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2017 Media Releases

MEDIA RELEASE 6/08 | BIGGEST RALLY YET SAYS HANDS OFF FOXTROT 0

Refugee Action Coalition

MEDIA RELEASE

BIGGEST RALLY YET SAYS HANDS OFF FOXTROT

Sunday 6 August has seen the biggest protest so far inside the Manus Island detention centre to stop the closure of Foxtrot compound. (Photos attached)

Hundreds gathered at the Foxtrot compound calling for the power to be officially restored; “informal” wiring by refugee electricians has re-establishe power to the compound since power was officially cut off on 1 August.

Today, (Sunday) also saw cleaners returned to the compound after unhygeinic conditions saw 20 people admitted to the medivcal clinic for treatment.

Some of the banners opened mocked the Turnbull/Trump conversation transcript where Turnbull blatantly explains that Trump does not need to take any refugees from Manus and Nauru.

“Turnbull needs to call off the attempt to close Foxtrot,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refuge Action Coalition, “Or to force refugees to move from the centre to East Lorengau, which is even more dangerous.”

“It is clear that the detention centre cannot be closed by the October 31 deadline. East Lornegau cannot accommodate the number of refugees that are in the detention centre. Papau New Guinea is not willing and is unable to provide resettlement and Turnbull’s US deal is doubtful.

“It is time to bring all the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia.”

For more information contact Ian Rintolu 0417 275 713
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MEDIA RELEASE 4/08 | PNG POLICE TRY TO ENTER FOXTROT COMPOUND 0

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 0

 

‘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/