November 12, 2012

Asylum seekers stage rooftop protest

Evelyn Yamine
The Daily Telegraph November 12, 2012 12:06PM

Detention centre protest
Protesters take to the roof at Villawood Detention Centre. Picture: Craig Wilson Source: News Limited

THREE protesting detainees have continued with a rooftop protest at Sydney's Villawood immigration detention centre.
The detainees, believed to be Fijian, remained on the roof even as the temperatures began to soar today.
They held up a hand-written sign, written on what looked like a small white sheet, stating:
“We want to live without fears. No Bainimarama Govt.”
The sign refers to Fiji’s Prime Minister and commander of the military forces, Frank Bainimarama, although the Department of Immigration media would not confirm what the protest was about, with a spokesman saying they never reveal the details of a protest.
A Department of Immigration spokeswoman said Monday's protest was "fluid''.
Such protest action would not affect the outcome of detainee visa applications, she said.
The security company Serco, charged with running the facility, was managing the situation, the spokeswoman said.

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