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News :: Organizing
US peace activist detained under terrorist charges in Australia.
11 Sep 2005
URGENT ACTION ALERT:
US peace activist detained under terrorist charges in Australia. Call the
Australian Embassy NOW!
September 10, 2005
Scott Parkin, a US peace activist from Houston, Texas, has been detained by
police in Australia without formally being charged with any crime and
threatened with deportation. His reasons for being held are ambiguous
but his legal advisor has confirmed that among the reasons given for his
detainment is that Scott has been identified as a terror threat to
Australian national security. Scott is in no way a terrorist threat; he
is a political activist, plain and simple, and is being detained because
of his political activism.

Scott has been an essential component in organizing anti-war
profiteering protests against Halliburton in Houston, Texas. He was a key organizer
of the two large protests during HalliburtonĀ¹s 2004 and 2005 shareholders
meetings that garnered negative publicity for Halliburton, and he has
co-organized numerous teach-ins, rallies and other nonviolent actions
about war profiteering. Scott is also an environmental activist and
worked with Greenpeace on an action during Exxon MobilĀ¹s shareholder meeting
in 2003.

Scott has been traveling in Australia since June, camping and hiking,
and recently began doing some work with Australia Greenpeace. He has also
recently has been participating in some anti-corporate protests in
Australia, and has given presentations to Australian activists about
strategic organizing, street theater, and nonviolent direct action. He
has broken no known law or violated his visa requirements. According to his
legal advisor in Australia, Marika Dias, "Scott has complied with that
visa completely while he's been here. There's been no wrongdoing on his
part."

Please take action TODAY to get our fellow progressive activist out of
jail! Peace activists are not terrorists and should not be put in jail for
their political opinions!

Call the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC.

Embassy of Australia
1601 Mass. Ave, NW
Washington DC,
Tel: (202) 797-3000
Fax: (202) 797-3168

If you live in DC, please PROTEST AT THE AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY at 5 PM on
Sunday, Sept. 11. Please RSVP for this protest by calling Andrea Buffa at
510-325-3653.

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