How you can follow the Max Brenner trial, and how you can help.
About the case: On July 1 last year, at a “Boycott Israeli Apartheid Rally” in
Melbourne, Victoria Police arrested 19 people – more than at any demonstration in
many years. The case goes to trial starting on Tuesday May 1 2012, possibly running
for over two weeks. 14 defendants are facing charges of trespass in a public place and
besetting (an anti-picketing charge) as well as a variety of demonstration offences.
The case is an important one. It involves Baillieu’s Public Order Response Team, an
apparent decision taken to make arrests before the demonstration had commenced,
and intense interest from conservative and pro-Israel political forces. There is an
excellent summary of the case here on the Electronic Intifada website:
What you can do:
1. Follow the trial and publicise it.
During the trial there will be daily updates on the campaign blog page:
We will carry detailed daily reports from inside the court, as well as statements and
articles from supporters and the press. In addition, each day we will carry a short
article with links to a legal process in Palestine, so people interested in the case will
also get a window into the daily legal abuses aimed at the people of Palestine.
This website will be the main coverage of the trial, so if you can spread the link far
and wide that would be a great help.
2. Write an article. We are approaching a range of writers and bloggers to write
pieces for their various audiences during the trial, relating to either or both of the two
issues at stake – civil liberties and the struggle for a free Palestine.
As well as publishing wherever you publish regularly, it would be great if we could
include your article on the website above. If you can include a link from your page to
the campaign blog, all the better.
3. Report from the court. Court reportage is usually pretty strictly accounts of what
has been said on the court record – but if anyone wants to spend a day down at the
Magistrate’s Court blogging from there, you would be most welcome!
Thanks for your interest and solidarity
Steph Price, 0426 501 398
Jerome Small, 0437 197 871