Posts Tagged ‘mandatory detention’

Omid

Refugees inside Nauru Detention Centre stand in solidarity with Omid and say ‘enough’ of the abuse of asylum seekers. Image from smh.com.au

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This episode features a selection of speeches from the Rally to #BringThemHere in Melbourne. This rally took place in light of Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court ruling that Manus Island Detention Centre is illegal and Omid, an Iranian refugee, dying after setting himself alight as an act of political resistance. The rally was organised by the Refugee Action Collective (Victoria). You can listen to a full version of all of the speeches from this rally here.

Also covered on the episode is: refugees actively resisting their own oppression inside detention centres; the importance of avoiding nationalism in pro-refugee movements – for more on this, listen to Ezekial Ox’s speech from the Let Them Stay rally; the limitations of the #LetThemStay campaign (which we covered on episodes 125 and 126); and a little bit more on trigger warnings – drawing on an article by Lindy West – we covered trigger warnings on episode 131.

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Clips:

A selection of speeches from the Rally to #BringThemHere, Chumbawamba with MC Fusion from Credit to the Nation ‘Enough is Enough’, Doug StanhopeNationalism’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of a selection of talks from the Melbourne #BringThemHere rally, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Our picture of the #LetThemStay banner drop at the Melbourne Arts Centre.

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On this episode we give some updates on the #LetThemStay campaign, which calls for refugees to remain in Australia rather than being forced into offshore detention. We mainly focus on a recent #LetThemStay banner drop at the Melbourne Art Centre. We play an interview with Gaye Demanuele on this action (embedded below) and Coggo from the Melbourne Street Medics (also embedded below) discusses this action, as well as how the Brisbane health care workers refusing to release babies back to the harm of offshore detention are upholding their duty of care.

Also covered throughout the episode is: the statement from the two activists who did the banner drop, defending the effectiveness of the action despite critiques and shitty media coverage, extending the compassion for children to highlight the problems of ALL mandatory detention and offshore processing, similarly extending concern for a dolphin killed for selfies to more widespread animal abuse, the successful campaign to send child abuse survivors to confront Cardinal Pell and we encourage people to like/follow WACA (Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance) on Facebook and Twitter.

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Clips:

Missy HigginsOh Canada’, Interview with Gaye Demanuele, Interview with Coggo from the Melbourne Street Medics, Tim MinchinCome Home (Cardinal Pell)’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features our interview with Coggo, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

*Quote from our interview with Gaye Demanuele.