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Woomera anti-detention protests: a great escape

Issue No. 1811

OVER 1,000 protesters converged on the Woomera detention centre for refugees in the south Australian desert last Easter. This video is an inspiring account of what happened. Woomera is one of six privately run camps used by the Australian government to detain all 'illegal entrants'.

Confronted by the horror of the conditions, the desperation of the refugees and the shambolic security arrangements, the demonstrators succeeded in breaking down the perimeter fences and releasing 35 people. Disgracefully, two of the boys who were freed were recently returned to Woomera after Jack Straw refused to let them claim asylum at the British consulate in Melbourne.

Copies of the video are available from the Committee to Defend Asylum Seekers-phone 07941 566 183 or email

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Sat 3 Aug 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1811
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