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Australia, Land that Fell Down Under
Refugee detention center 1
Nauru is an island 1,834 miles (2,952 km) away from Australia. It lies in the South Pacific. It's the third smallest country in the world. And it's a detention center for 631 refugees, 68 of them children. Some of them have spent more than 830 days there, trapped on a 8,1 squared mile (21 squared km) island because a 2,969,907 squared mile Australia doesn't have where to put them. Nauru has a population of around 10,000, of which 90% are unemployed. That's okay because Nauru is a tax haven, therefore the population doesn't have to worry about paying taxes. Neither do Australian and other foreign moguls.
A riot broke out in 2013 against the tyranny on this island. Around 200 detainees escaped after they set 80% of the island's buildings on fire, causing a $60 million damage.
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Manus island is even closer, 668 miles (1076 km) from the ever small Australia. It's a part of Papua New Guinea. It has detained 922 people from Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan who share their accomodation with rats and cockroaches, while their kids are suffering from clinical depression and suicidal thoughts. The abuse and rape by the security guards goes unreported. Journalists are not allowed to this little paradise.
In February 2014 a 23 year old Iranian refugee Reza Barati was killed by security guards and Salvation Army workers during the rioting.
Another Iranian detainee Hamid Kehazei died the same year from a bacterial infection after cutting his foot. By the time he was transferred to Brisbane's hospital, he was already brain dead.
Happy Invasion Day
On January 26th Australia celebrated it's national day. So what happened on that day? In 1788, the first British ships carrying convicted prisoners came to the Land Down Under to establish the first European colony there. Soon afterwards a mass genocide of the indigenous people started and the rest is history - ugly and bloody. What has changed since then though? Besides around 90% of Australians being of white European descent and sending of the Middle Eastern and Asian immigrants to the two far away islands while rejecting stay to many others, history did not move too farther from it's starting point. The Australian officials have apologized for what the European immigrants had done to the aboriginal people and has given them a National Sorry Day which is to be commemorated on May 26th. Aren't they lucky? Meanwhile, they are still nothing more than a minority in their own country, and are being treated even worse. Their housing conditions are unimaginable, education levels extremely low, and unemployment rate is too high for them to be celebrating anything, let alone the day when they lost every dignity and respect.
Australia has done an irreversible damage to a minority that once used to be a majority. But history is history. What Australians should be worried about is the present and the current handling of the mass immigration crisis. Is the rise of the right wing extreme policies really an answer to it? Will it make Australia great and proud? If so, in what? In maintaining a racially homogeneous country where it would be dangerous to think or look differently?
Well, I guess Australia didn't get a chance to officially introduce fascism on its own soil during the WW2. She was, after all, on the side of the Allies. What a mistake that was. But it's never too late to fight for a full right to oppress and annihilate. It's only a part of the tradition. Trump has already started doing it in the US. Australia just might be in need of a Trump. Let's make Australia great again. Actually, let's keep her great - right wingy as it has always been.