Christel Palmer Five Christian pacifists were arrested as part of group of 25 people protesting outside Enoggera army Base in Brisbane today. Enoggera Army base is a major staging point for troops departing for the Afghan war.
The group gathered to mark ten years of what they called an illegal and immoral war in Afghanistan. After a quiet prayer service and songs the group picked up a large banner reading “In the name of God Stop the Wars”, and proceeded to block the main entrance to the base.
Meanwhile others on the side of the road continually read the names of the dead from the Afghan invasion and occupation. Christel Palmer, Sean O’Reilly, Andy Paine, Culley Palmer, and Jim Dowling Knelt in front of the banner and refused to move. They effectively blocked all traffic into the base for over half an hour before being arrested by police.
One of the Arrested, Christel Palmer said, “This was an action in solidarity with people around the world who are resisting war non-violently. We are offering an alternative to never ending war. We act especially in solidarity with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers. This brave group of young people are showing the way in Afghanistan by opposing all violence whether by the Taliban, or the Warlords, or the foreign invaders including Australia.”
“We will continue to say no to the killing in Afghanistan and elsewhere. It is time to bring the Australian troops home”
The five were remanded to appear in court later this month.