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20 Jul 2019 | 04:13 AM UTC

Australia: Refugee rights rallies planned across Australia July 20

Australia News Alert

Refugee rights activists plan rallies in cities across Australia on July 20; localized disruptions likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/20/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/20/2019, 11:59 PM (Australia/Sydney). COUNTRY/REGION Sydney, Australia, Brisbane, Canberra (ACT), Darwin, Hobart (Tasmania), Melbourne, Perth (Western Australia state)

Event

Refugee rights groups are planning to hold rallies in cities across Australia on Saturday, July 20, to demand an end to offshore detention. A total of 15 vigils and protests are organized under the #SixYearsTooLong movement and are expected to result in some localized disruptions near protest sites. Events include:

Context

Six years ago, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced a policy to detain all refugees arriving via boat at offshore facilities. An estimated 800 people are currently held on Manus Island (Papua New Guinea) and Nauru.

Advice

Individuals in Australia are advised to monitor the situation and anticipate localized disruptions near protest sites.

 

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