The Age: protesters began to gather in front of the detention center in Melbourne in support of Djokovic
MOSCOW, Jan 14 – Protesters began to gather in front of the immigration detention center in Melbourne to support the world number one Serb Novak Djokovic, according to The Age.
On Friday, Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke revoked Djokovic’s visa. The Serbian tennis player is expected to be placed back in the immigration detention facility where he was previously held. After Hawke’s announcement, people began to gather in front of the isolation ward. It is noted that at the moment there are about eight demonstrators near the hotel, accompanied by two dogs. They demand the release of about 30 migrants who are in detention.
Djokovic’s lawyers were previously reported to be exploring legal options to appeal the decision to re-revoke the Australian tennis player’s visa.
Djokovic arrived in Australia for the Australian Open on January 5 and was placed in immigration detention the next day after authorities were not convinced of the reasons for the athlete’s medical exemption from the coronavirus vaccine. Four days later, Djokovic was released from detention by court order, but Minister Hawke retained the right to decide on the second cancellation of the visa. As previously reported, in this case, Djokovic could face a ban on entry to Australia for three years.