A series of riots began at an asylum-seekers’ detention center in Australia after several inmates climbed to the roof of one of the barracks in protest. The aggrieved migrants were angry because their asylum applications had been rejected, and additional inmates soon joined them on the roof in solidarity. Other culture enrichers rioted and set fire to buildings. (GoV)
Is this right? Can we really be this insane that bribe asylum seekers to take up our kind offer of sport? To do their duty to this new asylum and learn its language?
Detainees in Australia, including those in WA, areÂ entitled to claim battery-operated grooming gadgets, cigarettes, phone cards, snacks and confectionery by using reward points earned while playing soccer, volleyball and table tennis, and attending English and art lessons.
Entitled? WTF entitled them?
If bribes are necessary to get asylum seekers to show a willingness to join in at a time when they most need to impress, then I suspect that joining in will never be high on the agenda of our wanna-be new neighbours.
No wonder, with such goodies on offer, that two more boats have been “intercepted” in just two days:
…Â a boat with 80 asylum seekers on board was able to make it to the small Indian Ocean territory of Cocos Island.
The boat is one of two detected in the area in the last 48 hours.
The other one was intercepted north-west of Christmas Island yesterday morning.
Meanwhile, the protests by detainees widen as the Gillard Government gives up all pretence of control over this farce:
The Immigration Department says it cannot confirm whether asylum seekers are on a hunger strike at the Curtin detention centre in Western Australia’s north, insisting it is a ‘’peaceful protest’’.
The department’s comments followed a claim by refugee advocate Ian Rintoul thatÂ a hunger strike and sit-in involving about 300 detainees had begun on Saturday morning.