Dozens of Rohingya break out of detention centre in Thailand
BANGKOK (AFP) - Dozens of Muslim Rohingya boat people from Myanmar escaped on Tuesday from a Thai immigration centre, police said, as a rights group called for all of them to be freed from detention.
Some 87 Rohingya men broke out of the detention centre housing 137 asylum-seekers in Sadao, a southern district bordering Malaysia.
They were among nearly 2,000 Rohingya who have been held - some for many months - for entering Thailand illegally.
Local media reports said they punched a hole in the ceiling and climbed out using a rope made from their clothes.