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Asylum seekers injured as Christmas Island staff shut down protest

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Asylum seekers injured as Christmas Island staff shut down protest over Reza Berati’s death, dozens of detainees moved to ‘red block’
By Karen Barlow and Caitlyn Gribbin
Updated Tue 3 Jun 2014, 7:48pm AEST

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed several asylum seekers were injured when staff shut down a week-long protest at the Christmas Island detention centre yesterday.

The ABC understands around 70 male detainees, who had been protesting to mark 100 days since the death of Iranian asylum seeker Reza Berati on Manus Island, were removed by specially trained staff and taken to a high-security facility known as ‘Red Block’.

Mr Morrison has told Parliament some detainees became aggressive and had to be restrained after detention centre operator Serco called in an emergency response team (ERT) and asked all asylum seekers to return to their compound.

“The majority of detainees were compliant however I am advised a small number exhibited non-compliant behaviour,” he said.

“The Serco ERT continued negotiations with those detainees who were refusing to comply. Reports to me suggest some detainees became aggressive and were subsequently restrained and moved [from the area].

“I’m advised that two detainees suffered minor injuries arising from non-compliant behaviour and were treated onsite,” he said.

“A further four were taken to hospital for a range of injuries including suspected sprains or broken bones.

“One detainee has suffered an injury to his wrist. No staff were injured. I’m advised the facility remains calm.”

Witness says most protesters walked away peacefully

The ABC has been contacted by a Christmas Island resident who witnessed yesterday’s events.

The person, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the protests had been peaceful and specially-trained staff removed some asylum seekers yesterday.

“One-by-one the protesters were removed from the group,” the resident said.

“Most got up and walked away voluntarily but some didn’t.

“They were then forcefully removed and in the process several asylum seekers sustained minor injuries.”

The resident said a nurse on the island had reported “several cases of self-harm among the protesters, mainly cuts to arms and chest”.

Greens say reports of ‘terrible’ injuries

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says she has been contacted by people who work inside the centre who are “very concerned there was an over-reaction” to the protest.

“There are reports that violent clashes have occurred that have left asylum seekers terribly injured,” she said.

“There are reports of people being so badly injured they are now in hospital. Workers inside the centre are afraid for what may happen next.”

The Australian Federal Police have told the ABC they were not involved in ending the protest.

Serco has been sought for comment.

Protest marked 100 days since deadly Manus Island riot

The protest marked 100 days since the death of Iranian man Reza Berati during a riot at the detention centre on Manus Island.

Mr Berati, 23, died during riots which saw another 60 asylum seekers injured, including one man who lost his right eye and another who was shot.

An eyewitness has told investigators a PNG national employed by the Salvation Army led the attack on Mr Berati.

The Salvation Army is acknowledging a former staff member is alleged to have led the attack on Mr Berati and says it will cooperate with all inquiries.

 

Ινδία: Ταραχές ενάντια στους βιασμούς

The protesters, many of them women, were demonstrating outside the office of state chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.

New rapes were reported from Meerut, Firozpur, Fatehpur and Bareilly where a 22-year-old woman was killed after her attackers gang-raped her and forced acid down her throat. Sex crimes in Uttar Pradesh have hit international headlines following the rape and hanging of two girls, aged 12 and 14, who had gone out to relieve themselves at night in Katra Saadatganj village, Badaun district, last week.

Reports also came in on Monday that a woman was allegedly gang-raped and thrown in a ditch in Sofipur village under Basai Mohammadpur police station of Firozabad district. She was spotted by police and admitted to the local government hospital.

The rapes in Badaun have laid bare the reality of caste atrocities in the hinterlands of India. Four of the five suspects are from the Yadav community, a powerful land-owning caste that holds political sway in Uttar Pradesh. The victims were from the Shakyas, by tradition peasant farmers who are often vulnerable to exploitation by the Yadavs.

Five people, including two police constables Sarvesh Yadav and Chatrapal Yadav, have been arrested in the case so far. Three other accused are Pappu Yadav, Awadesh Yadav and Urvesh Yadav of the same village.

Το ηλιοστάσιο: για την άνοδο των δεξιών μαζικών κινημάτων, χειμώνας 2013/14

Δημοσιεύουμε παρακάτω ένα κείμενο σε τρία μέρη σχετικά με την άνοδο των δεξιών μαζικών κινημάτων, από ένα αμερικάνικο (πιθανότατα φιλομαοϊκό και φιλοΚΟΕ) μπλογκ. Παρά την επαναλαμβανόμενη πολιτική και ιδεολογική, και γι’ αυτό αποπροσανατολιστική, διάκριση μεταξύ “αριστεράς” και “δεξιάς” όσον αφορά την κατανόηση των κινημάτων που εμφανίζονται στις μέρες μας στο προσκήνιο της ιστορίας κάτω από το label των “πλατειών”, το κείμενο είναι χρήσιμο τουλάχιστον στα εξής σημεία:

(α) συνδέει τη συζήτηση για τον χαρακτήρα των σύγχρονων κινημάτων με τη μαρξική συζήτηση για το “ιστορικό κόμμα”.

(β) παρουσιάζει αρκετά αναλυτικά την ιστορία και τον χαρακτήρα της σύγκρουσης μεταξύ των “κόκκινων πουκάμισων” και των “κίτρινων πουκάμισων” στην Ταϊλάνδη, μια περιοχή του πλανήτη όπου, κατά την άποψη του συγγραφέα, προέκυψαν φαινόμενα που προηγήθηκαν των κινημάτων των πλατειών και των “ανοίξεων” τα επόμενα χρόνια μετά την πυρπόληση του κέντρου της Μπανγκόκ το 2010.

(γ) αναγνωρίζει την ύπαρξη της “εποχής των ταραχών”, την οποία όμως, εγκαταλείποντας εκεί τη χρήση μαρξιστικών και ταξικών εργαλείων, επιδιώκει να την κατανοήσει με την αρκετά αφηρημένη τυποποίηση του Badiou. Παρόλα αυτά, και αυτό έχει σημασία, θεωρεί ότι μέσα από τις ταραχές αναπτύσσονται τριών ειδών υποκείμενα που βρίσκονται σε σύγκρουση μεταξύ τους (πολύ σχηματικά: επαναστατικό υποκείμενο, “κόμμα της Τάξης” που σχετίζεται με το κράτος, εθνικιστές), ενώ με την παρομοίωση του ηλιοστασίου θεωρεί ότι βρισκόμαστε σε ένα σημείο ιστορικής καμπής.

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