Press release July 3, 2015.
Don't Be Yanked Into War Games
“Don’t be yanked into war games” is the call of a protest to be held in Sydney’s CBD today to protest against the coming Talisman Sabre war games.
“Talisman Sabre is a joint United States-Australian rehearsal for war that takes place every two years in Australia, primarily on the central coast of Queensland at Shoalwater Bay, north of Rockhampton,” said Nick Deane from Independent and Peaceful Australia (IPAN).
“The 2015 Talisman Sabre war games will involve 22,000 US troops, 12,000 Australians as well as military from New Zealand and Japan engaged in nuclear-weapons-capable land, sea and air warfare practice.
“Held in July, they will be the biggest military exercises ever to take place in Australia – and this in a time of regional peace,” he said.
Peace and environmental activists will gather in Town Hall Square at 12 noon and then walk to the Defence Plaza in Pitt Street where they will sing their protest to the military and Defence Department bureaucrats.
“Our message to the government is simple,” Denis Doherty from the Anti-Bases Campaign coalition (AABCC) said.
“The exercises deepen Australia’s military involvement with the world’s most aggressive nation, the US. Australia can no longer operate independent of the US in military matters.
“They send a clear message to China that if conflict breaks out between the US and China, Australia will take part with the US, Denis Doherty said.
“Activities associated with preparing for war cause extreme damage to the environment. TS2015 is no exception. During the exercises two years ago, unexploded bombs were dropped on the Great Barrier Reef.
“Preparing for war diverts money from alternative, peaceful activities and takes it away from essential social services.
“The Talisman Sabre war games are not in our best interests and should be cancelled,” Denis Doherty concluded.
For more information, contact Denis 0418 290 663 or Nick 0420 526 929
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