MITA Hunger Strike, April 17: Tonight 27 refugees at MITA decided to end their hunger strike. The group of men — consisting of 15 Tamils and 2 Burmese Rohingyas — had gone 10 days without food, and the first five days without water as well. Four had been intermittently hospitalised during this period. The hunger strike stopped after a meeting between Paris Aristotle, a representative from DIAC and the 27 refugees on hunger strike. As a result, the refugees will meet with a representative from DIAC this coming Friday.
The campaign to call for their release into the community is not over. There will be a vigil in the city, outside the State Library, this Friday @6PM. Please come and show your support for the 56 men, women and children who continue to be subjected to indefinite detention.
Here’s the message from tonight’s solidarity vigil: