Refugee Hope March – Palm Sunday, 4 April

About two or three thousand people initially gathered at the State Library to hear speakers and decorate hearts handed out by members of the Refugee Action Collective and others. As the subsequent march moved down Swanston Street to join another rally at Federation Square sponsored by the church groups numbers began to grow, reaching an estimated five to six thousand eventually.

Eritrean children at State Library

Representatives of the Eritrean community were prominent – including children with a message

Banner: Free Aladdin [Sisalem]

T-shirt: Free the Refugees...

T-shirt: Justice for Refugees and green heart: 'Boundless Plains to Share'

Placard: Are your lips sealed?

Drummers leading march

Tumbarumba drummers led the march

'Baby' carried in bird cage

RAc Gippsland banner

another part of the march - many red flags

Puppets with placards: Free Aladdin

The march was met at Flinders Street by two enormous puppets

Sea of hearts and hands

At Federation Square the ‘Sea of Hearts’ united with the ‘Sea of Hands’