Peace activist Bryan Law dies alone in Rockhampton home
PEACE activist Bryan Law was found dead in his Rockhampton home on Monday night.
He is believed to have died alone on March 26 in his rented Depot Hill home. Friend and fellow-campaigner Graeme Dunstan said he was saddened at the loss of his friend, but more importantly the "passing of a courageous peacemaker".
"His wife Margaret had called me to tell me he had been found dead in his home after a police check," Mr Dunstan said.
"Even though they were separated they were in regular contact and when Margaret hadn't received her usual email from Bryan, she called the Rockhampton police to go and do a house check and that is when they found him.
"It is a sad loss and we have lost a real warrior working for all things good.
"Bryan was consistently walking in the footsteps of Jesus."
The 57-year-old, who was a tireless campaigner for peace, will probably be best remembered for his attack on a military helicopter at the Rockhampton Airport on July 21, last year.
Using a garden mattock, Mr Law hacked at the $36 million-dollar Tiger armed reconnaissance chopper to show his distaste for the military operation Talisman Sabre.
In his activist role he was also caught at Pine Gap in 2005, the joint US and Australian military spy base outside Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
Early on December 9, 2005, four peace activists from the affinity group, Christians Against ALL Terrorism entered the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap, but were soon arrested.
He is survived by his wife Margaret and son Joseph.
Fellow protester Mr Dunstan, 61, was also charged.
"That was the two things Margaret said to me, Bryan is dead and Graeme, you will now have to face court on your own," Mr Dunstan said yesterday.
Mr Dunstan, who was in Canberra yesterday organising an anti-war vigil at the War Memorial, said he still had to appear in court on August 19 over the helicopter attack and would miss his friend being by his side.
Police are still investigating, but his friend believes it may be a diabetes-related. He recently had his two big toes amputated when they became infected from cleaning up after the floods at his house.
Vale Bryan Law.
- Pine Gap Spy Base
- War against Iraq
- War against Afghanistan
- Sealing road north of the Daintree River
- Skyrail wanted to tear down the rainforest above Smithfield
- USA bought warships into Cairns harbour
- Qld govt destroyed historic Cairns' Yacht Club building.