Gerry Georgatos The Rally for Justice in Forrest Place, Perth, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth attracted hundreds of police, including horseback units and other armoury, and the Police Commissioner, Karl O'Callaghan himself. However, the rally also attracted 2,000 supporters and the entire mass of the OCCUPY movement.
Gerry Georgatos interviewed Dave from Occupy Perth regarding protests against the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (COGM) in Perth this weekend
GERRY: Dave, can you give me a little insight into the brief history of the Occupy movement?
"Why would I bow down to them? I will not be a token Aborigine for them and bow down to world leaders, heads of government who commit one human rights abuse after another, including genocide."
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), opened by the Queen, was held in Perth on Friday October 28 to Monday October 31. The event incorporated an Aboriginal presence and events included a welcome to country. However, one of Western Australia's prominent Nyungar Elders, Ben Taylor refused an invitation to be part of the CHOGM and instead opened the rally for justice against the CHOGM, with a welcome to country and the first speech, on Friday, at 10am in Forrest Place, Perth while the Queen's motorcade passed nearby.
Mr Taylor said, "Why would I bow down to them? I will not be a token Aborigine for them and bow down to world leaders, heads of government who commit one human rights abuse after another, including genocide."
On the 25 October 2011, Julia Gillard along with the head of Woodside addressed the Gala ball at the CHOGM business forum at the Burswood Casino in what is to be the first of a week of CHOGM events and protests.
Hundreds of people gathered in Forrest Place in Perth to speak and listen each other as the Occupy Perth movement began. According to Perth Now speeches covered “the unaffordability of housing, the Iraq war and having world leaders responsible for human rights abuses being wined and dined during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.” Plans are being made to Occupy CHOGM on the 28th of October.
So-called social media movements in the Middle East and North Africa have been applauded by western governments. Leaders of the so-called 'free world', including Barack Obama asked leaders of these nations to respect the will of the people, to respect their right to freedom of speech and the right to protest, and in many cases for national leaders to step down.
HRA MEDIA RELEASE: CHOGM a welcome mat to brutal human rights abusers.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth during the last week of October will welcome various brutal human rights abusers. The capacity for the discovery of the truth is outstripped by the manifest of deceit.
Homeless people are among us, and often many turn a blind eye.
Homeless folk who live on the streets and in our parks are different in context to homelessness and waiting lists for public housing.
Unfortunately our governments do not take seriously enough the funding required to ensure adequate accommodation and adequate public housing.