Tens Of Thousands Of Aussies #LightTheDark In Solidarity With Refugees

All around the country tonight, tens of thousands of Aussies stood together, each holding a candle. These candles were to remember Aylan Kurdi, the little boy who passed away while seeking asylum from Syria, and also to show solidarity and compassion to refugees who are “forced to ask for protection from countries like ours”.

This event was called ‘Light The Dark’, and public gatherings were held in MelbourneSydneyAdelaide & Perth. Many chose to privately light a candle in their homes to show their support, too.
Even if you were unable to attend the events, the hashtag #LightTheDark and #WeCanDoBetter were both thriving and keeping everyone informed:

Hundreds lined up to sign this petition:

Despite being much smaller than the other cities, Adelaide’s crowd was very impressive:
Melburnians turned out in droves to support the cause and show their solidarity, despite it absolutely pissing down with rain:

And Sydney’s turnout was absolutely huge, too:

It’s very clear that the Australian public wants to welcome, help and support refugees, so why does our government refuse to listen? #WeCanDoBetter

via Twitter