The men who were forcibly removed from the RPC don’t belong on Manus Island and they don’t want to be there.
Manus Island – its people and their culture, the small communities and inhabitable terrain, the employment situation etc. – can’t cope with an influx of hundreds of men from different parts of the world.
So ALL the people currently on Manus SHOULD NOT have to deal with this situation.
It is NONE of THEIR making.
The Australian government cannot say that:
- the refugees are PNG’s responsibility and then say that Australia will not allow a resettlement in New Zealand
- there would be and was no force used to remove peacefully protesting asylum seekers and then make clear that “we”/Australia collaborated with an operation where those people were beaten with sticks and dragged to buses to take them away
- there is plenty of accommodation and services for the men on new facilities that are complete and then have 60 of those men told on arrival at those facilities that there is no room for them …
No one in a democratic society wants to be in a position to accuse their government of lying, of abuse, of criminal activity. But Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull continue to give Australians cause to do so. And there seem to be no repercussions for the frequent intentional deceit of the people that they were elected to serve.
So the only recourse for those people is to speak out.
This weekend, there will be gatherings across Australia where, like the Manus refugees, Australian citizens will sit in solidarity with arms clasped in the air in peaceful protest …
- To show the men abandoned offshore that we are with them,
- To show the people of Manus Island that we understand them and
- To show our government that we expect so much better from them.
If you are able to participate to show what real Australian values are – to demonstrate humanity, to show respect for the truth and international law and at the very least, to indicate our expectation for basic standards of decency and public responsibility from all Australians, especially those who represent us ALL, please join a peaceful protests in one of the capital cities.
If you aren’t able to attend, you can still speak out…
Contact Malcolm Turnbull via this link
and on 02 6277 7700
Contact Peter Dutton via this link
and on 02 6277 7860 and
Contact Your Local MP via this link