Media Release Sunday, 6 October 2002

Anti-war activists to enter Pine Gap

Members of the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AABCC) will this morning attempt to enter the United States war fighting base of Pine Gap near Alice Springs.

The AABCC is one of the main organisers of the protests taking place at Pine Gap from October 5 to 7.

Each activist will carry a placard stating:

"I undertake this action, breaking a smaller law for a greater good, convinced of the imminent threat to the lives of at least 100,000 Iraqi civilian men, women and children in the event of an attack on Iraq in which this United States base at Pine Gap will play an indispensable role."

"We will undertake this action because we feel we have no alternative," AABCC National Co-ordinator Denis Doherty said.

"Pine Gap is already being used to set up the target log for the US bombing of Iraq.

"This will be slaughter on a massive scale.

"In all conscience, we cannot be aware of this imminent threat to so many human lives and do nothing to try to prevent it.

"For this reason, this morning we will peacefully attempt to enter the base," Denis Doherty said.

Contact: Denis Doherty 0418 290 663; Dr Hannah Middleton 0418 668 098