Freedom flotilla

Paradigm Shift 4zzz FM 102.1 Fridays at noon – 19 Oct 2018

In recent years, resistance to occupation has taken many different forms: the Great March of Return in Palestine, West Papuan refugees rowing their canoes to Australia to escape Indonesian occupation and massacre and to set up community in Melbourne, and the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, now in its 9th year.

In November 2018 a group called ‘Sail for Justice’ is sailing from Melbourne to Manus Island where the Australian government is breaching international covenants by incarcerating refugees in a hellhole.

This episode of the Paradigm Shift takes a detailed look at three Freedom flotilla’s and asks what are the benefits and what are the risks.

Freedom Flotillas

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Chris Graham on the al Awda making its way to Gaza  in 2018.

Today’s show features an interview with Chris Graham (editor of New Matilda) who was on the ‘Freedom Flotilla to Gaza 2018‘ earlier this year and spoke at UQ Students for Justice in Palestine a month ago.

Andy interviews Izzy Brown (Combat Wombat) who is an organiser for ‘Sail for Justice‘ from Melbourne to Manus Island to challenge the Australian government’s violation of human rights by detaining refugees offshore on Manus.

Hear Danny, a West Papuan who was an eyewitness of the Biak massacre in 1998 and one of 43 West Papuan asylum seekers, give his account of a dramatic canoe journey to Australia in 2006.

Before we go to the interviews I’d like to capture, for those among you who may not be sailors, what it is like to be at sea at night under the power of wind looking up at Orion for guidance … here is a beautiful song by local band Jumping Fences called ‘Satellites’

Jumping Fences – Satellites
Phil Monsour & Rafeef Ziadah – Ghosts of Deir Yassin
Farhad Bandesh – Flee from War
Vaka – Papua I Sisfo

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