Five Years Too Long: Parramatta Vigil

FIVE YEARS TOO LONG. #Manus #Nauru Please Join us on July 19th (Thursday) 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Centenary Square, Parramatta (3 mins walk from Parramatta Train Station)


(photo credit: The Guardian 20.06.2018

Since the Australian Government reopened the offshore immigration detention centres located on the remote islands of Manus PNG and Nauru on 19 July 2013, 12 innocent refugees have died. They have been murdered by our cruel and inhumane refugee and asylum seeker policies. They are the forgotten hostages kept by our government in order to avoid more people seeking protection here by boat. But this cruelty cannot be allowed to continue and needs to be stopped now!

More than 1,500 innocent people, including about 130 children have been locked up for five years. Sexual harassment, child abuse, excessive acts of violence by the guards, medical neglect and mental illnesses due to the long-term arbitrary detention, have been very little reported by the main-stream media. In order to tackle the Government's "out of sight, out of mind" tactics, we are bringing actions to local electorates, starting with Parramatta.

A vigil and symbolic actions will be taken between 5:30 pm and 6:30pm on July 19th (Thursday) at the Centenary SQ, Parramatta to send a powerful message to the politicians and the public.

Our government knows there is a fairer, more humane and sustainable approach to asylum seekers and refugees. They know that torture does not stop desperate people fleeing for their lives. So why do they continue with this failed, cruel policy? We demand both Liberal and Labor parties #EvacuateNow #CloseTheCamps and to #TurnBackToHumanity.

*You can sign the #TurnBackToHumanity Petition via

**Please visit, call and email your MPs to quiz them on their position on asylum seeker and refugee issues, and to ask them to support Andrew Wilkie MP's Refugee Protection Bill 2018 (See details

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  • July 19, 2018 at 5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Centenary Square, Parramatta
    Church Street
    Parramatta, NSW 2150
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