More arrests today at Swan Island protest

 

Early this morning two further activists were arrested and many others were dragged off the road as the Swan Island Peace Convergence continued into its third day.

Davey Hellier (38, Bushland Management worker from Belgrave) and Paul Ellis, (26, teacher from Warragul) elected to refuse bail and were later fined $400 each at Geelong Magistrate’s Court.

About 30 people attempted to block workers getting to work on the top secret Swan Island military base.  They sang  songs and read out the names of people who have died in the war in Afghanistan, both allied troops and Afghan people.   When cars approached the base seeking to enter they offered nonviolent resistance to being moved.

Yesterday four members of the group were arrested and faced the Geelong Magistrate’s Court.  They were found guilty of blocking a road and obstructing police, but given no penalty.

In giving the sentence the Magistrate stated that she took into account the early guilty plea and their impassioned statements against the war.  She said many people in society agreed with the defendant’s position on the war.

The Swan Island Peace Convergence will continue until Friday and plan to continue to blockade the base each day. More arrests are expected.

Photos of arrests and blockade available on request.

Photos also available at www.swanislandpeace.org

For further comment call Jessica Morrison on 0431 519 577 or Simon Moyle 0402 857 915