Release peace anti-extremist activist Warren Marriner
Australian authorities had again sent the wrong message to all directions when it comes to fight against extremism and possible terrorism.
Upon his return to Perth, Australian security agencies had detained peace and anti-extremist activist New Zealand citizen Warren Marriner and notified him of intension to revoke his visa. He is currently detained in Redcliff Perth immigration detention centre.
Mr Marriner was visited by AFP agents before his departure to Syria to participate in our First International Tour of Peace to Syria. He was also interrogated at Perth airport en route to Damascus.
We consider Mr Warren Marriner a prisoner of opinion. Authorities have no legitimate reason to detain and deport a person for his opinion, even if this opinion contravenes the opinion of our politicians. This move gives worrying signal that our authorities are using terrorism threat to silence people on issues related to the origin of radicalisation and terrorism in our society.
We demand Australian authorities to retreat from its decision to detain and deport Mr Marriner.