Perth, Sunday Feb 23rd, 2014.
Over 500 people gathered in Stirling Gardens in Perth city for a candlelight vigil held for 23-year-old Iranian asylum seeker, Reza Berati.
Reza was killed during an incident at a detention centre run by the Australian government earlier in the week, in which over 60 asylum seekers were injured.
The vigil in Perth was held in conjunction with vigils in other cities around Australia, with thousands in attendance.
A minutes silence was held for Reza Berati, and those at the vigil were encouraged by organisers to take photos of themselves and their friends at the event to post on social media tagged with #lightthedark.
Speakers at the event called for an end to detention of asylum seekers by Australia, saying that current immigration policies were in violation of United Nations’ agreements on asylum seeker rights, to which Australia is a signatory.