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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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#LightTheDark Vigils

By now you would have heard about the tragic events on Manus Island that left one dead and 77 injured.

Reza Berati, a 23 year old from Iran, lost his life in the most horrific way while under our care. It was in July last year that he made the perilous journey by boat to seek refuge in Australia and instead of finding safety, he endured a nightmare.

This Sunday, we can send a different message and shed a light on the unacceptable way we’re treating asylum seekers in our care.

Despite our Government’s best attempt to keep us in the dark, we’re going to light up the night. Australians will be gathering across the country, in homes, backyards, parks and churches to pay respects to those we’ve failed to protect and display the compassion and hope that we know Australians are capable of.

There are candlelight vigils planned in Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Perth and Adelaide, and many more Australians will host their own vigils with family and friends right across the country.
Will you join us in lighting up the dark? All you need to bring is a candle if you have one (there will also be some there) and your compassion. See you on Sunday?

What: #LightTheDark candlelight vigil
Time: Sunday February 23rd. 8pm.
Location: Parliament Lawns
Bring: friends, a candle and compassion

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  1. Barbara Etter APM

    February 23, 2014 at 7:37 am

    A wonderful candlelight vigil last night with about four to five hundred people gathered on the lawns of Parliament House. Some very inspiring speakers. How can we ignore basic human rights issues? There must be a full and proper investigation into the death of Reza Berati and the injuries sustained at the recent incident in Manus, as well as the conditions at the centre and the circumstances leading up to this event.

    Responsibility for election comment is taken by Barbara Etter, PUP Candidate for Denison, 145 King Street Sandy Bay.

  2. bob hawkins

    February 22, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    This item has been up on TT for more than 24 hours — and not a single comment! Is this a measure of our caring for all those brave, misguided, people who risk their lives in the vain hope of finding a welcoming and safe shore, far from the terrors that drove them to leave their native lands? I hope to see many others who care on Hobart’s Parliament Lawns at eight-o’clock tonight. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t got a candle. Just come and let your caring burn bright for all those refugees on Manus, on Nauru, everywhere . . .

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