Tear gas used on detainees on Christmas Island

In yet another disturbing incident within Australian detention centres, tear gas and possibly even rubber bullets have been used by the Australian Federal Police on Christmas Island against protesting detainees. With over 6000 people being held in detention and an increasing cycle of protests, escapes, hunger strikes, self-harm and repression within centres it is clear that the ALP has delivered a detention regime every bit as soul destroying as Howard.

The protesting detainees on Christmas Island are largely Iraqi and Iranian men frustrated at the length of their detention. According to Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition "The idea that tear gas and that kind of force could be used against detainees inside the detention centre is an absolute disgrace." A series of solidarity protests are occuring around Australia in the next month to call for end once and for all to the evil of mandatory detention.

Related: Easter Convergence on Curtin Detention Centre -- April 2nd Rally at Broadmeadows Detention Centre -- Sydney Palm Sunday Refugee rally
Background: Asylum seekers break out of Christmas Island detention centre | Crack down begins on Christmas Island

The Federal Immigration Minister in a calm bureaucratic tone was quoted on the ABC justifying the use of force by citing the damage of property:

"Damage was done to facilities including fencing, some accommodation and door locks," Mr Bowen said.

"At 3.37am this morning the Australian Federal Police determined that it was necessary to use tear gas to quell this protest."

Ian Rintoul, from the Refugee Action Coalition, was also quoted on the ABC as stating that is was the action of SERCO security officers entering the compound at about 10:00pm trying to round up the ring leaders of last weeks breakout that started the protest. When they took 20 people off to the maxium security "Red Compound" other detainees broke into the compound in an act of angry solidarity.

"It was only when they captured some of those people and put them in handcuffs that provoked the response inside the detention centre. It was completely calm, completely peaceful before that," he said.

Mr Rintoul says the officers took the people to the high security management unit known as the red compound, staffed by officers from Serco, the facility management company.

"One-hundred-and-fifty to 200 people surrounded the red compound, actually got into the red compound and the tear gas was used when the Serco guards that were in there couldn't secure their little office," he said.

"We're told it might even be a rubber bullet that broke the leg of that protester.

"The idea that tear gas and that kind of force could be used against detainees inside the detention centre is an absolute disgrace."




No human beings are illegal!! They are in need and seek to be protected not to be locked up and be assaulted or treated like criminals.

Let me get this straight. they come to australia illegally, circumventing the due process of immigration. and you SUPPORT them?
What bank or post office do you use? I shall come stand in line behind you and decide "this isnt fast enough for me" and push to the front, knowing I shall have your full support in doing so. its my right as a human!
then when I try to withdraw more money than I have in my account and am denied, I shall smash and burn the bank until I get my way. Again, I will have your full support in this....

> they come to australia illegally

its not illegal to flee for your life

> circumventing the due process

you dont know what due process means

> "this isn't fast enough for me" and push to the front,

for that analogy to work your life would need to be at risk, and the post office lady would somehow be in a position to save you.

don't know what that other shit was about. same old tired, shallow, regurgitated troll shit.

try harder.