Thousands march in Australia supporting calls for SA farmer refugee status

Thousands march in Australia supporting calls for SA farmer refugee status

- Throngs of people joined a march supporting Peter Dutton’s proposal to grant refugee status to white South African farmers

- The march took place in Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland Australia on Sunday

- Crowds could be heard chanting “thank you, Australia” and “thank you, Mr Dutton” as they marched through the city

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Australia’s home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, opened a can of worms with his controversial statement about fast-tracking visa applications or providing special refugee status to white South African farmers.

While his statement has been slammed in some quarters, including the South African government, support for his proposal has actually started growing in Australia.

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On Sunday, thousands of people marched through the streets of Brisbane, Australia to show their support for Dutton’s proposal. The march was organised by the Brisbane South African community. gathered that marchers took to the streets of Brisbane which is the capital city of Queensland in Australia to deliver a letter to the Queensland Parliament which would be passed onto Australia’s national Parliament in Canberra.

Crowds could be heard chanting “thank you, Australia and “Thank you, Mr Dutton” as the marched through the city.

An Australian Senator, Fraser Anning, tweeted that the march, which he described as the ‘stop genocide against white South Africans’, was incredibly well supported and that thousands had attended.

One of the marchers, Roz Potgieter, said she and others in the crowd appreciated the Australian government’s recognition of the plight facing white farmers in South Africa.

“Violent crime is rampant in South Africa and affects all of its communities, but the attacks on farmers are particularly brutal," she said. Potgieter added that in her view white farmers were being racially targeted by criminals.

The letter to the Australian government was accepted by MP Andrew Laming, who recently came out in support of Dutton’s proposal.

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