20 asylum seekers collapse during hunger strike in Western Australia detention center

09:49, April 26, 2011      

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A group of 20 asylum seekers engaged in a hunger strike at Western Australia's Curtin Immigration Detention Center have collapsed, Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN) confirmed on Monday.

According to RRAN spokeswoman Victoria Martin-Iverson, up to 500 asylum seekers had been engaged in a peaceful protest, sitting under trees at the detention center. Amongst them, there are 100 men on hunger strike.

She said that at least 20 protesters, who are on a hunger strike and have refused food and water for days, on Monday morning collapsed and required medical treatment.

"We were told by the other detainees that they physically collapsed," Martin-Iverson told Australia Associated Press on Monday.

"Up here near Derby it's very hot and they had been refusing food and water."

She said RRAN had been negotiating with the facility's management to get a support delegation into the center, but had been unsuccessful so far.

The latest protests were sparked after visitors were suddenly denied visiting rights on Saturday.

Meanwhile, an immigration spokeswoman told Australia Associated Press that detainees remained calm, and they are sitting and protesting peacefully.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
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