Which Way 18a - Ongoing Resistance


No End: ‘Resisting with their very lives’

Six men stand in a row facing the camera. They hold their arms raised and crossed in front of their faces in a display of resistance. In the background tropical vegetation and the cloudy sky can be seen.

[imagecaption] 233 days of peaceful protests and counting on Manus, Lorengau, 23 March 2018. Photo: via @ManusAlert. Key moments of resistance include: October 2012 – Protest on Nauru, November 2012 – Hunger Strikes on Nauru,  19 July 2013 – Riot on Nauru, February 2014 – Peaceful Protests on Manus Island,  January 2015 – Hunger Strikes and Peaceful Protests on Manus Island (see timeline), March-November 2016 – Daily Protests on Nauru, October 2017 – Manus Island Siege (23 days of resisting forced removal from the Lombrum camp). See timeline of resistance and solidarity. [/imagecaption]


‘Actually, we have been resisting for years, and I have learnt from my experiences that resisting means fighting against tyranny. I believe that our democratic way and peaceful resistance deeply affected the refugees who created it.’

Behrouz Boochani

For more than four years, people detained on Manus Island and Nauru have been resisting indefinite state violence. It has been a sustained resistance where people have sought to reclaim autonomy in an environment that systematically denies it. People have been ‘resisting with their very lives.’ Resistance has meant a concerted refusal to be silenced and a determination to represent themselves before the world. Resistance has meant a literal speaking back through forms of self-representation such as the Manus Recording Project Collective, a collaborative audio/soundscape project based on recordings made by Farhad Ban­desh, Behrouz Boochani, Samad Abdul, Shamin­dan Kana­p­athi, Kazem Kazemi and Abdul Aziz Muhamat on Manus.  The Manus Recording Project Collective, and its How Are You Today audio archive, ‘directly impli­cates the lis­tener and demands that we attend to the politico-legal con­texts that pro­duce and frame them.’



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