Free the Refugees – Detention is a COVID risk

2pm Saturday June 13

Register for this protest, so that we can organise into groups of 20 in order to meet social distancing requirements.

We will hold a simultaneous protest at BOTH Mantra hotel 215 Bell St (corner with Hotham St) in Preston and the MITA detention centre 150 Camp Road Broadmeadows.

Please register and indicate if you will be protesting at Mantra or MITA. You will recieve more information before the protest about where and when to assemble so that we can meet the social distancing regulations of groups no larger than 20 people.

Show your solidarity with refugees who have been held for nearly 7 years, 6 years offshore and now trapped in crowded, unsafe conditions in the Mantra hotel in Preston and the MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows, and all the refugees Australia is detaining and excluding.

RAC is calling for those in detention to be immediately released into the community and given permanent protection.

This action is part of the National Day of Action, with protest also in Brisbane and Sydney to protest ongoing, cruel, abusive and unsafe refugee detention.

Bring banners, placards and a loud voice!
Speakers include:Moz from Manus live from the Mantra detention hotel

Farhad Banesh live from MITA detention centre

Priya live from Christmas Island detention centre

Hassan Jaber – Justice for Refugees Victoria

Aran Mylvaganam – Tamil Refugee Council

Speaker from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Lidia Thorpe – Former Greens MP for Northcote

Robin Rothfield – Labor for Refugees

Kath Larkin – RTBU Deputy Women’s Officer

more TBA

We encourage you to bring banners and placards

Activewear (RAC t-shirts) are available here

For more information, contact Lucy 0404728104