Baxter protesters object to arrest over kite
"Protesters have staged another noisy demonstration at the front gates of the Baxter detention centre in South Australia's north.
"This time the peaceful protest was in response to the arrest of at least one woman who was caught attempting to fly a kite.
"Police in buses and paddy-wagons stopped the protesters as they were making their way to the detention centre.
"A Melbourne woman was arrested for flying a kite in restricted air space."
Police deflate Baxter protest
"There has been another clash between protesters and police at the Baxter detention centre in South Australia's north, with police in riot gear bursting protesters' balloons."
Baxter Police behaviour and "media spin" scandalous, meanspirited
"'Behaviour of the South Australian State Police towards the very, very clearly non-violent Baxter protesters, and the blatant attempts at media spin by the SA Police Media liaison unit amount to a scandal, and an indication that police is involved in playing politics, going far beyond their mandate and call to duty,' WA Refugee group Project SafeCom said this morning."
Photo of Detainee on Roof at Baxter
What can we do? Learning is a good first step
International and Aussie readers: Australia, instead of welcoming and helping asylum seekers as it has done in the past, and is required to do under international law, locks them and their children up in remote, inhumane camps like Baxter, often for years. The camps are run by private enterprise and the health of detainees is often highly impaired because of the conditions of their imprisonment. Suicide and attempted suicide are quite common.
Find out more about Baxter at baxterwatch.net and help tear down the fence!
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