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AUSTRALIA: Melbourne Refugees Begin Mass Hunger Strike

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24 Sri Lankan, two Iranian and two Rohingyas -- began a hunger strike at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) detention centre.

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Rose Becke (141)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 3:54 pm
Shame on our government

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 4:18 pm
Thank you. (N, P, T)

Jason S (50)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 6:45 pm
Good posting, thanks

Past Member (0)
Friday April 12, 2013, 1:00 am

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Friday April 12, 2013, 4:07 am
...thanks for posting Cal.... hope the issue gets resolved....

Past Member (0)
Friday April 12, 2013, 7:03 am
"They have gathered on the playground inside the detention facility." The problem with hunger strikes is that they always stop early.

Lee Hampton (15)
Friday April 12, 2013, 9:55 am
It's about time that refugees start swamping the shores of nearby "tolerant" Indonesia, rather than sapping the life out of the housing, food, welfare, health and educational benefits of Australians, who have worked very hard to build up these benefits and who risk loosing them to the flood of Islamic "refugees" who have come and taken merciless advantage of them and demanded ever more privileges and benefits.

At this rate, it will not be long before Australia becomes bankrupt and a victim of Islamic supremacism.

If the Indonesians are so tolerant, let refugees swamp their shores and benefit systems.

Winn A (179)
Friday April 12, 2013, 12:30 pm
Thanks for the info. I hope there will be updates.

Jennifer Ward (40)
Friday April 12, 2013, 12:52 pm
Oh please! Emotional blackmail writ large. Australia gives more to strangers turning up undocumented than it does to its homeless and mentally ill. Instant welfare benefits, $10K 'welcome packages' of laptops and bicycles, access to free healthcare, free accommodation. I'm a great supporter of genuine refugees, but there is no war in Sri Lanka and the Royhingas are Bangaladeshi intelopers who began all the trouble in Myanmar the same as the Islamists are doing in Thailand. They have come for the freebies rather than the freedom.

Hartson Doak (39)
Friday April 12, 2013, 12:54 pm
Take them in already. Locking them up forever does not make the issue go away.

Birgit W (160)
Friday April 12, 2013, 3:23 pm

David Johnson (13)
Friday April 12, 2013, 3:24 pm
Thanks for the eye opening story. It seems that the same attitudes persist in Australia as does here in the U.S. If one is brown and fleeing persecution, then one is perceived as a "threat to national security". I find it repugnant and shameful. Here in the U. S. undocumented workers/refugees are routinely rounded up and deported. They are no threat. All they want to do is live in peace and dignity, providing a better life for themselves and their families.

Kara C (15)
Friday April 12, 2013, 7:35 pm
I don't get why the ones that fail arn't just sent back, or why they keep complaining. Here they get free food, free healthcare, their own small hom, a tv, internet, education and protection, all at the expense of us aussies.

tiffany t (142)
Friday April 12, 2013, 10:15 pm
hope the refugees get the help they need

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 5:46 am
What a shame!
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