Manus protest

04. 819NEWS

• Rally at Murray Street Mall protesting the death of an Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island. Photo supplied.

AROUND 300 gathered in Perth last weekend to protest the death of an Iranian asylum seeker at the Manus Island detention centre.

Organised by the Refugee Rights Action Network, the crowd called on the Abbott government to be transparent about the circumstances surrounding the death of Reza Berati, 23, who died a week ago in the camp.

Immigration minister Scott Morrison had initially claimed Berati died outside the fence. Late Saturday the minister issued a statement saying he’d been wrongly advised, and that Berati had died inside the camp.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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