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(en) Australia, Woomera Up-Date - Breaking the Cage, Detainees escape - Actions continue at Woomera2002

From "vornman@excite.com" <vornman@excite.com>
Date Sat, 30 Mar 2002 08:21:53 -0500 (EST)


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Anarchists on the Front line - Update 
Breaking the Cage, Detainees escape - Actions continue at Woomera2002 
Following 
http://melbourne.indymedia.org/features.php?feature_id=3"> a year of 
turmoil in Australian detention centres, the 
http://www.woomera2002.com  
woomera2002.com (mune) have had much success over the last 48 hours. 

Last night at 5:45 pm a call by detainees was made for joint action 
inside and out of the Woomera detention centre. The protestors outside 
the camp broke through at least 
http://melbourne.indymedia.org/front.php?article_id=24071&group=webcast 
two fences to actually reach the detainees. At this point, http://melbourne.indymedia.org/front.php?article_id=24076&group=webcast 
41 to 46 detainees escaped. Since then 37 (possibly 39) have been 
recaptured in the last 20 hours. 

The  
http://melbourne.indymedia.org/front.php?article_id=24221&group=webcast full 
story from last night by a desert.indymedia representative.  

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/asia-pacific/newsid_1900000/1900482.stm

from the action are available here (above). 

The Government concedes that at least 8 detainees are still at large, 
though they are having trouble determining numbers becasue those in the 
camp will not allow the counting process to occur. Sixteen protestors have 
been arrested for "habouring escapees", a charge that carries up to five 
years in jail. They will be appearing at the Port Augusta Magistrate court 
on Tuesday. Bail has been refused by the top levels of government. 

Last night the protestor's camp, about a kilometre from the detention 
centre, was surrounded by police and the Australian Protective Services (APS), 
and no one was allowed to leave the camp without a thorough ID check. 
http://melbourne.indymedia.org/front.php?article_id=24208&group=webcast   
protestors were trying to to take 
http://melbourne.indymedia.org/front.php?article_id=24207&group=webcast  
teddy bears to the detainees, when they were confronted by APS, but 
apparently were able to deliver their gifts. 

Actions of Solidarity have happened in 
http://melbourne.indymedia.org/front.php?article_id=23887&group=webcast 
Scotland and 
http://melbourne.indymedia.org/front.php?article_id=24108&group=webcast 

The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Phil Ruddock, 
recently issued statement that largely laid the blame on bungling police and 
splits between police on the Federal and State level and with APS. 

There are still two more days of action. Analysis from <a 
http://melbourne.indymedia.org/front.php?article_id=24184&group=webcast
on the ground and  
http://melbourne.indymedia.org/front.php?article_id=24190&group=webcast 
those watching the news is strong and inspiring. 

http://www.woomera2002.com 
http://noborder.org 
more 
http://www.melbourne.indymedia.org



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