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The real enemy is Peter Dutton and all he represents, not asylum seekers and refugees.
Melbourne refugee protest – civil disobedience has the potential to close down Australia’s concentration camps
In the face of the barbarity of Australia’s detention centre gulags, the time for pussyfooting is over. If we can mobilise hundreds and then thousands in each major city to disrupt business as usual we can build a mass movement to close down these concentration camps.
Death, murder, rape, depression, self harm, suicide, mental illness, these are the predictable consequences of the deliberately brutal strategies of this Government in its offshore gulags of Manus Island and Naru. This brutality is not an aberration. It is the deliberate and predictable consequence of the abuse factories. Close Manus and Nauru. Bring them here. Let them stay.
Join us in Garema Place in Canberra from 5:30pm on Tuesday 3 May to mourn Omid’s unnecessary death, and to demand the Government #CloseTheCamps and #BringThemHere
We demand that those on Manus and Nauru all be brought to safety, to the Australian mainland, to be processed fairly in the community.
It is a necessary part of the duty we owe to history to call Australia’s immigration detention centres what they in fact are – concentration camps.
Even a slight familiarity with history would help the head of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Mike Pezzullo and others understand that the offshore and onshore detention centres are in fact classic examples of concentration camps. Pezzullo is not about historical truth; he is about denying the truth of history. If we as a society were to call these detention centres what they are, concentration camps, then the reality of Australia’s actions would become clear.
A 34-year-old Iranian refugee on Nauru was savagely attacked by two Nauruans on Saturday night, 5 March, around 10pm writes the Refugee Action Collective Sydney. The dangers for refugees on Nauru form the backdrop to the on-going “Let Them Stay” campaign calling on the Turnbull government to allow the 267 asylum seekers presently in Australia from Nauru and Manus Island, to remain in Australia. “There is no prospect for enduring protection or care for asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru,” said Rintoul, “The 267 must be allowed to stay and the camps must be closed.”
Is it the case for Labor that white Australian gays and lesbians are good, but that brown skinned refugee and asylum seeker gays and lesbians are bad and should be imprisoned in the concentration camps of Manus Island and Nauru and punished for the ‘crime’ of homosexuality? Labor’s support for offshore detention says the answer to that question is yes. To echo Nelson Mandela in a different context but with a theme of universal solidarity: ‘We know too well our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of gay and lesbian refugees and asylum seekers.’ That is why the campaign to liberate gay and lesbian asylum seekers and refugees must be at the forefront of the campaign for equal love.
Industrial action by Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital staff in support of asylum seeker baby Asha shows the way to win
The question for me now becomes how to link the wonderful words of support from union leaders to actions in defence of asylum seekers and refugees; how to ‘keep up the momentum and deepen the support.’ As Amy says, I think we need to be highlighting the industrial action Lady Cilento staff took as one example of the way forward. At the ANU the NTEU called a photo-shoot protest to let them stay and some staff joined the union as a result so the issue has resonance with workers. We should also I think begin discussing civil disobedience as another part of the way forward. Close down Melbourne to close down Manus.
To read Amy’s excellent article click here. Lady Cilento Hospital workers show the way to win