[Publisher’s Note: G20 needs people like Ciaron O’Reilly to draw focus to their decisions … to their sideshow. G20 relies on the rallies and marches as well to show that the ladder of the law has a top and a bottom.
The question yet to be answered: where is the organisation that is going to resist these free market swindlers? What form should it take? As a marxist I say it should be democratic and it should be at the centre not a network on the fringe.
It should engage workers because what do we bring to the table of capitalism? Our labour! How do we pay for our housing? Our labour! How do we raise our kids and give them a start? Our labour! How do we provide child care when we have to go to work? Through our labour! How do we organise to protect our wages and conditions? Through workers organisations, unions.
On the Fringe
Organisations like Catholic Worker (from which Ciaron O’Reilly comes) have focused on unjust war, and so they should. But what connection do such organisations have with workers? I suppose the same could be asked of former president of the ACTU, Sharan Burrows, who spoke at the People’s Summit about an alternative economic agenda. About bringing workers in developing countries up on the economic ladder.
How do we build solidarity? The Aboriginal people do this through the sacred fire, it may surprise some whitefellas but the fire is an institution of decision making. How do workers have a say? We see plenty of organisations of the Left come and go, but have they addressed this problem directly. I think not. Left organisations do not participate, they abstain from organising with workers when it is not directly in their own interest (recruitment). This prevents democratic decision making and that is what we need to build a better world without exploitation of our labour..
Just as our labour is central to our struggle against capitalism that exploits us, our organisation must be central to resistance against capitalism.
I post this article (below) from the Brisbane Times below to highlight the legal fiction of G20 exclusions. Ciaron O’Reilly said he was going to ‘shirt-front’ Obama about the war. As a result he is excluded from G20 and First Nations events in Musgrave Park and BrisCan meetings and the rally and march today beginning at 9am and going till noon at Roma Street Forum today Saturday 15 Nov 2014.
15 Nov 2014
Workers of all countries unite!]
Well-known political activist Ciaron O’Reilly was surrounded by police while sitting on Boundary Street in West End about 3pm.
Mr O’Reilly, who was previously jailed in the United States for breaking into a military base, was issued with an exclusion notice barring him from G20 restricted areas including South Brisbane.
He was holding a posters that read “Free Julian Assange” and “Obama, O-Bomber, O-Bummer” when police approached him.
“In less than two minutes, an unmarked car pulled up and two plain clothes detectives came out and had this standing order,” Mr O’Reilly told ABC News.
“They said I’m the third person banned and they decided this morning and they haven’t given me an explanation.
“I think it is an outrageous infringement of my civil rights.”
One witness, who requested not to be named, said a number of police officers surrounded Mr O’Reily while two plain-clothes officials handed him the exclusion notice.
It is understood Mr O’Reilly, who describes himself as a non-violent anti-war protester, was the third person to be barred from the G20 restricted zones.
Mr O’Reilly was sentenced to 13 months’ jail after he was involved in disarming a B52 Bomber at a New York military base during the 1991 Gulf War.
A passerby who photographed Mr Riley speaking with police was taken for questioning and asked to provide identification.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has the authority to prohibit people from the G20 security zones under the G20 (Safety and Security) Act.
Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett said, in total, four people have been declared prohibited persons, two of whom were notified today.
“One of them has already been served and the other will be shortly,” he said.
Eleven people have been barred from re-entering the declared zones, including Brisbane’s CBD, after run-ins with police.
Assistant Commissioner Katarina Carroll said there was “extensive reasoning” behind the decision to declare the four people as prohibited, such as evidence of past violence or disruption of events.
“In some cases there may have been (evidence they planned disrupting the G20) but, as the Deputy Commissioner indicated, we won’t be divulging further operational security information,” she said.
– with additional reporting by Cameron Atfield
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/brisbane-g20/activist-ciaron-o8217reilly-prohibited-from-g20-banned-man-arrested-20141113-11mabg.html#ixzz3J4P5fSqY
– with additional reporting by Cameron Atfield