Hundreds of people gathered in Springwood on Palm Sunday to show their support for people seeking asylum. The rally was organised by the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group and took place in the front courtyard of the Hub.
Paul Power CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia also addressed the gathering. He talked about the extremely harsh treatment of innocent people who are simply trying to escape torture and imprisonment . He explained that years of being locked up in detention centres is also a form of torture. Mr Power said that these desperate people have committed no crime and that Australia is in breach of international law by locking them up for six years or more.
Rev. Crews described scenes that he witnessed in refugee camps in Europe during his recent visit. He suggested to the audience that we should not wait for our government to do the right thing but that we should reach out and help people seeking asylum.
The Mayor thanked residents for their support for these most needy of people and affirmed that Council would continue to support in whatever way they could .
Local musicians Isabel Knight and Snez entertained the crowd.
Local federal election candidates Labor’s Susan Templeman and Green’s Terry Morgan were also in attendance.
Some members and supporters of BMRSG also took a banner to the March in Sydney which was one of 17 rallies around Australia to protest against the Turnbull government’s treatment of refugees.