11 May – Graffiti & flyer action in the inner-city suburbs of Melbourne for the anarchist comrades facing repression inside the dungeons of the Chilean state. Slogans sprayed for Nataly, Juan and Guillermo – on hunger strike since April 14th and for Tamara Sol Vergara and Natalia Tato Collao. Flyers pasted about the case of Tamara Sol Vergara and the hunger strike of Nataly, Juan & Guillermo.
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3 June: Reports from Christmas Island indicate that at least six people were taken by ambulance out of the detention centre following the bashing of peaceful protesters by the Federal Police riot squad.
Asylum seekers who witnessed the baton-wielding, helmeted riot squad attacking the protesters said they saw people whose faces and shirts were covered in blood. They have told the Refugee Action Coalition that besides the six transported out of the detention centre, other injured asylum seekers are being treated at the detention centre’s medical clinic.
It is believed that there are many injured hands and arms from the baton attack. Continue reading “Christmas Island: protesters injured by riot squad”
I June: Around 75 asylum seekers who began their protest in solidarity with Reza Barati last Tuesday are in their sixth day of hunger strike – having slept Saturday night outside their compounds, in the rain.
In response to the protest, Immigration and Serco have locked down the whole of the detention centre, confining hundreds of asylum seekers inside their compounds.
Now the outside hunger strikers have now been joined by up to 300 other asylum seekers, Iranian, Iraqi and Rohingyan, in the locked down compounds. Hundreds are into their fourth day of hunger strike as the anger and frustration grows.
Seven Iranians in Gold and Green compound have also stitched their lips.
The protesters have been on the island for 10 and 11 months.
“We are getting tired with no activity. But they are always warning, you we will be sent to Manus Island or Nauru. We need freedom. The people outside in the rain are calling for freedom,” one asylum seeker said from inside the detention centre. Continue reading “Christmas Island: Hundreds on hunger strike, seven stitch lips”
is an independent site that publishes documents and data about Australian detention centres. The first wave of data is a searchable database of 7632 reported incidents
across immigration detention facilities from October 2009 to May 2011, as recorded by the private contractors running the detention centres. These events range from self-harms, assaults and escapes to electric fence failures, complaints and aborted deportations.
There were 98 demonstrations
within detention centres, as well as hundreds of records relating to hunger strikes – labeled as ‘Voluntary Starvation’. There were also hundreds of incidents of disturbance and damage.
See The Everyday Violence In Our Detention Centres, New Matilda
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:
April 15: Refugees in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) detention centre have entered the eighth day of their hunger strike. 27 people are on hunger strike: all have been found to be refugees, but have been denied release because of secret security rulings from ASIO.
There is a blog being updated regularly with news, including links to a number of interviews with hunger strikers and a support flyer that can be downloaded (pdf).
RAC: At 2.00am, Monday morning (8 April), 28 ASIO negative refugees (24 Sri Lankan, 2 Iranian 2 Rohingyans) began a hunger strike at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) detention centre. They have gathered on the playground inside the detention facility.
They have released a letter explaining their protest:
Letter from ASIO refugees 06/04/13
Message from the ASIO rejected refugees:
We are 29 people here at Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (25 Tamils, 2 Burmese and 2 Iranian) and 56 people all over the Australian detention. We have been here for four years and more. We cannot tolerate it any longer. We need to be released to save our lives.
At 2 a.m. today (Monday, April 8, 2013) we began a hunger strike together. All 30 of us plan to keep doing this until there is solution, one way or the other. Continue reading “Melbourne: ASIO negative refugees begin mass hunger strike”