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Nov 29, 2017

Fate of Pine Gap protesters could set an ugly precedent for free speech

The upcoming sentencing of Pine Gap protesters found guilty under harsh defence laws will signal our commitment to disproportionately penalising dissent, no matter how peaceful.

This month, Felicity Ruby attended two trials at the Alice Springs Supreme Court where two juries found protesters guilty of trespassing at Pine Gap in September 2016. They will be sentenced on December 4, 2017.

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  1. pdypvdiu@pokemail.net

    This is how plea-bargaining works. Occasionally you need to make an example of people in order to scare everyone else into pleading guilty.

    1. AR

      Kill a chicken to frighten the monkeys/pour encourage les autres/shoot one, educate a thousand … etc ad nauseam.
      Not forgetting, ‘imprison them to prevent those drowning’.

      1. pestoriusm@gmail.com

        Brilliant, I hope you are highly active and participating in social change movements with a mind like that. One have you rolled over and died?

    2. lykurgus

      No, this is how “Attorneys-General-who-don’t-understand-that-appeals-happen-and-that-legislation-can-be-ruled-against-therein” work.
      You’re thinking of Alfords.
      They have a month to appeal, ergo the saponaceous Mr Bookshelves has a month to f*ck it up.

    3. pestoriusm@gmail.com

      Brilliant, I hope you are highly active and participating in social change movements with a mind like that. One have you rolled over and died?

  2. xeroxcliche@gmail.com

    The seven yr law also applies to other protected areas like Woomera – its not been enforced before as far as I know because it would not be sustained under serious legal challenge in the high court. I was a protestor in 2002 & one of a few who broke into the base – what we did was suppressed and some grannies were arrested out the front – the pilgrims could use previous practice like this to challenge the law.