Over one thousand people came out to support the closing of the detention centres, particularly those at Manus and Nauru. It was interesting to note that there was no press or television cover of this event. Is our government determined to teach us that our voice should not be heard?
I love the way in which Melbourne people express their opposition by demonstration, their love of sport by participation and involvement–who can come to Melbourne when there is a grand final at the MCG and not be impressed by the general good behaviour of our people? I thank our police for stopping and talking to demonstrators in a friendly manner, rather than causing conflict.
This gentleman, who is addressing the crowd, is in fact a ‘boat person’, and has the courage to tell his story. I was particularly touched by the fact that he became very emotional when he started talking, but had the courage to continue.
These two ladies came from Country Victoria, and were happy to have their names used. They had travelled a considerable distance to participate in this demonstration. Thank you ladies.
Brooke Max Powers is another courageous demonstrator, who offered to have their name published.
George, Helen and Angelica of the Refugee Action Collective are a family who are prepared to stand up and be counted.
Stephanie, Scarlet and Sapphire Lake are a loving family who understand how privileged they are and are prepared to share our country with people in distress.
Melbourne has some treasures of decoration, if only we look.