Action Alert: No to Trump & Turnbull – Let The Refugees In, Feb 18 Melb Rally

Action Alert: No to Trump & Turnbull – Let The Refugees In, Feb 18 Melb Rally

Sat Feb 18, 2pm State Library cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts Melbourne

Speaker include:
Adam Bandt – Greens MP
Corinne Grant – Comedian, Media & Arts Enterainment Aliiance
Adbul – Hadi Matar – Sudanese Community Leader from Darfur
Miream Salameh – Syrian refugee and artist

No Muslim Ban, No Wall, No Camps
The US Deal is No Solution – Bring Them Here

“The Refugee Action Collective has called a rally this Sat Feb 18 to say no to bans on Muslims, no to walls, and no to offshore refugee prisons” said Chris Breen for the Refugee Action Collective

The Turnbull government has refused to condemn Trump’s racist Muslim and refugee ban, instead Turnbull claims Trump is “emulating” his own border protection policies. Former Immigration Minister Scott Morrison boasted that the US is “catching up” with Australia.

“The rally will highlight the inadequacy of the US Refugee Deal for those on Manus and Nauru.” continued Breen “Trump’s scorn for the “dumb deal” raises serious questions about whether it will go ahead at all. In any case it is at least 400 places short, there is no timeframe, and no-one knows what ‘extreme vetting’ will mean for people who have already been ‘vetted’.

“The plight of cartoonist Eaten Fish who has been on hunger strike on Manus Island since Jan 31 shows up the deal’s short comings. He has given a negative refugee determination without fair process, he cannot be returned to Iran, he is not eligible for the US deal and remains trapped on Manus Island in the detention centre that was declared illegal 10 months ago. His life is in the Turnbull government’s hands.”

“This year will be the fourth year of hell for those on Manus and Nauru. They should not wait one day longer for freedom. Australia sent them there, it can bring them back. This rally will demand the Turnbull government bring the refuges to safety here.”

for further comment from the Refugee Action Collective call
Chris Breen 0403 013 183
Kieran Magee 0431 129 414
Angelica Panopoulos 0478 686 370