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Rally to free Mojgan

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Rally with the Yeronga High community to free Mojgan

When & where:

Footpath outside Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane, from 4.30pm on Friday 14 August.

Asylum seeker Mojgan, a Year 12 student at Yeronga State High School, has been arrested by the Dept of Immigration & Border Protection and is now in detention in Darwin. She is expected to end up in offshore detention at Nauru or Manus Island. Her teachers, fellow students, friends and husband, are outraged. They are rallying in the city on Friday, and invite all decent people to attend and show support.

The purpose of the rally is to bring attention to the forced removal of Queensland state school students – in particular Mojgan Shamsalipoor – from their studies in Brisbane to detention centres in other states. Also to draw attention to the significant negative impact this practice is having on staff, other students, parents and other members of the state school communities.

Mojgan was put back in detention after spending more than two years in the community and marrying an Australian resident. She was moved from the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation centre to detention in Darwin on Friday after speaking to the ABC. “It is heartbreaking, it is extremely disruptive, [Mojgan] will be emotionally distraught right now,” Yeronga High School teacher Ken Myers said.

The ABC story about Mojgan can be found at:
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-08/iranian-asylum-seekers-devastated-by-return-to-detention/6682210

Rally organised by:

Queensland Teachers Union

Further info:

Jessica Walker, QTU Rep at Yeronga SHS,jessawalka
As with last Saturday’s rally, this is not a RAC event, but RAC will be there in support.

Asylum seeker school student ‘dragged on ground’, put in detention in lieu of deal to return Iranian citizens, husband says
Updated Sat 8 Aug 2015, 11:41 AM AEST

Mojgan Shamsalipoor and Milad Jafari

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Mojgan Shamsalipoor (R) an Iranian asylum-seeker with her husband, Australian resident Milad Jafari (L).

Iranian asylum seekers say the Federal Government is putting them back into detention because it cannot force them to leave the country.

Over recent months an undisclosed number of Iranians on bridging visas have been taken from their communities and put in detention.

Australia is still negotiating with Iran to accept the return of its citizens who have not been found to be refugees.

Brisbane high school student Mojgan Shamsalipoor was put back in detention for eight months, after spending more than two years in the community and marrying an Australian resident.

“It’s very upsetting and hurtful because we’re just young and love each other and all our dream was to live together and make our life and be happy,” she said.

Ms Shamsalipoor was moved from the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation centre to detention in Darwin on Friday after speaking to the ABC.

Her husband, Milad Jafari, said he did not understand why his wife was moved when she had family support and was attending school in Brisbane.

“They were dragging her on the ground and taking her to the interview room, telling her she’s going to be deported and separated from the husband and she’s not going to be able to study anymore,” he said.

Mr Jafari said he was not allowed to say goodbye to his wife, who he has been visiting every day since she was re-detained.

“I felt like a dead body,” he said.

“Why can’t I even talk to the person who I love? I just want to calm her down. I don’t want her to get [panicked].”

Detention ‘heartbreaking, extremely disruptive’: teachers

The Immigration Department said Ms Shamsalipoor was moved to Darwin for operational reasons, not because she spoke to the ABC.

The relocation means Ms Shamsalipoor is unable to continue her Year 12 studies at Brisbane’s Yeronga High School.

Teachers at the school were upset and planning to protest against the move, saying it was distressing.

“It is heartbreaking, it is extremely disruptive, [Mojgan] will be emotionally distraught right now,” Yeronga High School teacher Ken Myers said.

The department said it was trying to resolve the cases of failed asylum seekers who were living in the community and expected them to leave Australia voluntarily.

It said they can be detained and removed if they don’t cooperate.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the practice was inhumane.

“The Government’s objective is to make people feel so horrible, so helpless, that they’ll give up and go home,” she said.

“Picking people up out of the community, locking them up, moving them to remote locations such as Wickham Point, is all about forcing people to choose between the hell of Iran or the hell of detention.”

There are almost 7,000 Iranians who came by boat living in the community on bridging visas, but at least 265 have had their refugee claims rejected, and some have already been sent back to detention.

If Australia reaches an agreement with Iran, Ms Shamsalipoor could be one of the first scheduled to go back there.

“I told immigration that if that stage come and they want to deport me, I will kill myself before I go to Iran,” she said.

“Die in peace is better than [to] die with torture.”

One response to “Rally to free Mojgan

  1. Border Force operation abandoned in Melbourne

    The federal government’s Australian Border Force was forced to abandon a controversial visa crackdown in Melbourne on Friday, following sustained criticism of the operation from politicians, unions, the city council, human rights lawyers, and the people of Victoria.

    Melbourne city centre was brought to a standstill on Friday afternoon after protesters flooded Flinders Street train station, which they had deliberately planned to coincide with the 2pm joint border force and Victoria police press conference officially launching the operation.

    Holding up placards and chanting “border force off our streets” and “fuck off border force,” more than 200 protesters walked from the steps of the station where they had gathered and spilled out to the intersection in front, banking up trams and causing chaos amongst the traffic.

    The press conference was cancelled at 2.30pm; half an hour after that, the entire controversial operation, dubbed “Operation Fortitude”, was shelved by Victoria police in response to what they described as a high level of community concern.

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