Violent attempt to breakout at an Australian refugee camp in Papua New Guinea
35 seekers of asylum in Australia sought to escape from their detention centre (or, prison) in Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, authorities said here on Monday. There were tensions and a lot of consternation about the new developments. However, authorities claimed that all those who sought to escape were finally caught. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the group broke free on Sunday evening but were quickly caught by private security contractors at the detention facility, which is based at one of the two remote Pacific camps used as Canberra's off-shore detention policy’s detention facility.
policy regarding those seeking asylum and is arriving by boat is simple. It is
simple in both its applicability and scope. It simply detains any seeker of
asylum who is arriving by boat or is intercepted at sea and is seeking asylum
on whatever grounds. And that person is then transferred to Manus or Nauru based
on his or her admissibility there and he or she may get a chance to reside
outside Australia and on these islands.
appears from the news reports and the official statements that desperate detainees
resorted to extreme means to escape to somehow find for themselves a new life
elsewhere. According to Scott Morrison, Immigration Minister for Australia, the
detention centre’s power poles were toppled and fences broken during the jail
out-break and bunk beds were also broken to use them as makeshift weapons, but
he added that there was no destruction of the accommodation place proper. The
minister also emphasized that ‘face-to-photo identification’ of all the escaped
detainees was conducted and all of them have now been caught and accounted
purported cause for the violent out-break was a latest meeting that Papua New
Guinea's (PNG) immigration and citizenship authority (ISCA) had with the
detainees over their ‘current visa/migrant status’. And, because in the meeting
they (the detainees) were informed that they would be offered an option to
resettle only in PNG and an option to reside or migrate to a third country
would not be available to them.
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