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CKUT Radio: Australia Refugee Resistance - Baxter Convergence (english)
26 Apr 2003
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Listen to an interview with Nick from No One is Illegal Melbourne about the recent convergence at Baxter Detention Center. From April 18th - 23rd hundreds of people gathered outside of the Baxter Detention Center to protest and take direct action against the Australian governments policy of immediate detention of all asylum seeker entering Australia. The Baxter convergence which was called for by those detained within Baxter was built on the collective action of those within Baxter and supporters on the outside, who were met with extreme police and state repression including beatings, lethal ammunition and police raids of the Baxter protest camp.

The April 2003 Baxter Convergence illustrates the daily struggle of those asylum seekers detained at Baxter, who are resisting on a daily basis in the detention center and who are defining a No One is Illegal movement built on and lead by the struggles of immigrant & refugees communities throughout the world. Baxter Detention Center is located in the Australian desert where those detained are often beaten, malnourished and in many cases held in detention for years. Refugees in Australia are treated like criminals.

In April of 2002, the Woomera Dentition Center in Australia (now closed) made international headlines when the collective action of the detains within the center and their supporters on the outside took-down the dentition center walls and over 50 detainees escaped. The Baxter Convergence of 2003 is a continuation of that struggle and points toward the growing No One is Illegal movement throughout the world which takes aim at racist & inhumane immigration policies carried in many industrialized colonial nation states towards immigrants & refugees.

To listen to the interview with Nick from No One is Illegal Melbourne Visit:
http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=6918

To get more information on the Baxter Convergence visit:
http://www.melbourne.indymedia.org
http://www.baxterwatch.net
http://baxter2003.baxterwatch.net

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AUSTRALIA: Machine guns at the Baxter camp
From - http://www.melbourne.indymedia.org

The first day of protests at the baxter detention centre began with hundreds of people arriving at the city square park in Port Augusta where they were given an indigenous welcome and were joined by the local aboriginal radio station, Umeewarra Aboriginal Media Association. That afternoon 500 protesters broke through a police roadblock 2km from the detention centre in an attempt to set up camp as close as possible but were forced back by police despite much resistance.

On the second day, 300 people downed a small perimeter fence and moved closer to the making as much noise as possible in an effort to be heard by those inside. A text message from detainees later that night confirmed that they had been able to hear. Detainees were locked in their compounds and under intense surveillence during the protests.

In the morning of Day 3, police entered the camp armed with semi-automatic weapons in search of what was supposedly a "rifle". Around five Star Force police raided the camp after seeing the "rifle" from their helicopter. It turned out to be a protestors tripod. Protestors challenged the police chanting "take your guns and go". After viewing the protestor's own video footage and assertaining there was no weapon, police agreed to withdraw from the camp.
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