Violent clashes at ‘Reclaim Australia’ rallies

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Protests across Australia organised by group opposed to the ‘Islamisation’ of society. The Irish Times – Thousands of anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters have clashed in rallies acrossAustralia. The most violent was in Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, where police struggled to separate opposing demonstrators. Ambulance Victoria spokesman Paul Bentley said the Victoria state ambulance service treated four people, three for minor injuries, ... Read More »

Hunger striker ‘separated from brother’

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REFUGEE advocates claim an asylum seeker near death in a Perth hospital after a lengthy hunger strike has been “cruelly” separated from his older brother. AAP – Herald Sun SAEED Hassanloo, a 25-year-old Iranian, has reportedly refused to eat for almost 40 days to protest his four-and-a-half years in immigration detention. Refugee Rights Action Network spokeswoman Victoria Martin said Mr ... Read More »

Man who took down Turkish flag jailed for 13 years

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A Turkish man has been sentenced to 13 years and nine months in prison after taking down a Turkish flag during a protest in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on June 2014. ANKARA – Anadolu Agency – Hurriyet A high court in Diyarbakır sentenced the man, identified only by the initials Ö.M., to six years and three months in jail ... Read More »

Chile’s Bishop Juan Barros, linked to sex abuse priest, faces Catholic fury

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Santiago: Black balloons in hand, hundreds of Catholics gathered at a church in the small Chilean city of Osorno to protest against the appointment of Bishop Juan Barros, accused of protecting one of the nation’s most notorious paedophiles. Anthony Esposito The appointment has sparked outrage from many parishioners and puts into question Pope Francis’ promise to rid the church of ... Read More »

New protest laws a blow to democracy and decency

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Our country is undergoing deep changes that frighten the hell out of me. The Canberra Times - Larry Graham Two of the very important principles woven into our systems of government and justice are being deliberately degraded. The presumption of innocence and our government being answerable to the people are both fundamental building blocks of our democracy and they are being ... Read More »

Eamonn McCann: Union protests pushed Sinn Féin to pull out of agreement

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The unions’ main concern is that the agreement involves the loss of 20,000 public sector jobs The Irish Times – Eamonn McCann One of the factors behind Sinn Féin’s decision on Monday to pull out of the Stormont House Agreement was a series of trade union demonstrations tomorrow calling for rejection of the agreement. All major public sector unions in the ... Read More »

Qantas passenger banned after asylum seeker walkout

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Qantas has banned a Melbourne man from flying with them after he asked to be removed from aflight taking an asylum seeker from Melbourne to Darwin for deportation. The Age – Patrick Hatch, Reporter for The Age Paul Leary has filed a complaint with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s human rights division, on the grounds that the ban discriminates against him ... Read More »

Australia Is Closing Immigration Detention Centres But it’s Not All Good News


The Australian government has hailed its “stop the boats” policy as a success. So much so that they’ve closed 11 detention centers in the past year, a number that will soon include Darwin’s Bladin Alternative Place of Detention, as announced over the weekend. Bladin, which houses families and children, will close its doors on April 7, only months after the ... Read More »