Blockade IMARC 2019

Thursday, 28 November 2019 - 10:40am
Images from the IMARC Blockade

3CR has a long history of presenting live coverage of union and social justice protests, blockades and occupations. This October we covered the Blockade IMARC peaceful protests that disrupted the International Mining and Resources Conference events at the Exhibition Centre in Melbourne from 28-31 October.

The event brought together First Nations people from around the globe, students, environmental, climate justice, human rights and trade union activists and organisations to stand together in solidarity to "Blockade IMARC”.

The IMARC conference saw the gathering of multinational companies that profit from operations that are fuelling climate change, stealing Indigenous land, displacing communities and exploiting workers.  This blockade took place on stolen lands of the Boonwurrung and Woiworung people of the Kulin Nation.  Indigenous people worldwide are the most affected by mining and lead the resistance globally and their voices were at the forefront of the activities.

A Friday Rave 23 August
Jacob Grech speaks to Blockade IMARC organisers Jerem Small and Emma Black. Including discussion of Anna Palusciak’s attempt to introduce anti-protest laws in QLD, fossil fuel companies represented at IMARC and a history of mass civil disobedience in Melbourne and the links between military expansion and mining operations. Listen here.

Anarchist World This Week 30 October: The iron fist out of the velvet glove
Joe discusses IMARC with a focus on how the manner in which state institutions support criminal mining cartels, then crosses live to the IMARC blockade to speak with a West Papuan student activist.  Listen here.

Earth Matters 6 Oct: Fighting mining from Ecuador to Australia
Mining is at the forefront of climate change, and the opposition to it is the nexus of indigenous and environmental struggles. A prime example of this is Ecuador. It’s one of the most bio-diverse countries on earth, but it’s people and environment are under threat as mining companies - many of them from Australia - are swooping in. Guests: Anthony Amis (Melbourne Rainforest Action Group); Maria Soupos (Blockade IMARC Alliance). Listen here.

Earth Matters 3 Nov: Resisting state repression - resisting business as usual
Queensland’s new anti lock-on laws followed by a report-back from Blockade IMARC in Melbourne and the violent police response. Guests: Andy Paine (Frontline Action on Coal); Apsara (Blockade IMARC); Julia Dehm (MALS).  Listen here.

Radioactive Show 2 Nov: Blockade IMARC - First Nations resistance to mining
We hear from from First Nations front-line communities on their struggles against mining & resource extraction. Uncle Ned Hargreaves, from Yuendemu in the Northern Territory, Wiradjuri activist Tim Buchanan, and Aunty Vicki Abdullah from Leonora in Western Australia joined allies in Melbourne to speak out on extractive industries on their land.  Listen here.

Earth Matters 10 Nov: IMARC blockade live outside broadcast (Part 1)
Recorded live at the (IMARC) International Mining & Resource Conference blockade in Melbourne Oct 28-31. Presenters Robbie Thorpe and Viv Malo (The Black Block) speak with Jerome Small, Aunty Vicki Abdullah (Tjiwarl & ANFA co-chair) & former greens MP & Gunditjmara & Gunai woman Lidia Thorpe on extractive industries & ecocide, and Indigenous rights & solutions.  Listen here.

Earth Matters 17 Nov: IMARC blockade live outside broadcast (Part 2)
Recorded live at the (IMARC) International Mining & Resource Conference blockade in Melbourne Oct 28-31. Presenters Viv Malo & Robbie Thorpe (The Black Block) and Michaela Stubbs speak with Porobibi (West Papuan student activist); Tim (Wiradjuri anti-coal/CSG activist); Lucho (Latin American Solidarity Network); and Jessica (grass roots community activist) talking grass roots resistance against mining ecocide and genocide in West Papua, Australia, Colombia, Chile and everywhere.  Listen here.

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