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S. Carolina Statement Protesting Arrests of Indonesian Labor Activists

Statement from South Carolina Charleston Five Rally Protesting Arrest of Labor Rights Activists in Indonesia

We Protest the Arrest of Labor Rights Activists in Indonesia

We, the undersigned, would like to express our gravest concern over the forcible dispersal of the Asia Pacific Solidarity Conference Against Neoliberalism in Jakarta, Indonesia, on the afternoon of June 8, 2001.

The conference was convened to discuss workers' rights and social issues in Asia. According to Associated Press reports, subsequently confirmed by other media sources, some 40 participants at this conference were detained by the Jakarta police. They have been held at the Jakarta central police station crisis center for alleged visa violations -- the authorities claim conference participants entered the country as visitors, not to attend a conference.

We consider this act to be unlawful and a clear attack on labor rights. As supporters of the campaign to defend the Charleston Five -- South Carolina union dockworkers facing felony riot charges for defending their union -- we are committed to defending workers rights wherever and whenever they are threatened.

We therefore demand the immediate and unconditional release of the Indonesian and foreign detainees arrested at the conference.*


John Poulsen, Dockers Freeport, Copenhagen, Denmark

Linda Chavez Thompson, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO

Cecil Roberts, President, United Mine Workers of America (UMWA)

Yu Kwang Jun, Director of the Policy Planning Department, Daewoo Auto Workers Union, Korean Metal Workers' Federation, Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU)

Kenneth Riley, President, International Longshoremen's Association, (ILA), Local 1422, Charleston, South Carolina

James Spinosa, President, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)

Juan Velez, President, International Longshoremen's Association, (ILA), Local 1575, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Donna DeWitt, President, South Carolina AFL-CIO

Dr. Anne-Marie Johnson, National Chair of the EEOC of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG)

Thom Crenshaw, President, Charleston Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Charleston, South Carolina

Tony Mazzocchi, National Organizer, Labor Party

Cecilia McCall, Secretary Progressive Staff Congress, City University of New York (CUNY), New York, New York

Bob Ashton, President, International Longshore and Warehouse Union(ILWU), Local 500, Vancouver, British Columbia

Don Simpson, Executive Board, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Local 500, Vancouver, British Columbia

Roger Toussaint, President, Transport Workers' Union (TWU) Local 100, New York, New York

Tim Schermerhorn, Vice President, Transport Workers' Union of America,(TWU) Local 100, New York, New York

Richard L. Heiterer, Recording Secretary, International Longshoremen's Association, (ILA) Local 1771, Charleston, South Carolina

Larry Adams, President, Laborers International Union, Local 300 (National Postal Mail Handlers Union), New York, New York

Ashaki Binta, Black Radical Congress, Atlanta, Georgia

Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, President Emeritus, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)


*NOTE: This statement will be faxed to the Indonesian Central Police Station, with a copy to the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and in Washington, D.C.

Feel free to use to fax to Indonesian and other appropriate consulates.

For more information please call Lee Sustar at 773-583-7884 (work) or 773-425-6684 (cell phone) or Ahmed Shawki 773-583-7884 (work) 847-921-1917 (cell phone).

For copies of the original signed petitions please fax a request to 773-583-6144, Attn: Lee or Ahmed.



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