Refugee advocates blockade Wilson car parks


Protestors blockaded Wilson Security car parks in Sydney and Melbourne on June 27 to mark 100 days of protests by asylum seekers held at Australia's immigration detention centre on Nauru. Wilson has the security contract for detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.

Activists targeted car parks at Circular Quay and Melbourne Central from 7am, insisting Wilson Security is a major detention centre industry player, which profits from people seeking asylum.

Sam Castro from protest organisers Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance (WACA) called on people to join the blockade or boycott Wilson.

"Since 2013, Wilson Security has received over $478 million in taxpayers' money to run the security on both Manus Island and Nauru, while evading paying tax in Australia (as revealed in the recently leaked Panama Papers)," she said.

"Boycott them and send a strong message to Wilson Security that it is time to withdraw from the detention centre industry.”

WACA also called on people who attended workplaces or universities with a Wilson Security contract, to ask management that they cancel the contract.

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