‘This is not a mental problem, this is political’ said Behrouz Boochani during his peaceful protest up a tree in Foxtrot compound in Manus Island detention centre on 24th of April 2016.
After Omid self-immolated on Nauru today, Minister for BorderForce Dutton spoke at a media conference referring to the burning as ‘a political act’. It was a political act, but not in the denigrating and dismissive sense implied by Dutton. It was an act of exhaustion and desperation. Prior to setting himself on fire Omid said: “This is how tired we are, this action will prove how exhausted we are. I cannot take it anymore.”
But though his was also an act of protest and refusal, it is not the only possible political act. There are also other political acts being taken by those who are incarcerated and suffering intolerable pain and anguish. From Manus Island pictures were sent.
In solidarity with those who have sought asylum in Australia and who have been forcibly deported to Nauru and Manus Island, PNG, RAPBS calls on people in Australia to follow this example of political action.
Write the words ‘Political Prisoners – Nauru, Manus’ on your hand, take a photo then upload it along with your name and location using the uploader provided.
Also, write these words on your hand and put the images up on your house, around your community, school, university, work place …
Through these political statements initiated on Manus Island’s illegal prison and we will join together with those in Australian black sites to bring this message to all. These are the political prisoners of Australia.
CLOSE THE BLACK SITES. SHUT THEM DOWN. BRING THEM PEACE.
Australia’s responsibility and culpability are undoubtable. Bring all our political prisoners here.