Solidarity with Manus asylum seekers spreads around the Globe

As the mass hunger strike involving around 800 people on Manus Island enters its 12th day, solidarity with the asylum seekers is spreading around the globe. Protests have already taken place in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Perth and New York. In coming days there will be protests in Boston, Berlin, Brussels, and Cambridge.

‘The violent raids against people too weak to move, the mass imprisonment of hunger strikers, and removal of those targeted as leaders to the Chauka punishment unit has not diminished the cry for freedom. Forced transfers to Lorengau have not occured as a result of the mass hunger strike. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton must now arrange safe and permanent resettlement for refugees currently on Manus Island.Manus must be shut and the asylum seekers and refugees brought to Australia.’ said Chris Breen for the Refugee Action Collective
Details of coming vigils:
Berlin: 6pm – 7.30pm Tuesday Jan 27,
Outside the Australian Embassy Wallstraβe 76-79, 10179 (U Märkisches Museum U2) 6pm – 7pm Tuesday Jan 27
outside the ‘Australia Day Boston Dinner’
The W Hotel Boston, 100 Stuart St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Brussels: 6pm Tuesday Jan 27
Avenue des Arts 56, Region de Bruxelles-Capitale
Cambridge: 3pm Monday 26 January
The Guildhall, Market Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire are pictures from the New York vigil on Wednseday  21/01/2015, a picture from the Melbourne protest the same day, and a picture of a solidarity gathering in Dublin 23/01/2015. A facebook page has been set up for Australians Overseas Against Mandatory Detention
for further comment (or high res version of photos) contact Chris Breen for the Refugee Action Collective0403013183dublin manuscandles manusnyc1 manusnyc2 manusnyc3 manusnyc4 melbourne