Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

2017 Media Releases

MEDIA RELEASE 4/08 | PNG POLICE TRY TO ENTER FOXTROT COMPOUND

Refugee Action Colaition
MEDIA RELEASE
PNG POLICE TRY TO ENTER FOXTROT COMPOUND
The standoff on Manus Island over the closure of Foxtrot Compound has come to a head this morning.
Police have shut the gates of Foxtrot to prevent any leaving or entering.
Around 10.15 this morning, police tried to enter Foxtrot.
But asylum seekers and refugees have peacefully blockaded the Foxtrot gate from the inside, so far preventing the police from entering.
“We are urgently calling on Malcolm Turnbull to end the standoff and withdraw the police.  The police are being guided and supported by the Australian Border Force officers and the AFP, ” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
“The leaked transcript of Turnbull’s conversation with Trump has definitively exposed Turnbull’s duplicity. There never was a deal that guaranteed refugees from Manus would be resettled in the US. And there is no resettlement deal with PNG. Turnbull’s deal was all about domestic political posturing. He lied about them being economic refugees.
“The fate of those unlawfully imprisoned on Manus is in Australia’s hands. Nothing can justify the  attempt to forcibly close Foxtrot compound and to force refugees to move to East Lorengau.  It’s time to end the farce on Manus and bring everyone to Australia.”
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

‘You are worse than I am’: Trump told Turnbull he admired offshore detention

 

‘YOU ARE WORSE THAN I AM’: TRUMP TOLD TURNBULL HE ADMIRED OFFSHORE DETENTION

The article attached was published in The Guardian Australia. More reason why we need to be outraged and stand up against the government’s cruel, illegal and costly policies.

A brief recap: the Washington Post published the transcript from the January phone-call between Trump and Turnbull, where the former later went on Twitter and called the US deal a “dumb” deal. Turns out calling the deal “dumb” and “stupid” was the least of our worries…

 

PARTICULARLY NOTABLE QUOTES:

– Turnbull explained, repeatedly, that the US was only obligated to look at taking 1,250-2,000 “basically economic refugees from Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan”

– “Why haven’t you let them out?” Trump asked. “Why have you not let them into your society?”

“OK,” said Turnbull, “I will explain why. It is not because they are bad people. It is because in order to stop people smugglers, we had to deprive them of the product. So we said if you try to come to Australia by boat, even if we think you are the best person in the world, even if you are a Noble [sic] Prize-winning genius, we will not let you in. Because the problem with the people –”

Trump interjected, to say: “That is a good idea. We should do that too. You are worse than I am.”

JOIN US ON FRIDAY 4 AUGUST, 5:30 AT THE STATE LIBRARY TO STAND UP FOR REFUGEE RIGHTS IN AUSTRALIA

 

Guardian Article: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/03/donald-trump-malcolm-turnbull-refugees-australia-phone-call

Facebook event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/786453751534960/

MEDIA RELEASE | MANUS PROTESTS GROWS AGAINST COMPOUND CLOSURE REFUGEE SUPPORTERS DEMAND TURNBULL BRING THEM HERE

 

Refugee Action Coalition

MEDIA RELEASE

MANUS PROTESTS GROWS AGAINST COMPOUND CLOSURE
REFUGEE SUPPORTERS DEMAND TURNBULL BRING THEM HERE
In the biggest demonstration yet against the arbitrary closure of Foxtrot compound hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees have protested at the compound. (Photos attached)
Despite the threat of closure and demolition, refugees and asylum seekers are still living in Foxtrot. Refugee electricians have managed to re-establish power to the compound despite it being cut-off on Monday 31 July.
Refugees have again told Border Force that they cannot and will not move to East Lorengau because it is too dangerous.
ABF says there is only 90 days to closure and there is no option, but the government needs to act urgently to bring all the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia.
“Turnbull and Dutton must face up to the fact that PNG has no intention of resettling anyone in PNG. Nothing is gained by continuing to threaten people who have been unlawfully held on Manus Island, ” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “It is time to face up to their responsibilities, and bring them to safety.”
The Refugee Action Coalition has called a snap “Bring Them Here” protest to demand an end to the intimidation and forced compound closures on Manus – Thursday, 3 August, 5.15 pm (for 5.30 start) at Malcolm Turnbull’s office, 287 New South Head Road, Edgecliff (near Edgecliff station). 
The protest will also raise the victim the tragic circumstances for asylum seekers in the Australian community that led to the attempted self-immolation by an Iranian man at the Sydney immigration office on Friday, 28 July. 
There are protest on Friday 4 Aug, at Peter Dutton’s office in Brisbane at 7.00am, and in Melbourne at the State Library at 5.30pm.
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713