welcome to the virtual people smuggler :: destination woomera
the virtual people smuggler is closed for the moment. thanks for everyone who supported the people protesting in woomera and lots of respect for those who took part in the off-line actions in woomera!
the profiles of those who participated will remain accessible on this site and registerd participants will remain able to add comments, edit their profiles or delete them. form now on it is however not possible to sign-in as a virtual participant anymore. the next destinations of the virtual people smuggler will be this summers bordercamps in europe. we hope you enjoyed your trip and we hope to welcome you on the virtual people smuggler soon.
about the virtual people smuggler
the virtual people smuggler is a platform that enables individuals to virtually participate in polical actions such as protests. it's intended for those who want to support these events, but who cannot join them offline for whatever reasons. by virtualy participating you make it known that you support the struggles being waged during the event. as a virtual participant you can explain the reasons for your participation, you can comment on the things that happen at the offline event and and you can communicate with other virtual participants.
the first installment of the virtual people smuggler will take you to woomera (australia), where - during the easter weekend of 2002 - a protest festival will address a number of issues that are highlighted in this remote town in the desert of southern australia: internment of sans papier, indigenous struggles for land rights, uranium mining, missile testing, toxic waste dumping, and military surveillance.
Woomera is located in the Australian Desert, 500 kms north of the nearest city of Adelaide. It is the site of Australia's largest onshore internment camp for sans papier arrivals and undocumented migrants. It has also been the site of the most determined campaign for freedom, with mass escapes, strikes, hunger-strikes and ongoing protests - including attempts to dismantle the camp - since it was built. There are currently around 1,000 people interned there, without charge, without trial, and for an indefinite period.
for more information on events that are planned in woomera you can go to the festival's website.