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Tony Abbott, Australia's prime minister, has deployed the navy to force back boats carrying asylum seekers from Indonesian waters for the first time, leaving the boats to run aground on a remote island.
Indonesian sources said two boats carrying groups of about 45 Middle Eastern and North African asylum seekers were "pushed" back into Indonesian territory by the Australian navy.
Mr Abbott, elected last year after running on a hard-line pledge to "stop the boats", would not confirm the incidents.
So my questions are, are they simply fleeing Indonesia after arriving there for a better place to live?
Are they being persecuted?
Why don't they apply for asylum through legal channels?
reply to post by IkNOwSTuff
I take it from your reply you are in agreement with this action. What exactly is the issue with the asylum seekers?
So my questions are, are they simply fleeing Indonesia after arriving there for a better place to live? Are they being persecuted? Why don't they apply for asylum through legal channels?
They are economic refugees, they pass through quite a few countries on their way here,they come for the benefits and handouts
The Africans and ME ones come with the understanding that when they land they will be given homes and welfare.
The riot came hours after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced his hardline crackdown on boat people, although authorities are denying a link. The riot is believed to have been contained by 10pm on Friday night after detainees spent almost five hours trashing the facility, setting fire to the buildings and pelting guards and police with rocks and sticks. On Saturday morning freelance photographer Clint Deidenang described it as a "war zone". "Smokes (sic) can be seen from the torched storey buildings... 95 per cent buildings burned out." He said workers clad in orange shirts could be seen going though the wreckage, including new sleeping quarters worth tens of millions of dollars. "All burned buildings are now unliveable. Total waste of moneys...
FOUR asylum seekers who took part in a violent uprising which caused $9 million in damage to the Villawood detention centre have been jailed for their parts in the 2011 riots. Serco’s detention centre staff were pelted with roof tiles and threatened with uprooted soccer goalposts as detainees repeatedly chanted "freedom’’ during the wild protests, the Supreme Court heard today.
reply to post by Bassago
So basically the story here is: boat-people are sending boats to stop to the boats of more boat-people??!
Kind of ironic. Just saying.
Im in Perth and over the last 2 years my area has been filled up with asylum seekers infact theres one fam of them next door, they don't even need to work because they receive so much government help & benefits its pretty shocking considering that our elderly here dont even receive nearly enough with their benefits.