Australia: Manus Island protesters demand asylum seekers be moved to Australia

Hundreds of activists gathered at Federation Square in central Melbourne, Sunday, calling for the immediate closure of the offshore detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, and for the asylum seekers who had been relocated to the centres to be moved to Australia. According to the reports, some protesters were arrested and injured, but police could not provide the numbers. An activist of... Еще the left-wing 'Get Up' movement Shen Narayanasamy stated there were reports that «many of these people [asylum seekers] are homeless because there is not enough space in these new detention centres and there is an extreme risk of violence at the moment.» Another protester Nicholas called the unfolding situation on Manus Island and Nauru «the moral failure of my generation in this country.» More than 300 asylum seekers were moved by bus on the orders of Papua New Guinea (PNG) officials on Friday in Manus Island, following a three week standoff at a former Australian-run detention centre. The Australian government had the asylum seekers detained on Manus Island and Nauru, refusing to let them settle in Australia on grounds that it would encourage human trafficking.

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