Detainee says 100 protesting at Darwin centre

An asylum seeker says 100 detainees at Darwin’s Northern Immigration Detention Facility are holding a protest.

The man, who did not want to be named, says 100 men from Afghanistan and Iran spread white sheets on the ground this morning and are sitting together in protest.

He says the men are angry that six detainees who held a rooftop protest yesterday were talked down on the promise they could speak to Immigration Department officials.

That did not happen, he says.

He says the men were put in an isolation compound but were later released when today’s protest began.

The asylum seeker says the 100 detainees are continuing their protest and are calling for the Immigration Department to hold talks with them over delays in their cases.

“I think some [of the detainees] have been [held for] 14 months or 16 months,” he said.

“Everybody is shocked about this system but they don’t have [an] alternative way.”

He says the men had been shocked by the treatment of the six rooftop protesters and this had sparked today’s action.

The ABC has contacted the Immigration Department for a response.


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