Violence flares at Australian refugee facility in PNG
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 9:26
While it is believed the shooting has stopped for now, Mr Rintoul says those living in the compound are frightened that escalating tensions could lead to another incident similar to that which resulted in the death of asylum seeker Reza Berati in 2014. "Those trapped on Manus Island and on Nauru must be brought to Australia, or a third country where their rights and safety can be assured".
There are reports that some bullets hit rooms in the centre, but early indictations suggest there are no injuries.
The ABC has reported that the PNG Navy, stationed next to the detention centre, has been exchanging fire with the locals.
Refugees have challenged Turnbull government claims that shots fired during an outbreak of violence at the Manus Island detention centre were discharged by PNG military personnel into the air.
Around 100 shots were reportedly fired at the detention centre and a mob stormed the complex.
"A Pakistani refugee has been injured in his stomach and is urinating blood", said Mr Boochani.
"It's insane, many people are in shock.
Last night's attack has left them terrified and - after four years of fear, violence and limbo - they are completely exhausted", said the centre's director of legal advocacy, Daniel Webb.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection confirmed there was an incident at Manus Regional Processing Centre involving residents and PNG military personnel.
The Coalition also supplied a video filmed by a detainee in which gunshots can be heard and guards appear to fleeing the centre in a vehicle.
'There are reports one resident was injured from a rock thrown during the incident and he is receiving treatment, ' they said, noting the Department was continuing to monitor the situation.
One asylum seeker tweeted, "everyone is scared even Wilson security".
Asylum seekers inside the centre said they did not know if anyone had been shot.
"There have been conflicting reports on how and why this incident began and the types of force used by authorities on Manus Island".
Police on the island said reinforcements were ordered to the centre to patrol its perimeter and protect detainees, but they were not sure who the attackers were. We just want to live our life in place that is safe, that's all. We found patterns of deliberate abuse at the hands of the Australian Government. "This is Australia's responsibility to be certain these people are in a place where they can live in safety".