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Protest in support of David McBride and Bernard Collaery

  • ACT Courts Knowles Pl Canberra Australia (map)

There will be a protest at the ACT Courts in Knowles Pl Civic at 8.30am on 22nd August to support David McBride at his court appearance. David McBride is the whistleblower who exposed possible war crimes in Afghanistan - The Afghan Files. Bring placards and banners.

Bernard Collaery (Witness K's lawyer) and David McBride will both be in court  on Thursday 22nd August and there will be a protest against these unjust prosecutions at 8.30m.

Witness K has pleaded guilty to speaking out on the bugging of the Timor Leste government during the negotiations regarding the Timor Sea oil.  But Bernard Collaery, who's only 'fault' was defending Witness K is still being prosecuted.

David McBride who exposed possible war crimes in Afghanistan, which has subsequently led to the appalling attacks on the ABC journalists, has admitted giving the information to journalists after he sought action from authorities but received no response. 

Speakers will be Dr John Minns (RAC), Dr Sue Wareham (Greens and President of MAPW) and Sister Susan Connelly (Sisters of St Joseph).

Both of these cases are a travesty of justice and the associated attacks on ABC journalists and News.Com journalist Annika Smethurst are a serious threat to a free press in Australia and hence our democracy.  We should support these courageous people trying to bring wrongs to the attention of the Australian people. 

Parking is usually available in the car park at this time in front of the courts on the west side of Northbourne Ave off London Cct.

Photo: David McBride addressed the crowd

“(It’s not to do with my case)… in Syria – I think it was Amnesty International worked out that the coalition declared we killed 100 civilians in a particular bombing action, and it turned out we had actually killed 1,100 … They achieved this by reclassifying the definition of civilians… by saying anyone above 16 and below 60 is not a civilian, they’re a combatant. And that’s sickening. And that’s us, that’s not the enemy, that’s us.”

Photo courtesy Wage Peace