Swan Island Peace Convergence 2013

Swan Island Peace Convergence 2013

Bring all the troops home. End the U.S. Alliance

Day 3 – Protestors Successfully Block Swan Island

At 5:15 am today 40 activists spread 200 candles across the road in front of the military base at Swan Island. Grouped in front of the gate to the military base, they locked arms, providing a blockade to traffic on the island.

By 6:15 am ten cars were waiting, during which time the Rev Simon Moyle gave an address about the forgiveness of two afghan children who had chosen to forgive the troops who had killed their father.

After a group of around 20 police broke the blockade to allow the cars through, the activists re-established their human barricade.

By 7 am over 30 cars were backed up, and police were forced to turn cars away, declaring that access to the military base would not be possible for the day. Good relations between police and protestors were evident, with no arrests. Several locals voiced their support.

5 am. Carrying candles to the base

Laying candles on the road, while others set up in front of the gates at Swan Island

Police watch as 200 candles are laid across the road.

Police move protestors from the gate

The blockade is re-established

Having fun at the base

The police gave us a cordial reception.

Cars backed up down the street

But like a tree, we would not be moved.

And then it was time to party!