Confirmed speakers include:
Mostafa Azimitabar (Moz from Manus) - freed refugee, activist, and musician, IN PERSON
Don Khan - refugee live via phone from the Park Hotel Prison
Tony Birch - Writer, Historian, Activist
Dr Tim Read MP - Green's Justice Spokesperson
Speaker from Victorian Trades Hall
Note, due to lockdown, the rally planned for 13 February was rescheduled and we'll be back on the streets for freedom on 20 February. Note the new time of 12 noon.
Free ALL Refugees
Let Them Stay Permanently
End Detention Now, End Offshore - bring the 300 refugees remaining offshore here
Let's show the federal Coalition government how Melbourne can truly welcome refugees.
12 refugees brought to Australia under Medevac legislation remain in the Park Hotel. Over 60 have now been freed. Over 100 are in detention in Kangaroo Point, Brisbane and more around Australia. They had been held for seven and a half years by the Australian government. Six years offshore and a year and a half in detention in Australia.
We will be protesting to free them all. Every day any remain in detention is dangerous, one of the remaining 1 in the Park Hotel has attempted self harm.
The freed refugees have only been released on 'final departure bridging visas' and just two weeks accommodation and three weeks financial support. After that they get nothing, not even jobseeker. They need support and permanent visas.
Moz, who is now free, was right when he said "The problem is that the government hides the reality... I want people to see clearly what the Australian government is doing. I want them to see that the government is torturing us.
"I think we will be free when thousands of people come into the streets. I don’t believe we’ll be freed by the people who have kept us in cages for years. That doesn’t make any sense to me. I believe I will get my freedom from the people."
its time to step up the pressure to free them all, let them stay permanently, and bring the 300 remaining offshore here for resettlement.
This rally will march from the State Library, to be at the Park Hotel prison by 3pm.
Organised by the Refugee Action Collective
Architecture Lobby Victoria
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Australian Association of Social Workers
Australian Refugee Action Network
Australian Services Union (ASU) Victoria
Australian Unions for West Sahara
Australia Western Sahara Association Vic
Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project
Campaign Against Racism and Fascism
Casey Cardinia for Refugees
Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
Forcibly Displaced People Network
Free Palestine Melbourne
Grandmothers for Refugees
Jews for Refugees
Justice for Refugees Victoria
Hazara Shamama Association
Health and Community Services Union (HACSU)
Labor for Refugees Vic
Law Students for Refugees
Librarians for Refugees
Love Makes a Way
Melbourne Youth with Refugees
Migrant Workers Solidarity Network
Northsiders with Refugees
Northside Youth with Refugees - Naarm
Our Daily Protests Outside the Park Hotel Melbourne
Refugee Action Collective
Refugee Advocacy Network
Refugee Council of Australia
RMIT NTEU Branch
Rural Australians for Refugees
Rural Australians for Refugees - Warrnambool
Stand Together for Justice
Tamil Refugee Council
Teachers for Refugees VIC
UMSU Women's Department
Unionists for Refugees
Victorian Afghan Associations Network
The Victorian Greens
Victorian Trades Hall Council
Women’s Information and Referral Exchange Inc
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