By ERWIN CHLANDA
Six “Peace Pilgrims,” whose ages span 19 to 73, travelled through the desert together last night and are due to arrive on a crest inside military land at dawn and there sing a mournful lament about the human cost of war, according to a media release from activists in town for protests against the joint US-Australian spy base, Pine Gap.
The activists, staging street theatre in various locations with themes embracing medical issues, old age and benign tea parties, are providing real-time images to media, including the images shown here, using state-of-the-art communication facilities.
Protestors, including Margie Pestorius, apparently invading the restricted area of the base, were streaming live on Facebook during what appeared to be an arrest.
Meanwhile four protesters have chained themselves to the gates of the premises of the US military contractor Raytheon in Whittaker Street in the industrial area (photo at top). A spokeswoman for the protesters says police are present and are conversing with the activists, but there have been no arrests yet.
The protest organisers have released the following names of the people entering Pine Gap land:
Graeme Dunstan, 72, Peace Activist; Jim Dowling, 61, Catholic Worker and father from Brisbane; Margaret Pestorius, 51, social worker, Gimuy (Cairns); Andrew Paine, 30, disability worker, Brisbane Catholic worker; Tim Webb, 22, student, Aotearoa, New Zealand; and Franz Dowling, 19, musician, student, Catholic worker, Brisbane.
The Alice Springs News Online understands there have been five arrests so far.
Protest organisers have confirmed that the five people arrested were the ones mentioned in the report above.
Pine Gap demonstrators provide real time images
By ERWIN CHLANDA