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April 26, 2011

CURTIN HUNGER STRIKE AND PROTEST CONTINUES

by refugeeactioncoalitionsydney

Reports from inside the Curtin detention centre indicate that the hunger strike and protest is continuing. Up to 500 people did not report for breakfast this morning, while scores are reported to have collapsed and required medical attention in an emergency medical tent set up for the purpose. One hundred and nine people are on full hunger strike, some are not drinking water.

The protest bus is set to return to the road block seven kilometers from the gate of the Curtin detention centre for a final protest before it sets off to Perth.

An angry scene yesterday saw part of the temporary fence knocked down by protesters, angered at the refusal to allow a delegation of protesters to meet the asylum seekers.

The protest inside, set off by the imposition of restricted visiting over the weekend is continuing with demands to meet immigration officials to explain the lengthy delays to processing their asylum claims.

Some asylum seekers inside the detention centre have been waiting over 20 months for ASIO security clearances after being told they were refugees. “Chris Bowen’s draconian laws will not stop the protests. Chris Bowen needs to address the underlying problems of lives being devastated by mandatory detention,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. “There are 1000 people waiting for security clearances who were promised they would have answers by the end of April.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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