Swan Island Peace Convergence Actions

kidsSeventeen people are currently occupying the Swan Island SAS training base in Victoria and have stopped operations including access to the base.  Photos and updates of this action and others can be followed on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SwanIslandPeace and twitter #sipc13. For background information visit the Swan Island Peace Convergence website http://swanislandpeace.org

New radio series tackles peace and conflict at many levels

PIM-galleryThis series from the studios of 4EB Brisbane, with funding from the Community Broadcasting Foundation, tackles the issues of conflict and peace through the research of peace psychologists. We talk to counsellors, researchers, peace advocates and citizens about their experiences in this ten-part radio series that covers the breadth of the field from couples conflict, through group conflicts including racism, to national and global conflicts like war. We conclude the series with a vision of a peaceful world through the eyes of psychologists and peace advocates.

The series is sponsored by Psychologists for Peace, an interest group of the Australian Psychological Society, 4EBfm, 4ZZZfm and the Community Radio Network.

Episode 1 – Conflict: the good, the bad and the ugly (1/6 August 2013)
Did you know that conflict is not always a bad thing?
What has psychology got to contribute to peace and conflict? We talk to peace psychologists Dr Di Bretherton and Dr Winnifred Louis both from the University of Queensland Department of Social Psychology.
Episode 2 – Interpersonal conflict (8/13 August 2013)
How to argue without losing it.
While not all conflict is bad, a total absence of conflict is not a good sign for relationships. We hear some practical advice for couples and families in conflict, even the unspoken kind. We talk to Ingrid Sturmey, Practice Leader at Relationships Australia, Victoria.
Episode 3 – Alternatives to Violence (15/20 August 2013)
Learning to resolve our conflicts non-violently.
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is a volunteer run intervention that works in schools, prisons and communities worldwide. We talk to three participant/practitioners of the AVP: Dr Olwyn Maddock (a school psychologist based in Western Australia), Terry Pinnell (who volunteers in prisons) and Taylor Clark (a university student turned AVP trainer).
Episode 4 – Bullying (22/27 August 2013)
How to recognise a bully and what to do.
No age group is exempt from the pernicious effects of bullying. In this episode we talk to Rebecca Michalak from the University of Queensland, workplace bullying expert.
Episode 5 – Forgiveness (29 August/3 September 2013)
Grudges are bad for your health
Saying sorry may be hard to do, but forgiveness is absolutely essential to well-being. In this episode we talk to Dr Eleanor Wertheim from LaTrobe University, whose research and practice in conflict resolution has given insight into how and why we should forgive.
Episode 6 – Racism (5/10 September 2013)
Prejudice is key to resolving many conflicts
Racism is an attitude that one’s own racial group is superior to another’s and that one’s skin colour or ethnicity influences their intelligence or moral qualities. Addressing racism, and other forms of intergroup conflict, is essential to peace-building. We talk to Dr Liz Jones from Griffith University, whose research into cross-cultural relations is yielding some solutions to breaking down barriers between different ethnic groups.
Episode 7 – Gender and conflict (12/17 September 2013)
Why women are the mainstay of the peace movement
In the year 2000 the United Nations adopted Security council Resolution 1325, recognising for the first time that women’s experiences in war and peace building is usually not considered, and too often violence against women and girls in wartime is treated with impunity. We talk to Dr Nicole George University of Queensland’s Department of Political Science, and Dr Eleanor Wertheim, from La Trobe University.
Episode 8 – Conflict and the environment (19/24 September 2013)
Conflicts are increasingly over natural resources
Environmental resources are often a point of conflict between nations. But on a more philosophical level, some psychologists believe that increased contact with and appreciation of nature can contribute to increasing compassion and peace. We talk to Dr Susie Burke, from the Australian Psychological Society’s Public Interest Team and environmentalist and peace advocate, Robin Taubenfeld from Friends of the Earth.
Episode 9 – War (26 September/1 October)
Post traumatic stress disorder, violence, death, pollution.
Because the ill effects of war are so devastating, psychologists have been assisting communities not only in recovery from armed conflicts, but in finding ways to avoid war. We talked to Dr Winnifred Louis, convenor of Psychologists for Peace, Dr Eleanor Wertheim who works on conflict resolution training at the United Nations and peace advocate, Robin Taubenfeld.
Episode 10 – What will bring peace? (3/5 October)
Psychologists and peace advocates visions for a peaceful future
We can all identify what is bad in war and conflict, but what is the alternative vision? We talk to peace advocates and psychologists in this final episode of the series. With interviews: Dr Di Bretherton (UQ), Annette Brownlie and Robin Taubenfeld (peace advocates).
Playing on the Community Radio Network national satellite service Thursdays from 09:04 to 09:32 EST, and repeating Tuesdays from 18:04 to 18:32 EST. For further information contact the CBAA office on 02 9310

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David Rovics & friends support Talisman Saber arrestees at Brisbane gig

rovicsWe can do change….Did you hear about the Aussie who struck an attack helicopter with a garden mattock so that it couldn’t kill more people? Have you heard about his friend who helped him in this action? Do you know about the ongoing US military activity in Australia and that people just like you are working to put a stop to US led wars and Aussie involvement in them?

Graeme Dunstan (the friend who helped) has amassed $164,000 in fines for “damaging” the helicopter. Others arrested opposing the Talisman Saber US-led war games in Queensland this year are still to face court.

We Can Do Change’ Community Peace Event will feature music from David Rovics – and Brisbane’s own revolutionary songwriters Andy Paine and Kimbeaux Dawson, comedy from Corey White… art, spoken word, good food drinks, chai and politics!  Proceeds will go to support Talisman Saber arresteess…

 Date: Thursday, 12thSep,

Time: 7pm  doors open 6:30pm,

Place: Visions Gallery,  Absoe Warehouse, Level 2

51Mollison Street, West End. 

Suggested donation: $10 **fundraiser for Talisman Saber arrestees

food, drink and chai available

all welcome!

If you are not in Brisbane, listen to David’s songs and join us from wherever you are in action to close the bases – stop military exercises and – end the wars!

https://peaceconvergence.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/david-rovics-dedicates-a-song-to-graeme-dunstan/

More info:  With the United States preparing for a war on Syria it is a timely reminder to us all that peace is what is needed on the planet. A Community Peace Event is taking place  in West End, headlined by American singer/songwriter and long time campaigner for peace, David Rovics.  The event also features local musicians Kimbeaux Dawson and Andy Paine, with spoken word and poetry between acts.

Andy Paine was one of four people arrested in Rockhampton last month and is now facing charges alongside Jim Dowling, Robin Taubenfeld, and David Spriggs. Also arrested recently for trying to disrupt the Talisman Saber war games were Graeme Dunstan and Brisbane activist, Greg Rolles. These people were brave enough to stand up against the ongoing expansion of the US military presence in our region.

‘We Can Do Change’ is inspired by these people and people all over the world who are saying enough is enough.  This event is a way of supporting our local peace activists by raising funds for their ongoing legal costs. A $10 entry charge is suggested.

For more information please contact Hugh Dickson on 0402 603 471 or email lewislama@hotmail.comhttp://www.peaceconvergence.wordpress.com

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Ongoing legal action against Talisman Saber Arrestees

PEACE CONVERGENCE – COURT REPORT: TRIALS IN ROCKHAMPTON

legacy19TH AUG:  ROCKY TIGER PLOUGHSHARES GRAEME DUNSTAN –  FOUND GUILTY. SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS SUSPENDED.        3 YEARS GOOD BEHAVIOUR.  $162,000 REPARATIONS FINE.  Rev Simon Moyle and former human shield Donna Mulhearn attended the court as witnesses for Graeme.

 5TH SEPT: GRAEME DUNSTAN – MAGISTRATES COURT FOR FURTHER PLOUGHSHARES MATTERS

 29TH AUG:  BRISBANE ACTIVIST GREG ROLLES COURT  APPEARANCE FOR PEACE PILGRIM ACTION – ADJOURNED TO A LATER DATE TBA

10TH OCT: BRISBANE ACTIVISTS JIM DOWLING, ROBIN  TAUBENFELD, DAVID SPRIGG AND ANDY PAINE FOR BARRACKS ACTION

‘You can’t prepare for and prevent a war at the same time.’ ~Albert Einstein

Talisman Saber is a US led military exercise that takes place every two years in Australia, primarily on the central coast of Queensland at Shoalwater Bay. Talisman Saber 2013 took place from 15 July to 5 August 2013.

These biennial exercises are some of the world’s largest military exercises. 2013 involved 28,000 US and Australian troops (19,000 US and 9,000 Aussie) engaged in land, sea and air warfare practice.

Talisman Saber involves live firing, the use of explosives, the practising of urban warfare, the use of high power sonar and active sonobuoys, amphibious assaults, parachuting and land force manoeuvres. US troops involved in these exercises deploy to or from real war situations, forward deployed units, or other military operations.

Bombing in Australia

This year, the US jettisoned four bombs on the Great Barrier Reef, when they had difficulty dropping them on their intended target, Townshend Island. While this drew media attention and international condemnation, these four bombs are just the tip of the iceberg as far as bomb drops and live firing involved in Talisman Saber and other US military training in Australia.

Supporting US Wars

Talisman Saber is one facet of an expanding US military presence in our region, and Australia’s support for it. Australia already houses Pine Gap (US satellite base), allows US bombing flyovers, stations US troops in Darwin, hosts nuclear powered and nuclear weapons capable war ships and opens both its civilian and military infrastructure to the US.

With changing economic and political priorities, the US is repositioning its global force and Australia is playing a vital role in both acting as launching pad for US military activity, as an ally in the field, and as the face of the US nuclear umbrella in the Asia-Pacific region.

Talisman Saber threatens our security by further entrenching Australia in US global military expansion.

Making Peace

Talisman Saber war rehearsals must be stopped and Australia must refuse to collude with US global military expansion. The Peace Convergence encourages people to support our peace arrestees and take peace action in their own region or where ever war games and militarism are taking place.

Donations welcome!

Support Graeme Dunstan directly: http://www.gofundme.com/PeacePilgrim

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War on Trial as Ploughshares receives Suspended Sentence

War on Trial as Ploughshares receives Suspended Sentence

Media Release 22 August 2013

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Graeme Dunstan (71) of the Rockhampton Tiger Ploughshares was found guilty of wilful damage to a Tiger Attack helicopter and given a two year suspended sentence on a three year good behaviour bond. This included $2000 reconnaissance and 162K in reparations however payment was not expected given Mr Dunstan’s financial circumstances.

Judge Samios stated that the costs were not insignificant and he would have to take this into account when sentencing Mr Dunstan. The Tiger helicopter was $45 million and rendered inoperable for a period of 4 months. Mr Dunstan responded that four months out of action was a blessing to the world.

The Prosecution made submissions of a custodial sentence because of Mr Dunstan’s lack of remorse but also as a personal and general deterrent: to send a message to like-minded members of the community that deliberate acts of vandalism to government property would not be tolerated.

Mr Dunstan responded, “It was an act of civil disobedience and I am not ashamed.”

“The Tiger Helicopter is, in the Australian Army’s own words “an attack helicopter.” (http://www.army.gov.au/Our-work/Equipment-and-clothing/Aviation/ARH-Tiger)  “Ploughshares actions are acts of disarmament, transforming machines that kill in to objects that cannot kill.”

Judge Samios whilst imposing a custodial sentence suspended it immediately.

Jury deliberations went into the next day after a unanimous decision was unable to be reached with two of the ten jurors unconvinced of Mr Dunstan’s guilt. A guilty verdict was announced when court reconvened this morning.

Mr Dunstan has claimed victory stating, “We were successful in putting war on the trial.”

The jury had been shown footage released by Bradley Manning of a US helicopter killing civilians in Iraq. A closed military court has just demoted Mr Manning and sentenced him to 35 years and dishonourable discharge for releasing the footage – now known as the “Collateral Murder” footage, which clearly exposes war crimes committed by the US military. Despite the severity of the military court sentencing, Mr Manning has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his actions. (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-27/bradley-manning-nominated-for-nobel-peace-prize/3855944)

The jury viewed the footage, and heard related testimony from Australian peace activist Donna Mulhearn who had traveled to Iraq as a “Human Shield” in 2003. Reverend Simon Moyle also gave testimony about both Christian pacifism and the Ploughshare movement and his personal experiences in Afghanistan.

Background: Mr Dunstan assisted the now deceased Bryan Law who rode a large red tricycle across the Rockhampton airport tarmac and disabled an Australian Army Tiger Attack Reconnaissance Helicopter in a creative act of disarmament. Mr Law used a garden mattock to deliver a blow to the military helicopter. The action was inspired by the biblical prophecy of ‘Beating Swords into Ploughshares’ meaning taking action to convert killing machines such as the Tiger helicopter into ploughshares or agricultural tools that promote life.

Photos available on request and on:  https://peaceconvergence.wordpress.com

Further information

Graeme Dunstan 0407 951 688
https://peaceconvergence.wordpress.com/ploughshares-trial/FaceBook

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Collateral Murder http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0Downloadable

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Guilty verdict in Tiger Helicopter trial – defendent awaits sentencing

Rockhampton jury reaches verdict in Tiger Helicopter trial

 After three days of hearings and deliberation, a Rockhampton jury has found Graeme Dunstan guilty of wilful damage to Commonwealth property. Sentencing is expected to take place at 2:30pm this afternoon.

After two days of hearings and a morning of summary arguments, the jury could not reach a unanimous decision, with two of the ten jurors unconvinced of Mr. Dunstan’s guilt.  The jury then reviewed evidence presented during the trial and reconvened to later bring forth a unanimous guilty verdict this morning.

Despite the guilty verdict, Mr.Dunstan remains positive stating “We were successful in putting war on trial.”

Sentencing is expected to take place at 2:30pm this afternoon.  Judge Nick Samios has indicated that a custodial sentence is unlikely.

ImageReverend Simon Moyle  (R) appeared as a witness for Mr. Dunstan (L)

After two days of hearings and a morning of summary arguments, the jury could not reach a unanimous decision, with two of the ten jurors  unconvinced of Graeme Dunstan’s guilt.  The jury then reviewed evidence presented during the trial and reconvened to later bring forth a unanimous guilty verdict this morning.

Some background:   Mr Dunstan supported pacifist Bryan Law, now deceased, in an action of disarmament in 2011 during the Talisman Saber US- Australian military exercises.

The jury had been shown footage released by Bradley Manning of a US helicopter killing civilians in Iraq.  A closed military court  has just demoted Mr Manning and sentenced  him to  35 years  and dishonorable discharge for releasing the footage – now known as the “Collateral Murder” footage, which clearly exposes war crimes committed by the US military.  Despite the severity of the military court sentencing, Mr Manning has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his actions.  (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-27/bradley-manning-nominated-for-nobel-peace-prize/3855944)

The jury viewed the footage, and heard related testimony from Australian peace activist Donna Mulhearn who had traveled to Iraq as a “Human Shield” in 2003. Reverend Simon Moyle also gave testimony about both christian pacifism and the Ploughshare movement and his personal experiences in Afganistan.

Footage released by Bradley Manning via WikiLeaks  and shown in court  in Rockhampton can be seen here:

http://www.collateralmurder.com/

Photos outside Rockhampton Ploughshares Trial rmembering those killed in the Collateral Murder footage and those who took the risk to release it are availble on the Peace Convergence site:  https://peaceconvergence.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/day-3-tiger-ploughshare-trial/

PRESS CONTACT in Rockhampton:  Simon Moyle mobile/cell ph. no. 0402 857 915  or Treena Lenthall 0447 851 858

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Day 4: Tiger Ploughshare trial continues as Nobel Prize nominee Bradley Manning begins 35 year sentence for telling the truth

548323_10151839528757429_470130004_nThe Tiger Ploughshares trial resumes today after the jury failed to come to an unanimous verdict.  The jury deliberated for five hours after two days of hearings and a morning of summary statements left two jurors unconvinced of Graeme Dunstan’s guilt in charges of wilful damage of Commonwealth property.

Mr Dunstan supported pacifist Bryan Law, now deceased, in an action of disarmament in 2011 during the Talisman Saber US- Australian military exercises.

The jury had been shown footage released by Bradley Manning of a US helicopter killing civilians in Iraq.  A closed military court  has just demoted Mr Manning and sentenced  him to  35 years  and dishonorable discharge for releasing the footage – now known as the “Collateral Murder” footage, which clearly exposes war crimes committed by the US military.  Despite the severity of the military court sentencing, Mr Manning has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his actions.  (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-27/bradley-manning-nominated-for-nobel-peace-prize/3855944)

The jury viewed the footage, and heard related testimony from Australian peace activist Donna Mulhearn who had traveled to Iraq as a “Human Shield” in 2003. Reverend Simon Moyle also gave testimony about both christian pacifism and the Ploughshare movement and his personal experiences in Afganistan.

Footage released by Bradley Manning via WikiLeaks  and shown in court  in Rockhampton can be seen here:

http://www.collateralmurder.com/

Photos outside Rockhampton Ploughshares Trial rmembering those killed in the Collateral Murder footage and those who took the risk to release it are availble on the Peace Convergence site:  https://peaceconvergence.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/day-3-tiger-ploughshare-trial/

The Tiger Ploughshare trial continues…

PRESS CONTACT in Rockhampton
Simon Moyle mobile/cell ph. no. 0402 857 915

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Stand By Graeme Dunstan #StandbyGraemeD

V4P-UKThis story and video are reposted from: http://wiseupaction.info/2013/08/10/australian-who-took-action/

Australian who took action to stop another Collateral Murder faces trial in Rockhampton, Aus. 19th August

In July 2011, peace activists Bryan Law and Graeme Dunstan took part in a Ploughshares action to disable a helicopter gunship during joint US/Australian Talisman Sabre military exercises. Before the action Bryan referred to the Collateral Murder video saying:

“Machine guns mounted on a US Apache helicopter, possibly even one that will attend Talisman Sabre, killed innocent journalists and wounded children in Iraq in 2007 as shown in the collateral murder film which sparked the Wikileaks controversy.”

In the event, it was another helicopter gunship, the Tiger, that became the target for the Australian action. Tiger helicopters are equipped to carry turreted-cannon, rockets and the same Hellfire air-to-ground missiles used by Apaches. Like the Apache, the Tiger has the capability to detect and engage targets (that often turn out to be civilians) at long distances.

Bryan died earlier this year and Graeme faces trial alone (from August 19) in Rockhampton, Australia.

Graeme needs your support and solidarity. Use #StandbyGraemeD hashtag on twitter.

For more about the acts of mercy that have landed Graeme and others including Bradley Manning and Julian Assange in jeopardy, see this page :http://wiseupaction.info/australian-graeme-dunstan-on-trial-19th-august/

For more information and details of how to support Graeme, see this page:
Two Helicopter Gunships; Two Stories of Compassion and Resistance; Two Trials.

or the Peace Convergence blog.

For more information: http://wiseupaction.info/2013/08/10/australian-who-took-action/

Reflections on court from the gallery

Some Reflections on the Trial from supporters in the court gallery

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Day one:  Tricycles For Peace – Dawn Joyce

Independent filmmaker David Bradbury is now using a pineapple tricycle, a market stall vehicle, to ferry his gear around Rockhampton as he documents the Rocky Tiger Ploughshare trial.

Peacebus activist Graeme Dunstan was in court  yesterday defending his actions to support a symbolic gesture that centres on a garden mattock, a red tricycle, and an attack helicopter.

The prosecution team has an unlimited budget while the defence team of some twenty activists is billeted with local supporters.

In court yesterday, Graeme helped to reduce costs by agreeing that a number of Darwin based prosecution witnesses be heard via audio link.

But let’s go further, Graeme says:  Let’s abandon the purchase of military hardware like these helicopters that cost $40 million each. Then we can fund schools and hospitals both at home and abroad.

The trial continues today.

Dawn Joyce

Day one  – Andrew Paine

Today was day one of Graeme Dunstan’s trial for the disarming of an attack helicopter in 2011 with Bryan Law. There were over 20 supporters made it to Rockhampton to support Graeme, and loads more support pouring in from around the world.

Graeme represented himself after being denied legal aid, but spoke passionately about the reasons for his action – his buddhist faith and lifelong work for peace. He also quoted the biblical prophecy that nations would beat their swords into ploughshares and study war no more, and talked of the history of “ploughshares” actions that have tried to enact it.

The day was taken up by jury selection and prosecution witnesses, there will be several more prosecution witnesses tomorrow and hopefully (if allowed) defence witnesses. Most likely a verdict in the next couple of days.

Four activists also face a mention in court tomorrow morning for a blockade of the barracks gates during the Talisman Saber war games last month.

Day two – Andrew Paine

Day two of Graeme Dunstan’s ploughshares trial in Rockhampton. The day began with the final two prosecution witnesses, then the defence’s case began.

It opened with Graeme Dunstan himself taking the witness stand. He told of his own experiences in the military and his long commitment to peace activism. He then talked about the Talisman Sabre exercises, the US empire and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Despite objections from the prosecution, the defence was allowed to go into the details of the overseas wars, the “context that makes the facts”.

The other two defence witnesses were allowed to give testimony despite further objections from the prosecution. Reverend Simon Moyle spoke of his experiences in war-affected Afghanistan and the history of the Ploughshares movement.

Donna Mulhearn also spoke of firsthand experiences in a warzone, telling of her time in Iraq where Australian forces decimated cities, and helicopters not just killed thousands of civilians, but inspired constant fear just from their sound. “Helicopters,” she said “are not neutral pieces of equipment.”

The other remarkable moment was when, again despite prosecution objections, the magistrate allowed the “Collateral Murder” video to be shown as evidence. The video, leaked by Bradley Manning, depicts a US Apache helicopter (with the same weapon capabilities as the Euro Tiger helicopter damaged at Rockhampton) gunning down 11 civilians and wounding two children. “Haha look at those dead bastards” says a soldier in one of the more chilling parts of the video.

The video wasn’t even allowed as evidence in Bradley Manning’s trial, so it was a little victory in what was a great day for the defence. Again the courtroom and the footpath in front of the court were packed with supporters, the case was publicised around the world, support actions were staged in Brisbane and Melbourne, and the witnesses spoke powerfully.

Both parties will make their closing statements tomorrow morning, after that the jury will give their verdict.

Day three –   Andrew Paine

Day three of Graeme Dunstan’s ploughshares trial in Rockhampton. A completely nerve-wracking and unpredictable day. The day began with a solidarity action for Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden and other whistle blowers being persecuted by governments.

After we entered the court, both parties gave their closing statements. Graeme Dunstan spoke of the cost of the wars, wars he said “were not just against Afghanistan and Iraq, they were against the UN and against civil liberties”. He gave a history of non-violent direct action, from the Quakers in the 17th century to Gandhi’s “satyagraha”, and then gave in great detail, one final time, the story of the action taken by he and Bryan Law. He called upon the conscience of the jury. “Hold fast to the truth,” he said “and the truth will prevail.”

Following this, the prosecution’s closing statement was much shorter. They steered clear of any moral arguments and stuck to the facts, saying the only issue was whether the evidence proved that Graeme Dunstan aided Bryan Law in wilfully damaging commonwealth property.

The judge then summed up the case. He offered no legal defence for Graeme, and reiterated that it was the facts of the evidence that the jury had to consider. The outcome seemed a forgone conclusion.

So it was that at about 11:30, the case was left up to the jury to deliberate the verdict. At lunchtime we were told that they were going to re-examine Graeme’s police interview video. An interesting development. As the afternoon went on there was no word. And then, late in the afternoon, came the announcement that the jury had failed to reach a unanimous verdict.

The court was in shock, including the magistrate and the prosecution. The jury were given more time, but were still unable to reach a verdict and so at half past five, after a long and nervous day, we were all sent home and told to come back tomorrow.

Once again, today the courtroom was full of supporters. There were banners and flags out the front, and people singing of swords being beaten into ploughshares. As the day went on, the belief got stronger that we may just witness what we thought was impossible. Hopefully we will find out tomorrow.