To pick up a copy of the convergence manual go
to Barricade Books/Infoshop, (115 Sydney Rd, Brunswick), FOE, (Smith
St, Collingwood) the New International Bookshop (Victorian Trades
Hall Council, cnr. Lygon and Victoria Sts, Carlton) or the s11 Alliance
office (RMIT, city).
About s11 AWOL, the Autonomous Web of Liberation
s11 AWOL aims to facilitate actions, hold skill-sharing workshops,
provide support and empower people with information and tools to
to strategically shut down the World Economic Forum. s11 AWOL is
non-hierarchical, decentralised and autonomous network. We are committed
taking direct action for social and environmental justice through
creative resistance to capitalism and for the defence of our lives.
S11 AWOL has three main aims
1. Provide skills, training and information on Direct Action, protests
and protesting, and legal support through workshops, pamphlets and
fostering of networks.
2. To encourage the formation of Affinity Groups through workshops
networking, and to promote the benefits for organising in Affinity
3. To provide logistical support during the s11 protest and
post-protest period, ie, medical, legal, etc.
phone: 0500 800 379 web site:
The s11 Alliance
The s11 alliance is a union of just about every activist group from
around Australia coming together to unite in the common hope of
world. Only with unity can we overcome the forces which attempt
dominate us, and knowing this, encourage as much division amongst
possible. The s11 alliance counters this and will present a unified
front to the World Economic Forum, showing that we no longer accept
S11 Office GPO Box 12387, A'Beckett St, Melb 8006
Ph: 03 9925 3327 Fax: 03 9925 3705 Email: S11Office@netscape.net
The S11 Office is located in the RMIT Student Union,Building 8,
3, Swanston Street, Melbourne
S11 Organising Groups
ph: (03) 9925 3327
fax: (03) 9925 3705
the s11 office is available to all groups organising for s11.
iXpress - bicycle courier service
web site: www.criticalmass.org.au/s11
ph: (03) 8611 4689
s10 celebration day - jubilee 2000:
dave collis: 03 9815 1677
food not bombs:
friends of the earth:
ph: 03 9419 8700
0401471478 0500800379 0428882800
arrestwatch / legal info line:
s11 legal observer team:
big puppet and performance crew:
nick 9419 8700
queers united to eradicate economic rationalism:
josh: 9925 3707
xanthe: 0407 519 348
ph: 03 9662-9688
buddhist peace fellowship:
helen dell: 61 3 9376 4076
fax: 61 3 9372 6303
ph: 03 9639 7688
s11 high school students:
james or tim: 03 9639 8622 *a/h or saturdays
school student strike - socialist party:
phone: 0408588586 + 03 9417 0805
************************************************WHAT is the World
Economic Forum (WEF)
The WEF is an influencial and unelected think tank dedicated to
consolidating the dominance of capitalist work and consumption across
globe. This is a very particular kind of Globalisation. Founded
as the European Management Forum, it was renamed the WEF in 1987
reflect its increasingly global outlook. According to the WEF it
the foremost global partnership of business, political, intellectual
and other leaders of society committed to improving the state of
In a speech to the WEF global summit (forum defing
political economic and business agenda) U.S. President Cllinton
- My most important wish is that the global business community could
adopt a shared vision for the next ten to twenty years about what
want the world to look like, and then go about creating it in ways
actually enhance your business, but do so in a way that helps other
people as well
The model advocated by the WEF is the same as that of the World
Organisation (WTO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Free
trade and an unregulated capitalism. Whilst money and goods and
people move around freely, the bulk of the world's population have
such freedom. Whilst claiming a commitment to improving the state
world the WEF promotes structural adjustment programs involving
privatization of social assets, large scale cuts to education and
funding, laws discriminating against union organization and civil
and ecologically destructive practices.
There is potential for alleviating poverty and other
through international co-operation. However, the Australian State's
position in international politics/law has been reactionary on issues
as human rights (see so called illegal immigrants) and the environment
(Kyoto/climate protection). On the other hand, Labor and Liberal
governments have embraced the WTO, which is the most effective piece
international law ever. It protects the rights of capitalists above
else. The rich move their capital on the basis of profitability.
Consequently, of the 4.4 billion people living in less industrialised
(LICs), approximately 60% lack basic sanitation, a 33% lack drinking
water and so on. Yet the WEF response to exploitation, poverty and
inequality, is to end economic intervention on the basis of welfare
redistribution of wealth, and move toward promoting freedom for
The WEF desribe themselves as a independent, impartial and
not-for-profit organisation tied to no political partisan or national
And if we were to concede that the world is solely peopled by corporate
eaders, trade ministers, and bureaucrats from certain key international
NGOs, this lie might seem plausible.
1) The CEOs from the worlds largest 1000 corporations
the WEF include: Microsoft, News, Monsanto, Nestle, Rio Tinto, Dow
Corning, Indian Petro-Chemical Corp, McDonalds, Exxon, Dupont, Siemans,
Shell, De Beers, Phillip Morris, Western Mining, Telstra and 984
other usual suspects.
2) Heads of State and Trade Ministers, with representation favouring
the OECD/industrialised countries.
3) Bureaucrats from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund
World Trade Organisation (WTO), and other international
non-governmental organisations, i.e. people (like the corporations
above) who are not
elected by or accountable to any public.
What is occurring in Melbourne on September 11-13 (S11) is a regional
summit of the WEF.
The summit will offer the opportunity to identify through intensive
networking the opportunities offered for business and economic
co-operation. The central topics for discussion include: the prospects
capitalist growth in the region after the restructuring (privatisation,
lay-offs ,cuts in public sector) in many states in the region; business
government partnerships; and the role for 21 C Capitalism?We are
excluded from these discussions.
As their annual report states, WEF regional activities
"play a central
role in creating more dynamic investor friendly environments.
Representing the interests of women, all working people, Indigenous
Australians, our collective resources and environments is apparently
contrary to a
dynamic investor friendly environment. So, contrary to the global
corporatist vision, we must make our own representations.
S11. S12. S13.
FOOD NOT BOMBS
FNB will be doing food during the whole period of S11 from Convergence
Thursday 7 September through to the blockade of 11,12,13. Cookin
fine vegan organic tucker, breakfast lunch and dinner in at least
the Convergence venues from 7 September and to have a ready supply
hot food on the front line at Crown from September 11. All by donation,
prepare to volunteer and show off your culinary skills..
Come along and plan menus, put your name down on
the rosters and share
your ideas, contact barricade books for more info or
If the Government sends in the Army what better message can we send
than Food Not Bombs
Near Crown Melways Map 2F, F7
Blue Train Café Mid Level, Southgate Complex (some cheap
Food Court Lower Level, Southgate Complex
City Melways Maps 1A & 1B
Crossways Hare Krishna Restaurant open 12pm3pm weekdays (about $3-$4
meal), Swanston St, between Collins and Little Collins Sts
Camy's Shanghai Dumpling and Noodle House 23-25 Tattersalls Lane
DonDon's Japanese Restaurant 321 SwanstonSt (be warned Tofu Curry
Ong Asian Food Court Near cnr Swanston & Ltl Bourke St,
Huge range of food and prices.
Gopal's Vegetarian Restaurant 139 Swanston St
Basement 407 407 Swanston St
Richmond Melways Map 2G
Victoria Street Cheap Vietnamese Restaurants In particular: Thy
142 Victoria Street
Footscray Melways Map 42
Samrat Indian Restaurant 359 Barkly St
Hopkins Street Cheap Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurants
In particular: Bo De Trai Vegetarian Buddhist Restaurant, 94 Hopkins
Carlton Melways Map 2B
Lygon Street is the home of Italian Restaurants.
Some are pretty expensive but you can getsome cheap pasta and pizza.
MU Food Co-Op, open 10am-4pm , 1st floor union house melbourne uni
Fitzroy Melways Map 2C
Brunswick Street is the home of the yuppie cafes, which are open
but expensive food.
Friends of the Earth Food Co-op &Restaurant 312 Smith Street,
lunches, open 10am 5pm
Guru Da Dhaba (Indian) -240 Johnston St
Wild Yak (Tibetan) 97 Smith St
Westgarth/Northcote Melways Map 30
Alphabet City Café High Street, Westgarth
Baked Potato Place High Street, Westgarth
Brunswick Melways Map 29
The Turkish and Lebanese zone. Alaysa's Restaurant on Sydney Rd
Kake Di Hatti (Indian) 128 Lygon Street, East Brunswick.
WORKSHOPS @ CONVERGENCE
Get Skilled up, for s11 and for the rest of your life. Skills and
'they' would rather you didn't have are available for a little time,
spare change, and commitment. Addresses of convergence spaces aren't
published here for security reasons, but ask around and they will
Plus more exciting stuff at spaces, info etc, including catering
not bombs at some !
All these workshops are flexible, they may be moved
ar times swapped.
People are welcome to offer workshops that are not listed ar repeat
workshops, of course this depends on attendance, so be therE.
ORIENTATION What's the WEF? Why Crown? Why now?
If these are
questions you're asking, if pamphlets don't satisfy, you're new
or this activism gig, this is the FIRST workshop for you.
MUTUAL SUPPORT We're active cos we care about people,
society and the
living planet, more than private profit or power. Caring for those
around us is surely the first step. How to look after each other,
stress and distress and help support each other in what ever way
will ensure we achieve our short /long term goals.
LEGAL Interested or planning to be involved in the
mass picket of
crown, or other associated Non-Violent Direct Action? Then you will
more effective if you know exactly where you stand with police,
security and the courts. This (legal) information is POWER.
S-LOCK-O Classic low tech way to create blockades,
resist eviction and
get media. Every lock-on needs planning, practical backup, legal
and support, and of course hardware and know-how. Be here for a
course in the essentials.
FIRST AID Things may get hairy. If you or those
around you are on the
receiving end of police violence (as seen at Albert Park, Richmond
secondary, Seattle etc) or plain accident, its better if we can
care for our own. Tear gas can be painful, but it can be relieved.
Blood can be scary, but it can be staunched. Learn how.
YOGA Some stress is inevitable. But it need not
be a lasting
condition. Yoga is a holistic way of calming, centring and recharging.
and sessions suitable for all levels will be held.
ACTION FACILITATION On the street decisions may
have to be made. Your
affinity group will have to decide when to hold it's ground, when
run, when to escalate. Only you and your's can do that, cos its
butts on the line. How to do that, in a way where all voices are
to reach a decision that everybody agrees with and can live with
afterwards, is vital. Come to this workshop to learn how.
PERSONAL / POLITICAL. You tell me yours and I'll
tell you mine.
Learning where others stand and finding how we reach these standpoints
teaches us tolerance, and to love diversity. Also, we need to be
talk to every and anyone about the values that bring us into opposition
with the WEF, so they understand why we're doing this. And even
empathise. This workshop provides a safe space to explore motivations
get a feel for fellow activists.
SCOUTS Groups will be forming up at this convergence
space and being
led down to crown, making as much noise and with as much colour
possible. Appropriate transport (skateboards, bikes etc) is recommended.
SCREEN PRINTING Workshops making prints for the
days of action for you
to wear or wave in the air. If you have materials bring, tho some
AFFINITY GROUPS DISCUSSION The pro's and cons of
affinity groups will
be discussed, principles, how to and the forming there-of.
AFFINITY GROUPS (blockade teams, action groups,
Affinity groups are small (3-20 people), autonomous groups of people
with a common identity or cause, who take part in actions and support
each other. Their actions can take place within mass demonstrations
on their own. There are many advantages to working in an AG in mass
demonstrations. A few being:
· Elimination of feelings and dangers of isolation
· Provision of support; emotional, physical, tactical etc.
· Harder to infiltrate by undercover police and corporate-sponsored
· Greater flexibility in responding to changing conditions
· Highly democratic and autonomous
So who is actually in an AG? People often form affinity
friends, co-workers, housemates etc. Usually, the risks you take
together as an AG will be representative of the level of trust developed
between the members. So while it's possible to form AG's with people
met at the pub last night, you may be less likely to do high risk
with them. Within AG's, there are a range of roles that its' members
can perform. These vary depending on the who's, what's, where's,
and how's of your AG, but may include media spokesperson, 1st
aid/medic, legal observer, arrest support, spokes council delegate
communication person, meeting facilitator, photo/videographers,
SPOKES COUNCIL (cross cell communication)
The SC is an organisational structure with the aim of enabling
co-ordination between all groups involved in S11 actions, without
The SC's will be open meetings, comprised of spokespeople from affinity
groups and other kinds of working/organising groups and other wishing
to attend. The decision making will be limited to the delegates
each group although other members of groups may whisper in the ear
their delegate if need be. The role of the delegate could be shared
within working groups as there will be more than one SC during the
The only requirements of the delegate is that they are well informed
to how to represent their group, i.e. How much or little info to
divulge, what issues are flexible, what issues aren't etc.
A facilitator will be present to help make the best
of the time spent
together. So far, it has been suggested that there be two parts
meeting. Firstly, groups doing actions could meet to share info
co-ordinate as much (or little) as they want and discuss how decisions
might be made during the actions. Secondly, all groups (i.e. action,
organising and infrastructure) could meet to tie up any loose ends
share any relevant information etc.
The first SC will be on Wednesday S6 more are planned
- keep yr ear to
iXpress on site communications
A forward Operating Base will be set up in the vicinity of Crown
and all bicycle operations will beconducted from this location.
Standard and extraordinary jobs will be dispatched to the service
consist of up to 10 couriers on the ground at any one time. The
hours of the operation will be divided into 4, 6 and 8 hour shifts
the clock to service the array of blockades and other activities
will be set up around the city and South Melbourne during S11. Riders
will travel in pairs, one rider in each pair will have extensive
knowledge, training rides are being conducted. During this time,
will be drawn up and alliances with affinity groups will be negotiated.
We need your help to run the courier service during
communications and riding are some roles for volunteers. You don't
to be a cyclist to join the service but people experienced in urban
bicycling will be needed to negotiate the city streets during the
phone 03 8611 4689 (local call cost, dial the whole number) to get
It may be possible to organise accomodation for activists still.
AROUND, AFTER THAT pick up a form to fill out and return (see
www.s11.org), else contact the s11 office at RMIT phone 9925 3327,
Friends of the
Earth, 94198700. But if you're reading this and have done nothing
about this before, you may be out of luck. There is also a list
accomodation in Melbourne on the s11 website, and some even less
comfortable doss's will be happening: STUDENTS from interstate and
overseas places to stay here in melbourne. Contact 0428882802 or
leave a contact phone number AND email WE NEED TO
GET BACK TO YOU.
BakPak Hotels 167 Franklin St City 9329 5858
Toad Hall 441 Elizabeth St City 9600 9010
City Central 475 Spencer St West Melbourne 9329 7755
City Scene Backpackers 361 Queensberry St, North Melbourne 9348
The Friendly Backpackers 197 King St, City 9670 1111
YHA 78 Howard St, North Melbourne 9329 8599
76 Chapman St North Melbourne 9328 3593
Melbourne Caravan Park, North Coburg (Melways Map 18 B7)
INDYMEDIA - MEDIA FOR YOU
IndyMedia is a grass-roots online media web site allowing you easily
publish your stories directly to the world bypassing mainstream
IndyMedia is committed to providing alternative and indepndent coverage
to socially progressive movements. It is not part of s11 protest
will be an ongoing media channel for us to use.
Get on the net and check out www.melbourne.indymedia.org.
has been preparing to cover the s11/WEF and has a flexible coordination
structure. There will be a number of locations from which to put
content online. And you can publish stories from any web café
in the city.
If you are interested in being part of the alternative media crew,
the 'IndyMedia Guide Sheet' which contains maps, useful numbers
more information on how to use the InyMedia website.
There will be other media projects also. 3CR will
be actively covering
to protetsts on radio - 855am - and will also be uploading their
clips on to the Indymedia site. A short documentary will be produced
by SKA TV - if you have some excellent footage you feel should be
included contact SKA producers for them to review. Content deadline
This will be mailed around the world on the 17th and will go to
Ch31 18th Sep.
Bike couriers (ixpress) will be moving regularly
through the protest
zone, and can collect your video and audio resources to be taken
of the upload locations.
The couriers will also have message forms which can be filled out
any protestor wishing to express themselves through the website
world. You are, after all, the voice!
NOTES TO THOSE MAKING MEDIA
Unless you are one of the big corporate friendly media, your camera
documentation equipment doesn't give you any special power or access
places. And having a camera doesn't give you any protection - rather
you could be considered as a threat by the 'authorities' especially
things get nasty.
So be careful. Also, be cautious of what you do film. Any footage
be seized by 'authorities' for evidence.
If people want to do an interview, but don't want
to show their face,
get them cover it up before recording, rather than thinking you
it in post-production.Create your own media, create your own culture,
create, challenge, contribute; www.melbourne.indymedia.org.
Melbourne Indymedia: 0419 809 742 (if this fails ask other groups
3CR Radio, 21 Smith St Collingwood email@example.com
Ph: 03 9419 8377
SKA Office, Trades Hall : 96636976
Talkback radio 3L0 (ABC) : 03 9414 1774 Talkback 3AW (Commercial)
03 9696 1278
IM email firstname.lastname@example.org
Screening of unedited footage from the day's action will be on at
spunkin' ballroom in trades hall.. yeah yeah!!, bring in yr stuff,
come and chill at the bar..so join us for a beer so ace local volunteer
produced telly and a laugh at , monday 11 from 7.30pm! yay!.
September 18th will be the s11-13 special screening!September 25th
include Olympix stuff... ps and we're very open to having more
volunteers! experience not essential but it'd be a super bonus!!
During the three days of the meeting 3CR will be presenting live
programs from the Crown Casino and be broadcasting hourly updates
throughto 10pm everyday. A week of current affairs programs that
explore different global concerns each day (Monday - women; Tuesday
Third World; Wednesday - workers; Thursday -environment; Friday
indigenous peoples). 3CR will also be distributing special S11 programs
ComRadSat, the satellite service of the Community Broadcasting
Association of Australia (CBAA). On Monday and Tuesday mornings
between 10 -
11am community stations right around Australia will be able to access
an hour of live coverage of the S11 activities.
contact:Juliet Fox, 3CR Current Affairs Coordinator or
Jay Estorninho, Program Coordinator, 3CR 03 9419 837
DEALING WITH THE MEDIA ....
In the past the media have been unsympathetic and misrepresentative
the protests. There are plenty of alternative media that is available
to us today. There's also DIY media you make it and spread it.
if you do find yourself talking to the mainstream
media here are some
basics . . .
You can refuse an interview! Just say NO COMMENT (same phrase works
well with police)!
If you do choose to be interviewed you can ask for some time to
prepare. You can ask what they are going to ask, collect your thoughts
this. And get the journalists name and media organisation write
This will give you more credibility and may make them less likely
take you out of context.
Beware that the media have been giving s11 a lot
of publicity. Although
some media outlets/journalists may be sincerely interested in the
politics of the event, most are probably more interested in a 'good
hence their anticipation of violence despite repeated commitment
non-violence. They are more likely to ask you questions relating
possible confrontations 'How have you reacted to pepper spray?'The
is not to get drawn in to talking about something other than the
that you are there.
Try to quickly flip your answer to talk about what
you want to talk
about and the points you want to get across. 'What do you think
reaction of police?' 'The police have been very aggressive towards
real criminals are the corporate elite who are killing our planet
causing human rights abuse in the work-place.' It helps if you have
clear idea about what you want to talk about and have a few easy
to fall back on. Remember that the TV media and some radio will
using very short grabs - think of a succinct way to get across your
S11 First Aid 'Cause we Dare to Care - THE STREET
Please photocopy and pass around, remember about Community Health!!!
The more people who know First Aid the healthier we all will be!
Be safe- start with the right attitude of looking out for your sisters
and brothers. Be aware of exposure, dehydration, shock, injury and
attacks from the cops, etc...
*Check that your water bottle is filled and you have some nutritious
*Find out where the functioning water taps and toilets are
* Look for First Aid tents or roving Green Cross Medics
The mobile S11 medics will have maps to the first aid locations-
Big Stuff: (eg, fractures, shock, unconsciousness,
2)Get ambulance/send for medical help, stay with the injured
3)Don't move an unconscious person (You could do more harm than
Form a human blockade around an unconscious person/injured person
protect them from being trampled and you have more room to work.
FRACTURE- Splint and immobilize the affected area/joint (with rolled
BLEEDING- Wear gloves. Apply pressure. Elevate area/limb.
TEETH- Replace knocked-out teeth in their socket if possible and
If you can't replace tooth, wrap it in plastic or store in milk
transport to dentist immediately (DO NOT WASH TOOTH).
Capsicum Spray and Tear Gas
IF YOU ARE SPRAYED: Don't Panic! Keep calm! DON'T RUB YOUR EYES!
(capsicum spray sticks to anything slimy or sticky you may be wearing
sunscreen, moisturizer, make-up and especially contact lenses).Move
and up-wind from the spray. Get into a clear space where the wind
get the residues off your clothing. Remove contact lenses immediately.
Carefully irrigate only the effected area with lots of water. Do
allow contaminated water to run over non-effected areas of the body.
clean the eyes, tilt head forward and turn it sideways. Gently rinse
eye closest to the ground with water from a spray/pop-top bottle
that the water runs from the nose-side of the eye out and drains
ground. Blink rapidly. Turn head to the other side and flush other
Do it one eye at a time cause if you run out of water you're still
functional with one eye! When you get to s11 find out where the
water supplies will be, get yourself some pop-top bottles and lots
Rubber Bullets / Tear Gas Cannisters
Turn your back to the projectiles and bend over at the waist to
yourself while calmly moving out of the area toward shelter. The
projectiles are more likely to deflect off your back this way. Backpacks
provide good protection.
Look for paleness of the face, dark-colored and infrequent urine,
mouth, headache and dizziness. Give water, sit down in a cool spot
Don't underestimate the effects of the weather- be prepared. Wear
sunglasses, layers of clothes, long-sleeved shirts, pants, boots,
scarfs and plastic rain gear- also good protection from capsicum
Look for stupor, dilated pupils. Take to safe place, lay down with
up and keep warm, don't give food or water, if thirsty moisten lips.
Always stay with shocked or injured people.Speak to the person in
even manner, give them some small task to do (help me fill the water
bottles) talk about yourself or the weather. If the person is consenting,
human contact can be very grounding (doesn't have to be a full body
hug! Even just shaking hands can be it!).
Much of what is covered below might have appeared in previous sections,
stop and read it all! The following is mostly based upon a what
bring list prepared by people directly involved in coordinating
teams that have worked in Seattle, Washington and for s26 actions
happening in Prague later in the year. Whilst this list could go
kilos of gear), it has been kept short in order to keep it practical.
WHAT TO WEAR
â Clothing Clothing should be comfortable, you should wear
shoes that you can run in and clothing which covers most of your
to protect from sun and pepper spray exposure.
â Accessorising with Weather-related gear : (rain gear) a
cap or hat to
protect you from the sun and from chemical weapons. Chemical Weapons:
shatter-resistant eye protection ie: sunglasses, swim goggles, or
mask, gas mask or goggles paired with a respirator or bandanna to
protect during chemical weapons deployment. Heavy-duty gloves if
you plan to
handle hot tear gas canisters.
Fresh clothes in plastic bag (in case yours get contaminated)
WHAT TO BRING
$ lots of water - plastic bottles with squirt /spray tops, to drink
to wash off your skin or eyes if needed.
$ energy snacks.
$ identification and/or emergency contact information.
$ just enough money for pay-phone, food, transportation.
$ basic first aid kit (refer to first aid information in this booklet).
$ watch, paper, pen for accurate documentation of events, police
$ water- or alcohol-based sunscreen.
$ your inhaler, epipen, insulin or other medication if you require
$ several days of your prescription medication and doctor's note
case of arrest.
$ menstrual pads, if needed. Avoid using tampons if you're arrested
you may not have a chance to change it (tampons left in more than
hours increase your risk of developing toxic shock syndrome).
ACTION FASHION FAUX PAS
Don't put vaseline, mineral oil, oil-based sunscreen or moisturizers
skin as they can trap chemicals. Don't wear contact lenses, which
trap irritating chemicals underneath.Don't wear things that can
be grabbed (i.e.: dangly earrings or other jewellery, ties, loose
Facial piercing make great targets for make shift pressure points,
leave them at home.Don't go to the demo alone if you can help it.
best to go with an affinity group, or some friends who know you
otherwise link up with others on the day that are alone also.
THINK CREATIVE ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY.
Don't forget to sleep, eat, and drink lots of water. Take care of
yourself. If you are grounded, well-rested, fed and watered, you
much more fun in the action. Dressing appropriately and preparing
the weather is key. Think water, comfy shoes, rain gear/sun protection,
more water. Think mobility and comfort. Remember that we do this
because it is important andfun, and that at least some danger is
essential to life.
Aussie Disposals 283 Elizabeth St, City
City Centre Disposals 241 Elizabeth St, City
Mitchell's Disposals 134 Russell St, City
Sam Bear 225 Russell St City
MAKING IT A SAFE REVOLUTION
You are much more valuable when you are alive and healthy. Don't
unnecessary risks. Think more about the kinds of injuries and how
might affect you later. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, THE WORLD WILL NEED
Remember that the police are highly trained both
mentally. It's very important to remember the police have the law,
health services and resources on their side. We have a well developed
sense of justice.
DON'T EVER GET CAUGHT BY YOURSELF. MOVE IN PACKS.
If you're an
individual hang around any group or introduce yourself, meet new
you're alone then the cops can do what they like without witnesses.
when dispersed, move in groups. One of the major motives behind
dispersal is to create a panicked run where the police can pick
tinduviduals. Let's all take care of each other and support each
other when we're
in trouble. Don't trample each other in a panic-stricken run or
others to be arrested or beaten.
THE VARIOUS HEALTH RISKS:
This depends on the situation you end up in. Police and military
a term for the sliding scale of responses and equipment and tactics
that they employ at various levels in a protest, this is called
CONTINUM (basically the more "serious" a situation gets,
acceptable it is for "harder methods of control to be used.).
Of course your
health risks vary accordingly. Health Risks while protesting include,
but are not limited to: Dehydration, Sunburn/Sunstroke, Cold/Winter
Chill, Violence in the crowd To deal with this you need : Your own
bottle of water, Good food/Slow burning carbohydrates to keep going
wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes, Hat/sunglasses (no oil-based
sunscreen), change of clothes is essential, any medication your
currently on with your perscription or doctors note to prove you
For more info, see street sheet.
Mounted police have been used to manage large, massed-gatherings
because they enable cops to block and intimidate people.
How do I protect myself? Wear head and body protection
hats, skarfs, eyeglasses or goggles, forearm pads, gloves, backpacks,
heavy pants and jacket, boots, etc...). Stay as a loose group, not
tright, packed mass. Move and flow around the horse formations.
Help those who are down! Those that get knocked down are in danger,
quicker the group can get them up the less chance of injury. Grab
someone and support them before they hit the griound.
If you go down? Get up. If you can't, curl up into a fetal ball
side and cover your ears with your fists. Turn your eyes and nose
the ground, keep your eyes open, shout for your friends. Your ribs,
pelvis and spine are stronger sideways. Wriggle forward slowly with
wriggles of the hips and shoulders. MAINTAIN THE THINNEST POSSIBLE
PROFILE (LESS CHANCE OF THE HORSE STEPPING ON YOU). DO NOT HIT THE
they are well trained but they're still animals and will lash out.
What it does: As a powerful alkali it creates a burning sensation
a thousand times more powerful than a chilli. It will hurt, but
survive it. Wear glasses NOT contact lenses to the protest. See
sheet for treatment
MEDICAL CENTRES - Bulk Billing
If you need to go to hospital find an AMBULANCE!
Central Medical Clinic, 114 William St, City 9670 2020
City Medical Clinic, 5th Floor, 313 Little Collins St, City
Appointments: 9650 3122 After Hours: 9429 5677
Collins Place Medical Clinic Suites 14 & 15, 45 Collins
Union Health Centre 393 Swanston St (opp. RMIT), City 9662 3322
FIRST AID SHOPPING LIST
4 x Gloves ($2) Gloves protect both parties. It's responsible, wear
them if you are treating people.
2 x Triangle Bandage (cheaply made or bought at $1.50) A triangle
bandage has a thousand uses. Bandana-sized material, that can be
place on wounds, make slings, or dipped in water and vinegar for
face masks, both bandages could also be used to splint a limb with
stuff. .Lighter coloured material is better to observe how much
comes through the fabric.
2x Pressure bandages ($2.50) Get the wide and long ones! Good for
wrapping up sprained ankles and wrists. Good also for binding wounds
6x Menstral pads ($2-3.00) Great and cheap for soaking up blood,
1x Eyepad (60c) Useful when someone has a foreign body in the eye
it's too big or too painful to flush out! Place over the eye with
and instruct the injuried person not to move their eye. If you don't
need to use it as an eye pad it makes a perfectly good wound dressing!
5-10 x Butterfly stitches ($1.20) Great as small wound dressings,
to close difficult or very bloody wounds such as scalp wounds.
Plastic bags (free, shit they give 'em out with groceries these
days!!!) For all of your medical/bloody waste. Think public health!
good dressing someone's wound and then leaving your bloody scraps
around to cross infecting others!
2x Sterile Saline: ($1.10) (NOT FOR DEALING WITH CAPSICUM SPRAY,
THERE'S JUST TOO LITTLE OF IT, BETTER TO USE A BOTTLE OF H2O!) This
cleaning wounds of dirt and grit before covering them. Saline is
useful to treat gravel burns or grazes.
Frozen Popper (foil juice container) in teatowel ($1.20) For placing
bruises/strains and sprains,or any other soft-tissue injury to cool
someone from overheating
Betadine/Antiseptic/teatree oil ($1.50) Take your pick which you
prefer, to be used on open wounds with dirt or grit in it (eg, after
down a wound with saline paint it with antiseptic and then cover
Adhesive tape/medical tape: ($1.25) Has to be waterproof to be able
stick to sweaty/wet skin. Used to hold wound dressings in place
free up your hands to support, apply pressure or elevate the wound
lead that person to safety oh yeah!
Things to top up on: If you're feeling flush and community minded.
order of priority- MORE WATER BOTTLES, GLOVES AND MENSTRUAL PADS.
pressure bandages/saline/tape called micropore (sticks great to
skin!)/scissors/penknife/pen and notepad/melolite dressings expensive
Contacts (specifically First Aid):
The s11 medic group: we are community health focused, spunky and
for You! Come chat to us on the day (look for the green crosses)
send us a message
Radical Health Workers of the World: we are calling for a radical
change in the structure of health care and health defining. Shake
it by da
CHILLOUT / HEALING SPACE
If you are feeling tired, bored, stressed, confused, hurt, angry,
or overwhelmed this is the perfect place for you to go. A couple
chillout/healing spaces have been set up for the whole 3 days where
can come and chill out, relax, have some tea or food, and get some
reiki, masage, counselling etc.
There will be music (listen out for the string quartet!)
and as well as
workshops like debriefing, clay, painting and indigenous
Look for the banners and signs around the place
which will tell you the
location of the space. Everyone is most welcome to visit anytime.
you there! Please feel free to contact me for any reason
email@example.com or phone
During the s11 protests a legal team of solicitors, barristers and
paralegals will be providing information and assistance. The legal
team will observe, record and monitor actions of the Victoria police
and private security. The legal support team will staff a 24-hour
(9419 7427), and ensure that lawyers are at the protest sites, able
visit people in police custody and represent people in court.
We can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
You have a right to protest and you have rights if you are arrested.
You should exercise those rights.
BEING ARRESTED Police are not required to give you
a warning prior
to arresting you, but sometimes they will.Normally the police must
you that you are under arrest and what they are arresting you for.
should always ask the police officer: 'Am I under arrest?' and 'What
for?'. Remember what they say. It is an offence to actively resist
hinder a legal arrest (yours or another's). It is not necessarily
offence to passively avoid arrest, for instance by lying down. You
have to help police arrest you, but they may then use 'reasonable
to arrest you.
NAME AND ADDRESS The police have the right to ask
for your name and
address (whether you are under arrest or not). If you refuse to
your name and address, it is an offence and you can be charged.
may refuse to release you on bail. Police may arrest and detain
verify your name and address, if they suspect you are not telling
truth. The police officer must tell you his/her name, rank and where
they're stationed if you ask. Ask them and remember what they say.
ANSWERING POLICE QUESTIONS You have the right to
refuse to answer
police questions in all circumstances (except your name and address).
Tell them nothing (except your name and address). Say in answer
questions - 'I have done nothing wrong and I have nothing to say'.
There are no off the record conversations with police. If you are
under police cannot question you without an independent person present,
this can be a friend or a relative or another person independent
LEGAL ADVICE You have the right to communicate with
your lawyer in
private before police question you. Ask the police to ring 9419
and put you on the phone so you can speak to a lawyer. A lawyer
able to visit you in police custody.
CONTACTING RELATIVES AND FRIENDS Before police question
have the right to communicate with a relative or friend to tell
where you are. Ask the police to ring your relative or friend and
on the phone so you can speak to them.
PHOTOGRAPHS & ID LINE UP
The police have no right to demand that you submit to being
photographed. But just like anyone else they are entitled to try
to take a
photograph. If you do not want them to take your photograph, you
your face with your hands, turn away, bend down, or move your head.
do not have to participate in an ID line up.
FINGERPRINTS If you are 15 or older, Tthe police
have the right to
demand that you give them your fingerprints. They have the right
reasonable force if you refuse. If you are under 15, the police
only take your fingerprints if both you and your parent or guardian
or if a Court orders it. You should not consent without speaking
SEARCHES Police do not have an automatic right to
search you. Police
only have power to search you if they reasonably believe you are
carrying a weapon, illegal drugs or stolen property. Always ask
why they want to search you. However, Police will usually do a 'pat
search' first. Police can do a 'strip search' if they have reasonable
grounds. It should not be in public place and should be by an officer
the same sex as you. They can not touch you improperly or conduct
external or internal physical examination without a court order
Do not consent to this. (See next.)
FORENSIC SAMPLES For police to obtain a forensic
sample, hair or pubic hair, genital or mouth swabs etc.) from you
require your consent or a court order. You should refuse allorder
Do not consent to this. (See below.) requests for forensic samples
ask to speak to your lawyer.
GETTING OUT OF CUSTODY The police have two choices
1) They can release you without charging you. You may get a summons
2) They can charge you and release you on bail. Before you leave
police station you will be asked whether your treatment by police
reasonable, and you will usually be asked to sign that this was
You do not have to sign this. Ask to leave as soon as you have been
processed at the police station. Keep asking until they let you
until they ask you to sign a bail undertaking.
BAIL Bail is an undertaking (a promise) by you that
you will turn up
at court on the day your charge is listed. The undertaking is a
which you have to sign before they'll let you go. The form has standard
conditions printed on it, such as that you will go to court etc.
The police can add special conditions to the undertaking, for example,
a promise by you that you will not return to the demonstration or
picket line. You do not have to agree to special conditions. If
does not include special conditions sign it and leave.
If the bail undertaking includes special conditions.
a)Tell the police you want to speak to your lawyer.
Ask them to ring him/her and put you on the phone to speak to them.
b) If you don't want to agree to the special conditions, don't sign
bail form. You may be kept in the police cells for some time. After
while or in the morning, you will be taken to the Magistrates Court.
Your lawyer can ask the Magistrate to drop the special conditions.
There is a good chance the Magistrate will agree.
c) Or you can sign the form with the special conditions and the
will let you go. If you breach the conditions, it may be grounds
the police to re-arrest you.
A Court can alter the special conditions at a later date.
KEEPING RECORDS If you are arrested, or have been
a witness to
arrests, it is of great
importance to keep a personal and detailed record of any conflicts
have had or
observed with the police, including the time and date of the incident.
The legal team can assist you. Do not notify the police that you
made these records.
POLICE MISTREATMENT If you have been assaulted by
police, it is
important that you see a doctor as soon as possible and ensure that
record your injuries and what happened. Take photos if the injuries
visible. Also record the names and contact details of any witnesses
assault, and the people who saw you immediately before and after
incident. Get legal advice.
SECURITY GUARDS Private security guards are not
police officers and do
not have the powers that police officers have. Private security
only have the same rights and powers that citizens have.
The power of arrest of private security guards is limited to the
of arrest that every citizen has. Every citizen has the power to
someone who is caught red-handed committing an offence.
Security guards also have power, vested in them by the owners of
to use reasonable force to protect that property and to evict
There are limited complaint mechanisms against the unreasonable
behavior of private security guards. Where you have sufficient evidence
significant injuries have been incurred, criminal charges or civil
against the private security firm may be appropriate.
Non-cooperation or jail solidarity, means that activists refuse
co-operate unless authorities agree with their demands. Demands
everyone getting equal treatment in jail,
no one being isolated from the group, as well as insisting on
appearing before the judge together.
If the jail system is full because no one is accepting bail it can
force the police to negotiate over conditions and prevent the scapegoating
of individuals. As with everything, jail solidarity is not for
however our strength in jail comes from our solidarity.
There will be workshops on this during held during convergence.
ACTIVIST SAFETY @ S11
1) Groups or buddies Get together with some friends (five to twelve
people is a good number) and form an 'affinity group' - who will
together throughout the action and look after each other. Being
small group at an action provides support/back up and is powerful
safer. If you can't get a group together, go with a buddy and make
commitment to stick together the entire time for mutual support.
means keeping an eye on each other and not separating. A pre-agreed
meeting point is very wise.
2) Training If you have been an activist for twenty
years or just
starting out, training is still crucial. Nonviolent trainers draw
latest and most sophisticated nonviolent blockade and action techniques
from around the world. Go as a group to one of the many nonviolent
direct action trainings leading up to S11. No matter how experienced
are, training together is the best way to prepare for the action
work out what your role may be. Train together as a group. Training
to psychologically prepare for a direct action. Empower yourself
skills, techniques and ideas for action.
3) Getting Stressed Take responsibility for your
own stress levels
(you are the only one who can!) Direct actions, particularly ones
for several days, can be extremely stressful. Look after yourself
getting enough (or some!) sleep, taking time out as often as possible,
eating enough and eating regularly. Don't forget to stop and think,
with friends, breathe. Highly stressed people at actions can be
danger to themselves and others. We each need cool heads when in
situations at blockades. If you feel yourself becoming stressed
tired, take responsibility to take time out.
4) Looking after each other We're all in this together
and we will
need to look after each other. If you see somebody who looks afraid,
unsure, upset or looks a bit lost, check out if you can help them.
with them a while until they feel okay. Often just giving somebody
bit of your time and listening to them will help an enormous amount.
prepared for a very diverse crowd of people from all walks of life.
Elderly grandmothers will be linking arms with leather-clad punks.
this environment we all need to be extremely respectful and tolerant
each other. Respect people's different energy levels, abilities,
and political views. Offering help and support to each other can
best way to break down these differences. Remember that everybody
right to feel safe all the time. Safety is also something that is
5) What you may need Think carefully about what
you may need at the
action. How long do you intend to stay? Will you just be marching
you become part of the mass blockade? If you come as an affinity
you can share some of these items. Come prepared with things you
need such as:
* a two liter water container
* food fruit and/or energy bars are good - it's best not to rely
others to feed you
* sturdy footwear
* clothing- should be protective and durable, light weight (to allow
for great mobility), and tight fitting while covering the entire
(to protect from capsicum spray and sunburn). Also prepare for cold/wet
* waterproof gear * hat to protect you from sunburn
* a camera * a mobile phone
* enough money to get by, especially some change (transport home
* a small first aid kit * eyeglasses if required and a strap to
them on(extra pair in a safe location if possible) * extra prescription
medicine if required (spare ventilator etc)
* whistle/noisemakers * pen and note paper
* emergency Phone Numbers (Legal Support Group)
* sleeping bag and mat if you are staying overnight
* small back pack to carry all this - that leaves your arms free
It is best to leave pets at home. Think about how you will get home
after the action, it may be after public transport has finished.
6) Leaving the action Many of the things above are
just as important
when you are going home after an action. Stay as a group if you
or with a buddy, and look after each other as you head home (to
7) Having fun Powerful, large, courageous mass nonviolent
S11 can be heaps of fun. Nothing helps people feel safe more then
smiling, laughing people and a sense of humour. If the situation
tense, do something weird, or funny to change the vibe'always look
the bright side of life
DEBRIEFING after S11
Debriefing after any direct action is an important and necessary
process - it can help to reduce the high rates of stress and burnout.
designed to intervene early in any negative emotional impacts felt
individuals involved in the action. Debriefing is a simple process
should be arranged as soon as possible after the action. Even if
feeling totally fine, it is a valuable process to hear the experiences
of other activists.
Debriefing also helps to:
1) develop a realistic and shared picture of what happened at the
2) draw out what the group learnt from the action;
3) affirms individuals choices during the action and assists them
4) identify people who may require further debriefing and support.
Debriefing is best done in small groups (5-12 people) in a quiet
Confidentiality should be affirmed at the beginning and it should
stressed that everyone present should be able to be listened to,
interruption and without blame. In fact the most important part
process is being able to express how you felt to other people.
It is common and totally normal to have stress reactions
action that involves any degree of confrontation. The reactions
anger, highly agitated, or anxious, not being able to sleep, crying,
feeling 'detached', guilt and self-doubt, or older memories resurfacing.
Everyone experiences stress differently . It is well worth talking
these reactions in a debrief or at least to a friend.
For more detailed support or counselling contact
your local Community
Health Centre. If you would like more detailed information about
Debriefing contact Pt'chang Nonviolent Community Safety Group on
(03) 9517 3120 or email@example.com
S11 LEGAL OBSERVER TEAM - Roles and Responsibilities
Pt'chang Nonviolent Community Safety Group is coordinating a Legal
Observer Team during the S11 actions against the World Economic
Melbourne's Crown Casino. The Legal Observer Team will observe,
and monitor arrests and the individual actions of the Victorian
police and private security personnel during the three day event.
In particular the Legal Observer Team will;
* distribute information on legal rights to members of the public
the S11 protests;
* Observe, monitor and record details of interactions between
police/security and the public;
* take photos and/or video of arrests if they occur;
* make a detailed written account of the arrest;
* collect the name, number and/or a physical description of the
* find out whereabouts or follow the arrested person to the police
* work with S11 Legal Support to monitor, support or contact the
arrested person whilst in police custody;
* assist S11 Legal Support Group to collect information for use
future legal defense or police complaints processes.