Nine activists will face Geelong Magistrates Court tomorrow (Monday 29 Nov) on charges of obstructing a road and hindering police.
On the 16th of June the nine activists were arrested while blockading the road to Swan Island military base, a military installation heavily involved in supporting the war in Afghanistan.
Their action was on the same day of a court case for a previous action in March. On this day, the court dismissed charges by four activists, citing the character of the activists, and the contentiousness of the war in Afghanistan. In the previous action activists blocked the entrance and also entered the base and shut off equipment.
Swan Island is known as an ultra-secret clandestine warfare centre, used for training ASIS agents and Special Air Service Regiment of the ADF. ASIS is Australia's overseas intelligence service.
Swan Island also serves as a communications centre with its own transmitters and receivers, and a control point for any Special Operations that may be launched. It is more secretive than the Pine Gap facility.
The activists are expecting at least 30 supporters to join them in court, and in a speak out before the court. They are meeting at 9am for the Speak out in Johnston Park, Geelong before appearing at Geelong Magistrates Court at 9.30am.