Seven years too long: Nationwide protests on July 19 to end detention and free the refugees

Details for protests being held in July 19.

July 19 will mark 7 years of detention for those refugees who were sent to detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. At the time, former prime minister Kevin Rudd announced people arriving by boat to seek asylum would be processed offshore and never be allowed to resettle in Australia.

Despite the harm and trauma caused by this policy, the Scott Morrison government has no plan to end detention. Instead, it is focused on getting powers to seize the phones from people in detention to silence protest and hide the abuses that occur in these facilities.

It is time to end the crime of indefinite detention, free the refugees and bring those still on Manus Island and Naura to Australia now.

Join a protest in your local city. If you have details of a protest in your area you would like to add, please email editor@greenleft.org.au.

Adelaide 
12noon, Parliament House steps 
Organised by Adelaide Campaign Against Racism and Fascism and Adelaide vigil for Manus and Nauru
Facebook event 

Ballarat
11am, July 20. Local MP Catherine King’s office
Organised by Ballarat Rural Australians for  Refugees

Brisbane
12noon, 721 Main Street, Kangaroo Point 
Organised by Refugee Action Collective Queenslan
Facebook event

Cairns
4-5pm, Western Events Lawn (Esplanade near Aplin)
Organised by Cairns For Refugees
Facebook event 

Canberra
1pm, London Circuit & Northbourne Ave 
Organised by Canberra Refugee Action Campaign
Facebook event

Melbourne
2pm, online rally
Organised by Refugee Action Collective (Victoria)
Facebook event

Newcastle
3pm, Wheeler Place
Organised by Hunter Asylum Seeker Advocacy

Sydney 
1pm, multiple locations CBD 
Organised by Refugee Action Coalition Sydney
Facebook event 

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