Tear gassing refugees
So Labor has come to this – tear gassing refugees.
150 asylum seekers escaped the concentration camp at Christmas Island 2 nights ago and last night another 100 fled.
Then at 3 am police and guards quelled asylum seekers with tear gas.
The refugees want their claims for asylum processed quickly and appropriately.
Australian authorities, like their counterparts in North Africa and the Middle East, have met legitimate protests with brutal force.
Of course there will be an independent enquiry. It will allocate blame to the refugees or the police, or the guards, or management, or even administrators in far away Canberra.
The enquiry will not however address the real issue. Why do we lock up innocent people?
Refugee detention centres are concentration camps. It is right to rebel against these abominations.
Let us raise funds for the freedom fighters in their struggle against incarceration. Let us join in solidarity with the victims of this despicable policy of jailing innocent people – men, women and children.
These are Labor’s concentration camps. It is right to resist, to challenge the dictatorial system which treats those fleeing persecution, imprisonment and death as criminals and those who lock them up as heroes.
Where do our brothers and sisters flee from?
The living hells Western imperialism has created – Afghanistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Iran to name but four.
This upside down world needs righting and refugees have the power in a small way to do it – to flee the prisons our politicians build for them and to resist their oppression by all means possible.
While the refugees try to tear down their hellholes from the inside, we must join them from the outside – both literally and figuratively.
A government that tear gasses protesters is unworthy of support. Put the Minister responsible, Chris Bowen, on trial for his crimes.
Close down the detention centres. Move back to community care.
Just as capital can freely around the globe, let labour do the same.
Open the borders to all who want to come here. Not only that but set up mass processing centres near trouble spots to bring millions of refugees here in planes.