January 16, 2015
‘This afternoon security guards, police, ‘locals’ (maybe also PNG police) and the Transfield Emergency Response Team began attacking peaceful protests in Delta compound on Manus Island. Oscar compound was also attacked but the attackers were chased out by asylum seekers.’ said Chris Breen for the Refugee Action Collective.Attached is a picture that shows people outside the detention centre trying to get into Delta compound, there is also audio of an asylum seeker saying that ‘police and guards attacked us and they want to come inside Delta’.
‘As the anniversary of the attacks on asylum seekers that led to the murder of Reza Barati draws near, asylum seekers in the detention centre once again appear to be seriously threatened.’ continued Breen’Peter Dutton has today talked tough warning asylum seekers that his approach will be the same as Scott Morrison, but he cannot wash his hands of this situation. He is responsible for asylum seekers’ safety. The Australian government has created this situation and is effectively inflicting terror upon people seeking sanctuary. The fears of asylum seekers are very real. Peter Dutton should not be playing politics with asylum seekers’ lives. Manus Island is not safe for asylum seekers, it must be shut and the asylum seekers and refugees brought to Australia.’ said Breen
for further comment call Chris Breen from the Refugee Action Collective 0403 013 183