Refugee Action Collective (Victoria)

“MITA is worse than jail. People are losing their minds,” Joey Tangaloa Taualii, a prisoner in Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation told a Refugee Action Collective forum. Chris Slee reports.

Protesters continue to demand that refugees inside the Park Hotel prison are released into the community. Chloe DS reports.

Protesters gathered outside the Park Hotel in Carlton to demand that the refugees be immediately released. Chloe DS reports.

 

An online forum discussing the power of protest was organised by the Refugee Action Collective Victoria. Chris Slee reports.

Chris Petersen and Chloe DS report that 14 refugees have been on hunger strike for more than a week in protest at their imprisonment. 

Chris Slee reports that a judge dismissed a charge of “incitement” against refugee rights activist Chris Breen.

Chris Slee reports on a rally in solidarity with a refugee activist charged with incitement. 

Don Khan, a Rohingya refugee who was brought to Australia under the defunct Medevac law, told a rally that he had still not been given specialist treatment, reports Chris Slee.

Released refugees are pleading with supporters to keep up the pressure on the government until all refugees are released from onshore and offshore detention. Chris Slee reports.

Chris Slee reports that a petition calling on Victorian Premier Dan Andrews to stop the cruelty towards refugees was handed over to his office. The protests to free the refugees are growing.

Chris Slee reports that refugee rights supporters will rally on January 27 outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court to support activists who have been charged for organising safe protests.

A sizable protest in Melbourne demanded freedom for refugees detained in a hotel prison, reports Chloe DS

Refugee rights supporters rallied outside the Mantra Hotel demanding the detainees be released, not moved, reports Chris Slee.

An online forum was told of the extra hardships LGBTI refugees applying for asylum face. Chris Slee reports.

More than 300 people attended an online meeting on May 4 to discuss how to free detained refugees and defend the right to protest, reports Chris Slee.

The Refugee Action Collective in Victoria has vowed to hold a car cavalcade in defiance of a police ban, to demand freedom for detained refugees, reports Chris Slee.

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