January 8, 2022 2:40:50 pm
On January 6, Novak Djokovic’s visa was revoked by the Australian government as he tried to enter the country to participate in the Australian Open. The government said the World No 1 tennis player had “failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements”.
The Australian government requires players to be fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. Djokovic, however, who has refused to divulge details of his vaccination status, had received a medical exemption. He has previously expressed opposition to the mandatory vaccination requirements for travel.
Djokovic was sent to Park Hotel Carlton after being detained at the airport for close to 10 hours. On Friday, fans of Serbian tennis star were seen outside the hotel. They danced, put up posters, and demanded that Djokovic be let out and allowed to compete in the tournament. Visuals of his supporters were widely shared on social media.
#Djokovic supporters are lighting candles and singing outside the Melbourne hotel where the tennis pro is being held to mark Orthodox Christmas Eve. Some have dashed over after church. In the video they are chanting “Nole”, the pro’s nickname #AO2022 #Melbourne #novakdjokovic pic.twitter.com/u1RaGPop3K
— Marta Pascual Juanola (@MartaPascual3) January 6, 2022
Protest ongoing outside immigration prison Park Hotel, Carlton, where Novak Djokovic is temporarily detained. Unlike the refugees in indefinite detention held there.
Refugees supporters locked on in a cage at the front. Refugees looking down from locked windows. pic.twitter.com/BMOAtwNZck
— Close the Camps Ac. (@ClosetheCamps) January 6, 2022
I disagree with your view on vaccines, mate & no apologies for Aust having a vaccine mandate to play, but you’re experiencing how we treat asylum seekers & refugees
— Craig Foster (@Craig_Foster) January 6, 2022
Is Mr Djokovic with the refugees at the Park Hotel? What a reputation we have.
Please know @DjokerNole that these young men have been in detention for over 9 years. Over a year in the crummie Park Hotel.
Perhaps you can advocate for their freedom?
Thank you. https://t.co/4vQgImBg3u
— Suzie Leach (@saysgrumpysuzie) January 6, 2022
There are asylum seekers in the very same immigration detention hotel that #NovakDjokovic is being kept in, who have been there for 10 years…
Please share this inhumane information widely and force the Australian Government to act.
— Dan Clark (@DanClarkSports) January 7, 2022
While many people have criticised Djokovic and his supporters for propagating an anti-vaccination stance, others have hit out at the Australian government for insensitively detaining Djokovic in “jail-like” conditions.
Many believe Djokovic’s stay at the Park Hotel will shed light on the plea of asylum-seekers, who are being kept at similar facilities across Australia.
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