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A large group of protesters gathered on Friday outside the Melbourne hotel where Novak Djokovic is being detained, with supporters demanding his release, activists and activists calling attention to the refugees detained at the hotel Including, as put by the world’s top-ranked male tennis player. A spotlight on Australia’s strict immigration and vaccination policies.

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A group of about 200 people gathered outside the Carlton Park hotel, including Djokovic fans, Serbian expatriates, anti-vaccine protesters and even refugee advocates, according to Melbourne newspaper. Age Reported,

The world’s No. 1 tennis star spent Orthodox Christmas – widely celebrated in Central and Eastern Europe – in custody as she awaits a verdict in a legal case filed by her lawyers earlier this week, involving Australian The government’s decision to cancel his visa was challenged.

Some protesters gathered outside the hotel, waving Serbian flags and using megaphones to chant “Free Novak”, while others insisted that their vaccination status would not matter to those who had already received their shots. have done.

Despite protests, Australian Home Minister Karen Andrews dismiss The idea that Djokovic was being held captive against his will, adding that he was free to leave the country at any time.

Supporters of Djokovic weren’t the only ones who gathered outside the venue as anti-racism groups and refugee advocates also showed up with banners that read “Refugees welcome, Djokovic is not.”

Activists sought to draw attention to Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, which they Specified as “inhumane, deeply cruel and illegal under international law.”

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