Darwin vigil supports refugees

Supporters at the vigil in Darwin. Photo: Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network.

Fifteen people gathered outside the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Darwin on January 19 to show support for asylum seekers and protest against indefinite mandatory detention.

The vigil was called by the Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network.

It was an opportunity to voice concern about the deteriorating health of an Iranian man in detention in Darwin, who had been on hunger strike for more than 50 days, and the ongoing hunger strike, protests and violent clashes inside the Manus Island detention centre.

Placards read: “Our government, our responsibility: let us fight for you” and “We know you are desperate but please don’t hurt yourself.”

The vigil continued from 4pm through until dawn the next day.

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