Speeches from the Remembering Mullivaikkal Rally and Free Palestine Melbourne rally, tensions in Kanaky/New Caledonia and Kanak decolonial resistance, rally against native logging in Victoria

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 - 7:00am to 8:30am
Pro-independence protesters in Kanaky with banner, Kanaky flags



7.15: Rathi Barthlote, a Tamil refugee and co-founder of Refugee Women Action for Visa Equality, and Samantha Ratnam, former leader of the Victorian Greens and current Greens Candidate for Wills, speaking at the Remembering Mullivaikkal Rally held at the State Library of Victoria Sunday 19 May to mark the 15th anniversary of the end to the state sponsored genocide against Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka. Recording by Annie McLoughlin.


7.30: 15-year-old Palestinian, May Mourad, speaking at the Free Palestine Melbourne rally on Sunday 26 May 2024, about Western media perpetuating the dehumanisation of Palestinians and the urgency of standing up, speaking up to fight the Zionist project and join the struggle for a Free Palestine. 


7.45: Nacira Guénif, professor at University Paris 8, who researches the French colonial present from a gender, race and class cross-perspective, on the current tensions in Kanaky/New Caledonia, the historical context and decolonial process, and the resistance of the Kanak people. 


8:15: Sue Lewis from Vic Forest Alliance, which brings together 38 groups actively protecting native forests across Victoria, on a snap rally held Monday 27 May outside the Victorian Environment Minister's office over concerns native logging has not stopped.