From: Tarek B. Chamkhi (Political scientist, Journalist and Media professional)
Thousands attended the rally in Perth on Saturday 16th September in support of the Rohingya people. Families from across Perth, both Muslim and non Muslim, were well represented with a number of community elders visible in the crowd. The peaceful demonstration hosted speakers from the Rohingya community as well as representatives from Christian, Jewish and Muslim organisations. In addition, human rights organisations spoke of the plight of the Rohingya who have had to flee their homes in an attempt to escape the genocide. The Greens called for the Government to take in some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, in addition to the funding that has been provided for assistance on the ground. The crowd gathered close around the speakers, listening intently and responding enthusiastically to the speeches. Congratulations and thanks are due to the organisers for putting together such a successful gathering at short notice and offering an opportunity for inclusive dialogue on this unfolding human rights crisis.