Saturday 19 November, 11am, Federation Square
NO MANDATORY DETENTION
Hazara asylum seeker Ismail Jan from Villawood is facing deportation back to Afghanistan this weekend. There are last minute legal challenges in an attempt to stop this happening. The situation in Afghanistan is still very dangerous. Lets stand together to demand a stop to this and any deportation to danger. Let them stay.
With speakers from the Hazara community, refugee advocates and community members.
Spread the word, bring banners and be vocal on this issue. Facebook event here!
Initiated by Refugee Action Collective (Victoria)
Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here!
Despite the hot weather, 350 dedicated supporters of refugee rights rallied in Melbourne on Saturday demanding an end to mandatory detention and saying loudly and proudly that refugees are welcome in Australia.
Speakers included Aran Vaganam (Tamil Coordinating Committee), Louise Newman (Alliance of Health Professionals for Refugees), Mukhtar (Hazara refugee), Berhan Ahmed (The Greens), Brigid Arthur (Brigidine Asyslum Seeker Project), Steve Dargavel (Australian Manufacturing Workers Union), Mahendra Kusumawardhana (Indonesian Refugee Activist) and Kate Jeffreys (Labor 4 Refugees.)
More photos here.
We hope to see you in December in Sydney for the rally outside the ALP Conference which will be crucial to the debate on offshore processing. Continue reading “Refugee supporters demand an end to Mandatory Detention”