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Australian Border Force: first they came for Mojgan

Mojgan Shamsalipoor had 3 months to go to finish her Year 12 education at Yeronga High School when she was transferred from a Brisbane to a Darwin detention centre. She was put in the Brisbane detention centre after she spoke to the ABC.

This is the real face of Australian Border Force and their accomplices, Serco.

As I have constantly and consistently argued on this blog, the authorities persecute the other – the vulnerable, the weak, the outsider – before they turn their guns on the rest of us.

First it was Mojgan, then it was Melbourne.

There have been good protests for Mojgan by fellow students and teachers at Yeronga High School, plus socialists, other lefties and refugee activists.  As one of those at the protest for Mojgan told me:

‘It was a good rally. There were speeches from Mojgan’s husband, teachers and school friends followed by a lively march. It was great to see the teachers union getting behind this.’

As the Melbourne protest against Border Force randomly checking visas shows, the way forward is to draw in more people and close down the centre of town. Border Force’s repressive reality, highlighted by their attempted but failed actions in Melbourne on Friday, might give us that opportunity. Civil disobedience is the way to win.

To read Mojgan’s story of escaping rape and being told to marry a 60 year old, click ABC News here.

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Comment from LOVO
Time August 29, 2015 at 9:35 pm

As per last line of link – “We can’t believe as Australian citizens this is happening in our country and in our name. It’s not fair and it’s not right.”…. you can say that again!!!!

Comment from LOVO
Time August 29, 2015 at 9:38 pm

“We can’t believe as Australian citizens this is happening in our country and in our name. It’s not fair and it’s not right.” … poor fella my country.

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