#LetThemStay Protesters Dangle Themselves Over Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway

Two keen protesters let it all hang out this morning in the name of taking a stand against the Turnbull Government‘s plan to relocate some 267 asylum seekers from Australia to our shameful “offshore processing facility” on Nauru.

The pair, Katherine Woskett and Hannah Patchett, suspended themselves via rope beneath the Yarra Bend Bridge, dangling themselves above Melbourne’s busy Eastern Freeway during morning peak-hour traffic, along with a banner that simply read “#Let Them Stay.”
Woskett, an arborist, and Patchett, a professional rope access technician, remained in mid-air above the Freeway in a peaceful protest that lasted three hours.

Here’s the banner drop across the Eastern Freeway this morning, still happening now. These two activists have been suspended from the bridge for close to two hours, standing up for those 267 refugees and 37 babies who can’t.#LetThemStay

Posted by Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance on Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The protest was overseen by the Whistleblowers, Activists, and Citizens Alliance, who posted regular updates on the pair throughout the duration of the act. Local fire brigades attended the scene, but largely left the pair to carry out their protest unimpeded.

A statement provided by WACA relayed firm comments from Woskett and Patchett on the matter, with the latter stating:

“It’s outrageous that we even have to protest torture against children. We’re calling on the Australian government to uphold their obligations to international human rights conventions.”

Meanwhile, Woskett added:

“We’re here to raise awareness and encourage other Australians to take direct action and stand up for the rights of people who can’t.”

“Such a condemnable violation of human rights means the government should expect widespread protest.”

Activists who have dropped #LetThemStay banner over Eastern Freeway encourage others to take action on behalf of those who can’t. Don’t #SendThemBack. #CloseTheCamps

Posted by Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance on Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The pair descended of their own volition, and have left the scene without charge from authorities.
The 267 vulnerable people that the Government plans to unceremoniously ship offshore reportedly includes 54 children, and 37 babies.

Source: WACA.
Photo: WACA/Facebook.