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Australians to hold vigils for slain asylum seeker on Manus

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Thousands of Australians will gather at vigils across the country to light candles for slain Iranian asylum seeker Reza Berati.

Sam McLean from activist group GetUp says more than 600 snap protests are planned for Sunday night, from Queensland cattle stations to Sydney's Town Hall and Federation Square in Melbourne.

The protests come days after Mr Berati, 23, was killed and 62 other asylum seekers were injured in violent scenes at the Australian-run immigration detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

Mr McLean said the mood would be sombre on Sunday as families and friends observed a moment's silence.

"I think people are very sad and, I would say, a little ashamed that Australia is turning its back on these people," he said.

"A lot of vigil organisers have said they'll be singing the Australian national anthe [which includes the words]: 'To those who come across the seas, we've boundless plains to share.'

"Those people have told me they want to see us advance Australia fair, not advance Australia cruel."

He said participants wanted more transparency about the Manus Island facility from Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

"We don't know what is being done in our names," he said.

"We don't know the conditions children are being held under on a malarial island. Journalists are not being allowed in to report back to us.

"Our strong message to Scott Morrison is: end the secrecy."

The vigils are due to take place at 8pm (local time) in most major cities, with prominent figures including Imogen Bailey, Father Bob Maguire and Tim Costello all tipped to take part.

AAP

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