Refugee group pledges more detention centre protests

August 28, 2012

The Refugee Rights Action Network says it will stage several more protests outside the Northam detention centre in the coming months.

A group of activists travelled to the Wheatbelt town yesterday, to protest against the Federal Government’s policies of mandatory detention and offshore processing.

The network’s Victoria Martin-Iverson says the protesters have been able to connect with the detainees, despite the barriers.

“We were able to raise our voices loud enough for many of the folks inside to hear us,” she said.

“A lot of the guys knew we were coming because there has been members of our group coming, heading out to Northam and visiting quite regularly.”

She says the protests help give detainees a sense of hope.

“When we go out to these detention centres, it’s to collapse the tyranny of distance and to show the people inside that there are Australians who welcome … them here, who disagree with their treatment,” she said.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-27/refugee-group-pledges-more-detention-centre/4225164

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