A teenager climbed five metres into a tree at 7AM on Friday 18th March at a detention centre in Broadmeadows Melbourne and refused to come down for eight hours. The ABC reported he was was perched on a branch about five metres off the ground and frequently waved his shirt to attract the attention of media helicopters, whilst firefighters and staff tried to coax him down.
More than 140 young asylum seekers from the ages of 13-18 are locked up in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation at Camp Road, Broadmeadows.
Many of these young people have no family in Australia. Most of them are teenage boys whose fathers, brothers or other family members have been killed, and their families have sent them out of the country to save their lives.
Join a Refugee Action Collective rally on Saturday April 2nd to demand the closure of this and all detention centres - Free ALL asylum seekers - end mandatory detention.