Villawood rioters held in maximum security jail

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Villawood rioters held in maximum security jail

Postby sledge » Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:55 pm

The rioters burnt burnings and smashed windows etc.. shocking!

Asylum seekers involved in last week's riot at the Villawood detention centre are being held without charge in a Sydney maximum security jail.

Continuing stand-offs at Villawood and Western Australia's Curtin detention centre are proving a headache for the Department of Immigration.

Overnight, three protesters were persisting with their rooftop protest at Villawood, while at Curtin around 100 people are staging a vigil and some of them are on a hunger strike.

In the meantime, civil liberty groups are complaining about the treatment of 22 asylum seekers who were involved in a riot at Villawood last week and subsequently taken to Sydney's Silverwater prison.

They have not yet been charged but the Migration Act means they do not have to be, even if they are being housed in a maximum-security jail.

Stephen Blanks is the secretary of the New South Wales Council of Civil Liberties.

"They are in a very fragile state of mind. They are very fearful about what is happening to them," he said.

"They haven't been told why they've been taken to Silverwater prison. They haven't been charged with any offence, they haven't been interviewed."

A spokeswoman from the Australian Federal Police told AM: "There have been no charges or arrests at this time. The AFP will continue to assess possible Commonwealth offences relating to this incident."

Sandi Logan is a spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

"Under the Migration Act, we are able to designate suitable places as alternative places of detention," he said.

"That can range anywhere from a hospital room or a hospital ward, serviced apartment, a motel room and in this case, for the purposes of the act, the Silverwater Correctional Centre has become an alternative place of detention."

Mr Blanks says the Council of Civil Liberties has lodged a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission and he is not satisfied with the department's rationale for housing the men in a jail.

"That might be the figleaf of legality that the Department of Immigration is relying on, but it is just totally inappropriate for a maximum security prison to become an immigration detention centre," he said.

Mr Logan says the Immigration Department is "very confident" that the detainees in Silverwater are "being treated exactly the same as anyone else, Australian citizen or otherwise, who is being incarcerated in a New South Wales correctional centre".

Refugee activists say the situation inside the Curtin detention centre, where some detainees are staging a hunger strike, is volatile.

"There is a tinderbox inside Curtin Detention Centre as there is in every other detention centre in Australia, and it doesn't take much of a match to light quite a large fire, as we've seen," the Refugee Action Coalition's Ian Rintoul said.

Mr Rintoul says 150 people are protesting at Curtin and 100 are on a hunger strike, but the Immigration Department says the real number of protesters is 80 and the number on a hunger strike is just 12.

Refugee activists say the situation inside the Curtin detention centre, where some detainees are staging a hunger strike, is volatile. well these people come here illegal and expect the 5 star treatment. It does take time to check some people before letting them into the community or not. Disguisting behaviour

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Re: Villawood rioters held in maximum security jail

Postby MADNOTBAD » Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:17 pm

I have not an iota of sympathy for them.

If the authorities don't shoot them, which they should, then Immediate deportation Is the only answer. Why should the Australian Tax Payer pay for these savages to be kept In prison.

It's the same In England... If they don't get 6 star treatment, they are harping to the human rights lawyers.
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Re: Villawood rioters held in maximum security jail

Postby sledge » Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:35 am

During this riot Refugee Support Group was protesting outside the detention centre basically encouraging these people to riot and smash buildings, one big carry on! because the Government hasn't processed their applications quick enough. They want the Government to detain these illegal queue jumpers in hotels/motels or with friends. We already have about a million illegal immigrants living in the community that the Immigration Department has not tracked down or never. Most have just over stayed their visas while some escaped from the detention centres(with assistance) and being supported by friends or these refugee activists. :bs:

Most people i have came across are fed up with this rubbish going on even those who immigrant legally.
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