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Hundreds of refugees protest on Nauru

| February 28, 2015 | Reply

Around 300 refugees on Nauru staged a protest yesterday, Friday afternoon, 27 February. The peaceful protest assembled at Beach House, the accommodation for many of the Australian personnel employed in the detention centre. However, when the rally attempted to march around the island, Nauruan police (supported by Transfield riot squad) blocked the road and attacked [...]

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Photos from Nauru protest 27 Feb

| February 27, 2015 | Reply

Video Nauru protest 270215 with chanting “Shut down offshore” Video Video Nauru protest 270215_2 Photos from the protest (click on image to download larger size) Refugee kids boycotting classes

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Nauruan refugees appeal to Nauruan locals to oppose cruel policy

| February 27, 2015 | Reply

In the run up to Friday’s protest, the Nauruan refugees are distributing a leaflet (image and text below) appealing for the help of local Nauruans to oppose the Nauruan government’s collaboration with Australia’s cruel policy of offshore processing. From : Nauru refugees To : People of Nauru At 2013 the Australian parliament approved a new [...]

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Refugee stay-away and boycott campaign rocks Nauru

| February 26, 2015 | Reply

Hundreds of refugees on Nauru have begun a campaign of non-cooperation with the Nauruan government, and the Immigration Department and with all authorities and organizations like Connect that are supposedly responsible for their existence on Nauru. Already, refugee children are boycotting every level of school. Nobody is attending the English classes held by Connect (see [...]

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Manus island hygiene and health hazard – still torture

| February 25, 2015 | Reply

A filthy toilet block (three toilets and three showers) in Delta Compound on Manus Island has been demolished. The disgusting facilities (see photos) were a health hazard and should have been demolished months ago. But, little has changed. The demolition means that there are only 12 toilets and showers for 300 people. The stench is [...]

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Don’t deport to Afghanistan – fourth Hazara asylum seeker at risk

| February 23, 2015 | Reply

Last minute legal efforts are being made in Perth to seek an injunction to prevent the Immigration department from forcibly removing a 23 year-old Hazara Afghan asylum seeker, from Yongah Hill detention centre. The removal is presently scheduled for tomorrow, 24 February and, if it goes ahead, would be the fourth forced removal to Afghanistan [...]

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Another protester joins Villawood roof-top protest

| February 23, 2015 | Reply

A second detainee has joined the roof-top protest at the Villawood Detention Centre (photo attached). The protest which began before 9.00am this morning (Monday 23 February) is over the move by the Immigration Department to forcibly transfer a Chinese couple from Villawood to Darwin, yesterday (Sunday 22 February). The couple have been in detention around [...]

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Manus Island message to people of Australia

| February 20, 2015 | Reply

The Refugee Action Coalition has received the message below (and attached) signed by hundreds of asylum seekers in Delta and Fox compounds, also attached) on Manus Island. The message was written the day of the memorials to Reza Barati held in all in the compounds of the Manus detention centre. A protest vigil is being [...]

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Urgent action to stop asylum seeker deportation

| February 20, 2015 | Reply

An emergency protest has been called at the Air China Sydney office at 1:30pm, (20 February), Air China Sydney Office, 25/123 Pitt Street Sydney (near Wynyard Station). Wei Lin, the Chinese asylum seeker whose deportation was stopped in December last year, when passengers on the Air China Flight refused to fly until Wei was taken [...]

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Nauru refugee protest disrupts Dutton dinner

| February 19, 2015 | Reply

A government dinner for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, hosted by the President of Nauru, was disrupted after refugees discovered Dutton at the restaurant adjacent to one of the refugee camps. (See photos). Alerted to Dutton’s presence, refugees began a spontaneous demonstration, chanting, “Freedom,” Justice,” “shut down offshore.” As the word spread more refugees came from [...]

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