36 "Light The Dark" Photos That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

On Sunday night, thousands of people around Australia held candlelit vigils to protest the inhumane treatment of asylum seekers. The photos will give you goosebumps.

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Reza Barati was a 23-year-old asylum seeker from Iran. He arrived at Christmas Island last July, and was transferred to Manus Island in August. He was killed there on Monday.

Via smh.com.au

Another 62 people were injured in the violent clashes at the detention centre on Manus Island.

1. On Sunday night at 8pm, thousands of Australians gathered to light candles in honour of Reza.

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"Honouring Reza Barati in Brisbane".

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4. Amazing photos were uploaded to social media using the #LightTheDark hashtag.

Great turnout in support of asylum seekers @ #lightthedark Sydney protesting inhumane treatment of refugees

Murray Fredericks@MurrayFred

Great turnout in support of asylum seekers @ #lightthedark Sydney protesting inhumane treatment of refugees

09:30 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Every candle a glimmer of hope. The Australia that could be. #LightTheDark

Brad Chilcott@bradchilcott

Every candle a glimmer of hope. The Australia that could be. #LightTheDark

09:54 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Town Hall, Sydney, 8pm #LightTheDark @welcome2aussie @GetUp @LeilaDruery

Brooke Eggleton@Brookeggleton

Town Hall, Sydney, 8pm #LightTheDark @welcome2aussie @GetUp @LeilaDruery

01:18 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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These kids get it #LightTheDark

9. As well as honouring Reza, many protested the government policy of sending asylum seekers who arrive by boat to offshore detention centres.

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"#lightthedark Detention centres are unhealthy, inhumane, expensive, unnecessary and ultimately deadly. There are better alternatives for refugees."

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Grieving the death of asylum seeker Reza Berati and grieving the violent policies of our govt #lightthedark

asha bee@theashabee

Grieving the death of asylum seeker Reza Berati and grieving the violent policies of our govt #lightthedark

08:43 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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We stand united with the refugees on Manus Island and demand action from our government. #lightthedark

Nick Bond@bondnickbond

We stand united with the refugees on Manus Island and demand action from our government. #lightthedark

09:07 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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#LightTheDark To remember those we have allowed to be harmed and to ensure it does not happen again #auspol #change

Carolyn Pickering@CLPickering

#LightTheDark To remember those we have allowed to be harmed and to ensure it does not happen again #auspol #change

09:44 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Remembering Reza, offering hope & support to the thousands of asylum seekers imprisoned and turned away #LightTheDark

Krista Recsei@KRecsei

Remembering Reza, offering hope & support to the thousands of asylum seekers imprisoned and turned away #LightTheDark

09:43 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

14. Group vigils were held in major cities around Australia.

MT @luckytran Amazing what we can do when we come together Australia! #LighttheDark

Amnesty Australia@amnestyOz

MT @luckytran Amazing what we can do when we come together Australia! #LighttheDark

10:06 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Arms raised and hearts united in Sydney. #LightTheDark

GetUp!@GetUp

Arms raised and hearts united in Sydney. #LightTheDark

08:22 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The Sydney Town Hall Square crowd for refugee compassion #lightthedark overflowed.

Jane Salmon@JSalmonupstream

The Sydney Town Hall Square crowd for refugee compassion #lightthedark overflowed.

09:12 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Thank you Sydney! 10,000 #lightthedark for 10,000 #asylum seekers in detention. We pledge to fight & end this cruelty

ASRC@ASRC1

Thank you Sydney! 10,000 #lightthedark for 10,000 #asylum seekers in detention. We pledge to fight & end this cruelty

08:54 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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#LightTheDark Melb crowd of 5, 000 holding lit candles showing their support for Reza Berati and all #asylumseekers

ASRC@ASRC1

#LightTheDark Melb crowd of 5, 000 holding lit candles showing their support for Reza Berati and all #asylumseekers

08:24 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Amazing. Great crowd in Brisbane tonight! RT @ohill8 #LightTheDark Brisbane

GetUp!@GetUp

Amazing. Great crowd in Brisbane tonight! RT @ohill8 #LightTheDark Brisbane

07:48 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Lighting the Dark - Port Adelaide at the base of a very familiar lighthouse. #LightTheDark

Peter Johnstone@sem4peter

Lighting the Dark - Port Adelaide at the base of a very familiar lighthouse. #LightTheDark

09:43 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

21. It wasn't just the large cities that got involved - smaller communities also took part.

#lightthedark in Hazelbrook, Blue Mountains- almost 100 community members shining a light @getup

Amanda Carr@amandayogaglow

#lightthedark in Hazelbrook, Blue Mountains- almost 100 community members shining a light @getup

09:36 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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#newcastle #lightthedark My son, grandson of a refugee.

Carol Duncan@carolduncan

#newcastle #lightthedark My son, grandson of a refugee.

09:25 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Small but beautiful gathering in Port Macquarie for #LightTheDark

Anniepalooza@Anniepalooza

Small but beautiful gathering in Port Macquarie for #LightTheDark

09:40 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Bundeena residents #LightTheDark on Hordern's Beach.

GetUp!@GetUp

Bundeena residents #LightTheDark on Hordern's Beach.

09:41 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

26. Many who couldn't make it to a gathering did something to #LightTheDark in their own way.

#LightTheDark #asylumseekers we love you, you are not alone, you will be free & safe, we will not let you down again

Fiasco Fray@fiascofray

#LightTheDark #asylumseekers we love you, you are not alone, you will be free & safe, we will not let you down again

09:42 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Australia was meant to be the safe place Reza was looking for. I am so ashamed. #LightTheDark #RIPRezaBerati

Victoria Rollison@Vic_Rollison

Australia was meant to be the safe place Reza was looking for. I am so ashamed. #LightTheDark #RIPRezaBerati

10:40 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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#LightTheDark vigil near Cooma in memory of Reza Berati.

GetUp!@GetUp

#LightTheDark vigil near Cooma in memory of Reza Berati.

03:48 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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From our young family in Burwood. Australia can do better than this. #lightthedark

Sara_M@sara_maria_

From our young family in Burwood. Australia can do better than this. #lightthedark

07:57 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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This gov doesnt reflect our family's values. We welcome asylum seekers into our country & into our home #LightTheDark

Cara Wood@CaraLevinson

This gov doesnt reflect our family's values. We welcome asylum seekers into our country & into our home #LightTheDark

08:11 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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For you, Reza. May you find your peace. #LightTheDark

Eliza Cussen@ElizaCussen

For you, Reza. May you find your peace. #LightTheDark

08:50 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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"If nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do." #LightTheDark from Coonabarabran. We're failing.

Stephen Turner@SteveT_AU

"If nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do." #LightTheDark from Coonabarabran. We're failing.

09:16 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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"My own small attempt to #lightthedark - the darkness appears to grow thicker every day with this government, which is why it is so important that we let them and the world know that this government does not speak for Australia; that we do not consent to this degrading, cruel system to push away those that come to us in their time of need."

36. Even people around the world got involved.

#LightTheDark to pay respect to asylum seekers who have suffered under our watch. http://t.co/pRXBmu0A3K via @GetUp

Katherine Wallace@felloutofthesky

#LightTheDark to pay respect to asylum seekers who have suffered under our watch. http://t.co/pRXBmu0A3K via @GetUp

04:15 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It’s 10:54am in Stuttgart, but I’ve lit the candles for #RezaBarati. Hopefully out of his senseless death will come a change. #lightthedark

Mike Stuchbery@Mike__Stuchbery

It’s 10:54am in Stuttgart, but I’ve lit the candles for #RezaBarati. Hopefully out of his senseless death will come a change. #lightthedark

09:00 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Out of a violent incident, #LightTheDark was a powerful message of compassion and hope.

In the darkest hour, I have finally seen hope. Thx to #LightTheDark tonight - you give me hope we can fight something other than tears.

Kelly-lee Hickey @kellyleehickey

In the darkest hour, I have finally seen hope. Thx to #LightTheDark tonight - you give me hope we can fight something other than tears.

09:42 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Reading the #LightTheDark hashtag gives me hope. So much love and compassion there.

Fi-b@fionahelen

Reading the #LightTheDark hashtag gives me hope. So much love and compassion there.

09:35 PM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

750 vigils organised in just 36 hours. A clear sign that Australians care. #LightTheDark

GetUp!@GetUp

750 vigils organised in just 36 hours. A clear sign that Australians care. #LightTheDark

10:15 AM - 23 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite