Refugee rights protest


On October 21, 200 people attended the African Community Solidarity Gathering on the Esplanade to protest against immigration minister Kevin Andrews' decision to stop any further granting this year of refugee visas to African asylum seekers. Speakers included Michael Martin, a key organiser of the rally, and Michael Sillah, from the African Community Social Club, other members of the local African community, federal election candidates and progressive activists. More than 150 protest letters signed on the day have now been forwarded to Andrews.