This is Australia 2006
- Drasko Boljevic was abducted and terrorised on Sunday 16th Nov. 2006
by Eleonor Palacio Wednesday November 22, 2006 at 11:15 PM
In between 12 midday and 12.15pm, Sunday 16th November 2006, Drasko
Boljevic, my partner, was paying for a drink at Foodworks minimart, 408
Swanston Street, in front of RMIT, whilst his friend Oakis was inside
the store. Drasko was abducted by three bouncer-looking men dressed in
casual clothes and violently taken into an unidentifiable white van,
where another 5 of them help holding Drasko down and hand cuffed him
with special plastic cuffs. Oakies heard some screams and went outside
to see Drasko’s feet being carried into the unidentifiable van. He asked
the abducters if they were policemen and they reply ‘get the fuck out of
here, get the fuck out of this city’
The men did not identify themselves or informed Drasko why he was being
abducted. He was told to ‘shut the fuck up’ and that he was a ‘fucking
bastard’ and they will ‘bash him up and smash his face’, whilst
violently holding his legs crossed at his back and pushing his head
against the floor of the van and sitting on it. They drove around the
city for about 10 minutes continuously terrorising him with this type of
comments and physical force. They pulled his pants down, searched him
and cut his backpack of his back. ‘I thought I was going to died, I
could hardly breath and I didn’t know who these people were’, Drasko
They stop at an ally way behind Flinders St Station and made him lie on
the floor, with his pants still down, and look down, still shouting at
him to ‘shut the fuck up’.
Some police detectives in casual clothes arrived and identified
themselves. It was not until then, about 25 minutes after his abduction,
that he was informed he was arrested, no reasons for the arrest were
given. They took some photos of his face, front and profile with a
mobile. Then, they took him into an unidentified car and he was taken to
the 412 St Kilda Rd Police Station.
When at the Police Station, they asked him if he would behave violently
or bite policemen or if he would cooperate, and took his handcuffs off.
He started being interrogated and for the first time since the abduction
he was told he was arrested for assaulting a policewoman at the G20
protest on Saturday.
Drasko was not in Melbourne on Saturday, he was on his way to Malmsbury,
1 hour away from Melbourne, were he played the part of an ‘Emu’ in a
cabaret show at the Town Hall. Police said later that he was arrested
‘on the basis of his physical similarity with a suspect’.
At this point, about 2.00 it was apparent that they got the wrong
person, and the Constable interrogating him told him he was about to be
released, and that ‘if this was Croatia he wouldn’t be so lucky’. He was
finally released at 2.35 pm.
After getting home in a state of shock and fear, Drasko realised he had
a bruising in the right eyebrow (which is likely to become a black eye)
and discomfort of the neck as immediate physical consequences of the
violent way he was dealt with in the van.
Drasko contacted the Ethical performance and Standards Offfice, under
the supervision of Senior Constable Neil Curtis (who dealt with the case
in the last instance) to inform of his physical state. They told him
that ‘he should understand that in these circumstances they (the
abductors) can’t take any risks’ and that ‘they need to apply
considerable force when dealing with violent suspects’.
Dear friends, state terrorism exist in Australia. We can say that this
was a ‘bad mistake’ or that this ‘mistake’ can happen to any of us any
day. This task force operation replicates torturing tactics used in the
70s in Argentina or in war time in Croatia, just to name a few.
What kind of liberties do we have as individuals? Is this a democracy
gone with the wind? We should have the right to peacefully protest, if
we believe it a way to demonstrate a view over the state of affairs. But
above all, we shouldn’t be terrorised by a policy of ‘tough hunt’.
Protesters or not, we are all people and I would like to believe that
this country can still regain some dignity towards its citizens and
With love, thank you for your support.
You can pass this e-mail on and let people know that this is a reality
of Australia 2006.