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#Australia: Vigil & Protest for Rohingyan refugee killed on #Manus Island

Australia: Join the Refugee Action Collective for a vigil and protest to mark the death of yet another refugee on Manus Island. 

Originally published at two Facebook event pages: here and here.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Australia: Vigil & Protest for Rohingyan refugee killed on Manus Island

Another refugee has lost their life to Fortress Australia. On Friday may 25, two protests will take place in Melbourne, Australia.

No More Border Deaths!

How many more? Another tragic preventable death of a person who sought protection but instead was subjected to further suffering at the hands of the Australian government and its private blood money contractors. A Rohingyan man, a refugee, died on Manus Island on Tuesday morning. He had chronic health problems, exacerbated by conditions in detention. He needed health care but was denied it in the name of “keeping our borders secure”. 

His death will be added to the Australian Border Deaths Data Base. This data base has recorded deaths since 1 January 2000 and currently stands at 2 013 people. The numbers include people who died in onshore and offshore detention, in community detention, at sea and those who were murdered following deportation to their country from which they had fled persecution. Source:  http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/thebordercrossingobservatory/researchoutputs/australian-border-deaths-database/

Please join us in protest on Friday afternoon at Border Force HQ. The logistical operations on Manus Island and Nauru are reportedly coordinated from this office. This office also facilitates deportations of asylum seekers that result in persecution, torture and deaths. 

Bring placards, chalk and be ready to make some noise to draw attention to the shameful human rights crimes committed against asylum seekers and refugees by the government as carried out by the Home Affairs Dept. including Border Force and their contractors Wilson Security, Serco, IHMS, Paladin Security, Canstruct and others. 

Please note: This action, starting at 4pm, is scheduled immediately prior to the RAC organised vigil to mark this man’s death. It is a short tram trip in the free zone from Border Force HQ to the State Library where the vigil will be held from 5.30pm for those who wish to participate in both events.  

We acknowledge that the land that we protest on is the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations, land that was never ceded.

Friday May 25, 2018, Friday 4pm at Border Force HQ, 1010 LaTrobe Street, Melbourne, Australia

Close the Camps Action Collective, May 25, 2018.

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Australia: Vigil & Protest for Rohingyan refugee killed on Manus Island

Join the Refugee Action Collective for a vigil + protest to mark the death of yet another refugee on Manus Island. 

Speakers include: 
– Shawfikul Islam, Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation
Abdul Aziz Adam, live from Manus
David Johns, ex Manus teacher

A fifty two year old Rohingyan refugee has died on Manus on Tuesday May 22. 

Reports indicate he was killed after jumping from a moving bus. Refugees on Manus believe it was most likely suicide. 

The Rohingyan refugee had suffered for a long time with a medical problem, for which had previously been medivacced to Australia for treatment in 2014 only to be returned Manus.

This man survived persecution in his home country only to be killed by the cruel policies of the Australian government.

We must be very clear: the Australian government is responsible for his death. He, and the thousands of refugees who have been illegally detained on Manus and Nauru, should never have been sent there.

The death of this man is one more reason to evacuate Manus Island and Nauru immediately and bring all refugees and asylum seekers to Australia.

This death brings the total deaths on Manus Island to seven.(Another three have died on Nauru.) 

We ask that people attending the vigil bring flowers if they can. During the Manus protests last year, this Rohingyan man would hold flowers to appeal for support. 

Friday May 25, 2018, 05:30pm, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000

Refugee Action Collective (Victoria), May 2018.


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