Students Occupy Turnbull's Office to Protest Iraqi Refugee's Deportation
Refugee supporters are engaging in a day of action as Iraqi refugee, Saeed, faces imminent deportation back to certain danger in his home country.
Students and members of the community in Melbourne this morning locked down Border Force Headquarters. In Sydney, refugee advocates have locked down Malcolm Turnbull’s office, and occupied the foyer, demanding a stay on Saeed’s deportation and an end to mandatory detention.
“If Saeed is deported, he’s at high risk of violence and even death and no one with a conscience could let that happen. This is what a policy of mandatory detention and boat turn backs mean - violence and danger upon those who need our help. That’s why we’ve locked on and occupied today,” said Evan Jones, one of the protestors who had chained themselves to Turnbull’s office.
Recent polls indicate record low support for the Turnbull government, and a weakening support for its aggressive anti-refugee policies. A recent survey by the Australia Institute has indicated that only twenty-two percent of people support the closed borders policy of the Turnbull government.
“We are not going to stop protesting until Saeed is allowed to stay and the Liberal, Labor, and National parties change their out of touch and racist refugee policies. These blood thirsty politicians do not represent us”, said another one of the protestors, Tatiana Craufurd-Gormly, “and we won’t let them take more innocent lives.”