Video: Police arrest doctor for holding sign supporting refugees

May 16, 2020

Refugee activist and medical doctor Kamala Emanuel was arrested by Queensland Police on May 15 for holding a sign. The sign read: "COVID-19: Just one more reason to free the refugees".

The arrest took place at a solidarity action for refugees outside a Kangaroo Point hotel, in Brisbane, that is being used as an "Alternative Place of Detention".

This was the fifth such weekly solidarity action. Activists have been highlighting the additional risk of COVID-19 to refugees detained in this way.

Other protesters were harassed by police at the action and at least two other people were fined. This escalation of police harassment follows a similar police response the week before.

[Read Emanuel's account of her arrest here.]

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