Asylum seekers in Australia continue to protest on roof-top for fifth day

14:54, July 19, 2011      

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Five asylum seekers on Tuesday continued to protest on the roof-top of Darwin's Northern Immigration Detention Center for the fifth day.

According to a Department of Immigration spokesman, three men climbed onto the roof of the center late Friday. Another two men joined the protesters on Monday morning.

The protesters, including an Iranian asylum seekers, who have been in detention for up to 17 months waiting for their applications to be assessed, are holding up signs appealing for their release into community.

"The situation is fluid," the Immigration spokesman told Australia Associated Press on Tuesday, adding that Serco, the security company responsible for managing the center, was encouraging the men to end their protest action.

He said the protesters' safety was the department's number one priority and that the men had been told their demonstration would have no bearing on their asylum applications.

Source: Xinhua
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