Manus protest grows against compound closure

| August 3, 2017 | Reply

In the biggest demonstration yet against the arbitrary closure of Foxtrot compound hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees have protested at the compound.

Despite the threat of closure and demolition, refugees and asylum seekers are still living in Foxtrot. Refugee electricians have managed to re-establish power to the compound despite it being cut-off on Monday 31 July.

Refugees have again told Border Force that they cannot and will not move to East Lorengau because it is too dangerous.

ABF says there is only 90 days to closure and there is no option, but the government needs to act urgently to bring all the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia.

“Turnbull and Dutton must face up to the fact that PNG has no intention of resettling anyone in PNG. Nothing is gained by continuing to threaten people who have been unlawfully held on Manus Island,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “It is time to face up to their responsibilities, and bring them to safety.”

The Refugee Action Coalition has called a snap “Bring Them Here” protest to demand an end to the intimidation and forced compound closures on Manus – Thursday, 3 August, 5.15 pm (for 5.30 start) at Malcolm Turnbull’s office, 287 New South Head Road, Edgecliff (near Edgecliff station).

The protest will also raise the victim the tragic circumstances for asylum seekers in the Australian community that led to the attempted self-immolation by an Iranian man at the Sydney immigration office on Friday, 28 July.

There are protests on Friday 4 Aug, at Peter Dutton’s office in Brisbane at 7.00am, and in Melbourne at the State Library at 5.30pm.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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