Rally: Defend the Right to Protest, Free the Refugees:

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 08:30 to 09:30
Location: TBA.
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia

Please note this rally has been postponed to Tue Sept 29 because the court case has been adjourned for a contest mention on September 29.

Speakers:
George Newhouse - Lawyer from the National Justice Project
Aran Mylvaganam - Tamil Refugee Council & one of the refugee supporters fined $1652 at the refugee car convoy
Chris Breen - RAC, and person charged with 'incitement' for refugee car convoy
more TBA

If possible we will hold a rally in person at the court, but if we are unable we will hold an online rally, Zoom details below

When: Sept 29, 2020 08:30 AM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElcOmhrjIuG927CdmmpqfaSdbqQuE7n5UY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Chris Breen, a member of RAC, a high school teacher and union activist (elected to AEU statecouncil), faces court for the charge of “incitement” under the 1958 Crimes Act for helping to organise a safe car convoy protest calling to free refugees because of the risk of COVID-19.

Thirty refugee supporters have received fines of $1652 each for participating in this protest as well (making almost $50,000 in total).

The protest itself was fantastic – it created a strong connection of solidarity with the refugees in detention in the Mantra Bell City hotel in Preston. The health risks to refugees in detention made every news channel.

But the charge of incitement sets a very worrying precedent for unions, climate activists and all social movements, including ours. Even after the health laws are long gone, if Chris is convicted, the same law could be used against unions or activist groups for organising picket lines or industrial action if deemed not to be legal.

Join the protest calling to defend the right to protest and free the refugees who have been held in detention for 7 years.

Petition here
https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/cavalcade-protest-is-safe-detention-centres-are-not-free-the-refugees

More info
https://rac-vic.org/defend-the-right-to-protest-free-the-refugees/

The protest will start from 8.30am, the court case (a mention at the Melbourne Magistrrates Court) is scheduled for 9.30am