Papua New Guinean police cleared the remaining asylum-seekers from a shuttered Australian-run detention complex, ending a three-week protest which started with some 600 people surviving on rain water and smuggled food and supplies.
Australia closed the Manus island detention center on October 31, after it was declared illegal by a Papua New Guinea court, but the asylum seekers refused to leave to transit centres on the island saying they feared for their safety.
Papua new guinea police intensified efforts to clear the camp today. Asylum seeker Behrouz Boochani, said “they beat some of the refugees, so that was not peaceful.”
Australia and Papua New Guinea both claimed the asylum seekers are now the other’s responsibility, although the Australian government said it had spent a 10 million dollar on the transit facility and it wanted the men to move there.