Gas used on ri­ot­ing de­tainees

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

A RIOT at the Christ­mas Is­land de­ten­tion cen­tre was sparked when po­lice and se­cu­rity staff grabbed and hand­cuffed sus­pected protest lead­ers, a refugee sup­port group says.

Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice ( AFP) of­fi­cers used tear gas to quell the protest by about 300 asy­lum seek­ers early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

One de­tainee was taken to hos­pi­tal with a sus­pected bro­ken leg and fences and doors were dam­aged dur­ing the con­fronta­tion.

Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Chris Bowen has promised an ‘‘ arm’s length’’ in­quiry into the protest, in­clud­ing a re­view of the AFP’s use of tear gas.

The AFP will carry out its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion and de­cide whether to lay any charges.

The fed­eral op­po­si­tion says the riot is ev­i­dence that Aus­tralia’s de­ten­tion sys­tem is ‘‘ in cri­sis’’.

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