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September 24, 2010

Rooftop protest by Chinese detainees at Villawood ends

by refugeeactioncoalitionsydney

A rooftop protest by nine Chinese immigration detainees at Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney is over.

The Department of Immigration has confirmed the four women and five men have all left the roof.

Four of the group who were refusing food have been taken to hospital for medical treatment, and two remain under observation.

The group climbed onto the roof on Wednesday morning, demanding the Immigration Department speed up consideration of their request for asylum.

The Department says it did not make any deals with the protesters before they left the roof.

The Immigration Department has confirmed that the nephew of a 36-year-old Fijian detainee who died at Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre has been released from the facility.

Josefa Rauluni was staying with his nephew at the centre when he jumped to his death on Monday.

Fijian community leader John Tui says the 20-year-old old is very distraught about his uncle’s death.

“He came up to me and just hugged me and he sobbed. He just cried a deep sobbing,” he said

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