About 100 people gathered in Lismore on Sunday for a snap-rally highlighting the plight of refugee men on Manus Island.
The rally was organised by Lismore Amnesty, and coincided with a larger rally in Sydney’s Circular Quay and in other cities around Australia.
The rallies followed news that Papua New Guinea authorities had moved all of the remaining 328 men at the decommissioned Manus Island detention centre to new camps.
In Sydney, Pastor Jarrod McKenna, who visited Manus Island last week, addressed the crowd with a message from the men in detention.
‘The men on Manus are listening and they’re noticing that you’re here now and let us act in such a way that is worthy of their struggle for safety and freedom,’ he told the crowd.
Ingrid Zoebe from Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children told AAP she was outraged with the government’s treatment of asylum seekers.
‘Today we are here supporting the men on Manus, because we just think that their treatment is just appalling,’ Ms Zoebe said.