We Stopped Workers at Pinkenba Weapons Factory
We at Wage Peace generally think it is NOT strategic to ask governments to change things. The ‘Masters of War’ are the corporations: the ‘War Pigs’. Our ‘government’ administers their directives.
But we ask you to share this petition (by copying its web address) because the “Office of Defence Export Controls” are issuing licences for exports to human rights abusers. A few examples of potential dealers follow.
- Probowo, is a recorded war criminal, currently, Defence Minister in Indonesia.
- Duterte in the Philippines is killing poor people and detaining journalists.
- Bin Salman organised the killing of Khashoggi.
- The US bombs whole cities where ‘civilians’ live for its ‘geo strategic’ (corporations’) objectives.
We know about Saudi Arabia and UAE because of freedom of information requests. Otherwise, we guess. We watch who attends the international weapons events such as Land Forces, on in Brisbane in June. And we research pre-existing arrangements.
Sharing the petition allows us to “raise awareness“, to find NEW people interested in halting the explosive expansion of militarism. We know YOU are interested. But this issue speaks to thousands of ordinary people. We ALL have a war story, even if it is a few generations back. It may be our family’s colonisation, by methods of war, of this land never ceded by First Nations people.
Corporations should rule out selling weapons to war criminals and human rights abusers. Rule them out one by one. So share the petition to NEW PEOPLE – family, new friends. People hate people them #makingakilling.
Best wishes and peace,
Margie Pestorius, Jim and Greg and Dave and the Peace Pilgrims
Will you prepare to stand with us using direct action to #DisruptLandforces in Brisbane, from 28th May 2021
Check our Live Feeds at Wage Peace You Tube. In the last month we have held increasingly disruptive events protesting the weapons corporations at three Brisbane weapons factories. EOS, Nioa and Rheinmetall. These Live Feeds give a background to what they are doing and how. Choose a target – get involved. Boeing is also involved providing attack helicopters and weapons systems. We have some thoughts.
Media Release: Blocking Nioa, Blocking Weapons Deals – Share video
On Wednesday, engineers and their managers arriving at Nioa were prevented from entering as a sign of the group’s opposition to human rights abuse by police and army in West Papua, southern Philippines, and even possibly Myanmar.
“This weapons business is setting up to export munitions to countries that commit human rights abuses. We want to build peaceful communities while these corporations barrack for more violence”, said Christine Venner-Westaway from Quakers for Peace.
“Through their subsidiary Rheinmetall Nioa, we expect them to be placing undue pressure on the Australian government to gain export licences that allow the sale of munitions to Indonesia.” Margaret Pestorius said. “Both Rheinmetall and Nioa are sponsors of the Land Forces exhibition in June at the Brisbane Convention Centre. This expo is about pushing more weapons into the Indo Pacific.”
Rheinmetall is already heavily involved dealing munitions and armoured vehicles with Indonesia. The terms of their involvement in the Australian “Global Supply Chain Program” are to facilitate export arrangements.