Support Christmas Island detainees - protest outside Australian Consultate 1pm Wednesday

Support Christmas Island detainees - protest outside Australian Consultate 1pm Wednesday

A prisoner uprising is currently underway in one of the Australian detention camps located on Christmas Island.

The camp population is a mix of asylum seekers and New Zealanders being forcibly removed from Australia following a term in prison there.

One of the prisoners told Radio New Zealand that they faced being beaten and killed by the guards. "They don’t hold back, if they come in here they’re gonna hurt us without a doubt. We’re not thinking that they won’t, we know 100% that they’re gonna come in and try to hurt us, so we’re just sick of it. It’s abuse, it’s torture, it’s time that we took a stand."

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Iranian Kurdish refugee Fazel Chegeni has been found dead following his escape from Christmas Island Detention Centre on Friday. A riot has broken out following his death