comentary [so far...]:Last night I watched the film 'In the Name of the Father' (1993), directed by Jim Sheridan.
It is a powerful film, giving you some inkling of what it must be like, to be wrongly
imprisoned. It made me think about the dreadfully high rate of incarceration of
Aboriginal people in Australia. Also the many Aboriginal people who have died in gaol cells.
The film's prison scenes also made me think of the would-be settlers, who are held in
prison camps by the Australian government. Not only at Woomera -- also on Manus
Island in Papua New Guinea and on the tiny Pacific Island of Nauru, and in many other
concentration camps in Australia. The Australian government is the thug trafficker
in people, because it is using our armed forces to protect its monopoly in the trafficking
of people. And it has done a deal with the Wakenhut corporation, to let them run
prison camps where the sans papier are held.
The film's trial scenes made me ask myself, what is worse: to be imprisoned after a trial
that is conducted in a justice system that serves vested interests, while it pretends to
serve the people? Or to be imprisoned indefinitely without trial -- that is the fate of the
would-be settlers who are in Australia's prison camps for the sans papier.
We have to change these things. Please talk to people about it. Keep it in the media
spotlight. If you're in Australia, make the effort -- find out about the Aboriginal nations,
visit the Aboriginal tent embassy in Canberra, visit people in the prisons for sans papier.
You don't know what it's like to be welcome in Australia until you've been welcomed by
PS I have never witnessed an uprising by prisoners. The film 'In the Name of the Father'
shows an uprising (it is a docudrama about the Guildford four BTW). The film shows how
the special ops squad in riot gear selectively beat up prisoners. Watching it has given
me even more inner turmoil, regarding what goes on inside Woomera, and how it has
different consequences for some people behind the razor wire than for others.