So-called quarantine camps are included in Australia’s zero Covid strategy. The first 38 residents are now being interned in the Northern Territories. Why? Because there were nine positive tests.
Australia is considered particularly strict when it comes to preventing the spread of Covid-19. There is a zero Covid strategy. Accordingly, the lockdown measures are enforced in “Down Under”even if their benefits are not in proportion to the harm. This also includes quarantine camps set up by the government. These should serve the temporary admission of positive testers and their close contacts. In the Northern Territories it is Howard Springs bei Darwin.
Now the Australian Army has started interning the first residents in the Northern Territories. In the villages of Binjari and Rockhole live 220 and 130 people respectively. Among the nine people who tested positive in Binjari (four are female, five are male) is a 78-year-old woman who was rushed to the Darwin hospital. It is not clear from the reports whether she actually needs medical treatment. However, it should be emphasized that Binjari is a settlement of the Aborigines, the Australian natives. Since the colonization by the British, these have been exposed to massive repression.
Strict lockdown & deportations
“Binjari and Rockhole residents no longer have the five reasons to leave their homes”, said the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Michael Gunner, referring to the five allowable reasons in the country to avoid lockdown (buying food and supplies, exercising for up to two hours, care or supervision, work or training when not from home possible, and to be vaccinated at the next possible place). “You are only allowed to leave the country for medical treatment, in emergencies or due to legal requirements.”
“It is very likely that more residents will be transferred to Howard Springs today, either as positive cases or as close contacts”he went on, adding, “We have already identified 38 close contacts from Binjari, but this number will continue to grow. These 38 are now being relocated ”.
“I contacted the Prime Minister last night. We are grateful for the support of about 20 ADF employees and Army trucks helping with the relocation of positive cases and close contacts and support the communities. Today we are examining what additional resources we need from the federal authorities and the Prime Minister is ready to help further – I thank him for that. “
Extremely tough on the aborigines
The Aborigines, who have had their own lifestyle for thousands of years, are suffering from the harsh lockdown measures. The oldest of the Jawoyn tribe living in the region, Lisa Mumbin, sees the restrictions as a threat to the culture of her people. “Aborigines in the community, we have always lived our lives together and shared things”, she said. “My family is always welcome at home,” said the eldest. “But now that I’m at home, my family sometimes comes in and I try very hard to keep them away. It’s very difficult, but it’s Covid now – we have to set ourselves apart because of the virus. “
In Binjari and Rockhole, residents are only allowed to leave their homes for medical reasons. And that until December 4th and at temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius. Police chief Jamie Chalker announced that six people from Binjari were fined more than $ 5,000 each after sneaking out that night.
No more “liberal democracy”
Critics of the tough measures accuse Australian politics of abandoning the concept of liberal democracy. The country is sliding into an authoritarian police and surveillance state. A criticism that, in view of the toughest exit restrictions and restrictions in the western world, is met with increasing approval. With the establishment of quarantine camps like the one in Darwin, the critics’ allegations are further confirmed. Australia returns to the beginning with guards and prison inmates.
Hard lockdowns, high fines, total control, massive compulsory vaccinations and the like ensure that the continent becomes a huge prison. And the apartments and houses are the prison cells. But even if more and more people are demonstrating against the measures in the larger cities, the leadership of the country will hardly deviate from its course. There are still enough media-brainwashed people in the country who welcome these steps.