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category international | anti-war / imperialism | press release author Thursday July 16, 2009 14:30author by MLK Houseauthor address Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, Australia Report this post to the editors

They're in there for us, We're out here for them!

Seven anti-war activists entered the Shoalwater Bay military training area in central Queensland during joint US-Australian Talisman Sabre exercises. The seven remain in the area and are presently moving towards the ‘live fire’ areas with the intention of shutting down the exercises. They remain undetected by Australian Defence Force Security and the Qld Police guarding the area.
Jaegerstaetter 3: Culley Palmer, Jim Dowling, Bryan Law
Jaegerstaetter 3: Culley Palmer, Jim Dowling, Bryan Law

Seven anti-war activists entered the Shoalwater Bay military training area in central Queensland during joint US-Australian Talisman Sabre exercises. The seven remain in the area and are presently moving towards the ‘live fire’ areas with the intention of shutting down the exercises. They remain undetected by Australian Defence Force Security and the Qld Police guarding the area.

The activists are:
Yulangi Bardon, 21
Jake Bolton, 27
Jim Dowling, 53
Bryan Law, 55
Emily Nielson, 19
Culley Palmer, 21
Mark Palmer, 51

The group stated:
"US and Australian militaries, training at Talisman Sabre are presently involved in waging an escalated war in northern Pakistan and southern Afghanistan. Most of the victims in this eight year war have been civilians yet the concept of civilians and civilian loss seems to have been completely lost on the military. There aren’t any civilians permitted in the exercises. Civilians are eliminated here as they are eliminated in war.

"As civilians we enter this area in solidarity with all the civilian victims of the US and Australian military. We enter the exercise area with the intention of shutting down the exercises.

"We come from varied backgrounds: Christian and Humanist traditions. We come in common purpose to nonviolently resist these rehearsals for war and the escalating war on the peoples of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

"It is universally acknowledged that lies told by the Australian Parliament and the US government regarding "Weapons of Mass Destruction" [WMD] in Iraq led us to an illegal invasion and disastrous war in that country. Prime Minister Rudd’s recent assertion that Australian troops waging war in Afghanistan decreases the possibility of terrorism at home is also a lie leading us all to further disaster, death and destruction.

"We call upon all sectors of civil society in Australia to take action against such rehearsals for invasion and war as Talisman Sabre. We call upon all sectors of civil society to take action against the escalating war on the peoples of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"We call upon Air Commodore Meier to make good on his word to the Australian Senate "that if unauthorised personnel are known to be on or near the live fire area, we stop the clock on the exercises until they are found." [June 4th 09] Despite our attempts to communicate, Thursday’s statement by Brigadier Bob Brown, contrary to this position, exhibits a negligence in relation to human safety that echoes the Australian and US military behaviour in Afghanistan.

Martin Luther King House of Nonviolence, Yeppoon:-

Related Link: http://talismansabre.wordpress.com/

Grana 4: Yulangi Bardon, Emily Nielsen, Mark Palmer, Jake Bolton
Grana 4: Yulangi Bardon, Emily Nielsen, Mark Palmer, Jake Bolton

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Bryan Law's Statement - Letter to Senator John Falkner     MLK House    Thu Jul 16, 2009 23:16 
   Jim Dowling, 51, Dayborough, Brisbane.     MLK House    Thu Jul 16, 2009 23:26 
   Yulangi Bardon's Statement     MLK House    Thu Jul 16, 2009 23:32 
   Statements of Mark Palmer and Jake Bolton     MLK House    Fri Jul 17, 2009 01:43 
   Statements of Emily Neilsen and Culley Palmer     MLK House    Fri Jul 17, 2009 01:51 
   Related Links     MLK House    Fri Jul 17, 2009 02:00 
   Link to Radio Interview with Ciaron about Action     Martin Luther King House of Nonviolence    Fri Jul 17, 2009 22:55 
   Starting their Trek     Martin Luther King House of Nonviolence    Sat Jul 18, 2009 13:41 
   Saturday 18th - A Day of Solidarity     Martin Luther King House of Nonviolence    Sat Jul 18, 2009 13:46 
 10   ONE out of six ACTIVISTs CAPTURED inside Shoalwater Military Base     Jake Lifted    Sun Jul 19, 2009 02:23 
 11   Link to Rocky Bulletin 20th July - thanks to Nikita Watts     Martin Luther King House of Nonviolence    Mon Jul 20, 2009 13:36 
 12   Bryan's Story - The Jaegerstaetter 3 Trespasses at Shoalwater Bay     Martin Luther King House of Nonviolence    Wed Jul 22, 2009 04:30 
 13   Mark Palmer Home - 3 Captured, 4 to go!     Martin Luther King House of Nonviolence    Wed Jul 22, 2009 04:50 
 14   Yulangi and Emily are still in the Shoalwater Site One Week On     Martin Luther King House of Nonviolence    Thu Jul 23, 2009 01:06 
 15   Emily and Yulanji's media release     Martin Luther King House of Nonviolence    Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:07 


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