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Six hurt as Australia breaks up immigration camp protest

Published on Jun 3, 2014 4:25 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia said on Tuesday a week-long protest by asylum-seekers at one of its immigration detention centres had been broken up with six people injured.

Refugee activists said hundreds of would-be refugees at the Christmas Island compound, about 2,600km from the western city of Perth, were refusing food. They claimed seven had sewn their lips together.

The protest was against the death of Iranian Reza Barati, who was killed in a wild riot this year at another Australian detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, which left 69 others injured.

The Refugee Action Coalition claimed "the baton-wielding, helmeted riot squad attacked the protesters" on Christmas Island and people were "covered in blood".

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