Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

Upcoming Events

5:30pm 17 Nov | Friday Rally for Manus: End the Siege – Bring Them Here

5:30pm 17 Nov | Friday Rally for Manus: End the Siege – Bring Them Here

When: 5:30pm 17 November

Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

state library

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End the Siege -Bring Them Here

Recurring rally, every Friday from 5.30pm, State Library
Followed by march and street sit in

speakers tba

Dear refugee supporters;
Given the continuing crisis situation for refugees on Manus Island, Refugee Action Collective will be holding a weekly rally every Friday night as long as the siege continues, starting at the State Library, followed by a street sit in.

The Coalition goverment has refused to guarentee the saftey of refugees forced to Lorengau, and they are lying that the locations in Lornegau will provide sufficient food or health services.

Refugees have already been subject to numerous and ongoing robberies, bashings, and violent attacks in Lorengau, including with machetes and bush knives that have cut to the bone. Small numbers of refugees who have previously been forced to Lorengau have gone hungry without sufficient food or other necessities. Two have now walked the 30km back to the main camp. There will only be one GP clinic in business hours miles from two of the Lorengau locations (which are also still being constructed). Refugees will not able to get needed on-going medications or care at Lornegua., resulting in an extreme exacerbation of the existing mental health crisis.

Turnbull’s rejection of the NZ offer to resettle 150 people is yet a further indication that the US deal is just a fig leaf. Offshore processing is inherently cruel and unstable. The only real way to solve the crisis and provide long term solution for all on Manus and Nauru is to Bring Them Here.

Updates today 06/11/17 form Behrouz Boochani‏
“People still refusing to leave the prison camp. Saying we don’t want to live in prison any more. You can’t defeat us by denying food & water

Navy personnel controlling around prison camp. They’re preventing boats from coming in. They’ve already been ordered to stop food arriving”

Rally Chants:
Peter Dutton stop the lies, You don’t care if people die

Peter Dutton, Stop the Violence,
Labor Party End the Silence,

call Chris Breen 0403 013 183 for more info

6:30pm 6th Nov | RAC Meeting – next steps for Manus solidarity

6:30pm 6th Nov | RAC Meeting – next steps for Manus solidarity

When: 6:30-8pm 6th November

Where: RMIT building 80, level 3, Room 22 (NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE)
Building 80 is new building on Swanston St opposite main campus

We will be discussing next steps in the campaign in solidarity with Manus refugees.

Call Chris Breen 0403 013 183 for info
(or if you have any trouble finding the room)

2pm 10 Dec | Accept Rohingya Refugees – Human Rights Day Rally

2pm 10 Dec | Accept Rohingya Refugees – Human Rights Day Rally

When: 2-4pm Sunday 10 December

Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St Melbourne

Join RAC on human rights day, Dec 10 to demand that Australia

• Take at least 20,000 Rohingya Refugees
• Bring Them Here – bring around 200 Rohingya & all refugees on Manus & Nauru here
• End offshore processing

Speakers will include Rohingya refugee & speaker from the Islamic council, more details tba

Over 500,000 Rohingya refugees have fled violence and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. After public outcry Australia took 12,000 Syrian refugees, but echoing Abbott’s “nope, nope, nope”, the Coalition government has said they will take “not one” Rohingya refugee from the crisis in Australia’s backyard.

Around 200 Rohingya refugees who cannot return home remain imprisoned by Australia on Manus and Nauru. Over four cruel years is enough, they and the other refugees must be urgently evacuated from Manus, and brought here.

For more info phone call Chris 0403 013 183

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