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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
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Me on Razor Sharp this morning
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Socialist candidate for the Senate welcomes asylum seeker and activists stopping forced deportation

Independent socialist and A.C.T. Senate candidate John Passant today welcomed the failure of the Abbott government to forcibly deport asylum seek Wei Lin back to harm in China.

Refugee Action Coalition and other activists leafleted passengers as they boarded about the forced deportation. When on board, Wei Lin, handcuffed, spoke out on the plane against his refouelment by Scott Morrison. He said:

I am a political asylum seeker. The Australian Immigration Department forced me to come the airport & board on the airplane against my will…

It appears that 7 passengers supported Wei by refusing to take their seats until he was taken off the plane.  After twenty minutes, the captain declared the situation unresolved and taxied the plane back to the departure lounge. He refused to take off with Wei on board. Some of the passengers then clapped as Wei was led off the plane.

‘This is a great victory for asylum seekers resiting the criminal actions of the Abbott Government,’ Mr Passant said. He expressed the hope that more forced deportees would follow Wei’s action and praised the activists for their actions.

‘This is unfortunately just a short tem victory,’ he said. ‘The government will continue to try to send asylum seekers back to harm.’ Mr Passant called on the Abbott Government and the future Labor government to stop forcibly deporting asylum seekers.

‘I condemn the silence of Labor on this issue and call on Labor’s Senate appointee in the ACT, Katy Gallagher, to denounce this attempted forced deportation and to support the fight for refugees,’ Mr Passant said.

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