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April 20, 2011

BUILDINGS BURN AT VILLAWOOD DETENTION CENTRE

by refugeeactioncoalitionsydney

At least three buildings in stage 3 are on fire and one major fire has been set in the grounds of the stage 3 compound. Fire engines are racing to the detention centre to attend to the fires.

There are reports that windows have been broken in the management office.

Villawood detention centre is in uproar as more asylum seekers stage protests in the grounds of stage 3 inside the detention centre, while the roof top protest of 13 asylum seekers continues.

Serco guards have withdrawn from the compound.

There are 13 people on the roof-top protest – three Kurdish, two Iranian and eight Afghan asylum seekers. There have been in detention for between 13 and 20 months.

For an eyewitness report of the protests at Villawood last night read this post on Brami Jegan’s blog

“We are too tired,” one of the detainees told the Refugee Action Coalition, “Everyone is too tired. I have never seen Villawood like this – everyone is protesting. Everything is burning now.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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