I spoke with the woman running the information table for the exhibit. She says the artists are exhiled from China or otherwise persecuted for their religion.
I’m interested in the art as much of it depicts political protest, human rights abuse and the diaspora (community of people who are geographically dispersed largely due to war or disaster). The lady gave me this flower that depicts her religion of Falun Dafa: truthfulness, compassion, tolerance. She is Anglo Australian.
Today is the “Other September 11.” On this day in Chile, 1973, President Salvador Allende was killed in a coup by Augusto Pinochet. My blog post explores the ongoing impact of this event on Chileans living in Australia.
In his historic speech, Allende’s final address to the nation, he talks of his sacrifice against imperial forces and his vision for the future. SBS News has a great website commemorating this event, including the role that the Australian Government played in feeding intelligence to the USA, which eventually led to the rise of the Pinochet regime. When the Australian Labor government came to power in 1972, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam is said to have been appalled about Australia’s involvement in the coup and removed his Government’s political support.