Text of March 2014 Socialist Alliance broadsheet
Tens of thousands of people gathered at vigils around Australia over the weekend of February 22 to 23 to protest the brutal killing of asylum seeker Reza Berati inside the Manus Island detention camp in Papua New Guinea.
The nightmare inflicted on asylum seekers has driven people of conscience into the streets in the biggest numbers seen for many years. They are saying “Not in our name!”
This is a powerful expression of solidarity — the key to effective people’s resistance to the attacks on so many fronts by Tony Abbott’s Coalition government.
The Abbott government has attacked Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services, public services and jobs, Medicare, trade unions, the Climate Commission, the Great Barrier Reef and has escalated the war on asylum seekers.
Australia is now facing a jobs crisis. Qantas, GMH, Ford, Toyota and other companies are shedding thousands of jobs. Unemployment is rising and is much worse for young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.