Amnesty takes aim at asylum issue


Protestors will be held in at least four Australian capital cities today over the issue of asylum seekers. Amnesty International, which is organising the protests, says it’s desperate to avoid a repeat of the 2001 election campaign when then Liberal prime minister John Howard used the Tampa incident to bolster the coalition’s prospects. The protests will be held on beaches in Melbourne, Sydney,  Brisbane and Adelaide. People will be forming giant life rings to show politicians many Australians believe in saving lives by helping refugees fleeing war and persecution.