Today at 11.30am, a group of women and three men gathered to protest the continued detention of the Tamil refugees who have been given adverse decisions by ASIO. 700 handwritten letters were delivered to the Minister’s office. These were written by children asking for the release of Ranjini and her children. The protesters, dressed in Abu Ghraib style robes to remind the Minister of persecution in custody, are acting in solidarity with the Tamil men who are on hunger strike at the MITA detention facility. They are concerned that the men are using their bodies and risking their health in order to get the Minister to consider their valid claims for freedom.
The protesters are reminding Australians that no other country in the world has found it necessary to lock up Tamil refugees. These people are political prisoners caught in an Australian political system. They reminded the Minister that they will return again and again until the Tamil refugees are freed.
Written by Pamela Curr
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
12 Batman st West Melbourne 3003
ph 03 9326 6066 / 0417517075
“AUSTRALIA. Built by boatpeople.”