Media Alert – Emergency Protest over killing of asylum seeker
Not in our name! Close Manus Island! Safety for asylum seekers now!
Protest begins Feb 21, 12.30pm @ State Library corner Swanston & La Trobe Sts Melbourne, march to Immigration Department, corner Lonsdale & Spring Sts Melbourne
One asylum seeker is dead, another shot, and 13 with serious injuries including a basal skull fracture.
The Refugee Action Collective has called an emergency protest against the killing of one asylum who has died from head injuries, possibly from being bashed with rocks, on Manus Island.
This was not a ‘break out’ or ‘incident’ as Scott Morrison has tried to portray. In response to ongoing legitimate protests for processing of asylum claims to begin since Jan 25 on Manus Island, reprisals against asylum seekers have been allowed to take place. Guards vacated the compound and locals and police were allowed to go on a rampage against asylum seekers, with machetes and guns.
Refugee advocate Ian Rintoul put out a media release titled ASYLUM SEEKERS FEAR LOCAL VIGILANTE REPRISALS at 4.15pm yesterday, stating guards had left one compound and been told that “that if there is any attack by the locals, G4S will withdraw totally”
“Australian authorities would have been aware of the situation, but have done nothing to secure the safety of asylum seekers they are responsible for imprisoning. This is blood on Abbott’s and Morrison and hands, ” said Chris Breen for the Refugee Action Collective
“The Refugee Action Collective supports the right of those asylum seekers illegally detained on Manus Island to protest their cruel treatment at the hands of the Australian government. Protests escalated when it was announced that asylum seekers would not be leaving PNG, and if they wanted to go to another country they would have to arrange this themselves.”
“This is in spite of the fact that no processing of refugee claims has begun, PNG has no refugee visa class, and no decision has been made as to whether refugees could be resettled within PNG.”
“In response to legitimate protests, armed locals and police have been allowed to go on a rampage reprisal against asylum seekers. This has been done in Morrison and Abbott’s names, but not ours” said Breen
Protest begins Feb 21, 12.30pm @ 501 Swanston St Melbourne, march to Immigration Department, corner Lonsdale & Spring Sts Melbourne
For more info please contact Chris 0403 013 183 or Ben 0402 766 009