Save the Refugees Rally – Bondi Beach 8.5.10

Went to the rally this morning. A couple of hundred turned out in support of refugees, and opposing the Government’s decisions to not only ‘indefinitely’ suspend the processing of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan but also the decision to reopen the ‘hellhole’ that is Curtin detention centre – a place described as ‘worse than Woomera’.

It was a great atmosphere, and with a few hundred people in attendance by the end, there was no police presence whatsoever. That in itself, speaks volumes, considering they’re there in numbers whenever the racist bogans get together and organise their massive rallies. You know, the ones where 10 – 15 people turn up…

Protesters were organised into a large ‘life-ring’, and were asked to wear red and yellow to symbolise the lifesaver. The lifesaver does not discriminate, he/she saves those who are in need. The lifesaver acts with compassion. The lifesaver is a recognised symbol of this country, and many lifesavers work as volunteers, adding the value of selflessness to the character.

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This rally was organised and supported by several organisations, most notably Amnesty International Australia and GetUp. It followed on from the Refugee Action Council’s rally last week, where similar amounts of people were in attendance:

Now, in order to provide a visual demonstration of how the xenophobes figure they’ve got the majority on their side, one only needs to take a look at their attempts at organising peaceful protests against the rights of refugees:

Oh… And in case you were wondering… There have been some counter protests organised to muffle the loud whines of these 10 – 15 racist bogans. Here is what one of them looked like: (On the way to confront the APP at the Villawood Detention Centre)…