Australian people not cruel just 'manipulated by government': Behrouz Boochani

In an exclusive interview with SBS Kurdish about his speech, the 35-year-old Manus detainee went on to accuse the major political parties of manipulating the Australian people by “spreading fake security reasons” to induce “fake fear” about refugees.

“In my perspective both Labor and Liberal parties are criminal and should [have to] answer [to this] one day,” he said.

“If Australian people [were] fully aware of what is exactly happening, they would not have let their government to do this. They are not cruel people, they are only manipulated by the government.”