Download here: Ep. 120 Darwin Detention Centre escape and Big Oil
Aired on 2SER radio 107.3 FM Sydney 9-9.30am - 2nd September 2010
Presented by Tessa Dowdell and Jessica Minshall
DARWIN DETENTION CENTRE ESCAPE
Wednesday Morning - 92 detainees broke through two 11 000 volt electric fences before being held by police on the side of the Stuart Highway near Darwin where they sat in protest. The asylum seekers were pleaing for protection after years of being shuffled back and forth in the detention centre cycle.
They were not offered food, water or sunscreen as they sat in unshaded heat, with immigration department spokesperson Sandi Logan claiming that this was, quote: "part of the negotiation strategy".
Tessa spoke with Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition.
BP GULF OIL SPILL PROTESTS CONTINUING
This week in San Francisco, on the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a coalition of naitonal, regional and local groups marched and blockaed the offices of Chevron and BP and the Environmental Protection Agency. They called for Big Oil to stop environmental damage and devastation - and sought compensation to be paid to 'all impacted communities' affected by the industry.
We spoke with Konrad Fisher, who works with the Mobilisation for Climate Justice West group.
With the sun rising on an unprecedented Arctic oil rush, four Greenpeace campaigners successfully halted operations at the Baffin Bay oil rig off the coast of Greenland. The activists were suspended in hanging tents for two days.
Tessa Dowdell interviews Leila Dean from Greenpeace, floating nearby in the Arctic aboard the Esperanza.
COURT RESULT FOR COP15 CLIMATE DEMONSTRATORS
Australian Natasha Verco and American Noah Weiss were accused of having planned violence agains th police, disturbance of public order and vandalism during COP15 in Copenhagen last December. These are the charges, that could have led to several years of prison and deportation. The Copenhagen City Court this week ruled that they are innocent.
The Klima Kollectiv says: The charges didn't stand in court and the verdict discredits the violent methods adopted by police during the climate summit, when politically active people were denied their democratic right to criticise the climate negotiations.