Gas used on rioting detainees
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’’.