GuardianÂ readers carefully consider claims that the navy fired “warning shots” at asylum seekers, and deliver theirÂ verdicts: (do read on!)
THEY MUST RECEIVE USÂ (Tim Blair)
A bunch of boaties are rescued by the Australian Navy afterÂ deliberately sinking their own vesselÂ – and they’re not happy about it:Â
Conditions were just terrible, according to Qadir:
“The navy and Customs would not give us a phone.”
Pakistani asylum seeker, Fazal Qadir, 28, said he had set sail from an island off Java on January 5 bound for Christmas Island with 56 people from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq and Palestine on board, along with an Indonesian captain and one crew member. There was one woman with a 20-month-old toddler.
Then came the final Australian treachery:
The men said they were dropped very close to Indonesia. It took only three hours to reach shore.
Job done. Naturally, Fairfax and theÂ ABCÂ are outraged.
- Australian government uses military to repel ‘boat people’ but is silent on claims of savage treatmentÂ (the muselmanicÂ Independentâ€Ž)
Boat people raped, tortured, shipwrecked
ASYLUM-seekers who survived a shipwreck in which 366 people died have testified in the case against a Somali people smuggler who allegedly raped and tortured them during their voyage from Eritrea.