Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied has once again put the plight of refugees at Manus Island in the spotlight with a controversial Twitter post on the day Australia marks the end of World War and honours those who gave their lives for the country.
The former ABC host took to social media on Saturday with a post using Remembrance Day phrase ‘Lest We Forget’ alongside the word ‘Manus’ in brackets.
The tweet is a near re-run of a Facebook post made by the social commentator on Anzac Day this year that received a slew of racial attacks and prompted calls for Ms Abdel-Magied to leave Australia.
At the time, Ms Abdel-Magied responded to accusations she was being “un-Australian” by deleting the Anzac Day post and issuing an apology.
“It was brought to my attention that my last post was disrespectful, and for that, I apologised unreservedly,” she said at the time.
The second ‘Manus’ post on Saturday’s day of Remembrance received close to 400 comments, was liked more than 5000 times and retweeted by almost 2000 people.
Ms Abdel-Magied was applauded by some of her followers for her “bravery”, while others were confused as to why she was once again raising asylum-seeker politics on a day of commemoration after facing such intense scrutiny earlier in the year.
“Did this disrespectful woman not learn the first time she made a disparaging tweet?” one Twitter user commented on the post.
The New Daily has sought comment from Ms Abdel-Magied.
— Yassmin Abdel-Magied (@yassmin_a) November 11, 2017
The controversial social media post came the same day asylum seekers and refugees were asked to leave the mothballed detention centre on Manus Island.
Kurdish journalist and Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani said police were “telling the refugees to leave the prison camp”, saying “tomorrow will be the last day you are here” in a post on Twitter on Saturday.
Refugees have refused to leave the Australian-run facility that officially closed on October 31, fearing locals near replacement accommodation located at Lorengu will attack them.
Some comments on Ms Abdel-Magied’s post referred to a report in The Australian on Saturday that asylum seekers and refugees at the processing centre had regularly travelled into town to allegedly have sex with underage girls and buy or sell drugs.
The newspaper said Australian government officials had been informed of the activity and that several children were born as a result of the alleged sexual relations.