Vic Refugee Rally to be Held in Melbourne

A rally supporting refugees on Manus Island and Nauru will be held in Melbourne on Sunday, calling on the federal government to bring asylum seekers to Australia.

The rally will feature key speakers including Labor politician Andrew Giles, Islamic Council of Victoria president Mohammad Mohideen and Shawfikul Islam from the Australia Burmese Rohingya Association.

The event, run by the Refugee Action Collective at the State Library of Victoria, will also include a live cross to refugees on Manus Island.

A street music event will be held following the rally, which begins at 2pm.

A similar event was also held by the collective a month ago, during which federal Greens MP Adam Bandt branded immigration minister Peter Dutton a “terrorist”.

“Refugee protests for freedom continue daily on Manus Island despite refugees being violently forced to three locations in Lorengau,” organiser Chris Breen said in a statement.

“The Turnbull government has nothing for these men but cruel indefinite detention.”