Asylum Seekers Continue Stand-off in WA
A standoff between security at a detention centre in northwestern Australia is now in its fifth day. Australian immigration officials say 28 guards have been injured so far in clashes with the asylum seekers at the Curtin detention centre in Western Australia. Riots broke out on Friday to protest the Australian government's rejection of scores of asylum applications.Hundreds of detainees armed with knives and sharpened broom sticks took over parts of the facility late Sunday protesting against living conditions and threats of deportation. A fire was also lit at the Curtin centre. Australian Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock has come under increasing pressure while abroad in the United Kingdom to rethink Australia’s stance toward those seeking asylum and refugee status. Ruddock was set up while attending a legal conference in the UK. Lawyers attending the conference fired a series of accusations at Ruddock before he vacated the scene. Australia has continued a “tough stance” against those seeking asylum and refugee status, a policy that was highlighted with the plight of the people aboard the Tampa ship. Australia refused to allow the people to disembark onto Australian soil. New Zealand and Nauru eventually averted a human catastrophe after providing sanctuary to the asylum seekers.
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