The Big March for Refugees

2pm Sunday 15 October, Hyde Park South (Corner Elizabeth and Park Sts)

The situation on Manus is again reaching crisis point, as the situation there and on Nauru grows more desperate. Join the big march for refugees to build the pressure to #BringThemHere.

In Australia, Peter Dutton’s latest cruelty is cutting off income support and evicting from accommodation at least 100 refugees from the #LetThemStay group. They have been in Australia for medical treatment and were kept here by the #LetThemStay campaign last year.

We want contingents of cyclists, skaters, rollerbladers, schools, unions and musical groups to join us for a march through the city. We will have just two short speeches before we set off to walk, ride, roll.

Pressure on the refugees on Manus to leave the detention centre is growing daily, as Immigration bulldozes compounds, cuts back activities and shuts off power and water. But it is not safe for refugees outside in the community on Manus Island. In late June a refugee was attacked with a machete and robbed, almost losing his arm.

The Australian government has declared it will close the Manus detention centre by 31 October, leaving the refugees stuck on the island and in danger.

No one will be resettled in the US until October at the earliest, with the US quota for the year already full. In November it will be a year since the deal was announced. The delay puts more and more question marks over the deal and only adds to the torment for the refugees. Even if it goes ahead, hundreds will be left behind on Manus and Nauru at a minimum.

A majority of people already want the refugees brought off these prison islands and resettled. Join us to demand the government #BringThemHere now.