Support asylum seekers on Manus Island – Wed 21 Jan 5.30pm State Library

• Don’t force refugees to Longerau on Jan 22
• No violence against hunger strikers
• Close Manus and all the detention camps

5.30pm Wed Jan 21, State Library – corner Swanston & La Trobe Sts Melbourne

Over 700 asylum seekers are on hunger strike on Manus Island, over 200 have collapsed and required treatment. They fear for their lives if they are resttled at Longerau on PNG. One Wilson guard recently told them ‘You should keep on hunger strike and die here, because you will be killed as soon as you are outside.’ In retaliation against the protests even those not participating in the hunger strike have been refused food and water for two days.

Delta and Oscar compounds have barricade guards out. But at 1.00am Sunday 40 guards entered Foxtrot compound, tried to provoke a fight and threatened that special forces would be coming from Port Morseby tomorrow if asylum seekers did not eat. One man weakened from hunger strike was forced to drink two litres of water on the spot. Two community leaders from Foxtrot were taken to Chauka high security isolation unit, making 4 who have now been taken there.

The first 8 refugees are due to be forced to Longerau on Jan 22. Join a solidarity protest the day before to support the Manus Island asylum seekers’ struggle, ad demand the that there are no forced transfers.

call Chris from the Refugee Action Collective 0403 013 183 for more info

Below is a letter from Foxtrot compound, signed by everyone in that compound (except those too weak to move)

To whom it may concern:

“It is been a week that hundreds of asylum seekers of Australia are on hunger and water and it is because of 18 months of indefinite detention without any clear future in Manus Island.

Here a disaster is about to happen, please prevent this disaster. The Australian government is planning to resettle us in PNG against our
will, by forcing us.

We are not willing to be resettled in PNG because there is no safety [or] any future for us and our family.

Today we consider us to be hostage for the Australian government so they can deter others not to come to Australia.”