CLOSE MANUS – STOP ATTACKS ON REFUGEES – Protest 1pm Sat March 1, State Library

1.00pm State Library Sat March 1st
CLOSE MANUS DETENTION CENTRE- STOP ATTACKS ON REFUGEES
* CLOSE MANUS ISLAND – CLOSE NAURU * independent inquiry now * end the secrecy, let journalists in… * sack Scott Morrison * justice for Reza Berati
Over 1500 marched in Melbourne on February 21 during work hours to protest the horrific murder of a young Kurdish asylum seeker, Reza Berati and the vicious attack on asylum seekers by PNG police and G4S security guards.
Refugee Action Collective is calling on all supporters of refugee rights to mobilise once again. We need to show the Australian government that we are determined to put an end to this racist policy of offshore processing, of punishing refugees for daring to seek asylum in Australia. It is this policy which is to blame for the vicious attack on Manus that has left one man dead and 77 injured.
We need to say loudly and clearly that Morrison and Abbott have blood on their hands. They are responsible for the safety of asylum seekers they imprison on Manus Island and should be held accountable. Shut down Manus now! End offshore processing & detention! Bring the refugees to Australia now! Justice for Reza Berati!

Emergency Protest – CLOSE MANUS! CLOSE NAURU! – STOP ATTACKS ON ASYLUM SEEKERS! Fri Feb 21, 12.30pm State Library

STOP ARMED ATTACKS ON ASYLUM SEEKERS FROM POLICE & ‘LOCALS’ ON MANUS ISLAND

* CLOSE MANUS ISLAND – CLOSE NAURU
* independent inquiry now
* end the secrecy, let journalists in

Speakers: Pamela Curr – Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Mohammad Baqiri – Refugee detained on Nauru under John Howard
more speakers TBA
open mic at Immigration Dept

We will march to Immigration Department and have a symbolic sit down out the front of the Department.

There will be a stall in the Bourke St Mall (Swanston St end) 5pm this Thursday to hand out flyers to help build Friday’s protest

For those who can’t make this rally because of work, we have called a FOLLOW UP PROTEST for SATURDAY 1st MARCH 1pm State Library.

The Refugee Action Collective Protest against Navy Tow Backs this Friday has been turned into an emergency protest against the killing of one asylum seeker and the shooting of another on Manus Island. The man died from head injuries, possibly from being bashed with rocks. 13 others are seriously injured, including one with a basal skull fracture.

This was not simply an ‘incident’, ‘riot’ or ‘break out’ as the media and Scott Morrison have portrayed. 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. Asylum seekers on Manus Island have been protesting since January 25 for processing to take place. This is blood on Morrison and Abbott’s hands, they are responsible for the safety of asylum seekers they imprison on Manus Island.

Call Chris 0403 013 183 or Lucy 0404 728 104 for more info

* some reports are starting to come in that the people asylum seekers called ‘locals’ may be PNG G4S workers

Transcripts of calls from Manus Island to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre during the attacks are available here http://www.asrc.org.au/2014/02/18/draft-transcript-of-phone-messages-received-from-aslyum-seekers-at-manus-island-detention-centre/

Interview with Refugee Advocate Ian Rintoul
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-18/refugee-advocate-ian-rintoul-speaks-with-abc-news-breakfast/5266236

Media Alert – Emergency Protest over killing of asylum seeker

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

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