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Media alert! Darwin: War on drug prohibition!

 
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2004 8:35 am    Post subject: Media alert! Darwin: War on drug prohibition! Reply with quote

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Media Alert

7th May 2004

Darwin City Council election candidates declare war on
Drug Prohibition

Three members of the Darwin based Network Against
Prohibition have been nominated to stand for positions
in the Darwin City Council election to be held on the
29th of May.

Stuart Highway, long term human rights activist, has
been nominated for the position of Lord Mayor.

Robert Inder-Smith, journalist and civil liberties
campaigner will stand in the Chan Ward and Gary
Meyerhoff, youth worker, injecting drug user and
co-founder of the Network Against Prohibition will
contest the Lyons Ward.

All three NAP activists face between 15 and 21 months
jail for their role in a peaceful invasion of the
Northern Territory Legislative Assembly in May 2002.
The trio are currently out on bail and face a hearing
in the Northern Territory Supreme Court in June. It is
highly likely that they will be imprisoned.

The Network Against Prohibition are hoping to use the
election campaign to highlight the plight of illicit
drug users in the Northern Territory, who are subject
to daily human rights abuses. NAP was formed in March
2002 to campaign against the Northern Territory
Government’s ‘drug house’ legislation. Since its
formation, members of NAP have been charged with more
than 100 criminal offences by the NT Police Service.

Lord Mayor in waiting Stuart Highway said “ none of us
can be really free in this city while there is an
innocent woman languishing in Berrimah prison. Her
name is Margot Laughton, a 55 year-old indigenous
woman, the first victim of the ‘drug house’ laws, and
targeted maliciously by the racist NT Police State for
the victimless ‘crime’ of selling Cannabis.”

“Margot is one of many NT residents who are currently incarcerated in Berrimah prison for victimless drug offences.”

Stuart Highway and the NAP team will launch their
campaign to seize control of the Darwin City Council
at their 17th Community Smoke-in for Human Rights to
be held at 12 noon on Saturday the 8th May. Stuart
will light a giant jpint in protest against the NT
government’s ‘drug house’ legislation.

For further information contact the NAP media
facilitator on 0415 16 2525 or see
http://www.napnt.org

Contact Information:

Lord Mayor in waiting – Stuart Highway (08 ) 8948 2547
Chan Ward – Robert Inder-Smith (08 ) 8985 6334
Lyons Ward – Gary Meyerhoff (08 ) 8942 0570

Campaign facilitator - Michael Lambe 0408 893 142


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