HUNDREDS of inmates have gone on hunger strike at the Manus detention centre. Some have attempted self-harm by sewing their lips together and swallowing detergent and razor blades.
At first the Australian government denied there were any such problems, but repeated reports have confirmed that the situation is extremely serious and the new minister Peter Dutton is “looking into the matter.”
Another riot seems imminent.
The Papua New Guinea government has just issued a statement denying that local police stormed the Manus Island detention centre.
Fairfax Media reports that it was the emergency response team from Wilson Security who are sub-contractors to the Australian government.