Asia-Pacific

While there is much finger-pointing at China, we should not forget about about our own government and our major ally.

On August 17, Indonesian Independence Day, armed Indonesian police, soldiers and radical Islamic militia stormed a student dormitory in the Indonesian city of Surabaya (on the island of Java), which housed West Papuan students, arresting 43.

The attack reportedly took place because the students had allegedly refused to raise the Indonesian flag.

Socialist Alliance condemns the racist, anti-Muslim terrorist atrocity in Christchurch, New Zealand. By actively promoting racism and Islamophobia, the Morrison government of Australia and the Trump US administration share responsibility for this atrocity.

Sucheta De, President of the All India Students Association will visit Australia in January for the Socialist Alliance Conference and Activist Summer School.

Left parties and organisations across the Asia-Pacific condemn the violent repression of the peaceful protests by students in Bangladesh.

This shocking case is just the latest illustration of how Australian governments — Coalition and Labor — have served multinational corporate interests at the expense of the Timorese people.

The Australian government is continuing military cooperation with the genocidal Myanmar regime, despite its attacks on Rohingya civilians.

Socialist Alliance has joined with regional parties and solidarity groups in a statement to support the people of Venezuela against the ongoing threats, destabilisation and violent attacks, orchestrated by right-wing forces with the backing of the US.

At its recent meeting, the National Council of the Socialist Alliance adopted a resolution reaffirming its solidarity for the liberation struggle in West Papua.

The Socialist Alliance condemns the Australian government for withdrawing its recognition of the maritime boundary jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal of the Laws of the Sea, leaving East Timor with no legal avenues to assert its rights.

Resistance: Young Socialist Alliance calls for the release of Khalid Ismeth, a socialist student activist who has been imprisoned by the Malaysian state since the 7th of October. He is being held under the undemocratic Sedition Act which criminalises dissent and stifles democracy.

Within hours of the Australian Border Force — Prime Minister Tony Abbott's paramilitary amalgamation of the Customs Service and immigration department — announcing on August 28 that they would be joining the Victorian police and privatised public transport operators in Operation Fortitude.

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