In March this year a group of refugee activists held a continuous vigil outside Villawood detention centre for several weeks and actions around the country to protest the deportation of Saeed. You can read my in-depth article about the campaign here.
Saeed’s case is symbolic of the arbitrary nature of the detention system. His brother, despite identical claims and coming together, was given safety and Saeed was not. Saeed was also denied the right to appeal.
On the 13 August Saeed was violently deported by the Australian government back to danger in Iraq.
Friends are in contact with Saeed and he is now in need of medical assistance. Consider supporting the crowdfunding campaign here:
Here are photos I took of the campaign:
After hearing Saeed had been transferred to Villawood, refugee activists held a protest outside the detention centre on March 24.
Refugee activists block traffic leaving Villawood detention centre on March 24, believing Saeed might be in one of the vans.
A vigil to support Saeed outside Villawood detention centre on March 26.
A music night and vigil outside Villawood detention centre co-hosted by Love Makes A Way and Mums for Refugees on March 29.
A protest outside the department of immigration on March 31.
A discussion outside Villawood detention centre on March 31.
A bird crosses the road in the pouring rain during nightshift outside Villawood detention centre on April 4.
Sharing a meal outside Villawood detention centre and participating in a national campaign meeting on April 4.
Making ‘Free Saeed’ T-shirts and banners on April 6.
Taking part in the Palm Sunday rally for refugees on April 9.
Activists chaining themselves to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s office as part of a national day of action to free Saeed on April 11.
Refugee activists: Why we locked onto Malcolm Turnbull's office
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Jewish supporters having a Seder meal during Passover outside Villawood detention centre on April 13.