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Australia’s immigration detention centres are concentration camps

There is a growing recognition that Australia’s immigration detention centres are concentration camps, and no amount of denial by various apologists for the brutalisation of asylum seekers and refugees will change that reality.

Hitler’s first concentration camps were set up soon after his election in 1933 to lock up and destroy the left in Germany. He imprisoned tens of thousands of socialists, communists and trade unionists. In doing this the Nazis borrowed the idea from the British in South Africa during the Boer War. The US in the Philippines and the Spanish in Cuba had also set up concentration camps.

Hitler established extermination camps to liquidate six million Jews.

Colonial powers in the US and Australia used concentration camps to house the original inhabitants who had been driven off their land and to further that process. During World War I Australia locked up Australians of German origin in concentration camps. In World War II the US locked up Americans of Japanese origin in concentration camps.

Around the globe today there are many concentration camps operating. For example, the Sri Lankan government, Australia’s close ally in brutalising asylum seekers, jails many Tamil people in concentration camps.  Gaza is an Israeli concentration camp.

In essence concentration camps imprison a group of innocent people in rotten conditions to further particular government aims.

Just as the British imprisoned without charge or trial Boer non-combatants, mainly women and children, to further their war aims, and the Nazis imprisoned without charge or trial their left wing political opponents to consolidate their power and drive wages down to restore profits, so the Australian government imprisons innocent refugee and asylum seeker children, women and men to further its class war on workers and the poor by diverting our attention away from that class war.

There is no better nor more accurate description of Australia’s offshore and onshore detention centres than concentration camps. Denying that reality does not change this truth.

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Comment from Fred
Time February 25, 2016 at 8:43 am

You forgot to mention all the concentration camps that were set up by Socialists.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time February 25, 2016 at 11:40 am

I think that if the Australian government allows more and more people to come into Australia easily, we will attract more and more economic migrants and the UN will continue to do little about the world’s conflict hot spots.

As much as I don’t like people being treated in an inhuman fashion, doing the opposite will actually fulfil rotten agendas of the UN and money hungry bankers.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time February 25, 2016 at 11:47 am

I have a friend who lived in the refugee settlement in Guantanamo Bay for 2 years. The only thing she has complained to me about was people with psychiatric conditions going about knifing people. She, her husband and 2 children had to get out of Cuba as Castro kept throwing her husband in jail as a political prisoner.

At one time she was hospitalised. She said some of the other inpatients were like crazed animals. I think these were prisoners from the jail who had been tortured.

After 2 years, her family was offered a placement in Latin America but asked to come to Australia instead. Since George Bush and John Howard were great mates, this was easily arranged.

During her stay at Guantanamo Bay, soldiers brought her a sewing machine and paid her to make them some casual clothes.

Unfortunately we have a problem with lots of people wanting to come to Australia. If the government was keen to take more refugees, we would end up being swamped.

Comment from John
Time February 25, 2016 at 1:47 pm

The Gulags were and are concentration camps. North Korea is a concentration camp. Then again Stalinism has nothing to do with socialism. My focus is the ‘developed’ world because our ruling class, the actual ruing class ruling over us right now in Australia, is running these concentration camps. ‘My’ government, in ‘my’ name. The fact that other governments (including or even especially Stalinist governments) do the same thing does not detract from the fact of Australia’s concentration camps. But I am glad you accept they are concentration camps.

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Time February 26, 2016 at 2:36 am

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Comment from Denis White
Time February 26, 2016 at 9:47 am

Thankyou John for another pertinent comment.
Apart from spending billions of taxpayer money on this brutalisation of captured asylum seekers I wonder if the government also advertises the fate of these people in the countries from which they set out as part of the deterrent package.
Lorikeet, don’t worry about being swamped by asylum seekers, climate change will overtake us before that happens.

Comment from Margaret
Time February 26, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Thank you for this article, and for the sense you make. I came across this by accident, but will be looking regularly now.
I can’t believe that people are saying well, yes, it’s hard, but if we don’t do it we’ll be swamped, they’re economic migrants anyway etc etc.
Wrong is wrong, and it is terribly wrong to lock up people for no other reason than to win elections. Of course Australia will not be swamped if the concentration camps are closed. There are other measures to ensure the integrity of our migration system and not many make it to our waters anyway.
For one thing, Australia could use some of the billions of dollars (yes, billions) that this costs to help other countries in the region set up processing centres. They could stop demonising innocent people. They could be creative and innovative (!) in coming up with solutions to our tiny part of the world’s problem with displaced people.

Comment from Marilyn
Time February 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm

The politicians and media racists have been so compliant in the lies that even babies are now being demonised by cowards.

Comment from John
Time March 1, 2016 at 4:23 pm

Exactly.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time March 1, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Denis, $50 says we will be taking in enormous numbers of people from other nations well before the sky falls in. As it is, 54% of our population increase comes from overseas. Maybe you already owe me the $50.