[First filed: January 30, 2009 @ 08:37]
I don’t know if any others saw this, but as per the news there are a couple of “prisioners” on top of the BRC. As I was driving past to get to work I saw them: dressed in nothing but Khaki shorts.
I wonder whether they had the foresight at 4am to take water up there. Otherwise, with today’s predicted temps they’ll come down pretty darn soon!
UPDATE: The ABC have some detail online.
ANOTHER UPDATE: The Canberra Times is being uncharacteristically nimble and brings word that the men are protesting the conditions, particularly the lack of air conditioning. One can only hope John Hargreaves gets down there himself to tell them how wrong they are.
Street View gives a pretty good look at the facility:
ONE MORE UPDATE FOR THE ROAD: Jeremy Hanson for the Liberals is having a swing at the issue and does a good job compile recent debacles:
- “Just recently we had six corrections officers injured in a violent incident involving about nine prisoners, we had a tunnel that was only discovered by chance late last year and now we have prisoners breaking out and causing a disturbance on the roof for several hours. Meanwhile, the new prison that the government opened with great fanfare on 11 September 2008 during the election campaign remains empty,” Jeremy Hanson said.
“I note that the two previous incidents were only made public after embarrassing tip-offs to the media and this latest incident has been so public in comparison that the Government has been forced to be open and frank about it. It raises serious questions as to what else has occurred at the BRC that this Government has not been prepared to divulge.