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October 1, 2020
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Additional 100 Security Officers Standby for Deployment to Manus

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An additional 100 Security Officers have been placed on standby for deployment to Manus.

 

Australia’s Immigration and Border Minister, Scott Morrison in a statement released today, said this is in addition to the 130 additional security staff that was deployed to Manus on February 1 to 3.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill told parliament this morning, that initial investigations indicate that, the refugees ignited the crisis at the Regional Processing Center on Manus Island, resulting in the death of a man and the injury of over 70 others.

 

Manus MP Ronny Knight questioned the Prime Minister about the strict access of information, and even the passage into the processing center in his electorate.

 

Mr. Knight told parliament that he sent his officers to assess the situation on Monday; however, they were turned back and even refused information.

 

The Prime Minister gave a brief on the investigation launched.

 

He told the house, that initial reports show that locals were not involved in the incident, resulting in the death of a refugee, and injury of over 70 other asylum seeker residents.

 

He also said police were not involved in the incident, however, admitted that warning shots were fired by police.

 

Mr. O’Neill also said initial investigations have indicated that there are possibilities of firearms being hidden within the Processing Centre.

 

In the meantime, a report released by Australia’s Minister for Immigration and Border Security, Scott Morison, said the Centre resumed normal operations this morning.

 

Mr. Morrison said 100 additional security staff are placed on standby for deployment to Manus.

 

This is in addition to the 130 additional security staff that was deployed to Manus on February 1 to 3.

 

G4S is currently providing Security Services at the Centre.

 

He also said the Manus deal, signed by the two governments, still remains in effect.

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