Emergency demonstration for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island. TOMORROW, Monday 13th November, anytime between 4-6pm, Australian High Commission, 72-76 Hobson Street. Invite your friends to the facebook event.
Australia has been refusing to accept refugees fleeing for safety by boat – they housed them in illegal detention centres on Manus and Nauru. Now they’ve closed the Manus centre and left the people there with no food, water, power and medical care.
The people in the detention centre are now being threatened with being forcibly moved by the PNG army and police to incomplete accommodation in a nearby town. Locals of the small town have not been consulted about the move of around 700 people into their community and are understandably unhappy about it. The refugees want a long-term solution, they do not want to move to another prison – they want freedom.
These refugees and asylum seekers need urgent help. They have the right to be evacuated and resettled somewhere where seeking asylum is acknowledged and they will be welcomed into the community.
Here in Aotearoa we open our arms to them, say #RefugeesWelcome and demand that our government urgently #BringThemHere.
You can also sign the petition to #BringThemHere.
Solidarity actions in Aotearoa so far:
12th November: 700 cups of water in Civic Square for c. 700 refugees & asylum seekers on Manus Island whose water, power & medical care has been cut off. We urgently need to #EvacuateNow and #BringThemHere
11th November: Banner drop at Wellington stadium before All Whites v Peru match means that around 30,000 people walking to the football see the call to #EvacuateNow.
11th November: Auckland Peace Action, Pacific Panthers and friends showing solidarity with action on Queen Street.
6th November: Auckland Peace Action delivered a warning to both Malcolm Turnbull and to Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton at the Australian Consulate in Auckland.
2nd November: Vigil at NZ Parliament calling for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus to be urgently brought here.