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Palm Sunday Rally 2017

May 19, 2017

Josephites gathered at Hyde Park to let our “Leaders” know that we believe Refugees imprisoned on Manus and Nauru should be resettled in Australian ASAP.

The Palm Sunday rally was well attended by many groups ranging from Union groups, religious, mums and dads and students and children.  All were united to show Australian decision makers that we believe the unlawful imprisonment of refugees on Manus and Nauru is cruel and inhumane.

We marched under the Josephite for Justice banner chanting that “Refugees are welcome here”.  Traffic was stopped down the entire Macquarie Street to allow the huge number of protestors to pass.

Similar marches around the country attracted many people standing in solidarity with people who have a well-founded fear of persecution and are found to be legitimate refugees.
 

 

Did You Know?
 

  • There are 1351 people in detention in Australia (including 269 on Christmas Island).[1]
  • The average number of days spent in immigration detention is 493.[2]
  • There have been 35 deaths in onshore and offshore detention facilities since 2010
  • There have been 2 refugees resettled in Cambodia from Nauru, at a cost of $55 million in 2014-15. A further two refugees who resettled in Cambodia have since departed.[4]
 


Karen Oxley
 

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Sources:
[1] & [2] Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)
[3] Australian Border Death Database
[4] The Guardian