Anti-war activists have geared up their protest by blocking access to the secretive Swan Island military base near Queenscliff at 6am today (Tuesday 5 July 2011).
Two protesters have already been arrested this morning as about 40 local and visiting activists converged in the small town in protest against Australia’s continuing participation in the US-led war in Afghanistan.
Co-organiser Jessica Morrison said many activists were prepared to be arrested for the cause.
“We are fully prepared to be arrested using nonviolent civil disobedience,” Ms Morrison said. “The majority of Australians agree that our troops must come home, but to date our government has been ignoring us. We cannot stand by while Australians and innocent Afghan citizens are killed by our military”.
Of concern to the protesters is that the military base is also home to a public golf course. “We have no intention of disrupting anyone’s golf game, but due to the way the the police enforce access to the gate, we have no option,” she said.
The Swan Island Peace Convergence started Monday with actions in Melbourne and Queenscliff and will continue with daily events and nonviolent civil disobedience until Friday.
For further information contact Jessica Morrison on: 0431519577; or Simon Moyle on 0402 857 915.
or visit www.swanislandpeace.org/media