THERE were some American Independence Day celebrations with a twist in Rockhampton yesterday, with calls for Australia to gain greater independence from its major ally.

The peaceful protest, organised by nomad peace activist Graeme Dunstan, was held outside the Western Barracks and called for an end to the alliance which has seen Australian troops fight alongside Americans in Afghanistan.

Greens candidate for Capricornia Paul Brambrick was also there supporting the protest.

In the lead up to Talisman Saber, he also raised concerns over what force of law American troops would receive if they committed a crime in Rockhampton.

"We've had enough of the USA and its military alliance," he said.

"It's driven us into two wars now and is preparing us for more.

"The government is so bamboozled by the USA, and subservient, we don't even know what laws these soldiers are going to be subject to when they're on leave in Rockhampton."

The Morning Bulletin contacted the Department of Defence yesterday to find out how the US troops would be dealt with if they committed crimes, but no response was received by time of printing.



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