The Victorian Greens state executive has endorsed a blockade of a mining conference in Melbourne
In an exclusive statement to the Socialist Alliance magazine Green Left Weekly, Victorian Greens co-convenor Colleen Hartland said: “
In the same article, “Blockade IMARC Alliance” spokesperson and Socialist Alternative activist Emma Black expanded on what exactly the Victorian Greens are endorsing, stating: “We’re planning mass civil disobedience on a scale that hasn’t been seen in Melbourne in decades… At the S11 protests in 2000, thousands turned out to shut down corporate criminals… We’re hoping for the same response for this urgent protest.”
This echoes the previous statements by fellow “Blockade IMARC Alliance” spokesperson and Socialist Alternative activist Sarah Garnham. Ms Garnham has declared in the Green Left Weekly, the Herald Sun and the Socialist Alternative magazine Red Flag that the proposed blockade of the conference being held between October 28 and 31 at the Melbourne convention centre would be “like S11 … only to take on those responsible for climate change.”
The S11 riots to which
Prominent amongst the rioters were members of Australia’s anarchist community dressed in the black clothes and masks that have become synonymous with political violence in Australia ever since.
Socialist Alternative is a revolutionary Marxist
Socialist Alternative formed in 1995 after a power struggle in the International Socialist Organisation saw the expulsion of
The Victorian Greens seem entirely comfortable associating with the most violent political extremist group active in Australia today. They now feel absolutely no qualms about endorsing an event whose
Socialist Alternative and its fellow
Nevertheless, just you watch the feigned shock of our supposedly well-informed journalistic class when the riot, organised by the extremist group openly calling for a riot, surprisingly “descends” into a riot next month.