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Events: Refugee Action Coalition holds solidarity protests

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As the mass hunger strike by asylum seekers in Nauru continues, here’s some important information from the Refugee Action Coalition about solidarity protests that are taking place in four Australian cities today:

The mass hunger strike by asylum seekers on Nauru enters its seventh day today with around 300 people refusing food.

Refugee groups have called solidarity protests for Thursday, 8 November in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Darwin (details below). The Sydney protest plans to make phone contact with the hunger strikers on Nauru at the rally.

Solidarity Protests – Thursday 8 November

Department of Immigration, 22 Lee Street, Sydney (near Central Station)
Thursday 8 November, 12:30pm
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Department of Immigration, cnr Lonsdale and Spring Sts City
Thursday 8 November, 12:30pm

DIAC office, 836 Wellington St, West Perth,
Thursday 8 November, 12:30pm

Darwin Airport Lodge Vigil
Thursday 8 November, 5:30pm

Around 10 of the hungers strikers required medical attention yesterday (Tuesday), but the figures for Wednesday were unknown. Unconfirmed reports say that up to 50 the asylum seekers stopped drinking after midday yesterday.

“We remain extremely concerned with the deteriorating conditions on Nauru,” said Ian Rintoul, from the Refugee Action Coalition. “The asylum seekers are in a desperate situation. They feel they have nothing to lose. Over 6000 asylum seekers have arrived in Australia since 13 August. Dumping 377 asylum seekers on Nauru has done nothing but put their mental and physical health at risk. It is a disgraceful abuse of human rights for them to be victimised for coming to Australia to seek protection. It is no crime to seek asylum.”

For more information, or to read the latest statement from the hunger strikers, click here.

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8th November 2012