Protesters call for asylum seekers at Kangaroo Point Central Hotel not to be taken to Christmas Island
Protesters promise to block traffic twice a day for SIX MONTHS if asylum seekers are sent from their waterfront hotel to Christmas Island for seven years
- A total of 400 people are at risk of disrupting traffic twice a day for six months
- Protesters calling for asylum seekers to stay at the Queensland hotel
- Some 120 male asylum seekers have been in the hotel in the past seven years
- Protests preventing them from being transferred to Christmas Island
Protesters have threatened to disrupt rush hour traffic twice a day for six months if asylum seekers are moved from a waterfront hotel to Christmas Island.
So far, 400 people have signed a “pledge to resist” pledging to cause the chaos of Brisbane’s commuters in protest of the transfer of 120 male asylum seekers who have spent the past seven years at the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel in the south have lived in the city.
Protests have been held outside the hotel since April.
Organizers said the protests will be more consistent this time and will take place twice a day for six months to ensure refugees are not moved.
Protesters will be holding signs outside the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel in Brisbane on June 28
Protesters gather to support asylum seekers detained at the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel in Brisbane, Australia, June 28, 2020
Protesters call for asylum seekers to stay in Australia and not be transferred to Christmas Island
“We shouldn’t protest like that if the government just released these men into the community. These people have already suffered enough, “said protest spokeswoman Dane de Leon The courier post.
The pledge was signed by 400 people, including Green Councilor Jonathan Sri, who was arrested in another protest.
“If it were safe for them to return home, the government would have deported them years ago, so the crucial question now is whether we want to grant them asylum and release them, or keep them locked up forever,” he said.
Those who have signed the pledge agree to: “Safely risking arrest to cause as much traffic disruption as possible if the government transfers detainees to more secure facilities rather than release them into the community. ‘
Greens councilor Jonathan Sri talks to protesters gathered to support asylum seekers detained at Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point Central Hotel, Sunday, June 28
Police guard the final protest outside the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel on June 28
Last month, police arrested 37 protesters after hosting a sit-in and refused to proceed after a two-hour protest license expired.
They were all fined for refusing to obey police orders. One person has been charged with attacking the police.
Demonstrators demand the release of the community for the men brought to Australia from offshore detention, most of them on behalf of those receiving specialist medical care.
Cr Sri said protesters had told the police that they would get off the road if they were to pass the men inside hot food.
“The government refused, and instead of skipping the meals, it decided to arrest dozens of people,” he wrote on Facebook at the time.
A group of protesters blocked traffic outside the Kangaroo Point Hotel in support of the detained asylum seekers
Ironically, the protest organizers had made a conscious decision not to block Main St this week to minimize traffic, but in the end Main St was not completely blocked by protesters, but by police cars queuing to transport people to the guardhouse. ‘
Ms De Leon said people were arrested after asking to pass hot food to the men inside.
“We were on this road, singing songs there, listening to poetry and eating a meal, and we thought it would be nice if our friends could eat with us inside,” she told the Seven Network.
“It wasn’t long after that until the police started pulling everyone off the road and dragging people away.”
She said there were about 600 protesters and it would have been impossible to fit the footpath, so they chose a quiet side street to sit.
“We thought this was a bit of an exaggeration – about curry.”