Category Archives: blockade

Simon Moyle + friend’s videos of last week

Footage of the action:

The image that captures the week

 

Final day’s arrests

Media Release 8 July 2011 – for immediate release Peace week culminates in arrests and meditations Swan Island Peace Convergence – Queenscliff A week of protest at the top-secret military base of Swan island has ended with a blockade lit with 400 candles representing deaths in Afghanistan and more arrests as protesters breached police lines. [...]

Final morning’s vigil and the bridge action

 

Protestors scale the bridge

Media Release 8 July 2011 – for immediate release 6:45am Peace week culminates in candle vigil & tense stand-off with police Swan Island Peace Convergence – Queenscliff A week of protests at the top-secret military base on Swan Island is currently at a tense, pre-dawn stand-off as protesters breach police lines. Meanwhile, the quiet Queenscliff street [...]

Finding old friends

As for many people, my teenage years were framed with a handful of special friends with whom I journeyed through a turbulent adolescence. Over the years I’ve lost touch with most of these friends and wonder how they’re doing. Facebook is giving me updates on their lives, but not a chance to reconnect. Today I [...]

Third day of protests, third day of arrests – Media Release

Peace activists have been arrested on the third consecutive day of the blockade of the Swan Island military base. A small but determined group of protesters was met by a large police presence, and two were arrested as the group attempted to keep the base closed. The convergence has been continuing all week as a [...]

Checkers on the slammer floor

Carole Powell and I kept ourselves amused as we waited for hours in the cells to be heard by the magistrate – by playing checkers on the thoughtfully designed checked tiles on the floor. Our checker markers were the unused sugar packets and strawberry jam and Vegemite packets that came with the rather more-than-we-expected hot [...]

Day 2: morning report

We got up extra early for prayers before the scheduled 6am blockade, only to find cars already entering the base.  That’s what happens when you let them know you’re coming. As we approached the gate to the bridge at about 5:50am, 4 mounted police stepped out of the darkness and followed us in close formation [...]