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Camp Sovereignty – 60 days of Peace May 13, 2006

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Lisa has posted an excellent summary of how Camp Sovereignty went, along with an on-the-spot report of the last night at Melbourne Indymedia. It's so good in fact, we're going to reproduce it here:

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Was that really neccessary? May 11, 2006

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No doubt you would have heard in the news by now that there was a bit of stress at Camp Sovereignty last night. After a beautiful long night of celebration and recollection, all of the supporters gathered around the fire to put it out in the proper way. The authorities weren't happy with that and barged through the crowd to put it out themselves, in complete disrespect to the Fire and all those around it.

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Last Night May 10, 2006

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If you're up and in Melbourne and reading this tonight, you might want to head down to Camp Sovereignty.  There's about 150 people here and it's a beautiful night.  One of the most beautiful nights in the last 60 days says Robbie!

More updates soon… 

Camp Sovereignty: The Fire Burns On May 10, 2006

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One hundred and fifty people this evening joined together at Kings Domain in Melbourne to celebrate the conclusion of one of the most successful demonstrations of Aboriginal Sovereignty in the history of resistance against the illegal occupation of Australia. Camp Sovereignty successfully reclaimed the traditional meeting grounds of the Kulin Nation people for 60 days and brought the worlds attention to the Unfinished Business of Australia; the issues of Genocide, Sovereignty and Treaty.

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Newsflash! May 9, 2006

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It now seems most likely that Camp Sovereignty have reached an agreement with members of the Melbourne City Council in regard to the fire at Kings Domain. In spite of State Government and media efforts to threaten, bully and provoke dissent, a course of action that aims to further the concerns of Camp Sovereignty activists is likely to be agreed.

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We’re part of ‘official’ history May 9, 2006

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Well we're amused, but quite sure the Government won't be!

It seems Camp Sovereignty has made it into the official State Government history books. Wonder if the Commonwealth Games PR office knows about it…

2006 – Sunday, March 12
Aborigines from around Australia light a Sacred Flame at 11am and establish Camp Sovereignty at the Kings Domain Gardens in Melbourne, three days before the Commonwealth Games. The group known as Black GST (Genocide to end; Sovereignty acknowledged; Treaty to be made) attempt to highlight the 'Stolenwealth games'.

Learning from Camp Sov May 9, 2006

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One of the awesome things about hanging out at Camp Sovereignty is the amount of learning or re-learning going on. For many people it's even a first experience with indigenous culture. After all, Camp Sovereignty is the only place in central Melbourne where you can go and experience grass roots Aboriginal culture in action. Something you'd think the Council would be keen to embrace, considering it isn't really costing them anything!

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The Black GST video May 9, 2006

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The Black GST

This short documentary about contemporary and historical indigenous issues is narrated by two of the leaders of the Black GST movement, Robbie and Marg Thorpe. It explores the three main issues of unfinished business leftover from Australia's reconciliation movement.
G- Genocide
S – Sovereignty
T- Treaty
Shot and edited by Tim Parish and Krusty, the guerilla news style documentary is intended as a historical primer for people interested in the issues of Aboriginal rights in the lead up to the Stolenwealth Games in Melbourne 2006.

Warning: video file is 144mb and definitely requires broadband for viewing….

For more information visit the website: http://www.undergrowth.org/node/1151:

The times they are a-changing May 8, 2006

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As you may have remembered reading a few days ago, Tuesday at midnight was supposed to be the time the injunction runs out and the fire must be moved from the site in King's Domain.

Well, now we're not so sure. Rumours have been rife today and the time and date has been changing all day. It all depends on who you talk to in which government department at which time.

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Paying respect May 6, 2006

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The following is an email response we received after posting Genocide, Sovereignty and Treaty by Robbie Thorpe a few days ago. This email is from some of our long time supporters who have another understanding of colonisation from the other side of the ditch. The experiences of Tangata Whenua are quite different from the experiences of Aboriginal people but we can learn lots from each other all the same. And of course the strength in solidarity is undeniable. Thanks a million to the Brown-Davis Whanau for all their aroha!

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