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Defend the Right to Protest - Free the Refugees

Thu Aug 06, 2020
Defend the Right to Protest - Free the Refugees

Time Thu Aug 06 2020 at 08:30 am to 09:30 am

Melbourne Magistrates' Court, 233 William street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000, Melbourne, Australia

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Defend the Right to Protest - Free the Refugees Defend the Right to Protest - Free the Refugees
Chris Breen, a member of RAC, a high school teacher and union activist (elected to AEU statecouncil), faces court for the charge of “incitement” under the 1958 Crimes Act for helping to organise a safe car convoy protest calling to free refugees because of the risk of COVID-19.

Thirty refugee supporters have received fines of $1652 each for participating in this protest as well (making almost $50,000 in total).

The protest itself was fantastic – it created a strong connection of solidarity with the refugees in detention in the Mantra Bell City hotel in Preston. The health risks to refugees in detention made every news channel.

But the charge of incitement sets a very worrying precedent for unions, climate activists and all social movements, including ours. Even after the health laws are long gone, if Chris is convicted, the same law could be used against unions or activist groups for organising picket lines or industrial action if deemed not to be legal.

Join the protest outside the front of the court calling to defend the right to protest and free the refugees who have been held in detention for 7 years.

Petition here
https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/cavalcade-protest-is-safe-detention-centres-are-not-free-the-refugees

More info
https://rac-vic.org/defend-the-right-to-protest-free-the-refugees/

The protest will start from 8am, the court case (a mention) is scheduled for 9.30am

Speakers:
Aran Mylvaganam - Tamil Refugee Council & one of the refugee supporters fined $1652 at the car convoy
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About The Host: The Refugee Action Collective is a democratic, grassroots activist collective campaigning for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.
Website Link: www.rac-vic.org
Nearby Hotels Melbourne Magistrates' Court, 233 William street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000, Melbourne, Australia
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