On the night of 1/26/13, anarchists in Australia observed Australia Day by dumping buckets of paint on the statue of Captain James Cook overlooking Botany Bay. His memorial cottage in Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens was given a good splash, as well. Cook, you’ll recall, was the bloody-minded British explorer responsible for carrying a festering stew of pustulance throughout the unknown world – all in the name of British Empire. In doing so, he and his diseased crew of rapists and murderers managed to wipe out untold numbers of indigenous peoples. Cook was finally topped by an angry mob of thoroughly fed up Hawaiians. It is not known what they did with him after that but rumor has it they probably covered him in sweet sauce, trussed him up in banana leaves and buried him in a pit of hot coals for 9-12 hours.
In solidarity with Australia’s indigenous peoples, and in opposition to colonialism, anarchists in Sydney dropped 7 banners across their fair city, five from walkway bridges and two from an empty warehouse on a busy intersection. Not at all keen on using the letter ‘Z’ over there, the banners read:
ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE ABORIGINAL LAND
DECOLONISATION NOT RECONCILIATION
KILL THE COLONISER IN YOUR HEAD
225 YEARS OF OCCUPATION, 225 YEARS OF RESISTANCE
FROM PAPUA TO PALESTINE, GADIGAL TO WALLMAPU, SOLIDARITY WITH INDIGENOUS STRUGGLES.
And an Aboriginal Flag banner.
Around midday they dropped a massive banner reading FUCK THE FIRST FLEET from a walkway above Circular Quay in Sydney Harbor, where thousands had gathered to watch city organised events, including a military aircraft show. Throughout the night banners and flags promoting the nation’s Australia Day were gathered from park flagpoles, shopfronts, fences and yards. The whole lot was later appropriately honored by setting fire to it.
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