NAURUAN CRANE CLIMBER ARRESTED BY POLICE

> Refugee Action Coalition
> MEDIA ALERT
>
> NAURUAN CRANE CLIMBER ARRESTED BY POLICE
>
> The Iranian asylum seeker, Reza Khestinzhad, who staged a nine hour
> protest on top of a the crane on Nauru on Friday (27 November), has
> been arrested by Nauruan police.
>
> Reza was taken to the IHMS clinic on Friday, around 6.30pm, after he
> ended the protest and came down from the crane.
>
> But this morning, Sunday, 29 November, Nauruan police arrested him at
> the clinic and took him to the police station, where he is being held.
>
> Police refused to allow his sister to see him at the police station
> today and indicated that he would be held until at least Wednesday,
> although police have not said what charge, if any, he would face.
>
> “We are extrememely worried for Reza’s welfare,” said Ian Rintoul,
> spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “Reza should not be in
> jail. The police are an extension of the Nauruan government that is
> doing everything it can to stifle the right to protest on Nauru,
> including arbitrary arrest.
>
> “Reza’s only crime was ro send a message to the world that Nauru is a
> prison island.”
>
> Meanwhile, today, Sunday 29 November, a Sri Lanka asylum seeker has
> scaled a high tree near the family camp on Nauru. The asylum seeker
> has been in the tree since 9am, Nauruan time.
>
> The man, his wife and a daughter, have been held on Nauru for two and
> half years.
>
> For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713