After being arrested, Lorenzo was sent to a maximum security prison in Brisbane prior to deportation.
Lorenzo's arrest and physical abuse has sparked an international outcry across Australia, the U.S., Europe, South Africa, and other places around the world.
Don't let the Australian government cave into demands by the racist right-wing to silence Lorenzo.
Brisbane: Fri, 11 Jul 1997 09:45:24 +1000 (EST)
The high court in canberra/brisbane has just granted Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin bail. He will be released from jail this morning, but the immigration department will apply to the court to have him deported again on Monday. But till at least Monday, he's free!
Demonstrations took place in capital cities around Australia today, with a vocal crowd of 150 or so in Brisbane. That demonstration was peaceful aside from a few scuffles with the large police presence when protesters attempted to enter immigration offices, and when the march blocked city streets. Protesters and supporters will return to court tomorrow to witness the outcome.
The Seamans' Union in Brisbane held a meeting today to vote on the motion that should Lorenzo be deported, they would take strike action to prevent him leaving by the Brisbane port. If you are in Australia, please contact the Seamans' Union and Pilots and Flight Attendants Unions in your city and call on them to take similar action to prevent Lorenzo's deportation. Should the government attempt to deport Lorenzo, please be prepared to blockade airports and docks. The Australian government must not be allowed to deny freedom of speech nor to decide for the Australian people what they are permitted to hear, nor should the indigenous community be denied the right to exercise their ties with their international brothers and sisters.
* The government contends that the US government denies ever having granted clemency to Lorenzo. Any help uncovering documents, news articles or archived material on this matter would be appreciated.
For other contact info, visit the Australian Embassy web page or their list of links to other Australian Embassies, etc. around the world