Pacific Media Watch

10 November 2015

AUSTRALIA: Authorities move in to seize 'rebel' detention centre

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Christmas Island detention centre for refugees ... tear gas and rubber bullets. Image: DW

AUCKLAND (Māori Television / Pacific Media Watch): A detainee at Australia's Christmas Island Immigration Detention centre says armed officers have moved in to take back control of the facility today.

The inmate, who has asked to be called "Ariki" (chief) says officers have moved in and fired rubber bullets at some of the detainees.

“They moved in and headed straight to compound 1, they are all out on the field and are keeping an eye on the other compounds.”

He claims around 50 people have barricaded themselves in the compound that the officers are focusing on.

“Some of us went out just to have a look at what’s going on and they  yelled at us to get back and fired tear gas canisters,” he says.

"Ariki" has estimated that there are around 30 people in the compound he is currently in and they are not being violent or aggressive towards officers.

“We are just sitting here quietly waiting to see what happens we don’t wanna get shot at.”

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