Visiting the event page. This is the organisers’ description of the rally:
The 2017 Melbourne Walk For Justice For Refugees will be on Sunday April 9 at 2pm, commencing at the State Library (music from 1.30pm).
Detention on Manus Island was declared illegal in April last year, but people are still being held there. Refugees trapped on Manus and Nauru are approaching their forth year on the detention islands. The US refugee deal remains uncertain, no-one has yet been offered resettlement. The humane thing to do is to #BringThemHere.
Also, over 30,000 refugees are living on Bridging Visas in our community with their futures in limbo. They are only eligible for Temporary Protecion Visas. Many families are separated by the harsh system, and people despair of ever being reunited. Many fear being deported to danger under the governments new Fast Track Assessment process.
The refugee movement is shifting public opinion, a majority are now opposed to the continuing detention of refugees on Manus and Nauru. An estimated 15,000 people attended the 2016 Palm Sunday Walk for Justice. We want the 2017 gathering to be bigger still. Let’s try and make this year the end of offshore processing. Bring your family, friends, and workmates, bring banner and signs.
You can read about the history of the Palm Sunday rallies in the latest AJDS newsletter, Just Voices #12 – The Refugee Issue.