Australian authorities intercept two asylum seeker boats

12:39, November 27, 2010      

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More than 70 people on Saturday were being held by Australia's border authorities, after two suspected asylum seeker boats were intercepted near Ashmore Island, north-west of Australia within 24 hours.

The first vessel, carrying 29 passengers and four crew, was discovered by HMAS Pirie south of Ashmore Island on Thursday night.

HMAS Armidale boarded a vessel southeast of Ashmore Island on Friday afternoon, detaining 39 passengers and two crew.

According to Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor, the two boatloads are being transferred to Christmas Island where they will undergo security, identity and health checks and their reasons for travel will be established.

According to Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison, the latest arrivals add further pressure to the federal government 's position on the detention of asylum seekers, and he has blamed the failed Labor policies.

"Three years and 192 boats later, since Labor was first elected, Australia has record numbers and a rolling crisis in our detention network," he told Australia Associated Press on Saturday.

"Riots, brawling, gruesome protests and self-harm have all returned to our detention network, after three years of Labor's failed policies.

Last week, about 180 asylum seekers have protested for six days in Sydney's detention center. Some detainees had sewn their lips together as part of their protest. The protest came after an Iraqi asylum seeker who committed suicide at Sydney's Villawood detention center of Australia.

Source: Xinhua


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