9 Aug 2006
Protest Diaries in Sydney – Hiroshima Rally in Sydney
I was strolling along Hyde park, Sydney, last Saturday, August 6, when I coincidentally walked into the Hiroshima rally, without any prior knowledge.
By the time I was at the rally, there was already a campervan parked in front of the fountain. In my estimation, that there must have been at least two to three hundreds gathered in the park to hear the speeches. Various speakers from Australia, including a Member of Parliament in Philippines took to the microphone and gave inspiring speeches on US imperialism, nuclear plants in Australia and the historical disastrous effects of war.
Occasionally, some protestors who had gathered right in front of the van broke out in chants of “SHAME ON THE US!” in protest of the Lebanon – Israeli war.
After listening to some fiery speeches and taking pictures of protest placards and posters, I found myself talking to a woman activist who was distributing leaflets on the secret military base, Pine Gap, located in Australia, Alice Springs.
Apparently, there is a current campaign going on to lobby for 4 non-violent activists, from a group, Christians Against ALL Terrorism, who had entered the military base without permission. They are now currently charged under the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952; which has not been used; and carries a maximum jail sentence of 7 years, with an additional two years for taking photographs within the base.
For a very warm day in cold wintery Sydney, it was a somber reminder that some of the world’s terrible and unjust wars continue to be waged against innocent civilians.