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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Australia: Protest against '1000 years in detention'

From The Transcontinental, Port Augusta:

Members from the Port Augusta branch of Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) and refugee supporters spread themselves along Victoria Parade last Wednesday to highlight the plight of the 250 refugees detained in Port Augusta and Baxter Detention Centre, eight of which were released the same day.

Local members of RAR chose to symbolise the detention of 250 asylum seekers by making 1000 barbed wire paper twists.

Tim Verran, spokesperson for RAR, said each piece of barbed wire represented one year that a current detainee in Baxter has spent in detention, which totals 1000 years.

Rural Australians for Refugees


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