Analysis of resistance against camps in Australia by Angela Mitropoulos & Brett Neilson


Angela Mitropoulos, Brett Neilson

Exceptional Times, Non-governmental Spacings, and Impolitical Movements

At the border, politics risks exposing itself to the impolitical, to a sense of movement beyond its conventional socio-political definitions, and to an expression of the political without a sovereign tone. One might say that it is this risk-which is also to say, this chance for a life otherwise-that a migratory politics seeks out. And yet, just as the prospect for movement seems to become ever more limited, such limits are reinforced by nostalgic repetition no less than through the proliferation of borders. In late April 2003, around 500 people travelled to the newly constructed Baxter detention centre in the South Australian desert for a three-day protest. At the time, Baxter held some 300 detainees, including migrants from Iraq and Afghanistan. The decision to build this highly fortified structure had been made just days after an earlier action, precisely a year before, in which some 50 inmates had escaped from the detention centre at Woomera. In retrospect, it is no exaggeration to claim that Woomera2002 and the September 2000 protests against the World Economic Forum in Melbourne were the most significant local expressions of that congeries of non-governmental actors that, at the turn of the century, composed the so-called movement of movements. Not only did the images of the Woomera2002 protest circulate globally, but the whole pattern of the dismantling of fences and escape would be echoed in distant locations, including the action against Italy’s Bari-Palese in July 2003. As in this latter instance, Woomera2002 would have, as its consequence, the closure of the camp. Yet, between the protests at Woomera in 2002 and those at Baxter in 2003, little would remain the same. Not only would the new camp involve advanced technologies of surveillance, biometrics and isolation, but during the intervening period, there would occur an increased militarisation of the policing of protests paralleled by the Australian government’s willing participation in the war in Iraq.

Baxter 05 Convergence for Human Rights Third day of protests


Baxter 05 Convergence for Human Rights Third day of protests

More details from activists will be posted as protesters write in:

Clash near detention centre

Monday 28th March:

Australia: Riot causes $70,000 damage to Baxter



A riot by asylum seekers, sparked by complaints of bad food, has
caused up to $70,000 damage to the Baxter detention centre.

Police are expected to charge some of the 25 detainees who

Wut und Verzweiflung: MigrantInnen in Australien fackelten 5 Lager ab – Von Woomera nach Baxter


Aus Protest gegen den unmenschlichen Lageralltag und die Politik der Regierung zündeten MigrantInnen in Australien Anfang Jänner 2003 fünf Internierungslager an. Die Polizei und Politik reagierten mit Repression und Folter.

Die Proteste und Riots brachen am 29. Dezember 2002 im MigrantInnenlager Baxter in Süd-Australien aus. Danach verbreiteten sie sich nach Woomera, Villawood, Port Hedland und Christmas Island. MigrantInnen, die in den Lagern eingesperrt sind, setzten mehrere Gebäude in den fünf Lagern in Brand, um gegen die unmenschlichen Bedingungen, unter denen sie festgehalten wurden und gegen die Einwanderungspolitik Australiens zu protestieren. Anwälte der MigrantInnen bezeichneten den Protest als "Wut und Verzweiflung". Derartige Vorfälle seien angesichts der Lebensbedingungen und der zum Teil jahrelangen Verweildauer in den Lagern unvermeidlich, erklärten Sprecher von Gefangenenhilfsorganisationen. Unabhängige Medien melden, dass die Feuer ein direktes Resultat der unmenschlichen Politik der Australischen Regierung waren.

Australien: Web-Connections

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Nauru Detention Centre - Definition & Info (2004)



Nauru Detention Centre - Definition, Info, Bedeutung, Erklärung von Nauru Detention Centre aus dem Lexikon

Das Nauru Detention Centre bezeichnet eine Institution von zwei Flüchtlingslagern auf dem pazifischen Inselstaat Nauru, betrieben von der Internationalen Organisation für Migration (IOM) unter australischer Aufsicht. Beide Lager befinden sich in Meneng: Eines, Top Side genannt, befindet sich auf dem Gelände der ehemaligen Residenz des Staatspräsidenten; das andere, Top Side genannt, befindet sich auf dem Gelände des Menen Stadium.

IOM-Camps on Pacific island of Nauru

Orietta Guerrera (2004)

Deal keeps Nauru for asylum seekers

Australia will be able to continue using Nauru to house asylum seekers under a new $22.5 million agreement signed by the two governments.

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer yesterday said the Federal Government would provide extra assistance to the island nation to help tackle growing financial and law and order crises.

Under the agreement, Australia will be able to continue sending asylum seekers to Nauru to be processed until at least June next year. It will also provide the island with a finance secretary, to assess the nation's net assets, and a police commissioner.

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