Riot at Christmas Island detention centre following death of asylum seeker

Riot at Christmas Island detention centre following death of asylum seeker

The Immigration Department has confirmed there is a disturbance at the Christmas Island detention centre and authorities are attempting to address the matter.

It comes as there are reports of a riot this morning at the facility following the death of an asylum seeker who escaped on Saturday.

The asylum seeker, who was reportedly an Iranian man in his thirties, escaped the detention centre on Saturday and his body was found yesterday following a day long search.

New Zealand Labour MP Kelvin Davis has been told detainees have “taken over the detention centre.”

He claimed the riots began when a detainee who had asked questions about the death of the man was assaulted.

“They have put holes in the walls, so even if they are rounded up and put back in the cells they actually can’t be locked up,” Mr Davis told ABC radio.

It comes as the Refugee Action Coalition says the man who died was not supposed to be in detention.

“He was unfairly charged with assault following a fight between detainees at the detention centre,” the Coalition said in a statement.

“He was later released into the community in Melbourne for a few months but was re-detained in Melbourne even though he was given a good behaviour bond for the assault charge.”

The Greens are calling for a full investigation into the death and the reports of today’s riot.

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