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PALM SUNDAY WALK FOR REFUGEES

Posted in asylum seekers, city of fremantle, refugees by freoview on March 19, 2016

City of Fremantle Councillors, staff and the community will show their support for refugees by marching in the annual Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees this Sunday 20 March.

The group will gather at 11.30 am at Pioneer Park (opposite Fremantle Train Station) and board a train to Perth to join the main event at 1.00 pm outside St George’s Cathedral.

Fremantle councillor and refugee rights advocate Cr Sam Wainwright said the Walk For Justice aimed to shed light on the injustices refugees face when attempting to seek refuge in Australia.

“Overwhelming evidence indicates severe and systemic abuse of asylum seekers’ human rights is occurring within Australia’s immigration processing system,” Cr Wainwright said.

“We’ve seen a recent surge of concern about the conditions in Australia’s offshore detention centres in particular as a result of the impending deportation of 267 asylum seekers. A lot of this attention was focused around the fate of “Baby Asha”, who doctors in Brisbane only agreed to release on the condition she would not be returned to Nauru.

“It’s completely unacceptable to detain people like this and I’m really proud of the actions the Fremantle council has taken recently to help defend the rights and raise the profiles of these innocent people.

“We’re now calling on our famously compassionate local community to stand together to support refugee rights by attending the march with us,” Cr Wainwright said.

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FREO GIMMICK WILL NOT HELP REFUGEES

Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on February 26, 2016

I know my opinion will upset some of my close friends and people I respect in the community, but I believe it would be a mere gimmick for the City of Fremantle to cut ties with Wilson Security and other companies because they are involved with offshore detention centres.

Everyone who knows me and connects with me through this blog and social media knows that I am absolutely and totally against offshore and onshore detention centres. I do not believe that women, men and children deserve to be held behind razor wire for indefinite and very long periods. It is wrong, no matter what spin the Labor and Liberal parties put up about it.

Wilson Security does not make the policies of Australia, they are made by our politicians and government and to ban the company from getting contracts from Fremantle City will not make one iota of a difference to the asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island. Their conditions and lifestyle will not improve one bit because of it and the razor wires won’t come down just because the City of Fremantle makes a feel-good empty gesture that is meaningless.

We need to lobby our political parties and the federal government! To start blaming contractors is a pretty narrow view of what goes on and the bipartisan attitude of the Labor and Liberal leaders. That needs to change, not who runs the facilities!

There are federal and state elections coming up. Tell your politicians what you think about detention centres and how Australia mishandels the refugees crisis. That is where we might be able to make a difference and finally find political leaders who have the guts and backbone to change the inhumane asylum policies!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE WELCOMES REFUGEES

Posted in fremantle, refugees by freoview on June 14, 2015

A large crowd turned up on Sunday for the annual REFUGEES FIESTA at the Fremantle Esplanade. Whadjuk Nyoongar Elder Theresa Walley gave a welcome to country while Deputy and Acting Mayor Josh Wilson welcomed the people to the city.

There was a drumming circle and food and information stalls and live music entertainment after the march through the inner city.

Roel Loopers

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