Sanitation Services Cut Off Inside Manus Island Compound Set to be Demolished, Refugees Claim

StoryfulNewsPublished: August 2, 2017
Published: August 2, 2017

Protests inside Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus Island were triggered on August 1 after essential services such as power and sanitation were cut off in alleged move to coerce residents to vacate the compound. Residents of the Foxtrot compound inside the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre have faced increasing pressure from centre management to relocate before its planned closure on October 31. Refugees and activists claimed that operators switched off power and water to the facility, in a bid to hasten its departure so the compound could be demolished. As well as power and water, refugees said sanitation and cleaning services have ceased, leading to overflowing bins. A letter sent out to detainees from centre management said residents are “personally liable for any risk associated with residing or entering Foxtrox compound.” Foxtrot is one of many compounds being occupied by the 800-plus refugees and asylum seekers who have been denied entry to Australia. Residents fear that if PNG Immigration and the Australian Border Force are able to successfully force residents out, then the Mike, Oscar, and Delta compounds would also be vulnerable. Although Papua New Guinea authorities have organised alternative accommodation in East Lorengau, a settlement in the Manus township, Foxtrot residents have expressed concerns for their safety – especially after three men were allegedly attacked with machetes and left seriously injured over the weekend. Credit: Anonymous via Storyful

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