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Seven Australian detention camp 'rioters' flown to mainland prison

Published 12/11/2015

Australia built the detention camp to house asylum seekers
Australia built the detention camp to house asylum seekers

Seven men blamed for a riot that caused £4.6 million damage to a remote Australian immigration detention camp have been flown to a mainland prison.

A stand-off between protesting detainees and officials at the Christmas Island detention camp in the Indian Ocean ended on Tuesday.

Police used tear gas to stop more than a day of unrest that prompted guards to flee the facility and left parts of the compound badly damaged.

There were no serious injuries.

The men - five New Zealanders, a Tongan and an Afghan - were flown overnight in a chartered jet 1,600 miles to a maximum security prison in the west coast city of Perth.

Immigration minister Peter Dutton told Sydney Radio 2GB that m ore would follow as the government was determined to bring the perpetrators of the damage to justice.

The detention camp was built to house asylum seekers who came to Australia by boat from Indonesia, which is 300 miles to the north.

But asylum seekers were now outnumbered by criminals, including killers, armed robbers and paedophiles, Mr Dutton said.

Of the 199 detainees on Christmas Island, 113 were foreigners who had been released from Australian prisons and were fighting Australian efforts to deport them.

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