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‎[2001]‎
Nell’album “An Elefant Never Forgets” pubblicato nel 2003.‎

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‎77% è la percentuale dei cittadini australiani che approvarono l’allora primo ministro John Howard ‎quando nell’agosto del 2001 il governo decise di non dare accoglienza ad oltre 400 rifugiati dalla ‎guerra in Afghanistan (alla quale l’Australia oltre tutto partecipava e partecipa come Stato ‎aggressore) che erano stati soccorsi in acque internazionali dalla nave cargo MV Tampa, battente ‎bandiera norvegese, che transitava al largo delle coste australiane. Quando la nave cercò di entrare ‎nelle acque nazionali, John Howard diede ordine che fosse respinta dall’esercito. Poi ordinò al ‎capitano norvegese, Arne Frode Rinnan, di riportare i profughi al largo ma egli si rifiutò, sostenuto ‎sia dall’armatore che dal governo norvegese. Si verificò così un vero e proprio scontro diplomatico, ‎nel corso del quale la Norvegia denunciò il governo australiano all’ONU e alla International ‎Maritime Organisation. ‎



In tutta risposta Howard, sostenuto dalla maggioranza più che assoluta dell’opinione pubblica, varò ‎un decreto d’emergenza chiamato “Border Protection Bill 2001” che consentiva “legalmente” i ‎respingimenti in mare con un “uso ragionevole della forza” e che contemporaneamente (colmo della ‎beffa) impediva che si potesse richiedere formalmente il riconoscimento dello status di rifugiato ‎senza aver prima toccato terra sul suolo australiano.‎
I “sequestrati della Tampa” furono poi caricati su una nave militare australiana e confinati in un ‎campo di detenzione sull’isola di Nauru. Alcuni furono poi accolti dalla Nuova Zelanda ma i più ‎rimasero in prigionia per quasi tre anni, quando poi venne loro riconosciuto lo status di rifugiati e ‎poterono così rimanere in Australia.‎
Il capitano norvegese Arne Rinnan fu insignito di numerosi premi per aver salvato delle vite in mare ‎e per aver resistito agli attacchi e alle pressioni del governo australiano che avrebbe voluto disfarsi ‎dei profughi abbandonandoli al loro destino sull’oceano.‎
“77% of Australians, um, agree with John Howard's actions on the Tampa”
‎“What happened to the others?”
‎“The thing is, to use military force against refugees, isn't that a little overkill?”
‎“A spokesman for the line that owns the ship says that Australian SAS troops are in danger of ‎breaking the laws of piracy.”
‎“Undoubtedly this is the most popular decision, as far as the Australian public are concerned the ‎Government's made during it's reign”
‎“The captain, before entering Australian waters, he had sent out a distress signal”
‎“Clearly our solution was, um, well it wasn't only farcical it was, um, it was immoral”
‎‎(Aussie citizens views)

“I wish that this problem were not ours” (Prime minister John Howard)‎


Well I'm left sitting here staring into a beer
shaking my head at the same old loathing and fear
Stranger in my own land, can't understand
How the very word Australian has just been damned
I fucking hate myself, take 'Aussie' from my name
Erase this endless shame, forever casting blame
If you don't act the same will I destroy you?
Everyone looks the same beaten, black and blue
So I've had enough of these red-neck pricks
When fact is the only real shit that sticks
Watch as I tear the very skin from my face
So no-one'll see my race, my deep disgrace
You're not even from here in the first place
And those that are you wanna further debase
Nup, no more, never again whether by fist or pen
I will defend, cos I'm at a loose end
The shattered remnants of Aussie dignity
I'm a skip, whitey, round-eye surprise me
By using your shrivelled brain to please explain
How the clever country just went down the drain
We rode the sheep's back now the sheep ride you
If this is how its gonna be don't call me 'true blue'
I denounce my ancestors, wounds still fester
If you say 'it aint so' I suggest ya' wake up

Wake up - this country needs a fucking shake up
Wake up - these cunts need a shake up
Wake up - this country needs a fucking shake up
Wake up - these cunts need a shake up
Wake up - this country needs a fucking shake up
Wake up - these cunts need a shake up
Wake up - this country needs a fucking shake up
Wake up - these cunts need a shake up

Talk-back squawking hacks won't relax
Until Jonesy, Zemanek and Laws are all axed
‎77 percent of Aussies are racist
And if you're here, I'll say it your faces
Rich red-neck pricks still hold all the aces
So I'll buy ya a beer, with an arsenic chaser
Better off dead? Is that what I've said?
Tempting to take for all the blood you've shed
No doubt you're as bad as your dads and ya mums
Mainstream media making me so fucking glum
Anglo reality, intellectual cavities
Channel 9 fostering prejudiced mentalities
I won't be a casualty, just mention casually
That I can't stand for you shit-eating bullies
Preying on peeps without a mainstream voice
Most of you stay silent but I've got no choice

Wake up - this country needs a fucking shake up
Wake up - these cunts need a shake up
Wake up - this country needs a fucking shake up
Wake up - these cunts need a shake up
Wake up - this country needs a fucking shake up
Wake up - these cunts need a shake up
Wake up - this country needs a fucking shake up
Wake up - these cunts need a shake up

Well I've yelled my lungs out but to no avail
Well I've yelled my lungs out but to no avail
Well I've yelled my lungs out but to no fuckin' avail
But you're a stranger yourself now that's the sting in the tail
Captain Cook was the very first queue jumper
It was immigrant labour that made Australia plumper
Enough is enough, whiteys go pack your stuff
Don't wanna live in England? That's fucking tough
I'm sick and tired of this red-neck wonderland
Most've you stay silent and I can't understand
I just can't understand (understand)

It's time for you to wake up - this country needs a fucking shake up
Wake up - these cunts need a shake up
Wake up - this country needs a fucking shake up
Wake up - these cunts need a shake up
Wake up - this country needs a fucking shake up
Wake up - these cunts need a shake up
Wake up - this country needs a fucking shake up
Wake up - these cunts need a shake up‎

Contributed by Bernart - 2013/7/2 - 13:25


Arne Rinnan, il comandante della nave cargo norvegese Tampa, fotografato nel 2006 insieme a Sakinah Ewazi, una delle centinaia di richiedenti asilo che nel 2001 il governo australiano avrebbe respinto in mare, se non fosse stato proprio per la ferma opposizione del capitano che aveva salvato quei profughi da sicura morte soccorrendoli ed ospitandoli sulla sua nave, così come vogliono le leggi del mare e quelle dell'umanità.

Arne Rinnan

Bernart - 2013/7/2 - 21:32



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