Ri­ot­ers put on no­tice

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

IM­MI­GRA­TION Min­is­ter Chris Bowen has put Christ­mas Is­land ri­ot­ers on no­tice that they could jeop­ar­dise their bid to be re­set­tled in Aus­tralia.

A group of 200 asy­lum seek­ers threw rocks and burnt tents to the ground on Thurs­day night af­ter po­lice used tear gas to stop them break­ing out of the Christ­mas Is­land im­mi­gra­tion de­ten­tion cen­tre.

An ex­tra 70 po­lice are on their way to the is­land, bol­ster­ing the force to 188, al­though the gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day ruled out bring­ing in the mil­i­tary. The sit­u­a­tion at the re­mote cen­tre, which houses 2398 asy­lum seek­ers, is tense.

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