Refugees on Manus Island fear for their lives as the closing detention centre is looted by locals

Last edited 13th November 2017

Refugees on Manus Island fear for their lives as the closing detention centre is looted by locals

Peter Dutton is refusing calls to bring asylum seekers on Manus Island to Australia despite reports about 600 men have barricaded themselves inside a detention facility that was set to close at 5pm today local time.

The Immigration Minister has rejected claims that the men fear for their lives, as reports surfaced that locals armed with machetes were looting the facility.

“The Coalition Government has had a clear and consistent policy since coming to office; no-one who attempts to enter Australia illegally by boat will ever settle here,” Minister Dutton said.

“Six hundred men at the Manus Regional Processing Centre in Papua New Guinea who attempted to enter Australia illegally via people smuggler’s boats — now aided and abetted by so called ‘advocates’ and the Greens — are trying to force a change to that policy.
“They will not.”

Reports surfaced this afternoon of Manus Island locals armed with machetes allegedly looting the immigration detention centre ahead of its closure.

Sudanese refugee Abdul Mohammad says the asylum seekers and refugees remaining in the Papua New Guinea centre fear for their lives.

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