Peace Activists Attempting to Disrupt Talisman Sabre War Games Arrested

Peace activists Graeme Dunstan and Greg Rolles have been arrested for trespass in an effort to disrupt the Talisman Sabre military exercises near Rockhampton.

Dunstan and Rolles entered the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area the morning of the 23rd July.  They first made their way to the Franz Jagerstatter shrine, first established by peace activists two years ago.  From there they continued to make their way through the training area, camping overnight, and then eventually coming across a convoy of humvees, which they stopped.

Their presence was reported to police and both activists were arrested inside the training area and taken to Rockhampton watchouse.

During their trek, activists outside the training area contacted military and government authorities in an attempt to have live fire exercises halted out of concern for the activist’s safety.  The response to the requests have not been released due to military secrecy requirements.  Scott Ludlam of the Australian Greens also called for cessation of live fire.  See the Greens media release.

More details and photos at http://peaceconvergence.wordpress.com/
(Photos used with permission)

Peace activists Graeme Dunstan and Greg Rolles as they enter the Shoalwater Bay exercise area

Peace activists Graeme Dunstan and Greg Rolles as they enter the Shoalwater Bay exercise area

 

 

Franz Jagerstatter shrine

Franz Jagerstatter shrine

 

Activists camp out for the night

Activists camp out for the night

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Humvee convoy

Greg Rolles stops humvee convoy

 

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