Asylum Seekers Begin Hunger Strike Protest In Western Australia

CANBERRA, April 24 (Bernama) — Asylum seekers detainees on Sunday staged a hunger strike at Western Australia’s Curtin facility, reports Xinhua news agency.

According to Refugee advocate Ian Rintoul, a hunger strike and sit-in involving around 300 detainees at Curtin Airbase detention centre in Western Australia began on Saturday morning.

The asylum seekers were protesting over visitors being prevented from going to the centre over the Easter weekend

“The asylum seekers are asking that they be allowed to see refugee supporters, who have traveled from Perth and cities to see them over the Easter weekend,” Rintoul said in a statement on Sunday.

“Serco (the centre’s management company) have insisted that only one-on-one visits will be allowed, an arrangement that will only allow about 50 asylum seekers to see a visitor.”

Rintoul said the protest was expected to escalate.

Meanwhile, on Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre, three protesters on Sunday remained on the roof to protest against the rejection of their asylum applications.

They have started the roof protest since Wednesday morning, the same day a riot involving up to 100 detainees broke out leaving nine buildings gutted by fire.

Twenty-two of those protesters were transferred to Silverwater Correctional Center, where they were questioned by Australian Federal Police.

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