It has now been two weeks of digging and we are now half way. We have one tunnel so far that allowed us to link up with a drainage tunnel that leads under the immigration detention centre. Two days ago we managed to break into the drainage tunnel which gives a staging area under the detention centre in which plan stage two of the operation. We have started breaking into tunnle 2 tunnel 50m west up from our first tunnel through the drainage tunnel. The entrance to the second tunnel was is a complicated affair. Because we were a little high, less than 2m below the surface we have to breakout low in the drainage tunnel wall. This meast it will take a lot of work to build a good seal in the entrance to the second tunnel and ensure we can properly ventilate it from the drainage tunnel. If we have heavy rain then it is critical the entrance to tunnel 2 has a good seal to ensure it doesn’t get flooded.
So we are on the way moving ahead with part two of our operation. We also had a spot of luck. It looks like there is a protest outside the immigration detention centre in two weeks’ time. We can potentially use this event to help mask the escape from the tunnel of the detainees. These protests are fairly regular occurrences every few months or so. They will often result in a disturbance in the centre itself.
Immigrant Y has been working as a cleaner in the centre for the last week. She managed to make contact today with a detainee in the centre. Immigrant Y had interviewed an asylum seeker “Alysa” last year. This made it easy for us to make a contact we can trust, as well as Immigrant Y being someone that Alysa and the detainees can also trust. Over the next two weeks we will ask for expected numbers of people who want to escape the centre and coordinate with the PLU on setting up squat accommodation. Currently we have 4 squats that could potentially house 40 people. Realistically we think around 20 people will have the opportunity and want to escape through our tunnel out of Block 3.
We have some time on our side, we are ahead of schedule and we are happy with the structural integrity of the tunnel. If we don’t lose too many days to bad weather or strike unstable soil conditions we should be Ok.