Saturday, March 26, 2005

Port Augusta, Australia - Hundreds of anti-border activists have converged upon the at the Baxter immigrant detention center near Adelaide to call for the end of mandatory confinement of all asylum seekers. Previous demonstrations have facilitated the breakout of a number of prisoners some of whom were recaptured. Although protesters were able to pull down a barbwire fence, no detainees were able to escape during this demonstration. Police reaction was heavy handed and violent. People flying kites were targeted for arrest and some went to the hospital. They were charged with "behavioral offences." 10 people were arrested in total.