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Some 1000 demonstrators besieged the Fortress Australia policy on the Easter
Of course the siege of the Woomera detention center wasn't enough
entertainment for some of the protestors, who had saved their dole money for a
couple of weeks to pay for the trip, and wanted to do more than eat their
melted Easter-eggs and chant a few tired hippy slogans.
The guards were trained to stop people getting out of the
detention center, and it never occurred to them that someone would try to break
in. They were ill equipped to cope with hundreds of protestors
pulling down the outside fence, and then marching to the inner perimeter. 'You'll
have to pay for that' they shouted angrily as the protestors pulled out the
bars with metal levers.
The apparent prisoner-exchange program went wrong when the protestors saw
the conditions inside, and ran away as fast as the now freed inmates.
Meanwhile Phil (I-belong-to-Amnesty) Ruddock urged the police to staunchly
defend the white-knuckled Australia policy, but the police seemed loathe to do
that in front of the cameras. He assured the public that Woomera would be
closed soon anyway. 'As soon as we deport them, they'll be gone - so what's all
Johnny (nobody-tells-me-anything) Howard was not answering his calls, but was
believed to be lobbying George WWW.Bush to hurry up and take out Saddam
(where's-my-nukes) Hussein so all the Iraqi protection visa holders could be sent home.
All that violence over Easter! It would be enough to make Jesus Christ roll
over in his grave. Then he might get up and say hello to the doubting Thomases
before quietly going home to meet Daddy. Maybe he'd like to convert a few of
the inmates to Christianity on the way?
But the inmates? Their lips were sealed!