Asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat are participating in a protest in Canberra about temporary visas

"We have been left in the dark": Hundreds of asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia by boat take part in a heated protest because they are ending temporary visas

  • Hundreds who arrived by boat between 2011 and 13 by boat
  • Some wave goodbye signs calling for help to reunite with their families
  • Protesters compared the temporary protection visa schedule with racial charges
  • The asylum seekers demand the end of the & # 39; hard and inhumane & # 39; therapy
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Hundreds of asylum seekers have descended on Canberra to express their frustration about & # 39; being left in the dark & ​​# 39; by successive Australian governments.

More than 200 people who arrived by boat between 2011 and 2013 picked up outside of Parliament on Monday.

Some waved signs that begged for help to reunite with their families, while others hung up a cardboard box draped in an Australian flag.

The protesters compared the country's temporary visa system with racial charges.

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Hundreds of asylum seekers have descended on Canberra to express their frustration about & # 39; being left in the dark & ​​# 39; by successive Australian governments

Hundreds of asylum seekers have descended on Canberra to express their frustration about & # 39; being left in the dark & ​​# 39; by successive Australian governments

On a woman's plate it says Monday: & # 39; I am Australian, my son is Australian, my husband does not have a visa & # 39;

On a woman's plate it says Monday: & # 39; I am Australian, my son is Australian, my husband does not have a visa & # 39;

On a woman's plate it says Monday: & # 39; I am Australian, my son is Australian, my husband does not have a visa & # 39;

& # 39; Eight years is long enough, & # 39; they sang at the same time.

The asylum seekers have submitted a petition to the Parliament demanding that a two-party agreement be concluded to put an end to the & # 39; hard and inhumane & # 39; treatment of people seeking protection who have now designated Australia as their home.

The use of indefinite temporary protection visas had left them without stability, affected their mental health and unable to see a way to a permanent home.

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& # 39; People cannot find safe work to feed themselves and their families & # 39 ;, Melbourne's Iraqi president, Samir Kafaji, told reporters.

He accused politicians and the media of practicing & # 39; racial insult & # 39; by words like & # 39; illegal & # 39; to dehumanize and criminalize asylum seekers.

Nawahedh Albaheli held a framed photograph of her son and said that she and her family had lived with uncertainty for eight years.

Together with her husband and five children, Albaheli fled the Iraqi city of Basra due to continuing violence in 2010 and traveled in 2011 from Indonesia to Australia by boat.

They were intercepted by border patrols and spent three months in a detention center in Darwin before being released on the basis of a custody order, unable to work or to go to school for a number of years.

The asylum seekers have submitted a petition to the Parliament demanding that a two-party agreement be concluded to put an end to the & # 39; hard and inhumane & # 39; treatment of people seeking protection
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The asylum seekers have submitted a petition to the Parliament demanding that a two-party agreement be concluded to put an end to the & # 39; hard and inhumane & # 39; treatment of people seeking protection

The asylum seekers have submitted a petition to the Parliament demanding that a two-party agreement be concluded to put an end to the & # 39; hard and inhumane & # 39; treatment of people seeking protection

The asylum seekers have submitted a petition to the Parliament demanding that a two-party agreement be concluded to put an end to the & # 39; hard and inhumane & # 39; treatment of people seeking protection

The asylum seekers have submitted a petition to the Parliament demanding that a two-party agreement be concluded to put an end to the & # 39; hard and inhumane & # 39; treatment of people seeking protection

The asylum seekers have submitted a petition to the Parliament demanding that a two-party agreement be concluded to put an end to the & # 39; hard and inhumane & # 39; treatment of people seeking protection

& # 39; It was very difficult, the government would not give us a good visa, & # 39; she said to AAP.

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In 2017 her youngest son Montadher became seriously ill with thalassemia, a hereditary blood disease.

He died in Melbourne, 15 years old, and his body was sent back to Iraq for burial.

But his mother, who currently has a five-year Safe Haven Enterprise Visa, cannot visit his grave.

& # 39; I signed up to ask the government if I could go with him to check if it was done properly, but they said that if I went I could not come back & # 39 ;, Albaheli said.

& # 39; I just want to see my son. & # 39;

The protesters compared the country's temporary visa system with racial charges
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The protesters compared the country's temporary visa system with racial charges

The protesters compared the country's temporary visa system with racial charges

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