6pm Thurs 10 Aug | Vigil For Hamed – Stop the Deaths, Bring Them Here (note location change)

When: 6-7pm Thursday 10th August

Where (note change of location): Federation Square, Melbourne (opposite Flinders St Station)

 

 

Stall, banners and leafleting from 5pm, speakers from 6pm

Speakers inc Pamela Curr – longtime refugee advocate, more tba

Hamed a A 31 year-old Iranian refugee, was found hanging from a tree this morning 7/18/17 near the school close to the East Lorengau Transit Accommodation.

His death brings the Manus detention death toll to five.

While suicide is suspected, mystery surrounds his death. His body was found near the school well outside East Lorengau centre. Refugees on Manus are convinced that his death is suspicious as Hamed had often been beaten by locals.

The circumstances of Hamed’s death might be unclear. But what is very clear, is that his death was preventable. Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton had all the power to save this man’s life. And they didn’t. Whatever the immediate cause they are responsible for his death.

Hamed’s mental health problems were well-known. He received medical treatment in Melbourne in 2015. Advocates had raised the details of his case with Peter Dutton, IHMS and Comcare. He had been held in prison at the Lorengau settlement, then was placed at the East Lorengau centre when he was released.

There. were many points in time which could have made a difference. Ultimately Like all the others who have died on Manus, Hamid should never have been in detention or been on Manus. Detention had robbed him of his mental health and now it has taken his life.

Hamid’s death will confirm the worst fears of refugees on Manus. Manus is not safe. East Lorengau is not safe. They have already told Border Force that they will not move.

RAC is calling on Turnbull government to end the siege of Foxtrot compound, and to bring all of the refugees here.

Open Public Enquiry
End the Deaths
End the Seige
Bring Them Here

Call Marg 0417 031 533 or Chris 0403013183 for more details

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