Hundreds of asylum seekers largely from Afghanistan are currently on a hunger strike at Curtin Detention Centre. Many fearing deportation back to war torn Afghanistan after the Australian Government this week struck a deal with the corrupt Karzai government on returning "failed" asylum seekers. One asylum seeker also attempted suicide. Despite attempts by Serco and the Immigration Department to play down the protest, messages form the asylum seekers have started to reach the outside world.
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Below is a message reported on Perth Indymedia received by refugee rights advocates from a refugee inside Curtin.
"Lots of people are joining the sit down hunger strike on the ground area. Now more than 350 people are sitting in the sun. Yesterday was so hot and last night it rained for an hour and a half but the people
didn’t move. Early this morning one person hanged himself but his friend found him and rescued him. He was critical and taken first to the medical centre. An ambulance was called and he was taken to the
hospital - Derby, Broome – I don’t know. Immigration is saying no hunger strike. If the people are not on hunger strike, why are they not giving permission to journalists to visit Curtin? Everytime, they are
telling lies. A journalist in Derby was told by Serco they couldn’t visit. The journalist will try to see by helicopter, take pictures of the situation, but this is an air force area so maybe they will be unsuccessful. If Immigration would allow journalists to visit, they would see more than 300 sitting in the sun. They could check the mess list for the last two days and find out how many attended. More than
1000 are on hunger strike - fasting inside their rooms. Yesterday Immigration asked Serco to bring delegates to them. But we said no. We don’t want to talk to this Immigration. We want someone from Canberra. We are waiting – drinking water – no problem."