Saturday, March 14, 2009

Indymedia Reporter Shot Protesting Israeli Wall

WARNING: VERY DISTURBING IMAGES OF THE WOUND

http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/03/13/18576814.php
On March 13th, 2009, Tristan Anderson, from Oakland, California, was critically wounded in the village of Ni'lin after Israeli forces shot him in the head with a high-powered tear-gas canister. Tristan is a dedicated activist and reporter who has long been committed to social and environmental justice in the U.S. and abroad in places such as Oaxaca, Iraq, and Palestine. Tristan has posted his reports to Indybay since 2001.

As a result of his injuries, Tristan Anderson, 38 years old, has been taken to Israeli hospital Tel Hashomer, near Tel Aviv. Anderson is unconscious and had been bleeding heavily from the nose and mouth. He sustained a serious injury to his forehead where he was struck by the canister. He is currently being operated on.

"Tristan was shot by the new tear-gas canisters that can be shot up to 500 meters," reports Teah Lunqvist (Sweden) with the International Solidarity Movement. "I ran over as I saw someone had been shot, while the Israeli forces continued to fire tear-gas at us. When an ambulance came, the Israeli soldiers refused to allow the ambulance through the checkpoint just outside the village. After 5 minutes of arguing with the soldiers, the ambulance passed."

Tristan Anderson was shot as Israeli forces attacked a demonstration against the construction of the annexation wall through the village of Ni'lin's land. Another resident from Ni'lin was shot in the leg with live ammunition. Several other demonstrators against the wall have been killed or rendered brain dead as a result of IDF use of rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition in the villages of Ni'ilin and Bil'in.

Other ISM activists killed or injured by Israeli forces: Rachel Corrie, killed by a bulldozer in 2003; Brian Avery, shot in the face in 2003; and Tom Hurndall, shot to death in 2004. -- From Indybay

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Tristan was a regular poster to Indymedia, reporting and sending video and photos to the Indybay site. This is his photo of a prayer in an olive grove last summer, in the same village where he was wounded.

Tristan covered with text and photos: the Berkeley Tree Sit, protests against the Iraq War and Critical Mass bike rides. He also went to Oaxaca and recorded the Brad Will memorials in that city. Brad Will was an Indymedia activist/report who was killed by Mexican paramilitaries.This is one of the photos which Tristan posted to Indymedia:
Like Brad Will, Tristan delighted in image irony:
Below this photo he posted his sentence: "Brad always tried to get beyond the choices or false dichotomies of capitalism."-Tristan

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