s11 AWOL, the AUTONOMOUS WEB OF LIBERATION
s11 AWOL aims to facilitate actions, hold skill-sharing workshops, provide support and empower
people with information and tools to enable US to strategically shut down the World Economic
Forum. s11 AWOL is non-hierarchical, decentralised and autonomous network. We are committed
to taking direct action for social and environmental justice through creative resistance to capitalism
and for the defence of our lives.
S11 AWOL has three main aims
1. Provide skills, training and information on Direct Action, protests and protesting, and legal
support through workshops, pamphlets and the fostering of networks.
2. To encourage the formation of Affinity Groups through workshops and networking, and to
promote the benefits for organising in Affinity Groups.
3. To provide logistical support during the s11 protest and post-protest period, ie, medical, legal,
firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 0500 800 379 web site: www.antimedia.net/s11awol
The s11 Alliance
The s11 alliance is a union of just about every activist group from around Australia coming
together to unite in the common hope of a better world. Only with unity can we overcome the forces
which attempt to dominate us, and knowing this, encourage as much division amongst us as
possible. The s11 alliance counters this and will present a unified front to the World Economic
Forum, showing that we no longer accept their games.
S11 Office GPO Box 12387, A’Beckett St, Melb 8006
Ph: 03 9925 3327 Fax: 03 9925 3705 Email: S11Office@netscape.net
The S11 Office is located in the RMIT Student Union,Building 8, Level 3, Swanston Street,
WHAT is the World Economic Forum (WEF)
The WEF is an influencial and unelected think tank dedicated to consolidating the dominance of
capitalist work and consumption across the globe. This is a very particular kind of Globalisation.
Founded in 1971 as the European Management Forum, it was renamed the WEF in 1987 to reflect
its increasingly global outlook. According to the WEF it is now, the foremost global partnership of
business, political, intellectual and other leaders of society committed to improving the state of the
In a speech to the WEF global summit (forum defing the annual political economic and business
agenda) U.S. President Cllinton spoke frankly, - My most important wish is that the global business
community could adopt a shared vision for the next ten to twenty years about what you want the
world to look like, and then go about creating it in ways that actually enhance your business, but do
so in a way that helps other people as well
The model advocated by the WEF is the same as that of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the International
Monetary Fund (IMF), Free trade and an unregulated capitalism. Whilst money and goods and wealthy people move
around freely, the bulk of the world’s population have no such freedom. Whilst claiming a commitment to improving the
state of the world the WEF promotes structural adjustment programs involving privatization of social assets, large scale
cuts to education and health funding, laws discriminating against union organization and civil liberties, and ecologically
There is potential for alleviating poverty and other social injustice through international co-operation. However, the
Australian State’s position in international politics/law has been reactionary on issues such as human rights (see so
called illegal immigrants) and the environment (Kyoto/climate protection). On the other hand, Labor and Liberal
governments have embraced the WTO, which is the most effective piece of international law ever. It protects the rights
of capitalists above all else. The rich move their capital on the basis of profitability. Consequently, of the 4.4 billion
people living in less industrialised countries (LICs), approximately 60% lack basic sanitation, a 33% lack drinking water
and so on. Yet the WEF response to exploitation, poverty and inequality, is to end economic intervention on the basis
of welfare and redistribution of wealth, and move toward promoting freedom for capital.
The WEF desribe themselves as a independent, impartial and not-for-profit organisation tied to no political partisan or
national interests. And if we were to concede that the world is solely peopled by corporate eaders, trade ministers, and
bureaucrats from certain key international NGOs, this lie might seem plausible.
1) The CEOs from the worlds largest 1000 corporations represented at the WEF include: Microsoft, News, Monsanto,
Nestle, Rio Tinto, Dow Corning, Indian Petro-Chemical Corp, McDonalds, Exxon, Dupont, Siemans, Shell, De Beers,
Phillip Morris, Western Mining, Telstra and 984 of the other usual suspects.
2) Heads of State and Trade Ministers, with representation favouring the OECD/industrialised countries.
3) Bureaucrats from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Trade Organisation (WTO), and other
international non-governmental organisations, i.e. people (like the corporations above) who are not elected by or
accountable to any public.
What is occurring in Melbourne on September 11-13 (S11) is a regional summit of the WEF.
The summit will offer the opportunity to identify through intensive networking the opportunities offered for business and
economic co-operation. The central topics for discussion include: the prospects for capitalist growth in the region after
the restructuring (privatisation, lay-offs ,cuts in public sector) in many states in the region; business and government
partnerships; and the role for 21 C Capitalism?We are excluded from these discussions.
As their annual report states, WEF regional activities “play a central role in creating more dynamic investor friendly
environments. Representing the interests of women, all working people, Indigenous Australians, our collective
resources and environments is apparently contrary to a dynamic investor friendly environment. So, contrary to the
global corporatist vision, we must make our own representations.
S11. S12. S13.
FOOD NOT BOMBS
FNB will be doing food during the whole period of S11 from Convergence Thursday 7 September through to the
blockade of 11,12,13. Cookin up fine vegan organic tucker, breakfast lunch and dinner in at least two of the
Convergence venues from 7 September and to have a ready supply of hot food on the front line at Crown from
September 11. All by donation, prepare to volunteer and show off your culinary skills..
Come along and plan menus, put your name down on the rosters and share your ideas, contact barricade books for
more info or email@example.com. If the Government sends in the Army what better message can
we send than Food Not Bombs
Near Crown Melways Map 2F, F7
Blue Train Café Mid Level, Southgate Complex (some cheap dishes)
Food Court Lower Level, Southgate Complex
City Melways Maps 1A & 1B
Crossways Hare Krishna Restaurant open 12pm3pm weekdays (about $3-$4 meal), Swanston St, between Collins
and Little Collins Sts
Camy’s Shanghai Dumpling and Noodle House 23-25 Tattersalls Lane
DonDon’s Japanese Restaurant 321 SwanstonSt (be warned Tofu Curry isn’t veg)
Ong Asian Food Court Near cnr Swanston & Ltl Bourke St, under Welcome Hotel.
Huge range of food and prices.
Gopal’s Vegetarian Restaurant 139 Swanston St
Basement 407 407 Swanston St
Richmond Melways Map 2G
Victoria Street Cheap Vietnamese Restaurants In particular: Thy Thy 1, 142 Victoria Street
Footscray Melways Map 42
Samrat Indian Restaurant 359 Barkly St
Hopkins Street Cheap Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurants
In particular: Bo De Trai Vegetarian Buddhist Restaurant, 94 Hopkins St
Carlton Melways Map 2B
Lygon Street is the home of Italian Restaurants.
Some are pretty expensive but you can getsome cheap pasta and pizza.
MU Food Co-Op, open 10am-4pm , 1st floor union house melbourne uni
Fitzroy Melways Map 2C
Brunswick Street is the home of the yuppie cafes, which are open late, but expensive food.
Friends of the Earth Food Co-op &Restaurant 312 Smith Street, great lunches, open 10am 5pm
Guru Da Dhaba (Indian) –240 Johnston St
Wild Yak (Tibetan) 97 Smith St
Westgarth/Northcote Melways Map 30
Alphabet City Café High Street, Westgarth
Baked Potato Place High Street, Westgarth
Brunswick Melways Map 29
The Turkish and Lebanese zone. Alaysa’s Restaurant on Sydney Rd is particularly good.
Kake Di Hatti (Indian) 128 Lygon Street, East Brunswick.
WORKSHOPS @ CONVERGENCE
Get Skilled up, for s11 and for the rest of your life. Skills and info ‘they’ would rather you didn’t
have are available for a little time, spare change, and commitment. Addresses of convergence
spaces aren’t published here for security reasons, but ask around and they will be. Plus more
exciting stuff at spaces, info etc, including catering by food not bombs at some !All these
workshops are flexible, they may be moved ar times swapped. People are welcome to offer
workshops that are not listed ar repeat workshops, of course this depends on attendance, so be
ORIENTATION What’s the WEF? Why Crown? Why now? If these are questions you’re asking,
if pamphlets don’t satisfy, you’re new to Melbourne or this activism gig, this is the FIRST workshop
MUTUAL SUPPORT We’re active cos we care about people, society and the living planet, more
than private profit or power. Caring for those around us is surely the first step. How to look after
each other, spot stress and distress and help support each other in what ever way we can, will
ensure we achieve our short /long term goals.
LEGAL Interested or planning to be involved in the mass picket of crown, or other associated Non-
Violent Direct Action? Then you will be more effective if you know exactly where you stand with
police, private security and the courts. This (legal) information is POWER.
S-LOCK-O Classic low tech way to create blockades, resist eviction and get media. Every lock-on
needs planning, practical backup, legal info and support, and of course hardware and know-how.
Be here for a crash course in the essentials.
FIRST AID Things may get hairy. If you or those around you are on the receiving end of police
violence (as seen at Albert Park, Richmond secondary, Seattle etc) or plain accident, its better if
we can immediately care for our own. Tear gas can be painful, but it can be relieved. Blood can
be scary, but it can be staunched. Learn how.
YOGA Some stress is inevitable. But it need not be a lasting condition. Yoga is a holistic way of
calming, centring and recharging. Space and sessions suitable for all levels will be held.
ACTION FACILITATION On the street decisions may have to be made. Your affinity group will have
to decide when to hold it’s ground, when to run, when to escalate. Only you and your’s can do
that, cos its your butts on the line. How to do that, in a way where all voices are heard, to reach a
decision that everybody agrees with and can live with afterwards, is vital. Come to this workshop
to learn how.
PERSONAL / POLITICAL. You tell me yours and I’ll tell you mine. Learning where others stand
and finding how we reach these standpoints teaches us tolerance, and to love diversity. Also, we
need to be able to talk to every and anyone about the values that bring us into opposition with the
WEF, so they understand why we’re doing this. And even empathise. This workshop provides a
safe space to explore motivations and get a feel for fellow activists.
SCOUTS Groups will be forming up at this convergence space and being led down to crown,
making as much noise and with as much colour as possible. Appropriate transport (skateboards,
bikes etc) is recommended.
SCREEN PRINTING Workshops making prints for the days of action for you to wear or wave in the
air. If you have materials bring, tho some will be available.
AFFINITY GROUPS DISCUSSION The pro’s and cons of affinity groups will be discussed, principles,
how to and the forming there-of.
AFFINITY GROUPS (blockade teams, action groups, cells, action collective)
Affinity groups are small (3-20 people), autonomous groups of people with a common
identity or cause, who take part in actions and support each other. Their actions can take
place within mass demonstrations or on their own. There are many advantages to working in
an AG in mass demonstrations. A few being:
· Elimination of feelings and dangers of isolation
· Provision of support; emotional, physical, tactical etc.
· Harder to infiltrate by undercover police and corporate-sponsored saboteurs
· Greater flexibility in responding to changing conditions during the action
· Highly democratic and autonomous
So who is actually in an AG? People often form affinity groups with friends, co-workers,
housemates etc. Usually, the risks you take together as an AG will be representative of the level of
trust developed between the members. So while it’s possible to form AG’s with people you met at
the pub last night, you may be less likely to do high risk actions with them. Within AG’s, there are a
range of roles that its’ members can perform. These vary depending on the who’s, what’s,
where’s, when’s and how’s of your AG, but may include media spokesperson, 1 st aid/medic, legal
observer, arrest support, spokes council delegate (see below), communication person, meeting
facilitator, photo/videographers, police liaison etc.
SPOKES COUNCIL (cross cell communication)
The SC is an organisational structure with the aim of enabling co-ordination between all
groups involved in S11 actions, without reducing their autonomity.
The SC’s will be open meetings, comprised of spokespeople from affinity groups and other kinds of
working/organising groups and other wishing to attend. The decision making will be limited to the
delegates from each group although other members of groups may whisper in the ear of their
delegate if need be. The role of the delegate could be shared within working groups as there will
be more than one SC during the week. The only requirements of the delegate is that they are well
informed as to how to represent their group, i.e. How much or little info to divulge, what issues are
flexible, what issues aren’t etc.
A facilitator will be present to help make the best of the time spent together. So far, it has been
suggested that there be two parts to the meeting. Firstly, groups doing actions could meet to share
info and co-ordinate as much (or little) as they want and discuss how decisions might be made
during the actions. Secondly, all groups (i.e. action, organising and infrastructure) could meet to tie
up any loose ends and share any relevant information etc.
The first SC will be on Wednesday S6 more are planned - keep yr ear to the ground
S11 I-XPRESS on site communications
A forward Operating Base will be set up in the vicinity of Crown Casino and all bicycle operations
will beconducted from this location. Standard and extraordinary jobs will be dispatched to the
service which will consist of up to 10 couriers on the ground at any one time. The 72 hours of
the operation will be divided into 4, 6 and 8 hour shifts around the clock to service the array of
blockades and other activities that will be set up around the city and South Melbourne during S11.
Riders will travel in pairs, one rider in each pair will have extensive local knowledge, training rides
are being conducted. During this time, a roster will be drawn up and alliances with affinity groups
will be negotiated.
We need your help to run the courier service during S11. Dispatching, communications and
riding are some roles for volunteers. You don’t need to be a cyclist to join the service but
people experienced in urban bicycling will be needed to negotiate the city streets during the
72 hours in theatre.
phone 03 8611 4689 (local call cost, dial the whole number) to get involved
It may be possible to organise accomodation for activists still. ASK AROUND, AFTER THAT pick
up a form to fill out and return (see www.s11.org), else contact the s11 office at RMIT phone 9925
3327, Friends of the Earth, 94198700. But if you’re reading this and have done nothing about this
before, you may be out of luck. There is also a list of cheap accomodation in Melbourne on the
s11 website, and some even less comfortable doss’s will be happening: STUDENTS from
interstate and overseas places to stay here in melbourne. Contact 0428882802 or
firstname.lastname@example.org leave a contact phone number AND email WE NEED TO GET BACK TO
BakPak Hotels 167 Franklin St City 9329 5858
Toad Hall 441 Elizabeth St City 9600 9010
City Central 475 Spencer St West Melbourne 9329 7755
City Scene Backpackers 361 Queensberry St, North Melbourne 9348 9525
The Friendly Backpackers 197 King St, City 9670 1111
YHA 78 Howard St, North Melbourne 9329 8599
76 Chapman St North Melbourne 9328 3593
Melbourne Caravan Park, North Coburg (Melways Map 18 B7)
INDYMEDIA – MEDIA FOR YOU
IndyMedia is a grass-roots online media web site allowing you easily publish your stories directly to the world
bypassing mainstream media! IndyMedia is committed to providing alternative and indepndent coverage to socially
progressive movements. It is not part of s11 protest and will be an ongoing media channel for us to use.
Get on the net and check out www.melbourne.indymedia.org. IndyMedia has been preparing to cover the s11/WEF
and has a flexible coordination structure. There will be a number of locations from which to put content online. And you
can publish stories from any web café in the city. If you are interested in being part of the alternative media crew, find
the ‘IndyMedia Guide Sheet’ which contains maps, useful numbers and more information on how to use the InyMedia
There will be other media projects also. 3CR will be actively covering to protetsts on radio – 855am – and will also be
uploading their audio clips on to the Indymedia site. A short documentary will be produced by SKA TV – if you have
some excellent footage you feel should be included contact SKA producers for them to review. Content deadline 14th
Sep. This will be mailed around the world on the 17th and will go to air on Ch31 18th Sep.
Bike couriers (ixpress) will be moving regularly through the protest zone, and can collect your video and audio
resources to be taken to one of the upload locations.
The couriers will also have message forms which can be filled out by any protestor wishing to express themselves
through the website to the world. You are, after all, the voice!
NOTES TO THOSE MAKING MEDIA
Unless you are one of the big corporate friendly media, your camera and documentation equipment doesn’t give you
any special power or access to places. And having a camera doesn’t give you any protection – rather you could
be considered as a threat by the ‘authorities’ especially if things get nasty.
So be careful. Also, be cautious of what you do film. Any footage could be seized by ‘authorities’ for evidence.
If people want to do an interview, but don’t want to show their face, get them cover it up before recording, rather than
thinking you can do it in post-production.Create your own media, create your own culture, create, challenge, contribute;
Melbourne Indymedia: 0419 809 742 (if this fails ask other groups for latest number)
3CR Radio, 21 Smith St Collingwood email@example.com Ph: 03 9419 8377
SKA Office, Trades Hall : 96636976
Talkback radio 3L0 (ABC) : 03 9414 1774 Talkback 3AW (Commercial) : 03 9696 1278
IM email firstname.lastname@example.org Or email@example.com
ACCESS NEWS & 3 CR
Screening of unedited footage from the day’s action will be on at the spunkin’ ballroom in trades hall.. yeah
yeah!!, bring in yr stuff, or come and chill at the bar..so join us for a beer so ace local volunteer produced telly and a
laugh at , monday 11 from 7.30pm! yay!.
September 18th will be the s11-13 special screening!September 25th will include Olympix stuff... ps and we’re very
open to having more volunteers! experience not essential but it’d be a super bonus!!
During the three days of the meeting 3CR will be presenting live programs from the Crown Casino and be broadcasting
hourly updates from 7am throughto 10pm everyday. A week of current affairs programs that will explore different global
concerns each day (Monday - women; Tuesday - Third World; Wednesday - workers; Thursday -environment; Friday -
indigenous peoples). 3CR will also be distributing special S11 programs via the ComRadSat, the satellite service
of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA). On Monday and Tuesday mornings between 10 -
11am community stations right around Australia will be able to access an hour of live coverage of the S11 activities.
contact:Juliet Fox, 3CR Current Affairs Coordinator or
Jay Estorninho, Program Coordinator, 3CR 03 9419 837 firstname.lastname@example.org
DEALING WITH THE MEDIA ….
In the past the media have been unsympathetic and misrepresentative of the protests. There are
plenty of alternative media that is available to us today. There’s also DIY media you make it and
if you do find yourself talking to the mainstream media here are some basics . . .
You can refuse an interview! Just say NO COMMENT (same phrase works well with police)!
If you do choose to be interviewed you can ask for some time to prepare. You can ask what they
are going to ask, collect your thoughts on this. And get the journalists name and media
organisation write it down. This will give you more credibility and may make them less likely to take
you out of context.
Beware that the media have been giving s11 a lot of publicity. Although some media
outlets/journalists may be sincerely interested in the politics of the event, most are probably more
interested in a ‘good story’ hence their anticipation of violence despite repeated commitment to
non-violence. They are more likely to ask you questions relating to any possible confrontations
‘How have you reacted to pepper spray?’The trick is not to get drawn in to talking about something
other than the reason that you are there.
Try to quickly flip your answer to talk about what you want to talk about and the points you want to
get across. ‘What do you think of the reaction of police?’ ‘The police have been very aggressive
towards us. The real criminals are the corporate elite who are killing our planet and causing human
rights abuse in the work-place.’ It helps if you have a clear idea about what you want to talk about
and have a few easy phrases to fall back on. Remember that the TV media and some radio will be
using very short grabs - think of a succinct way to get across your point.
S11 First Aid ‘Cause we Dare to Care - THE STREET SHEET.
Please photocopy and pass around, remember about Community Health!!!
The more people who know First Aid the healthier we all will be!
Be safe- start with the right attitude of looking out for your sisters and brothers. Be aware of exposure, dehydration,
shock, injury and attacks from the cops, etc...
*Check that your water bottle is filled and you have some nutritious food
*Find out where the functioning water taps and toilets are
* Look for First Aid tents or roving Green Cross Medics
The mobile S11 medics will have maps to the first aid locations- get one!
Big Stuff: eg, fractures, shock, unconsciousness, big bleeding, etc...)
2)Get ambulance/send for medical help, stay with the injured
3)Don’t move an unconscious person (You could do more harm than good!)
Form a human blockade around an unconscious person/injured person to protect them from being trampled and you
have more room to work.
FRACTURE- Splint and immobilize the affected area/joint (with rolled up newspapers, sticks).
BLEEDING- Wear gloves. Apply pressure. Elevate area/limb.
TEETH- Replace knocked-out teeth in their socket if possible and get to dentist fast.
If you can’t replace tooth, wrap it in plastic or store in milk and transport to dentist immediately (DO NOT WASH
Capsicum Spray and Tear Gas
IF YOU ARE SPRAYED: Don’t Panic! Keep calm! DON’T RUB YOUR EYES! (capsicum spray sticks to anything
slimy or sticky you may be wearing like sunscreen, moisturizer, make-up and especially contact lenses).Move away
and up-wind from the spray. Get into a clear space where the wind can get the residues off your clothing. Remove
contact lenses immediately. Carefully irrigate only the effected area with lots of water. Do not allow contaminated water
to run over non-effected areas of the body. To clean the eyes, tilt head forward and turn it sideways. Gently rinse the
eye closest to the ground with water from a spray/pop-top bottle so that the water runs from the nose-side of the eye
out and drains onto the ground. Blink rapidly. Turn head to the other side and flush other eye. Do it one eye at a time
cause if you run out of water you’re still more functional with one eye! When you get to s11 find out where the nearest
water supplies will be, get yourself some pop-top bottles and lots of them.
Rubber Bullets / Tear Gas Cannisters
Turn your back to the projectiles and bend over at the waist to protect yourself while calmly moving out of the area
toward shelter. The projectiles are more likely to deflect off your back this way. Backpacks also provide good
Look for paleness of the face, dark-colored and infrequent urine, dry mouth, headache and dizziness. Give water, sit
down in a cool spot and encourage breathing.
Don’t underestimate the effects of the weather- be prepared. Wear hats, sunglasses, layers of clothes, long-sleeved
shirts, pants, boots, scarfs and plastic rain gear- also good protection from capsicum spray.
Look for stupor, dilated pupils. Take to safe place, lay down with feet up and keep warm, don’t give food or water, if
thirsty moisten lips. Always stay with shocked or injured people.Speak to the person in a calm even manner, give them
some small task to do (help me fill the water bottles) talk about yourself or the weather. If the person is consenting,
human contact can be very grounding (doesn’t have to be a full body hug! Even just shaking hands can be it!).
MAKING IT A SAFE REVOLUTION
You are much more valuable when you are alive and healthy. Don’t take unnecessary risks. Think more about the
kinds of injuries and how they might affect you later. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, THE WORLD WILL NEED YOU
Remember that the police are highly trained both physically and mentally. It’s very important to remember the police
have the law, equipment, health services and resources on their side. We have a well developed sense of justice.
DON’T EVER GET CAUGHT BY YOURSELF. MOVE IN PACKS. If you’re an individual hang around any group or
introduce yourself, meet new people. If you’re alone then the cops can do what they like without witnesses. Even when
dispersed, move in groups. One of the major motives behind dispersal is to create a panicked run where the police can
pick off tinduviduals. Let’s all take care of each other and support each other when we’re in trouble. Don’t trample each
other in a panic-stricken run or leave others to be arrested or beaten.
THE VARIOUS HEALTH RISKS:
This depends on the situation you end up in. Police and military have a term for the sliding scale of responses and
equipment and tactics that they employ at various levels in a protest, this is called a FORCE CONTINUM (basically the
more "serious" a situation gets, the more acceptable it is for "harder methods of control to be used.). Of course your
health risks vary accordingly. Health Risks while protesting include, but are not limited to: Dehydration,
Sunburn/Sunstroke, Cold/Winter Chill, Violence in the crowd To deal with this you need : Your own bottle of water,
Good food/Slow burning carbohydrates to keep going all day, wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes,
Hat/sunglasses (no oil-based sunscreen), change of clothes is essential, any medication your currently on with your
perscription or doctors note to prove you need it. For more info, see street sheet.
Mounted police have been used to manage large, massed-gatherings because they enable cops to block and
How do I protect myself? Wear head and body protection (bike helmets, hats, skarfs, eyeglasses or goggles, forearm
pads, gloves, backpacks, heavy pants and jacket, boots, etc...). Stay as a loose group, not a tright, packed mass.
Move and flow around the horse formations.
Help those who are down! Those that get knocked down are in danger, the quicker the group can get them up the less
chance of injury. Grab someone and support them before they hit the griound.
If you go down? Get up. If you can’t, curl up into a fetal ball on your side and cover your ears with your fists. Turn your
eyes and nose to the ground, keep your eyes open, shout for your friends. Your ribs, pelvis and spine are stronger
sideways. Wriggle forward slowly with small wriggles of the hips and shoulders. MAINTAIN THE THINNEST
POSSIBLE PROFILE (LESS CHANCE OF THE HORSE STEPPING ON YOU). DO NOT HIT THE HORSE, they are
well trained but they’re still animals and will lash out.
What it does: As a powerful alkali it creates a burning sensation about a thousand times more powerful than a chilli. It
will hurt, but you can survive it. Wear glasses NOT contact lenses to the protest. See street sheet for treatment
MEDICAL CENTRES – Bulk Billing
If you need to go to hospital find an AMBULANCE!
Central Medical Clinic, 114 William St, City 9670 2020
City Medical Clinic, 5th Floor, 313 Little Collins St, City Appointments: 9650 3122 After Hours: 9429 5677
Collins Place Medical Clinic Suites 14 & 15, 45 Collins Street City 9650 4218
Union Health Centre 393 Swanston St (opp. RMIT), City 9662 3322
FIRST AID SHOPPING LIST
4 x Gloves ($2) Gloves protect both parties. It’s responsible, wear them if you are treating people.
2 x Triangle Bandage (cheaply made or bought at $1.50) A triangle bandage has a thousand uses. Bandana-sized
material, that can be used to place on wounds, make slings, or dipped in water and vinegar for rough face masks, both
bandages could also be used to splint a limb with solid stuff. .Lighter coloured material is better to observe how much
bleeding comes through the fabric.
2x Pressure bandages ($2.50) Get the wide and long ones! Good for wrapping up sprained ankles and wrists. Good
also for binding wounds that are bleeding.
6x Menstral pads ($2-3.00) Great and cheap for soaking up blood, absolutely essential!
1x Eyepad (60c) Useful when someone has a foreign body in the eye and it’s too big or too painful to flush out! Place
over the eye with tape and instruct the injuried person not to move their eye. If you don’t need to use it as an eye pad it
makes a perfectly good wound dressing!
5-10 x Butterfly stitches ($1.20) Great as small wound dressings, helps to close difficult or very bloody wounds such
as scalp wounds.
Plastic bags (free, shit they give ‘em out with groceries these days!!!) For all of your medical/bloody waste. Think
public health! It’s no good dressing someone’s wound and then leaving your bloody scraps hanging around to cross
2x Sterile Saline: ($1.10) (NOT FOR DEALING WITH CAPSICUM SPRAY, THERE’S JUST TOO LITTLE OF IT,
BETTER TO USE A BOTTLE OF H2O!) This is for cleaning wounds of dirt and grit before covering them. Saline is very
useful to treat gravel burns or grazes.
Frozen Popper (foil juice container) in teatowel ($1.20) For placing on bruises/strains and sprains,or any other soft-
tissue injury to cool someone from overheating
Betadine/Antiseptic/teatree oil ($1.50) Take your pick which you prefer, to be used on open wounds with dirt or grit in
it (eg, after washing down a wound with saline paint it with antiseptic and then cover it).
Adhesive tape/medical tape: ($1.25) Has to be waterproof to be able to stick to sweaty/wet skin. Used to hold wound
dressings in place and free up your hands to support, apply pressure or elevate the wound and lead that person to
safety oh yeah!
Things to top up on: If you’re feeling flush and community minded. In order of priority- MORE WATER BOTTLES,
GLOVES AND MENSTRUAL PADS. More pressure bandages/saline/tape called micropore (sticks great to
skin!)/scissors/penknife/pen and notepad/melolite dressings expensive but good!
Contacts (specifically First Aid):
The s11 medic group: we are community health focused, spunky and there for You! Come chat to us on the day (look
for the green crosses) or send us a message S11medical@hotmail.com
Radical Health Workers of the World: we are calling for a radical change in the structure of health care and health
defining. Shake it by da roots!! RadicalhealthWW@yahoo.com
CHILLOUT / HEALING SPACE
If you are feeling tired, bored, stressed, confused, hurt, angry, sad or overwhelmed this is the perfect place for you to
go. A couple of 24hr chillout/healing spaces have been set up for the whole 3 days where you can come and chill out,
relax, have some tea or food, and get some free reiki, masage, counselling etc.
There will be music (listen out for the string quartet!) and as well as workshops like debriefing, clay, painting and
indigenous healing...SOUND GOOD??
Look for the banners and signs around the place which will tell you the location of the space. Everyone is
most welcome to visit anytime. See you there! Please feel free to contact me for any reason -
email@example.com or phone 0413611173
Much of what is covered below might have appeared in previous sections, but still
stop and read it all! The following is mostly based upon a what to bring list prepared by people directly involved in
coordinating the medical teams that have worked in Seattle, Washington and for s26 actions happening in Prague
later in the year. Whilst this list could go on (with kilos of gear), it has been kept short in order to keep it practical.
WHAT TO WEAR
Clothing should be comfortable, you should wear protective shoes that you can run in and clothing which covers most
of your skin to protect from sun and pepper spray exposure.
Accessorising with Weather-related gear : (rain gear) a cap or hat to protect you from the sun and from chemical
weapons. Chemical Weapons: shatter-resistant eye protection ie: sunglasses, not swim goggles but snorkelling
masks / goggles, or gas mask, gas mask or goggles paired with a respirator or bandanna to protect during
chemical weapons deployment. Heavy-duty gloves if you plan to handle hot tear gas canisters.
Fresh clothes in plastic bag (in case yours get contaminated)
WHAT TO BRING
$ lots of water - plastic bottles with squirt /spray tops, to drink and to wash off your skin or eyes if needed.
$ energy snacks.
$ identification and/or emergency contact information.
$ just enough money for pay-phone, food, transportation.
$ basic first aid kit (refer to first aid information in this booklet).
$ watch, paper, pen for accurate documentation of events, police brutality, injuries.
$ water- or alcohol-based sunscreen.
$ your inhaler, epipen, insulin or other medication if you require it.
$ several days of your prescription medication and doctor’s note in case of arrest.
$ menstrual pads, if needed. Avoid using tampons if you’re arrested you may not have a chance to change it
(tampons left in more than six hours increase your risk of developing toxic shock syndrome).
ACTION FASHION FAUX PAS
Don’t put vaseline, mineral oil, oil-based sunscreen or moisturizers on skin as they can trap chemicals. Don’t wear
contact lenses, which can trap irritating chemicals underneath.Don’t wear things that can easily be grabbed (i.e.:
dangly earrings or other jewellery, ties, loose hair). Facial piercing make great targets for make shift pressure points,
so leave them at home.Don’t go to the demo alone if you can help it. It is best to go with an affinity group, or some
friends who know you well, otherwise link up with others on the day that are alone also.
THINK CREATIVE ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY.
Don’t forget to sleep, eat, and drink lots of water. Take care of yourself. If you are grounded, well-rested, fed and
watered, you will have much more fun in the action. Dressing appropriately and preparing for the weather is key. Think
water, comfy shoes, rain gear/sun protection, more water. Think mobility and comfort. Remember that we do this work
because it is important andfun, and that at least some danger is essential to life.
Aussie Disposals 283 Elizabeth St, City
City Centre Disposals 241 Elizabeth St, City
Mitchell’s Disposals 134 Russell St, City
Sam Bear 225 Russell St City
ACTIVIST SAFETY @ S11
1) Groups or buddies Get together with some friends (five to twelve people is a good number) and form an
‘affinity group’ - who will stay together throughout the action and look after each other. Being in a small group at an
action provides support/back up and is powerful and safer. If you can’t get a group together, go with a buddy and
make a commitment to stick together the entire time for mutual support. This means keeping an eye on each other
and not separating. A pre-agreed meeting point is very wise.
2) Training If you have been an activist for twenty years or just starting out, training is still crucial. Nonviolent
trainers draw from the latest and most sophisticated nonviolent blockade and action techniques from around the world.
Go as a group to one of the many nonviolent direct action trainings leading up to S11. No matter how experienced
you are, training together is the best way to prepare for the action and work out what your role may be. Train together
as a group. Training helps to psychologically prepare for a direct action. Empower yourself with skills, techniques and
ideas for action.
3) Getting Stressed Take responsibility for your own stress levels (you are the only one who can!) Direct
actions, particularly ones that run for several days, can be extremely stressful. Look after yourself by getting enough
(or some!) sleep, taking time out as often as possible, eating enough and eating regularly. Don’t forget to stop and
think, talk with friends, breathe. Highly stressed people at actions can be a danger to themselves and others. We each
need cool heads when in dangerous situations at blockades. If you feel yourself becoming stressed or tired, take
responsibility to take time out.
4) Looking after each other We’re all in this together and we will need to look after each other. If you see
somebody who looks afraid, unsure, upset or looks a bit lost, check out if you can help them. Stick with them a while
until they feel okay. Often just giving somebody a bit of your time and listening to them will help an enormous amount.
Be prepared for a very diverse crowd of people from all walks of life. Elderly grandmothers will be linking arms with
leather-clad punks. In this environment we all need to be extremely respectful and tolerant of each other. Respect
people’s different energy levels, abilities, needs and political views. Offering help and support to each other can be the
best way to break down these differences. Remember that everybody has a right to feel safe all the time. Safety is
also something that is everybody’s’ responsibility.
5) What you may need Think carefully about what you may need at the action. How long do you intend to stay?
Will you just be marching or will you become part of the mass blockade? If you come as an affinity group you can
share some of these items. Come prepared with things you may need such as:
* a two liter water container
* food fruit and/or energy bars are good - it’s best not to rely on others to feed you
* sturdy footwear * clothing- should be protective and durable, light weight (to allow for great mobility), and tight fitting
while covering the entire body (to protect from capsicum spray and sunburn). Also prepare for cold/wet weather.
* waterproof gear * hat to protect you from sunburn * a camera * a mobile phone
* enough money to get by, especially some change (transport home etc)
* a small first aid kit * eyeglasses if required and a strap to hold them on(extra pair in a safe location if possible)
* extra prescription medicine if required (spare ventilator etc) * whistle/noisemakers * pen and note paper
* emergency Phone Numbers (Legal Support Group) * sleeping bag and mat if you are staying overnight
* small back pack to carry all this - that leaves your arms free
*It is best to leave pets at home.
6) Leaving the action Many of the things above are just as important when you are going home after an action.
Stay as a group if you can, or with a buddy, and look after each other as you head home (to where you’re staying)
Think about how you will get home after the action, it may be after public transport has finished
7) Having fun Powerful, large, courageous mass nonviolent actions like S11 can be heaps of fun. Nothing helps
people feel safe more then smiling, laughing people and a sense of humour. If the situation around you is getting
tense, do something weird, or funny to change the vibe’ always look on the bright side of life
DEBRIEFING after S11
Debriefing after any direct action is an important and necessary process - it can help to reduce the high rates of stress
and burnout. It is designed to intervene early in any negative emotional impacts felt by individuals involved in the
action. Debriefing is a simple process and should be arranged as soon as possible after the action. Even if you are
feeling totally fine, it is a valuable process to hear the experiences of other activists.
Debriefing also helps to:
1) develop a realistic and shared picture of what happened at the action;
2) draw out what the group learnt from the action;
3) affirms individuals choices during the action and assists them to move-on;
4) identify people who may require further debriefing and support.
Debriefing is best done in small groups (5-12 people) in a quiet place Confidentiality should be affirmed at the
beginning and it should be stressed that everyone present should be able to be listened to, without interruption and
without blame. In fact the most important part of the process is being able to express how you felt to other people.
It is common and totally normal to have stress reactions after an action that involves any degree of confrontation. The
reactions may be anger, highly agitated, or anxious, not being able to sleep, crying, feeling ‘detached’, guilt and self-
doubt, or older memories resurfacing. Everyone experiences stress differently . It is well worth talking about these
reactions in a debrief or at least to a friend.
For more detailed support or counselling contact your local Community Health Centre. If you would like more detailed
information about Debriefing contact Pt’chang Nonviolent Community Safety Group on
(03) 9517 3120 or firstname.lastname@example.org
S11 LEGAL OBSERVER TEAM - Roles and Responsibilities
Pt’chang Nonviolent Community Safety Group is coordinating a Legal Observer Team during the S11 actions against
the World Economic Forum at Melbourne’s Crown Casino. The Legal Observer Team will observe, record and
monitor arrests and the individual actions of the Victorian
police and private security personnel during the three day event.
In particular the Legal Observer Team will;
* distribute information on legal rights to members of the public at the S11 protests;
* Observe, monitor and record details of interactions between police/security and the public;
* take photos and/or video of arrests if they occur;
* make a detailed written account of the arrest;
* collect the name, number and/or a physical description of the arresting officer;
* find out whereabouts or follow the arrested person to the police station;
* work with S11 Legal Support to monitor, support or contact the arrested person whilst in police custody;
* assist S11 Legal Support Group to collect information for use for future legal defense or police complaints
During the s11 protests a legal team of solicitors, barristers and paralegals will be providing information and
assistance. The legal observer team will observe, record and monitor actions of the Victoria police and private
security. The legal support team will staff a 24-hour number 9419 7427, and ensure that lawyers
are at the protest sites, able to visit people in police custody and represent people in court. We can be contacted at
You have a right to protest and you have rights if you are arrested. You should exercise those rights.
BEING ARRESTED Police are not required to give you a warning prior to arresting you, but sometimes they
will.Normally the police must tell you that you are under arrest and what they are arresting you for. You should always
ask the police officer: ‘Am I under arrest?’ and ‘What for?’. Remember what they say. It is an offence to actively resist
or hinder a legal arrest (yours or another’s). It is not necessarily an offence to passively avoid arrest, for instance by
lying down. You don’t have to help police arrest you, but they may then use ‘reasonable force’ to arrest you.
NAME AND ADDRESS The police have the right to ask for your name and address (whether you are under arrest
or not). If you refuse to give your name and address, it is an offence and you can be charged. the police may refuse to
release you on bail. Police may arrest and detain you to verify your name and address, if they suspect you are not
telling the truth. The police officer must tell you his/her name, rank and where they’re stationed if you ask. Ask them
and remember what they say.
ANSWERING POLICE QUESTIONS You have the right to refuse to answer police questions in all
circumstances (except your name and address). Tell them nothing (except your name and address). Say in answer to
all questions - ‘I have done nothing wrong and I have nothing to say’. Or ‘no comment’. There are no off the
record conversations with police. If you are 16 or under police cannot question you without an independent
person present, this can be a friend or a relative or another person independent from the police.
LEGAL ADVICE You have the right to communicate with your lawyer in private before police question you. Ask the
police to ring 9419 7427 and put you on the phone so you can speak to a lawyer. A lawyer may be able to visit you
in police custody.
CONTACTING RELATIVES AND FRIENDS Before police question you, you have the right to communicate with
a relative or friend to tell them where you are. Ask the police to ring your relative or friend and put you on the phone so
you can speak to them.
PHOTOGRAPHS & ID LINE UP The police have no right to demand that you submit to being photographed. But
just like anyone else they are entitled to try to take a photograph. If you do not want them to take your photograph, you
could cover your face with your hands, turn away, bend down, or move your head. You do not have to participate in an
ID line up.
FINGERPRINTS If you are 15 or older, Tthe police have the right to demand that you give them your fingerprints.
They have the right to use reasonable force if you refuse. If you are under 15, the police can only take your fingerprints
if both you and your parent or guardian agree or if a Court orders it. You should not consent without speaking to a
SEARCHES Police do not have an automatic right to search you. Police only have power to search you if they
reasonably believe you are carrying a weapon, illegal drugs or stolen property. Always ask the police why they want to
search you. However, Police will usually do a ‘pat down search’ first. Police can do a ‘strip search’ if they have
reasonable grounds. It should not be in public place and should be by an officer the same sex as you. They can not
touch you improperly or conduct an external or internal physical examination without a court order or consent. Do not
consent to this. (See next.)
FORENSIC SAMPLES For police to obtain a forensic sample (blood sample, hair or pubic hair, genital or mouth
swabs etc.) from you they require your consent or a court order. You should refuse allorder or consent. Do not consent
to this. (See below.) requests for forensic samples and ask to speak to your lawyer.
GETTING OUT OF CUSTODY The police have two choices
1) They can release you without charging you. You may get a summons later, or
2) They can charge you and release you on bail. Before you leave the police station you will be asked whether your
treatment by police was reasonable, and you will usually be asked to sign that this was the case. You do not have to
sign this. Ask to leave as soon as you have been processed at the police station. Keep asking until they let you go or
until they ask you to sign a bail undertaking.
BAIL Bail is an undertaking (a promise) by you that you will turn up at court on the day your charge is listed. The
undertaking is a form which you have to sign before they’ll let you go. The form has standard conditions printed on it,
such as that you will go to court etc.
The police can add special conditions to the undertaking, for example, a promise by you that you will not return to the
demonstration or picket line. You do not have to agree to special conditions. If the bail does not include special
conditions sign it and leave.
If the bail undertaking includes special conditions.
a)Tell the police you want to speak to your lawyer.
Ask them to ring him/her and put you on the phone to speak to them.
b) If you don’t want to agree to the special conditions, don’t sign the bail form. You may be kept in the police cells for
some time. After a while or in the morning, you will be taken to the Magistrates Court. Your lawyer can ask the
Magistrate to drop the special conditions.
There is a good chance the Magistrate will agree.
c) Or you can sign the form with the special conditions and the police will let you go. If you breach the conditions, it
may be grounds for the police to re-arrest you.
A Court can alter the special conditions at a later date.
KEEPING RECORDS If you are arrested, or have been a witness to arrests, it is of great
importance to keep a personal and detailed record of any conflicts you have had or
observed with the police, including the time and date of the incident.
The legal team can assist you. Do not notify the police that you have made these records.
POLICE MISTREATMENT If you have been assaulted by police, it is important that you see a doctor as soon as
possible and ensure that they record your injuries and what happened. Take photos if the injuries are visible. Also
record the names and contact details of any witnesses to the assault, and the people who saw you immediately before
and after the incident. Get legal advice.
SECURITY GUARDS Private security guards are not police officers and do not have the powers that police officers
have. Private security guards only have the same rights and powers that citizens have. The power of arrest of private
security guards is limited to the power of arrest that every citizen has. Every citizen has the power to arrest someone
who is caught red-handed committing an offence. Security guards also have power, vested in them by the owners of
the private property, to use reasonable force to protect that property and to evict trespassers. There are limited
complaint mechanisms against the unreasonable behavior of private security guards. Where you have sufficient
evidence and significant injuries have been incurred, criminal charges or civil action against the private security firm
may be appropriate.
JAIL SOLIDARITY Non-cooperation or jail solidarity, means that activists refuse to co-operate unless authorities
agree with their demands. Demands such as everyone getting equal treatment in jail, no one being isolated from the
group, as well as insisting on appearing before the judge together. If the jail system is full because no one is
accepting bail it can force the police to negotiate over conditions and prevent the scapegoating of individuals. As with
everything, jail solidarity is not for everyone, however our strength in jail comes from our solidarity.There will be
workshops on this during held during convergence.