Darwin residents protest US marine base plan

Photo: Peter Robson

Twenty people protested against the expansion of US military presence in the Northern Territory when US President Barack Obama visited Darwin on November 17.

During his visit to Australia, Obama announced a plan to use the Robertson Barracks to host a force of US marines for training and intervention in the Asia-Pacific. The force is to start at 250 marines and expand to 2500 by 2016. The Australian Labor government and the Coalition opposition have welcomed the US base plan.

The protest was organised by Darwin Residents Against War, which also organsed the large protests in 2003 against the war on Iraq.

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If only there were a large branch of IVAW here in AU. I hear that they are displacing homeless persons or low income housing to accommodate these troops -not sure of the details but probably worth looking into
I really do not see the big problem here. My grandfather supplied the American Marines in Melbourne during WWII. As I recall, had it not been for the Marines, Japan would of surely invaded our beloved country.