Rally for Refugees – Palm Sunday, 24 March

View over crowd before rally

The crowd assembling at Melbourne Town Hall

See Green Left Weekly for an account of rallies across the country.

These spectacular boltcutters were part of preparations for the upcoming protest trip to Woomera organised by No One Is Illegal – see http://www.antimedia.net/nooneisillegal/directaction.htm:

Giant model boltcutters

Banner leading march - Refugees are Welcome Here

Head of the march up Collins Street

The ‘Vote-Boat’ – Refugee Action Collective-Victoria’s comment on the politics of asylum-seeker policy:

Cardboard boat with effigies of Howard and Ruddock

Illuminated road sign - Rally for Refugees

Sympathetic road sign on the route

Green triangles

Part of a sizeable Greens contingent

Banners of Australian Democrats

… and Democrats

Children and adults from St Martin's Community Church with banner

Children and adults from St Martin’s Community Church

L-G banner supporting refugees

Lesbian and Gay Solidarity

Eureka and CPSU flags

Also on the march – the Eureka flag

Tents at the Treasury Gardens, including RAC-Vic stall with banners welcoming refugees

At the Treasury Gardens

Wire cages with activists representing refugees

Standing in for refugees behind the wire

Crowd filling part of Treasury Gardens

Part of the crowd listening to speakers and music at Treasury Gardens

Another part of the crowd

Another view

Also from No One Is Illegal: a huge banner being prepared for the Woomera trip with hundreds of messages from supporters:

Banner on ground being filled with messages of   support

Closer view of part of banner

Closer view