Christian Leaders in Australia Chain Themselves to Front Gates of Prime Minister’s Residence to Protest Against Country’s Treatment of Refugees, Asylum Seekers

Michael Frost, Rod Bower, Hwvar Khoshnow, Jarrod McKenna and Byron Smith locked to the gates of Kirrbilli House, the prime minister’s residence in Sydney. Photograph: Twitter

Five people chain themselves by the neck to the gates of Malcolm Turnbull’s Sydney residence calling for those on Manus Island to be brought to Australia

Christian leaders have chained themselves to the front gates of the prime minister’s official Sydney residence to protest against Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island.

Gosford Anglican priest Father Rod Bower shared an image on Twitter of himself and four others with chains around their necks locked to the gates of Kirribilli House.

The five protesters are holding signs pushing for the evacuation of the Manus and the Nauru offshore processing centre.

The protest comes a day after thousands of people gathered across Australia called for the federal government to end its offshore detention policy.

“One thing we all agree on is the need to treat people the way we want to be treated ourselves,” Bower said. “The relentless abuse of people by the government for political purposes not only diminishes these vulnerable refuges, it diminishes all Australians.”

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SOURCE: The Guardian