Great grandmother, June Norman, 68, from Brisbane was arrested this morning protesting joint US Australian military exercises at Shoalwater Bay near Rockhampton.
Protesters gathered at a police road block where they performed the Hokey Pokey calling on the Australian military to ‘put their whole bodies out’ of the military base.
Police told the protestors they could not proceed further towards the military gates behind which 15,000 American servicemen are about to start live firing military exercises with the Australian Defence Forces.
Protestors then began singing Hokey Pokey as they put their arms and legs across the police line which police said was a “No Go” area. Ms Norman then moved beyond the police road block singing as she danced the Hokey Pokey before she was arrested.
“Rather than participating in the horrors of war we need to build a powerful committed peace movement that can enjoy themselves while getting their message out there,” said Ms Norman.
The demonstration was attended by about 80 people.
The Hokey Pokey action is apart of ongoing actions in the Shoalwater Region during Operation Talisman 6 – 26 July.
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