Archive for July, 2011

Bryan waits with Peace Trike

July 26th, 2011

Why a Ploughshares Action – Organising a Peace Movement

Excerpt Bryan’s CIB Interview from 8th July:
Film by Sweated Workshop – Maiia

Bryan Law just after damaging the Tiger attack helicopter

Photos by Chris Ison – Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

Bryan, arrested and taken to the watchhouse Rockhampton, 21st July 2011

Bryan Achieves his Goal: Damages ‘Offensive’ Helicopter

July 21st, 2011

Youtube footage – Exclusive to Win News.

MEDIA RELEASE Friday 22 July:

BRYAN LAW and GRAEME DUNSTAN held in custody for damaging ATTACK HELICOPTER
– PROBABLE CHARGES
– BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS
– QUOTES
Contact Spokesperson: Margaret Pestorius 0403214422

Bryan Law 57 from Cairns Peace by Peace and Graeme Dunstan, 67 of Peace Bus have both been arrested and placed in custody after being allegedly involved with damaging a Tiger attack helicopter at Rockhampton airport yesterday.
They have been charged with 4 and 5 different offenses respectively. They will face court today, Friday, 22nd July.

The Charges will most probably be as follows
THREE Wilful Trespass [different Commonwealth Acts] as follows
1. Wilful Damage of a chain to gain entry
2. Wilful Damage under the Aviation Transport Security Act
3. Wilful Damage under the Crimes Act [Commonwealth] Section 29

ONE  Possession of Tainted Property [That is property used to commit a crime] regarding

1. a garden implement
2. bolt cutters
3. a camera

1 Breaking a Bail undertaking not to go near the Rockhampton airport [Bryan Law]

Bryan is relatively well and pleased that he was able to carry out a strong act of disarmament that signals his abhorrence for Australia’s ongoing involvement in overseas wars.
“I can sleep with myself and with my conscience during this abominable war. The Tiger helicopter is a malicious weapon – the same sort of attack helicopter as the Apache gunship the US’ers use. The main cause of civilian deaths is when helicopters misfire on civilians when searching out ‘insurgents’ in operations – this is why I chose this helicopter.”
The Tiger helicopter is worth $40 milllion: only 2/3 what Australian taxpayers spend EACH DAY on military equipment, operations and personnel.

Bryan had previously said that he would target a US helicopter, but the US has hidden their machinery away from the public eye during this TS11 – even Samuel Hill airbase has not been used for aircraft. This seems to be a direct response to the threat of protest intervention.

A mattock was chosen to evoke the imagery of Isaiah – that we should turn swords into ploughshares. The mattock is a garden tool that is usually used to prepare the soil for planting and new growth.

Graeme has been charged as an associate in the act and therefore with the same offenses.

Above all, both hope that others will find inspiration in their actions and seek their own ways of directly resisting this permanent state of war that Australia finds itself in.

Both are seasoned nonviolent and community activists. Graeme is a military veteran having trained at Duntroon. Graeme has been leading the Peace Convergence by sewing colourful flags, building lanterns and banners as a back drop for all nonviolent actions and protests that have been held.

Graeme’s flags and supporters will be at the court for visuals and for interviews.

Spokesperson Margaret Pestorius – margaret@cairnspeacebypeace.org 0403214422

BACK GROUND INFORMATION
You can see Graeme Dunstan’s website at
www.peacebus.com

And this website for more information

I (mostly) love my day in Court!

July 10th, 2011

Well, things aren’t getting any quieter around here.  I was arrested by Rockhampton CIB on Friday and charged with “threatening an aircraft” under section 24 of the Aviation (crimes) Act.  It’s an indictable offence carrying a penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment.  I’m to appear in Rockhampton Magistrate’s Court on Monday 25 July, which is real good timing for me.  Margaret appears then too, in relation to her arrest last night.

Peace Bro!

It was a bit confronting to have it happen on Friday, which was NAIDOC Day – a day set aside for doing solidarity work/relaxation with no actions or confrontations re Talisman sabre.  I suppose from the Police perspective now’s a good time to constrain me and impose bail conditions (or lock me up).  I’m proud of my truth-telling in the police interview – which you can find here: http://www.filefactory.com/file/cc4a56d/n/Bryan_s_CIB_interview_part_1.mp3

(It’s a bit fiddly to download, but best we can for now)

Before I describe some of Yesterday’s events, I want to mention a memorial service held for WW2 US and Australian troops at a bush chapel just outside Rockhampton.  The readings referred to Isaiahs ploughshares prophecy, and to John 15:12 “love one another”.   http://www.cairnspeacebypeace.org/?page_id=1185

Yesterday was major fun at the people’s open day for Talisman Sabre.  Police had an extensive presence aimed at controlling our behaviour, but the outcome gave us access to every citizen going in to the open day event.  I dressed up in a tuxedo, a death’s head mask, and the Bob Katter Hat, and held aloft a copy of the maimed child that Jim Dowling made a focus of the Pine Gap actions.  It was a real thrill to see how many citizens recognised and responded to my costume – and looked at the hideous picture.

Jeanette ans Sister

There was street theatre, peace balloons, participation from celebrated Darambul elder Jeanette Yoh Yeh, and a real good vibe as we put peace front and centre before war.  Jim Dowling was arrested for preaching the gospel, but was given a move-on direction rather than being charged.  Hundreds and thousands of mainstream people, and they ALL got the message.  http://www.cairnspeacebypeace.org/?page_id=1194 We did some media too.

So for me the prep work has achieved its aims.  We’ve created a genuine presence and debate inside Rockhampton before the war-games start.  Now we’re going to move on the direct action front.

Margaret Pestorius was magnificent last night as she forced the police to arrest her by insisting that she be allowed to use her tickets to enter the ball.  There weren’t any media there, but there were 15 activists, including two locals, who are prepared to undertake direct action over the next two week.  Margaret set an inspiring example.  http://www.cairnspeacebypeace.org/?page_id=1201

I just want to go to the ball.

Things are going very well.  Stay posted for more news as it breaks.

How Hard R Helicopters 2get2?

July 1st, 2011

Australian military helicopters at Rocky airport 28 June 2011. Folks told me the US helicopters get here next week. I'm at the meteorological station here, with one fence right where I am, and then a second fence 30 metres away, then helicopters.

Some events on Thursday 30 June

July 1st, 2011

Catholic Peace & Social justice workers meeting in Rockhampton gather for a peace vigil. Peter arndt is standing in the left foreground.

Police leave the courthouse after losing their application against me.

Bryan Law, peace activist