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Pro-migration protesters disrupt Australian parliament

Pro-immigration protesters stormed parliament, breaching security for a second day against the Australian government's treatment of asylum seekers.

Published: December 1, 2016, 6:08 am

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    Australia sends asylum seekers who arrive by boat to offshore detention centres, or “camps” in Papua New Guinea and Nauru to prevent deaths at sea.

    Last month, the Australian government rejected a “human rights” report calling Nauru to an open-air prison.

    Two protesters abseiled down Parliament House in Canberra, with a banner denouncing the camps, on Thursday, while demonstrators dyed the parliament water pond red.

    A parliamentary session had to be suspended for a short while on Wednesday when protesters screamed the detention policy was “separating families” and “killing innocent people”.

    Security guards used hand sanitiser to remove six protesters who glued their hands to railing in the public gallery.

    “We are here today because you have become world leaders in cruelty,” the protesters said.

    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull left the building for security reasons after the protesters entered.

    The majority of Australians agree with the government’s position, and both major parties condemned the interruption on Wednesday. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten thanked security staff for their intervention in the demonstration.

    Only the Greens MP Adam Bandt praised the protesters for the disruption. “Question Time brought to a halt as peaceful protesters hold MPs to account demanding gov #CloseTheCamps. Brave. Powerful. Proud,” he tweeted.

    The protest comes in the wake of Australia and the US reaching a resettlement deal for asylum seekers held in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

    The number of asylum seekers travelling to Australia by boat rose sharply in 2012 and early 2013. Scores of people have died making the journey. To stop the influx and deaths at sea, the government adopted tough measures intended as a deterrent.

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    • Eric Bligan

      The “Greens” are always the commies and liberals but above all anarchists.
      They should be shutdown as soon as they pop up.
      I also belive they are payed by the shady globalists.

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