Friends of Omid, the man who died after setting himself alight while detained at the Nauru Detention Centre, joined hundreds of protesters in Melbourne to call for the closure of Australia’s offshore detention facilities this afternoon.
ABC reports Iranian asylum seekers named Saeed and Max met Omid on Nauru in 2013; since then, Saeed has been placed in community detention, and Max obtained a bridging visa.
The pair said they “came here because of him and Reza Barati.
Too many people … live on Nauru and Manus and they are too upset.”
Saeed described Omid as “a very quiet man, a very good man.”
I’m very sad for Omid’s family and wife, my friends in Manus and Nauru.There are a lot of good people on Nauru and Manus — they are human, you know?”
There is still no obvious roadmap for where they’ll be placed and when they’ll be moved. Today’s protest serves as another reminder that, against the government’s hardline stance, we could actually house those refugees here.
— Shane Bazzi (@shanebazzi) April 30, 2016
— Fariba Sahraei (@FaribaSahraei) April 29, 2016