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A man walks between tents at Australia's regional processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.— file photo: AFP
A man walks between tents at Australia's regional processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.— file photo: AFP

One person was killed and 77 injured as tensions boiled over during a second night of violence at an Australian immigration detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, officials said Tuesday.

Thirty-five asylum-seekers broke out of the same facility on Sunday evening, with several hurt, as unrest flared about their fate under the Australian government’s hardline policies.

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said there had been a rolling series of largely peaceful protests, starting a few weeks ago, that culminated in the violence of the last two nights.

Monday’s unrest began when detainees pushed down internal barriers in the camp and the riot “escalated quickly with several hundred transferees” rushing to dismantle external fencing.

Security staff used shields to push back the mob while PNG police mobilised to capture those who had escaped, firing at least two shots, Mr. Morrison said, before order was restored. “The news of a death is a great tragedy,” he said, adding that the man died from a head injury en route to hospital. — AFP


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