Protests in Manus, Nauru as Australia ‘Stalls’ on Policy
Asylum-seekers and refugees at the Manus Island centre in Papua New Guinea are staging the biggest protests there since a mass hunger strike in January 2015.
As protests at the other Australian-run detention centre on Nauru enter day 56, those in the Manus Island centre have been holding signs and chanting “Freedom, Freedom” and “This place is illegal.” The centre in PNG was ruled unconstitutional by the country’s Supreme Court, prompting Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, to vow to close it. However the Australian authorities said this might take some time and repeated that the refugees and asylum-seekers would never go to Australia. One asylum-seeker, Behrouz Boochani, said they were determined to have their human rights respected and Australia had exiled them by force to what they describe as a hell. Ian Rintoul, the spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, said the Turnbull government was stalling and trying to drag things out until after the election, but the offshore processing regime was collapsing.
Protest on Nauru.