Thursday 25 July, 2013
Talisman Sabre protestors in court this morning after a night in jail
The two peace pilgrims who entered Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area with an aim to disrupt the Talisman Saber military training exercise will appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning (Thursday July 25).
Greg Rolles (31 yrs, school teacher, Brisbane) and Graeme Dunstan (71 yrs, retired, grey nomad) were arrested yesterday following a 30 hour Peace Pilgrimage on the Training Area. They have both been charged with Trespass on Commonwealth Land. Mr Dunstan has also been charged with an offence relating to the taking of photographs in Shoalwater Bay.
The pair were held over night in police custody. Mr Dunstan has been refused police bail due to outstanding charges relating to his involvement in the 2011 Tiger Ploughshares – the disarmament of a military helicopter. (The trial for this matter is scheduled for 19th August in the Rockhampton District Court – http://www.peacebus.com/).
Photos of their time inside Shoalwater Bay are on the Pace Convergence website and include pictures of one of the pilgrims blockading a road and stopping a convoy of Humvees, a photo of one of them near roadsigns, and photos of them both praying at a shrine established by other protestors in 2011.
There are currently 28,000 Australian and US troops undertaking joint military training in Australia, with a focus on the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area.
Mr Rolles and Mr Dunstan cite their opposition to the current wars that Australia has joined the US in as key reasons for their action. Their full statements is posted below.
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More Photos are available at www.peaceconvergence.wordpress.com