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(en) Alt. Media, CKUT Radio: Australia Refugee Resistance - Baxter Convergence

From Stefan Christoff <christoff@dojo.tao.ca>
Date Sun, 27 Apr 2003 11:00:56 +0200 (CEST)

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Listen to an interview with Nick from No One is Illegal Melbourne about
the recent convergence at Baxter Detention Center. From April 18th - 23rd
hundreds of people gathered outside of the Baxter Detention Center to
protest and take direct action against the Australian governments policy
of immediate detention of all asylum seeker entering Australia. The Baxter
convergence which was called for by those detained within Baxter was built
on the collective action of those within Baxter and supporters on the
outside, who were met with extreme police and state repression including
beatings, lethal ammunition and police raids of the Baxter protest camp.

The April 2003 Baxter Convergence illustrates the daily struggle of those
asylum seekers detained at Baxter, who are resisting on a daily basis in
the detention center and who are defining a No One is Illegal movement*
built on and lead by the struggles of immigrant & refugees communities
throughout the world. Baxter Detention Center is located in the Australian
desert where those detained are often beaten, malnourished and in many
cases held in detention for years. Refugees in Australia are treated like

In April of 2002, the Woomera Dentition Center in Australia (now closed)
made international headlines when the collective action of the detains
within the center and their supporters on the outside took-down the
dentition center walls and over 50 detainees escaped. The Baxter
Convergence of 2003 is a continuation of that struggle and points toward
the growing No One is Illegal movement throughout the world which takes
aim at racist & inhumane immigration policies carried in many
industrialized colonial nation states towards immigrants & refugees.

To listen to the interview with Nick from No One is Illegal Melbourne
Visit: http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=6918

To get more information on the Baxter Convergence visit:


AUSTRALIA: Machine guns at the Baxter camp
>From - http://www.melbourne.indymedia.org

The first day of protests at the baxter detention centre began with
hundreds of people arriving at the city square park in Port Augusta where
they were given an indigenous welcome and were joined by the local
aboriginal radio station, Umeewarra Aboriginal Media Association. That
afternoon 500 protesters broke through a police roadblock 2km from the
detention centre in an attempt to set up camp as close as possible but
were forced back by police despite much resistance.

On the second day, 300 people downed a small perimeter fence and moved
closer to the making as much noise as possible in an effort to be heard by
those inside. A text message from detainees later that night confirmed
that they had been able to hear. Detainees were locked in their compounds
and under intense surveillence during the protests.

In the morning of Day 3, police entered the camp armed with semi-automatic
weapons in search of what was supposedly a "rifle". Around five Star Force
police raided the camp after seeing the "rifle" from their helicopter. It
turned out to be a protestors tripod. Protestors challenged the police
chanting "take your guns and go". After viewing the protestor's own video
footage and assertaining there was no weapon, police agreed to withdraw
from the camp.

*[Ed. Note: anti authoritarian direct action struggle 'movement'
with groups all over the world working in simmilar mode]

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