Australian police cut chains from immigration protesters at PM's residence
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Australian police cut chains from immigration protesters at PM's residence

Australian police on Monday used metal cutters to remove five protesters who had chained themselves to the gate of the prime minister’s official residence over the treatment of asylum seekers detained in Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea police last week expelled about 400 protesting asylum-seekers from a shuttered Australian-run detention camp on Manus Island. The United Nations decried the crackdown as “shocking."

The Manus Island detention camp, and another in the South Pacific island nation of Nauru, have been cornerstones of Australia’s policy under which it refuses to allow asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores. The policy, aimed at deterring people from making a perilous sea voyage to Australia, has been heavily criticized by the United Nations and human rights groups but has bipartisan political support in Australia.


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