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Damning police report launched – Beeliar protesters call for investigation

Posted on May 4th, by Counteractive in Events, Legal, News. No Comments

Beeliar Legal team launch damning report – call for investigation

A report is being launched today by the legal support team for the Beeliar protests that documents over twenty incidents of excessive use of force, unlawful use of pepper spray, injuries from horses,  tasers threatening minors, unlawful arrests, innocent people being strip searched and a culture of aggression and violence towards community activists.

In addition a community survey with more than 200 respondents, revealed a devastating loss of trust in the community, including significant and disturbing findings relating to more than 100 children and how they viewed police as a result of the protests – in addition to numerous violent incidents witnessed and experienced and a notably different approach taken to Aboriginal activists.

Beeliar Legal Support member Christine Duckham said, “Our team called for people in the community to come forward with their … Read More »



Revealed: community survey on policing of Beeliar

Posted on April 30th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, News, Resources. No Comments

It was just a short question on the Beeliar Community noticeboard … “how do you feel about police” … and it unravelled a huge discussion, and led us to prepare a survey that ended up being filled in by more than 200 people. It captured some of the community attitudes towards police that came out of the protests to stop clearing work in the lead up to the WA state election.

We have been working with the Beeliar Legal Support team and Wetland Defenders on a comprehensive report documenting more than twenty incidences of breaches of police protocol and arguably unlawful use of force, as well as patterns of human rights abuses and a culture of aggressive policing. The report will be launched shortly, however we want to share the survey results with the community first.

There are numerous interesting insights about the diversity … Read More »



Battle for Beeliar

Posted on March 11th, by Counteractive in Campaigns, Case study, Legal, News. No Comments

Today the people in Western Australia will make a judgement whether they want Barnett and his Liberal government to continue. All signs point to no, but people are waiting hearts in mouths -will the result bring what country needs?

The last three months have seen a pitched battle at the Beeliar wetlands, in the south of Perth, near Fremantle… as the Liberal government have gone full force into bulldozing the urban bushland, and wetlands for a contentious road project that is expected to blow the states budget out more than $8 billion. As with the East West link before, and in tandem with the West Connex protests in Sydney, it is the community that has stepped up to say no to another unwanted road project. To delay work, to monitor the fauna management, to do everything in their power to stand … Read More »



Humanity awaken – there is no time

Posted on December 7th, by Counteractive in Events, News. No Comments

“It is it worth it. we can not stop the struggle, we can not stop looking for a dignified life for all”

Gustav Castro Soto from Mexico spoke of watching his comrade Berta Caceres being gunned down and dying in his arms. She had a $50 000 price on her head.

120 environmentalists have been murdered since 2010, with a 95% impunity rate in Honduras. Across the globe 185 environmental activists were killed in 2015.

The room was in tears hearing of the loss of a beloved colleague. This was one of the stories of resilience we were privileged to hear as part of the Friends of the Earth International Bi-Annual General meeting in Bandar Lampung last week.

We got a phone call ten days ago whilst presenting at a conference interstate – Can we go to Sumatra, Indonesia to facilitate the school of … Read More »