WORLD REFUGEE DAY COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
When: 9am – 6pm, Sunday 24th June.
Where: Annerley Soccer Fields, Ridge & Juliette Sts, Annerley.
Cultural performances, food, community stalls, children’s activities, sport, citizenship ceremony.
Presented by: Multicultural Development Association
I went to the world refugee day community festival to ask if people would sign the Justice for Palestine petition to Free Ridha! who was taken by Israeli soldiers on 20 may 2012. Individuals said they would.
So I approached the Red Cross, the Amnesty, 4EB and PACSI stalls. None would put the petition on their stalls. Amnesty and PACSI gave me a hearing but said it was political. The person from Red Cross said that she would take up the petition as an individual but not on behalf of the Red Cross. The others did not give me much of a hearing. Amnesty said they would teach me how to run a campaign. PACSI said that if they put the petition out they would not be invited back next year because it was political. Since when were basic human rights political – I’ll tell you when – SINCE THE DAWN of TIME. So why in a democratic country has having a petition to Free Ridha! on display become forbidden. Why?
BTW I saw a great game of soccer between an African side and a local team. I think the Africans were going to win – thanks guys for your skills on the field.
Interview with people from Bahraini Youth Movement
Plane down, leaders shot
Two contrasting events occurred yesterday – a plane fell from the skies over Syria and a leader of the main Bahraini opposition party was shot in the street. All the world’s media focused on the shooting down of an US F-4 phantom fighter plane with two Turkish airmen on board but not one mainstream media outlet spoke of the shooting of three peaceful protestors depicted in the YouTube video below.
The pilots were rescued from the sea. The leaders are wounded.
Paradigm Shift interviewed a Bahraini refugee to Australian about these attacks to contrast how the US and Australian governments are dealing with these to events.
Both events force people to become refugees.