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A group of sixty refugee rights activists visited the Villawood Detention Centre on July 25 to take part in a planned soccer match and BBQ with refugees. It was organised by Socialist Alliance and Greens members and supported by the Construction Forestry, Energy and Mining Union (CFMEU) and Union Aid Abroad (APHEDA). We wanted to show solidarity with refugees and highlight both the ALP and the Liberal’s inhumane refugee policies. However, when we arrived we were turned away, deemed a “security threat.”
Refugee advocates have launched the “Bring them home, minister Evans!” campaign in response to the news that 92-year-old Irene Joseph, deported to Sri Lanka with her 68-year-old son on March 5, had collapsed and almost died in the village where they now live. Joseph is permanent resident of Australia and had lived here since 1979. In 1996, when she re-entered Australia after a holiday, she was mistakenly issued with a temporary visa.

On April 11, in response to a rally by the far-right Australian Protectionist Party (APP) in opposition to refugee rights organised that day outside Villawood Detention Centre, activists held a protest in solidarity with the imprisoned asylum seekers and against racism .

We're going to walk onto the Story Bridge, sit down in the middle of the road and refuse to move until our perfectly reasonable demand is met:

FREE MOVEMENT: Let the KP120 outside the compound for free movement at their discretion—to exercise, walk and connect with the community.

Their detention is administrative (while their claims are "processed")—it's not meant to be punitive.

Forum with speakers including:
* Peter Arndt (Executive Officer at Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of Brisbane)
* Benedict Coyne (Barrister-at-Law (Former National President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights)
* Refugee voices

Solidarity action with refugees detained at the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel detention centre. The action will involve power walking, jogging or riding a bike (with at least five metres between us) past the hotel and around the block for 45 minutes. The detainees will be holding their own silent peaceful protest out on their balconies.

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