Djokovic Supporters Gather Outside Detention Hotel in Melbourne For Third Day

Crowds gathered outside the Park Hotel in Melbourne, Victoria for a third day, on January 8, after tennis star Novak Djokovic had his Australian visa canceled over his COVID-19 vaccination status.

The world No 1 men’s tennis player had been due to play in the Australian Open. However, the Australian Border Force said Djokovic failed to provide “appropriate evidence to meet entry requirements,” adding that “non-citizens who do not hold a valid visa on entry or who have had their visa canceled will be detained and removed from Australia.”

This footage, filmed by Najma Sambul, a freelance journalist based in Melbourne, shows protesters arrived outside the hotel where the Serbian tennis player was being held. The crowd are chanting “Novak” and some are holding Serbian flags and protest signs.

Refugee advocates hoped Djokovic’s profile would bring attention to the detention of 32 refugees at the facility, and lead to their release. One clip shows pro refugee protesters approached by police, while Sambul said another shows refugees watching the crowd from a hotel window. Credit: Najma Sambul via Storyful

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