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January 19, 2021

Asylum Seekers Riot

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A riot sparked between 35 Thai transferees at the Manus Asylum Processing centre, after they were told they would not be settled in Papua New Guinea. 

Police arrested the detainees after they set fire to a compound, pulled down fences, and destroyed tents, last Sunday.


The report was confirmed by Australia’s Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison.

The Asylum Deal signed between Papua New Guinea and the previous Australian Government was described by Minister Morrison as not a detailed deal.


He said his ministry is working on putting the deal in place.


In the recent unrest, the Lorengau Hospital had confirmed to treating about 19 detainees, while the other 8 who escaped during the riot, and were quickly apprehended by local police.


No serious injuries were reported. 


EMTV understands the riot has been going on for longer than a week now.


Australia is in no position to negotiate any asylum seekers, seeking refuge in Australia but it will be sending all boats to the centre in Manus for processing.


Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Radio Australia last Monday that the only way to avoid such riots is to stop all asylum boats from entering Australia.

Currently there are over 1,300 asylum seekers in Manus Province.


So far, the province has not seen real benefits from the asylum deal.


Numerous attempts to get comments from PNG Immigration were unsuccessful.


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