Live stream of this public forum:
Pip Hinman (Socialist Alliance & Stop the War Coalition founder)
Selay Ghaffar (Solidarity Party of Afghanistan)
Ronny Kareni (West Papuan community representative)
Jacob Grech (anti-war campaigner)
The Australian government’s response to the shocking revelations of serious war crimes committed by Australia’s Special Air Forces soldiers is to say that these sadistic attacks on civilians, including children, and prisoners are a result of a handful of individuals.
The crimes are gruesome, including the slitting the throats of two 14 year old children and shooting dead a prisoner because there wasn’t room for him in a helicopter.
The Brereton report only deals with incidents that have been verified by multiple sources. War crimes where there is strong evidence but where the information can’t be verified by multiple sources haven’t been included in the report. This means that there are likely to be many more war crimes than the ones in the Brereton Report.
The government is trying to deflect public anger onto the individual soldiers responsible for these atrocities in order to stop people from calling for the SAS to be disbanded. “Ëlite” forces like the SAS are usually death squads.
The SAS and the Australian Federal Police have a history over decades of train the worst of the Indonesian security forces, including paramilitary units and death squads. These death squads have been used against the Indonesian pro-democracy movement and the East Timorese independence campaign and now against the West Papuan population.
The SAS must be disbanded.
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