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Papua New Guinea police enter abandoned Australian-run detention camp

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 01:26

Police enter an officially shuttered Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea, ordering some 380 asylum seekers occupying it to leave. Samantha Vadas reports.

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Chaotic scenes at an abandoned detention centre in Papua New Guinea. An asylum seeker collapses in a heated protest with local police who stormed the Australian-run camp on Thursday (November 23). Authorities are trying to end a three-week stand-off with almost 400 men who've barricaded themselves inside the closed facility, and are still refusing to leave out of fear they'll be attacked because locals don't want them there. "They want to kill us" they chant as officers move in. Inmates tell Reuters police began carrying away their food and water in an attempt to force them out. Strewn across the ground are their belongings, which are said to have been destroyed by authorities. Asylum seekers say they climbed onto rooftops and hid in toilets to avoid eviction. But Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has little sympathy. "Leave and and go to the alternative accommodation that has been provided." The men are held in the camp under Australia's strict immigration law which refuses to allow in asylum seekers who arrive by boat. New Zealand has offered to take some of the men, but Australia has declined, saying its priority is an existing refugee swap deal with the U.S.

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Papua New Guinea police enter abandoned Australian-run detention camp

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 01:26