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Melbourne: Rally

22 December 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Stand With Refugees: 5th Christmas In Detention

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Join us for a speakout in solidarity with refugees who are illegally imprisoned by the Australian government in concentration camps on Manus Island, Christmas Island, Nauru, and mainland Australia. This will be the 5th Christmas in detention for the men on Manus, for some refugees imprisoned on the mainland, it is now 8 years.

Bring banners, chalk, drums and noisemakers.

“Manus crisis result of new kind of fascism & a warning to global human values. Our resistance & struggle with starvation & thirst isn’t only for refugees, its for Oz & ppl of the world. We created a democratic resistance. Different ppl, nationalities, religions resisting together” –  Behrouz Boochani: journalist, novelist, filmmaker, political prisoner on Manus Island https://twitter.com/BehrouzBoochani

Speakers:
Hoda Kazemi – ex-detainee
Jacob Grech – renegade activist
Nahid Pashi
Sean Pickard – long-term antiracist and antifascist activist

Statements from refugees on Manus Island to be read

The land on which we take these actions is land that was stolen from the Wurundjeri people who form part of the Kulin Nation. Sovereignty was never ceded, treaty was never made, genocide against First Nations peoples continues. It is not the place of any colonial government to control who comes into a country. We acknowledge First Nations people’s ongoing resistance at the front line of struggles for human rights. As human rights defenders we actively support the struggles of First Nations to resist this brutal system.

 

Venue

State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston Street
Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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