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Friday, 09 September 2005

MULTIMEDIA CONCERT for THE MEDICAL FOUNDATION FOR THE CARE OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE

The North East England Support Group of

THE MEDICAL FOUNDATION FOR THE CARE OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE

Together with

TYNESIDE EAST TIMOR SOLIDARITY

PRESENT A MULTIMEDIA CONCERT BY

                     ROS DUNLOP

Including music by Martin Wesley-Smith

With film and animations by Max Stahl, Adam Gartrell and Christian Tancred

7.30 PM, TUESDAY 11th OCTOBER 2005

AT

ST. THOMAS’ CHURCH

HAYMARKET, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Entry: £5.00 (£3.50, concessions & unwaged)

Available from: 11 Watershaugh Road, Warkworth, NE65 0TT (01665 714213)

17 Barlow Lane, Winlaton, NE21 6EZ

and at the door.

Ros Dunlop, who is on a concert tour of the UK, is a very fine Australian Clarinettist. As well as being a great musician, she is deeply into Human Rights issues, and has developed a very original multi media concert, around a journey to East Timor, a country ravaged by poverty and human rights violations. She plays music specially written for her by Australian composer Martin Wesley-Smith, and presents films and animations by the internationally renowned Max Stahl, Adam Gartrell and Christian Tancred.

Ros is a professional musician, who earns her living by performing and teaching, but she is giving us her skills for this event at a wonderfully generous rate, which is why we are able to charge so little for entry.

It will be an evening for all tastes

FASLANE BLOCKADED – 1st August 2000

Around 160 people, including some from Newcastle, arrived at Faslane, a Trident submarine base near Glasgow, very early in the morning on 1st August. The anti-nuclear protesters held a lively blockade with a good atmosphere and several ingenious lock-ons, preventing workers from entering both the north and south gates. At the south gate, a tripod was set up which was really successful, stopping traffic for 12 hours.

76 people were arrested, including Buddhist nuns performing a religious ceremony, and a protester called Laura Norder! Faslane was the final destination for Buddhists and Trident Ploughshares peace walkers who have walked over 250 miles from Aldermaston to Faslane.

Among them was a member of Tyneside East Timor Support Group, who was sponsored to raise funds for the group (donation gratefully received c/o TGAL PO Box). A two week camp is now taking place with actions every day. More info from Trident Ploughshares – tel: 01324 880 744

Protest at Downing Street 1999

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/440824.stm

Newcastle Chronicle & Journal: Twinning call to back plight of oppressed
Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 09:26:33 -0500
THE JOURNAL (Newcastle, UK)

March 24, 1999, Wednesday Edition 1

Twinning call to back plight of oppressed

HUMAN rights campaigners on Tyneside have called on the Mayor of Newcastle to twin the city with a town in the occupied state of East Timor.

The friendship request came when Coun Danny Marshall met Timorese exile Amorin Viera and anti-arms trade activists at a civic reception.

East Timor has been under Indonesian rule after being invaded 24 years ago, and since then 200,000 of the population has been killed.

Mr Viera, known to friends as “Xifa”, 24, is from Los Palos in East Timor, and has been in exile since he was 17.

He fled first to Portugal and then to the UK.

He said: “I had to leave because of the military situation there. I am very pleased with the backing I have received since I visited the North-East.”

Mr Viera has been on a talking tour of the North-East and has spoken at Newcastle’s two universities and Catholic cathedral, as well as meeting Coun Marshall.

Yesterday he gave a talk at Sunderland University, and today will join a protest outside Department of Trade and Industry offices in Gallowgate, Newcastle, at 10.30am.

The DTI demonstration is to call on the Government not to renew British Aerospace’s export licences to Indonesia, or those of any UK firms supplying weapons to Indonesia.

Tomorrow night Mr Viera will join the monthly vigil in Northumberland Street from 5pm to 6pm to protest at the continued occupation.

A spokesman for the Tyneside branch of Campaign Against the Arms Trade said: “We hope the council looks favourable on the request for twinning status, as it will help publicise the plight of the people in East Timor.”

A Newcastle Council spokesman said the mayor had passed the twinning request on for council consideration.

Think Locally Act Globally Oct 1998

NOVEMBER VISITORS FROM EAST TIMOR
The monthly vigil for East Timor on 26 November will be made all the more potent with the presence of some Timorese exiles. They have witnessed the systematic slaughter of a third of their people. However, our visitors have fought back against the genocidal regime. They cannot return until East Timor is free, so they are campaigning in Britain. As well as the vigil, they will be talking about their struggle for life and independence at 7:30 on 26 November at 14 Windsor Terrace in Newcastle. For more information contact Chris Hughes of Tyneside East Timor Support Group on 2811053.

Think Locally Act Globally Aug 1998

Bainbridges Last Thursday of month, 5-6 pm, Vigil for East Timor, Northumberland St, Newcastle

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