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Refugees Suffering Manus Madness

Tuesday 18th February / posted by Chris Wheeldon

Tensions on Manus Island have escalated, resulting in a brawl and the temporary escape by 35 asylum seekers.

Riot police were sent into the compound to quell the clashes, resulting in seven arrests. Refugee advocates say the clashes were a result of asylum seekers discovering they’d been misled about the progress of their asylum applications.

Government ministers from both Australia and PNG have disregarded the riots as a quarrel between those in the camp and praised local security for their handling of the situation.

Local Refugee Rights Action Network Campaigner Sarah Ross spoke to someone on the island as it was happening…

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