Villawood asylum seekers declare mass hunger strike; “help” and “freedom” spelled on lawns

| April 3, 2014 | Reply

Villawood asylum seekers began a mass hunger strike this morning (no-one took lunch) in protest at the forced transfers from Villawood to Curtin and Yongah Hill.

The first group of around 40 were transferred to Curtin this morning after police broke a blockade attempting to stop buses taking asylum seekers from Villawood to the airport.

A second group, mostly Vietnamese, is scheduled to be forcibly transferred to Yongah Hill in Western Australia, on Saturday.

Asylum seekers have also spelled out “HELP” and “FREEDOM” in large letters on the lawn area inside the detention centre.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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