Australia’s immigration department says its managers at a detention centre in the northern city of Darwin are trying to encourage a group of men to end a roof top protest.
Detainees say the Afghan and three Iranian asylum seekers on the roof want processing of their claims speeded up.
Reporter Jane Bardon quotes detainees as saying the protesters have been held in Darwin’s immigration detention centre for at least 16 months.
Detainees say the men are holding up a sheet saying that “keeping them in a cage” for so long is more cruel than Australia’s treatment of live export cattle.
The immigration department says its detention centre provider is “engaging” with the detainees.