Pyne refuses to budge on Manus refugees

Daily protest 99

Daily protest 99

"One site is not yet completely built".

An estimated 600 men are refusing to leave the centre which officially closed last week, when power, water and food services were cut off.

Papua New Guinea (PNG) began dismantling a shuttered Australian-run immigration detention center yesterday and warned it will use force if necessary to evict almost 600 men if they refuse to leave within two days, according to a notice posted at the camp.

"You can not continue to remain here in this condition", the notice says.

Asylum seekers on Manus Island say they fear violent attacks if forced to move to the transit centres, despite losing access to electricity and running water more than a week ago.

The men inside the camp, who include asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Syria, said they would continue to defy attempts to shut the camp.

Australia has been widely criticized by the United Nations and rights groups for detaining asylum seekers who try to reach its shores by boat, even if they are found to be refugees, and keeping them on offshore processing centers in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

It also says fences around the centre are being demolished and the security of those who remain can not be guaranteed.

"The refugees are extremely scared by immigration threat but still saying we will not leave this prison camp for another prison camp", he wrote on Twitter.

"The court dismissed the application of the PNG-determined refugee, finding that he had chosen to remain behind in the closed MRPC and he has himself to blame for the hardships he is facing", said Minister Thomas.

Threats of using force against detainees at the Manus Island detention centre are unprecedented and potentially highly unsafe, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

Rescue removed them from the sail of the Opera House.

"The police already, they beat some of the refugees and the local people".

Support will be provided for those willing to settle in PNG while non-refugees can voluntarily return home or face involuntary removal because they have no lawful right to stay in PNG. The camp was closed on October 31, and water and power have been cut off.

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