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February 14, 2012

2012 Easter convergence on refugee detention centres

by refugeeactioncoalitionsydney

Over Easter refugee activists from around the country converged on Darwin to refocus attention on the reality behind the wire of mandatory detention. Darwin is rapidly becoming Australia’s detention capital, with three detention centres in holding up to 1000 asylum seekers. Chronic levels of self-harm and protest have put the Northern Immigration Detention Centre (NIDC) in a state of perpetual crisis.

Watch SBS News report on the Villawood and national protests here

Darwin convergence reports and photos

To see photos from across the weekend click here

Serco bans detention visits as refugee activists converge on Australia’s detention capital

Protest at Darwin Airport Lodge: Desperate refugees’ plea from behind the wire at Darwin Airport Lodge

Activists arrested while trying to make contact with refugees in Wickham Point

First reported instance of self harm at Wickham Point

Protest at Northern Immigration Detention Centre (NIDC): Refugee activists condemn intimidation of Darwin asylum seekers

Protests were also held around the country in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth on Monday April 9 outside detention centres in each city. Almost 5000 asylum seekers remain imprisoned in detention, including over 500 children.

News reports on the Villawood protest from Fairfield City Champion and ABC online.

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