Immigration Minister Dutton has tried to take away refugee rights to free speech. For weeks refugees have put up their protest signs at the detention centre on Main Street in Kangaroo Point Brisbane. Dutton has told security organisation, Serco, to remove the detainees particularly those who have organised the placards and who have spoken to the media.
In response, refugee activists have set up a blockade on Main street Kangaroo Point Brisbane to prevent the refugees from being evacuated. There is an occupation on site with people on rosters. Calls have been made for assistance by organisers.
There was a mass action on Saturday afternoon 13th June 2020 at Main Street and Walmsley streets, Kangaroo Point. where over 500 people attended despite fines retribution and abuse from state and federal authorities. The protests have put Immigration Minister Dutton on notice.
In the early hours a call was put out for Labor for Refugees to pressure the ALP state government not to arrest peaceful protestors trying to prevent the eviction of the refugees from the Main Street Hotel-cum-detention-centre.
7 years too long, free the refugees
In violation of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Immigration Minister Dutton is instructing SERCO to target refugees who have spoken out in the media. Here is one such interview on community radio 4ZZZ –
SERCO evicting refugees from Main Street Hotel in Brisbane
Jonathan Sri, Greens Councillor for the Gabba ward where the refugees are being detained, is begging the Qld labor government no to lock up activists peacefully protesting the removal of the refugees who have spoken out.
Meanwhile in NSW the Refugee Action Coalition (RAC) rally planned for this saturday has been banned by the Supreme Court and activists threatened with arrest if they turn up. RAC organisers says that they will proceed with the peaceful protest and observe social distancing:
Organisers of weekend refugee rights rally in Sydney are vowing to go ahead with the gathering despite a Supreme Court ruling finding it should be prohibited. – https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/am/protest-ban/12347700
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