Reza Barati remembered
On the 4th anniversary of the murder of Iranian refugee Reza Barati in Australian detention on Manus Island, he is remembered by a plaque in Wellington.
On 17 February 2014, angry locals stormed the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island and attacked the refugees. Staff who worked at the camp joined in the attack. 77 people were injured and one of them, 23 year-old Reza Barati from Iran, died. He was bashed to death with a piece of timber and a rock.
Two local men were convicted of his murder, one of them was working for the Australian security company G4S, the other one for the Salvation Army. Two other men, one Australian and one a New Zealander, fled the country and escaped prosecution.
Reza's death is the result of the cynical and inhumane border policy of the Australian government, which keeps vulnerable people seeking asylum in indefinite offshore detention.
Today, on the 4th anniversary of Reza's murder, a commemorative plaque was unveiled in Wellington's Katherine Mansfield Park, right opposite the Australian embassy.
Reza and the remaining 600 refugees on Manus will never be forgotten. Australia's border policy must end. Seeking asylum is not a crime but a human right!
No one is illegal!
The poster in the photo can be downloaded from here: Remember Reza Barati