Saturday, April 23, 2011

Immigration Detention Riot in Australia

From the Associated Press:

Police investigating a riot at an Australian immigration detention center were on Friday questioning 22 people about the protests started by asylum seekers whose visa applications had been rejected.

A handful of protesters remained camped out on rooftops at Sydney's Villawood Detention Center on Friday, with officials sending up supplies of food and water, an immigration department spokeswoman said on customary condition of anonymity.

Around 100 people at the facility were involved in the riot, which began Wednesday night when two detainees climbed onto a roof. Protesters set an oxygen cylinder alight, which led to an explosion, and fire destroyed nine buildings. No one was injured. Read more..


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