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The Bonhoeffer Peace Collective Activists breach secret military base

Four Christian peace activists have been arrested after entering Swan Island, one of Australia's most secret military installations near Queenscliff, Victoria, seeking to disrupt the war in; Afghanistan. They went into the base at 6am on 30 th March.

“Both Swan Island and the war on Afghanistan are out of sight, out of mind. It's time to end further suffering of the Afghan people and our soldiers by bringing our troops home,” the group said.

Swan Island is a highly secretive military installation used by the Army's elite Special Air Service (SAS) and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS). Swan Island is said to be more secretive than Pine Gap in central Australia.

“In the week before the first Easter, Jesus blockaded the temple and turned the tables inside. Today we are imitating Jesus' disruption”, the group said. “Sometimes you have to get in the way of injustice”. “War can't bring peace, it can only bring further terror, death and poverty,” the group said.

Rev. Simon Moyle (Baptist Minister), Jacob Bolton (Community Worker), Jessica Morrison (University Lecturer) and Simon Reeves (Social Worker) have called themselves the Bonhoeffer Peace Collective after Kevin Rudd's favourite theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was also an antiwar activist. (1 April 2010)