Immigrants arrested following detention centre protests

A number of illegal immigrants were arrested after they caused considerable damage to the ground floor during a protest one of the residences at the detention centre in Safi.
The protest started late yesterday evening, and involved a group of around 90 immigrants who are being detained in the centre’s Block B.

Some of the immigrants armed themselves with pieces of metal and started wrecking parts of the security barrier around the building. The police as well as members of the Armed Forces had to be called in to calm the protestors down for safety reasons. With the help of Lt. Col. Brian Gatt, the situation was back under control by 0100h this morning.

Subsequent searches in the protestors’ dormitories revealed more pieces of metal and some mobile phone sets.

Nobody was injured during the incidents. The persons arrested are expected in Court within the next few days.

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