It is a year since Reza Berati was murdered in the offshore detention centre on Manus Island. Join the solidarity vigil Tuesday morning, 17 February, outside the Australian High Commission in Wellington.
Over the last couple of months there have been half a dozen high profile protests by Australians aimed at increasing pressure to shut down the Manus Island and Nauru detention centres. In particular, protesters invaded the pitch of the Australian Open and World Cup cricket events.
Tuesday February 17th - tomorrow! - is the one year anniversary of when Reza Barati was murdered on Manus Island. Reza Barati was a 23 year old Kurdish asylum seeker from Iran and he was murdered while detained in an Australian Immigration Detention Centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. He was beaten by 10 security personnel employed to guard the Australian facility while he lay defenceless on the ground. His murder was part of an attempt by guards to silence the hundreds of refugees protesting against their detention.
A fresh round of protests, hunger strikes and other collective actions by hundreds of asylum seekers has swept through the camp in the past month, and there have been familiar scenes of brutal attacks and intimidation from the guards and officers who run the facility.
In solidarity, Doing Our Bit will be outside the Australian High Commission in Wellington from 8.00am to 9.30am.
The address is: 72-76 Hobson Street, Thorndon, Wellington - Telephone: +64 (0)4 473 6411 - Fax: +64 (0)4 498 7135
The aim is to get a few photos off so that when Australians wake up they get the sense that the world is with them - Wellington is one of 17 cities where solidarity events around the world will be held.
Check out some of the other events that have happened so far: