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MEDIA RELEASE | CRISIS LOOMS ON MANUS AS WATER AND POWER TURNED OFF

Refugee Action Coalition

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CRISIS LOOMS ON MANUS AS WATER AND POWER TURNED OFF

Tensions escalated on Manus Island on Monday, after the power and water for Foxtrot compound was turned off (notice attached) around 1pm.

Refugees were again told that they ‘need to move to East Lorengu Transit Centre’, but nothing is said about where asylum seekers were meant to go inside the detention centre.

At one point, in the late afternoon, PNG police assembled menacingly at the Foxtrot gate. But refugees came from throughout the centre to the gate and demanded the power be reconnected to Foxtrot. By 6.30pm, the police had gone.

Tonight, nobody has moved and  there are no guards in Foxtrot. Refugee ingenuity means that there is still some light and power in Foxtrot (see attached photo). But refugees are still demanding that power and water be officially turned back on, tomorrow ,Tuesday.

The move against Foxtrot, and the threat of demolition, has created a dangerous situation.

Border Force is creating an impossible situation inside the detention centre, trying to drive people out by depriving them of the most basic necessities and services. It is a form of collective punishment against people that the Australian government has imprisoned illegally.

But nobody is willing to move to East Lorengau when they face the butchery of bush knife attacks. In any case, East Lorenagu can only accommodate 298 refugees, and there are over 700 on Manus.

“Malcolm Turnbull has shown his contempt for the most basic human rights of people in his care. Holding the Manus refugees hostage in this way is a new low for the Australian government,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“The government has no plans to resettle and provide protection for those who are on Manus. Instead of brutalising who need protection, they should should end the stand-off at Foxtrot , restore the power and water. They can stop the atrocities, and meet the October deadline for closing Manus by bringing all the refugees and asylum seekers to Australia.”

The Refugee Action Coalition has called a snap “Bring Them Here” protest, Thursday, 3 August, 5.15 pm (for 5.30 start) at Malcolm Tunbull’s office, 287 New South Head Road, Edgecliff (near Edgecliff station).

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

MEDIA RELEASE | FOXTROT PROTEST DEFIES MOVE ORDERS

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FOXTROT PROTEST DEFIES MOVE ORDERS
A mass protest at the Foxtrot compound on Manus Island has defied Border Force orders to move and demanded that power and water be officially restored to the compound. (Photos attached) .
The protest gathered at 2pm at Foxtrot compound chanted, “We do not want to settle in PNG; do not force us.”
PNG immigration and Border Force did not respond to their call to come to Foxtrot to discuss the situation.
They have also re-iterated their determination that no refugees will move to East Lorengau.
Refugees and asylum seekers are still living in the Foxtrot compound. Refugee electricians have ensure that their is power to the accommodation rooms of the compound.
“We are fearful that they will try to cut the water from Oscar and Delta compounds so we have taken a stand at Foxtrot,” one refugee told the Refugee Action Coalition from the protest.
Meanwhile, frustration at the lies and resettlement delays on Nauru has sparked renewed mass protests at the detention centre on Sunday and Monday nights.
The Refugee Action Coalition has called a snap “Bring Them Here” protest to demand an end to the intimidation and forced moves on Manus – Thursday, 3 August, 5.15 pm (for 5.30 start) at Malcolm Turnbull’s office, 287 New South Head Road, Edgecliff (near Edgecliff station). 
The protest will also raise the victim the tragic circumstances for asylum seekers in the Australian community that ed to the attempted self-immolation by an Iranian man at the Sydney immigration office on Friday, 28 July. 
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713
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