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Issue #1788      August 2, 2017

“Evacuate Now”

A vigil was organised by Refugee Rights Action Network and supported by a number of other humanitarian organisations at the Northbridge Piazza in Perth and attended by over 150 people on a wet wintry evening. The vigil which was one of 57 “evacuate now” demonstrations around Australia, heard from speakers with relatives still in detention and a letter was read out from a refugee still in detention on Manus Island.

The vigil was held on July 19 at the Northbridge Piazza in Perth.

The protesters at the vigil called for an end to the policy of mandatory indefinite detention which is a thinly disguised ploy that has bipartisan support from Liberal and Labor, to break people’s spirit seeking detention and to deter others from coming to Australia seeking asylum from political and/or religious persecution in their countries of origin.

The policy has been continued by the current federal Liberal government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and overseen by his Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, under whose watch there have been a number of deaths and other abuses reported. Currently, Dutton is seeking to close the detention centre on Manus Island and move the refugees into a transit centre in a township on the island.

The refugees are reluctant to move out of the detention centre as they do not feel safe so those in charge of the detention centre are cutting off the electricity, water and phone lines in an effort to move them out involuntarily.

The Communist Party of Australia condemns the federal government’s policy of indefinite mandatory detention and calls for the detention centres to be closed and for those kept waiting in limbo to be brought here; for all processing of refugees to be done on the Australian mainland.

We also call for the end of Australia’s participation in US wars that create refugees, an increase in our intake of humanitarian refugees and for an increase in resources to assist refugees.

Next article – End game on Manus

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