A long day in court today for Dave Sprigg who was charged for throwing his shoes at Immigration minister Peter Dutton, in disgust at Australian treatment of Asylum seekers.
About 13 people came to support with lots of media attention.
Dave had subpoenaed Dutton to appear at the trial Dutton was overseas, and rather than have an adjournment Dave agreed to a hearing without Dutton.
There were 6 police witnesses though Dave did not dispute the facts. In the end he said Peter Dutton should have been the one on trial not him, and got a $1000.
A refugee solidarity vigil will be held outside Brisbane Magistrate’s Court, cnr. George and Turbot Sts., Wednesday Nov 4th. 8-9am.
Those gathering will be in support of Catholic Worker activist David Sprigg facing a charge of “Public Nuisance” arising from shoes being thrown at Immigration Minister Peter Dutton as he opened Brisbane’s “Refugee Welcome Festival” in June.
A Catholic Worker spokesman Ciaron O’Reilly stated,
“We feel it was highly inappropriate for Minister Dutton to be anywhere near a ‘Welcome Festival’ for refugees as he has farewelled the U.N. Charter and is the chief enforcer of such cruel policies in relation to refugees.
David Sprigg’s actions were a contribution to the refugee debate in Australia, reminiscent of the boy of folklore who pointed out the Emperor has no clothes. Peter Dutton and the Australian government have no clothes of credibility when it comes to refugees and human rights. Peter Dutton was part of the Howard government that participated in the invasions and destruction of Iraq and Afghanistan and he is now part of a Turnbull government that exiles Iraqi and Afghani refugees offshore when they flee societies we helped to destroy.”
For more information Phone Ciaron O’Reilly 048 153 1725
“The poor tell us who we are,
The prophets tell us who we could be,
So we hide the poor,
And kill the prophets.”