuffed to the wall and being beaten. An Austrian woman is currently hospitalized with a fractured spine and foot after jumping from the second story window of a police station on September 27. She was being beaten by police and feared for her life. INPEG asserts that at least two others are currently hospitalized following detention by police. They do not know how many more may be hospitalized. There are other reports of people being beaten while handcuffed, and reports that people were handcuffed and tossed down stairs. On October 28, INPEG gathered the following statistics from a survey of 44 people released from prison: 38% were beaten; of those, 62% were beaten in prison; 99% were not allowed to make telephone calls; 47% were not allowed translation; 65% were not allowed to sleep. Joe Crescente, a journalist from Olympia, Washington, who had been covering the events in Prague with accreditation from the Independent Media Center, was detained by police on September 27 while on his way to meet friends for lunch. He was held over night, denied a telephone call, food or sufficient water (2 bottles every 4 hours between 40 to 50 people). While illegally detained, he met many 'internationals' also being held. He and approximately 25 others were released at 7am on September 28. Another 15 to 20 detainees were not released at that time. Those being released were told the rest would be released in 3 hours and were being transferred to the 'Foreign Police' unit. A day and a half later those prisoners have not been released. Many US and Canadian citizens are unaccounted for. Given reports coming from the prisons, INPEG officials are extremely concerned for their well-being. They have made repeated requests for help to the US embassy, where consular officers have been extremely unhelpful. INPEG has composed the following list of Canadians and US citizens purported to be missing: -Eric Schroder (US from Florida - witnessed by Crescente) -Andrew Stern (Canadian - witnessed by Crescente) -Even Henshaw Plath (USA) -Robert Matthew Opfel (USA) -Seraphine Whitman (USA) -Lorraine Jonas (Canadian) -Johanne Roy (Canadian) -Samantha Ivers (USA of Baltimore, MD detained on September 26) Joe Crescente [see above] witnessed Stern being beaten, though not severely. According to Crescente, Schoder and Stern had also been picked up while walking on public streets, without provocation. INPEG's legal team has received no support from international human rights organizations. Amnesty International's Czech office has refused to become involved, unless they receive signed statements from prisoners that they were not involved in the violent activities. Not only is this absolutely improper procedure for dealing with cases of alleged civil rights violations, but also it is impossible - for the illegal nature of the detentions and violations themselves - to obtain such statements. WHAT TO DO Please demand that US and Canadian Embassy officials enter all prisons, police detention centers and hospitals in the Prague area to verify the whereabouts and condition of US and Canadian prisoners and all other detainees. Please contact government and public officials in Prague, the World Bank, the IMF, Canada and the US, demanding the following: 1} that INPEG, embassy officials and international human rights observers be allowed access to prisoners. 2) that information be released to embassies and the legal observers as to who was arrested, when, for what reasons, and where they are being held. 3} that the torture (physical and sexual abuse) against protesters in police custody end immediately, and appropriate action taken on the offending officers. 4} that protesters held in jail be informed in their own language what they are being held for. 5} that all protesters, illegally detained and arrested in the past week, be immediately released unless charges are laid and they have full and proper representation and treated according to national and international legal standards. Please keep on trying to get through to any of the offices below (in the Czech republic, it is a national holiday today, September 29th). President Vaclav Havel: Tel: 011 420-2-2431-0855 Fax: 011 420-2-2437-3196 E: •••@••.••• Ministry of the Interior: Tel: 011 420-2-6142-1115 Fax: 011-420-2-6143-3552,3 Or, Ministry of the Interior, Stanislaw GROSS Tel: 011 420-2-6143-2971,4 Fax: 011 420-2-6143-3552,3 E: •••@••.••• US Embassy in Czech Republic: 011 420-2-5753-0663 011 420-2-5753-2059 (fax) Canadian Embassy in Czech Republic Tel: 011 420-2-7210-1800 Czech Embassy in Washington DC Tel: 202-274-9100 ******* For updates on what is happening, check the: http://prague.indymedia.org To contact the legal observers, email: E: •••@••.••• Tel: 011 4202 0608-7216,17 To contact INPEG: E: •••@••.••• ******* Rights Action 416-654-2074 •••@••.••• www.rightsaction.org ============================================================================ Richard K Moore Wexford, Ireland Citizens for a Democratic Renaissance email: •••@••.••• CDR website & list archives: http://cyberjournal.org content-searchable archive: http://members.xoom.com/centrexnews/ featured article: http://cyberjournal.org/cj/rkm/Whole_Earth_Review/Escaping_the_Matrix.shtml A community will evolve only when the people control their means of communication. -- Frantz Fanon Permission for non-commercial republishing hereby granted - BUT include and observe all restrictions, copyrights, credits, and notices - including this one. ============================================================================ .