In March 1968, the Observer newspaper described an occupation of the Slavonic House in Prague by thousands of students and intellectuals: “Jammed with excited men and women, suffocation-tight all the way down the stairs and out to the pavement; questions on screws of paper coming down like snow-flakes from the galleries; speakers talking like free men. A woman, long imprisoned, denounced President [Antonin] Novotny for his part in the show trials. A playwright says the public prosecutor has eleven judicial murders on his conscience.
The contrast couldn’t be starker. The “let it rip” strategy imposed on most of Australia during the Omicron wave has led to mass sickness, growing numbers of daily deaths, overrun hospitals and supply chain chaos. Meanwhile, in Western Australia, the risk of contracting COVID-19 is negligible. While community transmission has become more of a concern recently, daily new cases remain in single-digit territory.
Half a million South Korean workers walked off the job on 20 October, demanding the abolition of irregular work, the nationalisation of key industries and greater decision-making power for workers in times of crisis.
In an act of defiance against Australia’s cruel detention regime, more than 300 detainees have initiated a hunger strike at Yongah Hill detention centre in Western Australia.
A 22-year-old Aboriginal woman, Ms Dhu, died in police custody on 4 August 2014. She was one of about 1,100 people locked up in Western Australia in 2014 because of an unpaid fine.