I have to say this saga is really pissing me off. A week or more and NO action? If this was some Aussie idiot on the roof of the local council office protesting his rates rise he would be whipped of that roof quicker than you could say “I want”
But these wannabe refugees think, no, I will destroy the government property of the country I want to live.Yes that will get me what I want! How have they lasted a week? Well because we have given no bloody reason to come down that’s why!
I am surprised KFC havent opened a kiosk up there. Take their food, clothes, comforts blankets and whatever else away, put the firehose on them. Then pack them up on a bus and send them home.
That will let the other morons in there realise this is NOT tolerated in our country. Our own citizens do not even get given this much leeway protesting. political correctness gone made. Get tough on these criminals starting fire etc and step up the efforts of the law-abiding refugees waiting their bloody turn…Who the hell do they think they are? pretty important if we let them keep getting away with this damn nonsense!
Three detainees – Majid Parhizkar, 24, from Iran, and stateless Kurdish men Mehdi and Amir – have now spent a week on top of the centre.
Their applications for asylum have twice been rejected.
“I think we’ve got to get them down,” Mr Abbott told Macquarie Radio.
“We can’t have a situation where people are acting in consistent defiance of legitimate authority.
“These protests have to be ended and if it was happening in our streets, people were occupying buildings in our cities, the police would move in and they would sort it out.
“And I don’t think there’s any fundamental difference here. It just has to be sorted out.”
“I’m pretty sure water’s been getting to them,” Mr Goudkamp said.
“But food is not. They’re not consciously on hunger strike but effectively they are because it’s being imposed upon them.”
Their prolonged protest follows a riot at the centre involving up to 100 detainees who destroyed nine buildings by setting them on fire.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship was unable to immediately respond to requests for comment on the latest situation.
Calls to remove them from the roof comes as asylum seekers started fresh rooftop protests as the Government promised to crack down on unrest.
Last night several asylum seekers took to the roof of Christmas Island’s detention centre to protest against languishing under lock and key.
The move follows riots at Sydney’s Villawood centre, where asylum seekers torched nine buildings last week and refused to end a protest that began on Thursday.
A hunger strike at Curtin detention centre in Western Australia also continues.
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen yesterday talked up plans for tougher laws for asylum seekers in detention.
The proposed changes would allow the minister to refuse permanent protection visas if people were convicted of crimes while in detention, almost certainly leading to more deportation.
Mr Bowen also announced a plan to increase the maximum penalty for making, using or possessing weapons in immigration detention centres from three years to five years.
“I think this sends an appropriate signal that these sorts of activities and actions aren’t acceptable in the Australian community,” Mr Bowen said.
The Herald Sun can reveal that just 15 asylum seekers who arrived by boat in the past four years have been “involuntarily” deported after failing to obtain a visa.
In the same period, about 200 people who arrived by boat “voluntarily” went home after failing to get a visa.
Controversy over Mr Bowen’s proposals raged yesterday with some human rights groups saying it was a return to the “Howard era” of temporary protection visas.
The Greens also attacked the changes.
Mr Abbott said the plan was weak, and an admission that government policies had failed.
“Nothing that’s been announced … will stop the boats or end the protests,” he said.
Mr Bowen said the changes would provide a strong disincentive to riots and violence because people refused permanent protection visas cannot bring family to Australia.
“If you have temporary protection visas across the board then there’s no incentive of course to conduct yourself in immigration detention in an orderly fashion,” he said.
Refugee advocate Ian Rintoul said protests were a sign of desperation from vulnerable people.
“Some asylum seekers inside the detention centre have been waiting over 20 months for ASIO security clearances after being told they were refugees,” he said.
- Protesters haven’t eaten in days: govt (news.theage.com.au)
- Christmas Island action adds to Villawood woes (theage.com.au)
- WA detainees start hunger strike as Villawood stand-off continues (theage.com.au)
- Rioting detainees face being sent home (theage.com.au)
- Bowen stirs up hornets’ nest (news.theage.com.au)