7pm Fri 6 Oct | Speak out: No More Manus Deaths – Vigil for Rajeev

When: 7-8:30pm Friday 6th October

Where: Bourke St Mall (corner Bourke and Swanston Sts), Melbourne

RAC will hold a speak out over the death of 32 year old Rajeev Rajendran on Manus Island. Evolens projections on the corner of Swanston & Bourke Sts will start from 7.30pm
speakers include Aran Mylvaganam – Tamil Refugee Council

Rajeev Rajendran, a Tamil refugee was found hanging next to the Lorengau hospital kitchen in the early hours of Monday, 2 October. His death is the sixth on Manus and the second suicide on Manus in less than two months.

He had been sent to the hospital three days ago, after a self-harming incident at the East Lorengau Transit Accommodation centre. Like, Hamed, and others on Manus, he had been mentally distressed for some time. But there are no facilities on Lorengau to provide proper assistance mentally distressed people. There are two other extremely mentally distressed people who urgently need assistance.

Rajeev’s suicide puts the mirage of the promise of US resettlement into stark relief. Handfuls have been sent to the US, but around 1800 remain on Nauru and Manus.

The evacuation of Manus and Nauru is now a more urgent priority.

To prevent further offshore deaths, there must be urgent evactuation of Manus and Nauru, and the end of offshore processing. We will also be demanding this at the major rally for refugees this Sunday Oct 8https://www.facebook.com/events/310386559423881
We will hand out flyers for the rally at the speak out.

Facebook event here

Call Chris for more info 0403 013 183