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    Australia : One Dead, Many Hurt as Asylum Seekers Riot at PNG Detention Camp

    One Dead, Many Hurt as Asylum Seekers Riot at PNG Detention Camp
    MATT SIEGEL
    Tuesday, February 18, 2014


    A woman reads a newspaper containing an advertisement publicizing the Australian government’s policy on asylum seekers arriving by boat, in Sydney in August.

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    SYDNEY — An asylum seeker was killed and at least 77 injured in the second riot this week at a detention center in Papua New Guinea used to process asylum seekers, Australia’s Immigration Minister said on Tuesday.

    One person was in critical condition with a head injury and another sustained gunshot wounds during clashes that erupted after asylum seekers forced their way out of the center on a small island in impoverished Papua New Guinea.

    The facility is part of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s tough stance against asylum seekers but it has come under fire over human rights concerns.

    “Our sympathies are extended to the transferees—that person’s family and friends who would have been in the facility as well,” Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said in reference to the dead asylum seeker.

    “If people choose to remove themselves from that center then they’re obviously putting themselves at much greater risk and in an environment where there is violent behavior,” he told reporters in the northern Australian city of Darwin.

    Canberra’s tough stance on asylum seekers, including offshore processing and a blanket ban on people arriving by boat ever settling in Australia, has been criticized by the United Nations and other groups as illegal and inhumane.

    Australia uses detention centers at Manus Island and another on the tiny Pacific island of Nauru to process would-be refugees sent there after trying to get to Australia, often in unsafe boats after paying people smugglers in Indonesia.

    Refugee advocates say that long-term detention, combined with a lack of clarity on where and when the asylum seekers may be resettled, contribute to a host of mental health problems at the facilities.

    Last month, detainees at a detention center in the remote Australian territory of Christmas Island sewed their lips together as part of a hunger strike in protest over their treatment.

    Morrison said the latest riot began when detainees forced their way through fences surrounding the centre and clashed with Papua New Guinea police, although it remains unclear whether others were involved in the violence.

    The incident followed an attempted breakout from the Manus Island facility on Sunday night, when 35 asylum seekers briefly escaped. Nineteen were injured and eight arrested in that incident.

    Security guards have regained control of the center, which had not been damaged, and PNG police had caught most of the detainees who had escaped during the latest incident, Morrison said. He said it was possible some were still missing.

    The unrest in Papua New Guinea quickly drew calls from critics to shut the facility. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in a November report the center failed to provide “safe and humane conditions of treatment in detention.”

    Sarah Hanson-Young, a Greens Party senator and vocal critic of the government’s asylum seeker policies, said responsibility lay with Abbott and Morrison.

    “The government was warned about the toxic environment on Manus Island repeatedly by organizations like Amnesty International and the UN but those warnings were ignored and dismissed,” she said in a statement.

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    Who are these people who think that can get on a boat and just land in a country and get FALSE asylum?

    Do you see other nationalities taking boats to China, Vietnam, India, Africa, Mexico, the USA, or elsewhere, coming ILLegally and using asylum as an excuse?

    These fraudulent asylum seekers are frauds and maggots.
    ............

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    Shame on them. They should commission a few private jets.

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    IRAN'S official IRNA news agency is reporting the country's foreign ministry has summoned the Australian ambassador to protest the death of an Iranian who sought asylum in Australia.

    The Tuesday report says the ministry's consular director, Hosein Mirfakhar, expressed Iran's "protest and discontent" to Paul Foley about the asylum seeker, who died during a violent protest in a detention camp run by Australia on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

    The Iranian official sought changes in the treatment of asylum seekers, said IRNA.

    The report did not identify the asylum seeker, who died from head injuries.

    In recent years, Iranian nationals have been among the thousands of people who seek asylum in Australia. Many have attempted to reach the country by boat, mostly from Indonesia.


    Iran summons Aust envoy over asylum death | News.com.au


    But...but...he was...

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    That's what happens when you're nice to economic migrants trying to take advantage of farang generosity.
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    Nope , that's what happens when thugs hired as guards can't handle trash talk .

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbaro
    Who are these people who think that can get on a boat and just land in a country and get FALSE asylum?

    Do you see other nationalities taking boats to China, Vietnam, India, Africa, Mexico, the USA, or elsewhere, coming ILLegally and using asylum as an excuse?

    These fraudulent asylum seekers are frauds and maggots.
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    Who said they're fraudulent, shit for brains?

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    The real human tragedy here is the people behind this selling the dream of the promised land to the desperate who want it bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AVVICI View Post
    The real human tragedy here is the people behind this selling the dream of the promised land to the desperate who want it bad.

    Not really, it cost's something like 10 to 20k per head for the trip. These people aren't impoverished, just greedy and trying to buy/steal what others are patiently waiting for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by barbaro
    Who are these people who think that can get on a boat and just land in a country and get FALSE asylum?

    Do you see other nationalities taking boats to China, Vietnam, India, Africa, Mexico, the USA, or elsewhere, coming ILLegally and using asylum as an excuse?

    These fraudulent asylum seekers are frauds and maggots.
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    Bobby,

    I must inform you that the people that arrive in Australia by boat are not genuine refugees. The last genuine refugees to land in Australia where the Vietnamese. They where the real deal and had sweet fuk all.

    These latest tossers have the financial means to pay the people smugglers 6 K a head hence why us Australians feel they deserve sweet fuk all.

    They need to apply officially like the rest of the punters that want to come to Australia. Join the Que is the proper way.

    We do not want Australia to end up like that shit hole England where every fuker gets a start.
    Stroller is a Yerman faggot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post


    Not really, it cost's something like 10 to 20k per head for the trip. These people aren't impoverished, just greedy and trying to buy/steal what others are patiently waiting for.

    The cost is negotiable depending on what the Australian policy is at the time regards refugees.

    Its getting more expensive to get on a boat as the Australian policy is tightening up regards these Illegals floating in.

    The point is that these fukers are buying their way in.

    Fuk them and fuk the tossers that recon the boat people deserve a free passage without applying officially.

    These Illegals are far removed from being genuine refugees.

    Cashed up tossers who have the means to buy their way onto the boat.

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    iF they are genuine refugees facing death in their own country etc, then they would be delighted that they are give a safe haven , even if that means Papua New Guinea.

    As they seems less than pleased at being denied entry to Australia we can only assume that , they are either fraudulent duplicitous piles of rancid dung trying to cheat the system or they are genuine refugees cases but such pieces of shit that they are ungrateful for the chance of a new life in PNG.

    Either way deport them by force , the advanced libertarian west is best without them.

    The west has a fine tradition of giving homes to the downtrodden and victimized, however this good will has been stretched beyond the limit by these bogus cheats and also by genuine refugees, granted safety , but who then don't return to their home country when it becomes safe to do so.
    If they did that then they would free up room for the next wave of real asylum seekers, but they never do ....

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    The facilitators behind the scheme need to get nailed along with the inefficiency of the Indonesian government. This is killing the mosquitoes but not emptying the cess pool.

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    The Indonesian Law officials are balls deep in this scam.

    They are making a fortune out of facilitating the way for refugees. The refos pay their money up front and are given free passage down to where the boats depart.

    Its all been caught on film but nothing is ever done as there is way too much money changing hands.

    If the money was not forthcoming there would be no Refugees on those boats.

    True story.

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    Now that most of the worlds population has mobile phones,the first refugees phoned their family back in wherever and told them about the great Australian way of life.
    Get on the next boat and bring all the neighbors as well,when you arrive in Australia this is what you say in order to get free entry.
    Thanks to BBC soaps being sold to Africa and broadcast,the remote African villagers can now watch how fantastic life is in the U.K
    This has fueled a wave of bogus refugees seeking to live in Paradise U.K
    Technology has its down side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AVVICI View Post
    The real human tragedy here is the people behind this selling the dream of the promised land to the desperate who want it bad.
    They are individuals selling hope, no less corrupt than politicians and religious leaders.

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    Free room, free food, free medical, free every thing on a tropical island. What do girls and beer cost in PNG, can I book a room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    What do girls cost in PNG,
    Given that long pig is still sometimes on the menu there, maybe an arm and a leg......

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbaro View Post
    Who are these people who think that can get on a boat and just land in a country and get FALSE asylum?

    Do you see other nationalities taking boats to China, Vietnam, India, Africa, Mexico, the USA, or elsewhere, coming ILLegally and using asylum as an excuse?

    These fraudulent asylum seekers are frauds and maggots.
    The Cubans did in the early 60's...They were maggots too... At least 2 boats a month on the Florida shore lines.

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    And those Cubans in Florida have the vote to decide who will be the next President of the U.S.A.

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    Manus violence: dead asylum seeker named as Iranian Reza Berati, 23
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    Friday 21 February 2014

    Victim was ‘gentle giant’ who was regarded as a ‘joker’, according to contractors working at detention centre


    Reza Berati, the asylum seeker killed on Manus Island.


    The asylum seeker killed on Manus Island during rioting has been named as 23 year-old Iranian Reza Berati.

    At a briefing on Friday, immigration minister Scott Morrison said that Berati had arrived in Australia on 24 July 2013 – just five days after the hardline PNG solution was announced – and was sent to Manus Island.

    “The family expressed their wish to have the body returned home for burial arrangements,” Morrison said.

    A group of contractors who all met Berati on Manus island sent Guardian Australia an exclusive statement describing him as a “gentle giant”.

    The group said that Berati was “known to be a joker” and that many of the contractors were helping him to learn English.

    “We read him children’s books such as fairy tales and Reza always waited and looked forward to meeting with us and reading with him. He studied a lot,” the group said.

    “He used to always pick up bugs and moths off the ground and put them back in the garden, worried that someone would step on them. (The guys used to feed the moths to cane toad frogs around the compound for fun... There wasn’t much else to do...) He used to try and stop them.”

    They continued: “Reza also always helped staff hand out medical slips and appointment slips to those in the same compound as him. He wanted to keep busy to avoid boredom and keep his mind active.”

    The group described Berati as “very tall and very muscly” and said they were worried that he may have been singled out during the riot because of his size.

    None of the contractors were present in the detention centre at the time of the riots but say they had met with Berati “nearly every day” during their stints on Manus.

    “Reza worked out in the gym a lot and taught his friends how to stay fit and healthy. He helped his friends learn how to use the gym equipment. Many of the guys did not want to participate in recreational activities due to stress, depression and other mental health issues.”

    Guardian Australia understands that Berati was detained in Mike compound where the majority of the rioting broke out. He was transferred from Oscar compound due to the length of his stay on Manus, and for good behaviour.

    “Reza had a close relationship with many of the other transferees, where one was, the other was not far away,” the group said.

    Berati’s body is now being moved with a Papua New Guinea police escort to Port Moresby where an autopsy will be conducted. Morrison said Australia was “assisting” with the autopsy.

    It is unclear whether the PNG coroner will also conduct an inquiry into the death of Berati. Coronial inquests have to be approved by the PNG national executive eouncil, but it has not yet issued any approval relating to Berati’s death.

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    Australians commemorate slain asylum seeker Reza Berati
    Lucy Carroll
    February 23, 2014


    Crying out for change: Hundreds take part in the candlelight vigil at Sydney's Town Hall.

    Photo: Sahlan Hayes

    More than 4000 people gathered at Sydney's Town Hall on Sunday night for a candlelight vigil to remember slain Iranian asylum seeker Reza Berati.

    The crowd was addressed by The Chaser's Chris Taylor, and actress Imogen Bailey spoke about her experience on the SBS televison documentary series Go Back To Where You Came From.

    Activist group GetUp said about 15,000 people attended at least 600 snap protests across Australia on Sunday, from Queensland cattle stations to Melbourne's Federation Square.

    The protests come days after Mr Berati, 23, was killed and 62 other asylum seekers were injured in violent scenes at the Australian-run immigration detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

    "Many thousands of Australians tonight cried out for change,” said GetUp's national director Sam Mclean.

    “The truth is we just don't know what's happening in these places, the Government's shut off the lights, taking censorship to an unprecedented level.”

    “We need a truly independent inquiry into this tragedy and proper public scrutiny of these places.”

    In Melbourne, more than 1000 people heard from speakers including Tim Costello and Father Bob Maguire.

    "Australians tonight have demonstrated that we are a compassionate and welcoming people,” said Mr Costello.

    “We know asylum policy is complex - but what isn't complex is that a human being who came to us for protection instead died in terrible circumstances.”

    Vigils were held in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Brisbane and regional towns including Devonport, Darwin, Wollongong, Geelong, Whyalla, Albany, Alice Springs, Coodanup and Caloundra.

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    Many of the guys did not want to participate in recreational activities due to stress, depression and other mental health issues.
    Poor things -sound like just the kind of lower race scum that could not cope living in the west .
    Imagine them as your next door neighbours - sadly a reality for many .
    Send them back .

    23 year-old Iranian Reza Berati.
    He used to always pick up bugs and moths off the ground and put them back in the garden, worried that someone would step on them. (The guys used to feed the moths to cane toad frogs around the compound for fun... There wasn’t much else to do...) He used to try and stop them.”
    He's soft in the head !
    I bet the truth comes out that another inmate killed him , sick of his drama queen attitude.

    A bullshit article , followed by another , and still no mention of what he was ''escaping'' and claiming asylum from ?

    “We know asylum policy is complex - but what isn't complex is that a human being who came to us for protection instead died in terrible circumstances.”
    and yet the soppy Aussie liberals are still trying the same guilt trip even though it's baseless.

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    Manus Island detention centre security staff allowed armed locals into facility, witnesses say
    Liam Cochrane

    A witness to violence at the Manus Island detention centre last Monday night says guards from the security firm G4S allowed locals armed with makeshift weapons into the facility.

    The Federal Government has backed away from its initial claims about what happened during the violence at its off-shore detention centre that killed one detainee and left dozens more injured.

    Immigration Minister Scott Morrison initially said 23-year-old Iranian man Reza Berati sustained a fatal head injury on February 17 while outside the detention centre, but on Saturday he said new information suggested the incident, along with much of the riot, occurred inside the centre's perimeter.

    At the scene that night were expatriate G4S guards, most of them Australian, locally engaged Papua New Guinean G4S guards both in uniform and out of uniform, the Incident Response Team (IRT) and PNG's notorious police mobile squad - who were the only ones armed.

    A Papua New Guinean guard employed by G4S has told ABC's 7.30 program - on condition of anonymity for fear of losing his job - that the unrest began when asylum seekers were taunting the local staff.

    A large crowd of local residents had also gathered to watch a stand-off that continued for several hours.

    The protests were concentrated in Mike compound, but as detainees in Foxtrot compound were taken to a nearby playing field for safety some escaped and joined in the riot.

    A witness who watched the unrest from about 100 metres away - who would not be identified for fear of repercussions from security guards - said 10 to 15 locals armed with lengths of wood got involved.

    He says asylum seekers were taunting local staff with highly offensive insults and G4S guards asked the locals to come inside the centre.

    Claims security staff let locals into the centre


    The image from February 17 reportedly showing of G4S security guards outside from Manus Island centre.


    The only image to emerge from the night of February 17 appears to show the G4S riot team at the fence of the compound.

    The witness says the G4S guards wanted to get inside.

    "The police fire warning shots and that scared the clients and they went into their rooms. And that's when G4S went in," he told the ABC.

    "And when the G4S get into the camp they belt, they fight with the clients and belt them very badly. Some are wounded, blood run over their face."

    Witness and guards say some G4S staff were injured by stones or by asylum seekers fighting back but there have been conflicting reports about whether local residents joined in the brawl.

    "The locals came to see what's happening, they were on the road to see what's happening," the witness said

    "The G4S guards just break the fence down they told everybody to go in and stop them and hit them and fight them.
    We as a company do not tolerate violent or abusive behaviour from our employees

    G4S statement
    "Because the G4S guards want manpower to help them so they took them inside, the locals helped them."

    Besides firing the shots, according to this witness, the police mobile squad played a limited role and he claims it was Papua New Guinean G4S guards who did most of the fighting.

    Some of the asylum seekers, who tried to escape the violence by hiding in a gym were dragged out and brought assaulted, the witness says.

    The expat guards reportedly stayed out of the violence for the most part trying to calm the situation and overseeing operations.

    A spokesperson said the company company supports the government review and it takes allegations that G4S staff were involved in violence "seriously".

    "We as a company do not tolerate violent or abusive behaviour from our employees," the company said in a statement last week.

    "We support the investigation of the incident that was announced by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, and we will fully cooperate with that investigation."

    Injured detainees sustained 'blunt trauma' to the head: doctor


    Iranian asylum seeker Reza Berati died in the disturbance.
    (Supplied)

    An Australian G4S guard - who requested anonymity because of his contract with the company - told the ABC that Mr Berati was hit with lengths of wood and metal poles taken from beds, and had his head or neck stomped on.

    However, the ABC cannot verify the accuracy of this information.

    Other seriously injured asylum seekers were rushed to the local hospital 20 kilometres away.

    "Someone with a blunt, possibly a blunt trauma to the left orbit. It was grossly swollen, he couldn't look out the left eye," Lorengau Hospital acting director of medical services Dr Changol Amai said.

    Dr Amai says almost all of those treated by medical staff were Iranian.
    A local doctor, familiar with tribal violence, says asylum seekers underestimated what could happen when a group of Papua New Guinean men felt slighted.
    Once the first punch is thrown, it will go right until the end. That's one thing which I'm sure the refugees or even the Australian government hasn't taken into account.

    Dr Changol Amai
    "Once the first punch is thrown, it will go right until the end. That's one thing which I'm sure the refugees or even the Australian government hasn't taken into account, because this is the way we are," Dr Amai said.

    Some locals on Manus Island believe the violence could be repeated if the processing of refugee applications is seen to drag on.

    Following the deadly riot, the protests have stopped and security around the facility tightened.

    Twice the ABC was forced by local police to delete footage, once under direct threat of arrest.

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