Media Release: Refugee Activists to Protest Outside Detention Centre to Demand Release of All Children

For immediate release:

Hundreds of refugee activists and supporters are expected to march up Camp Road to the entrance of the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation in Broadmeadows on Saturday from 1pm to demand the release of all children from detention and to hold the government to account for their broken promise to release all children from detention by June.

The protest rally called by the Refugee Action Collective (Victoria) has two demands: “Children Out of Detention” and “Close Broadmeadows Detention Centre.” After speeches from refugee advocates in the car park of Campbellfield Shopping Centre on the corner of Sydney Road and Camp Road, the rally will march to the detention centre.

“Bowen said he would have all children out of detention by June but there are still over 350 kids locked up including just under 100 in Broadmeadows,” said Refugee Action Collective spokesperson Benjamin Solah. “It’s now July and there are still children locked up, being driven to attempt suicide and self harm whilst the government congratulates themselves on meeting a promise they didn’t actually meet.”

The protest outside Broadmeadows on Saturday will follow a protest outside Maribyrnong Detention Centre last month where one person was arrested and several injured when a police horse fell on the crowd marching to a near by shopping centre. Refugee advocates are concerned about the intimidating actions of the Victorian police including the deployment of dogs to monitor the crowd.

For further comment or more information contact Benjamin Solah on 0402 766 009 or