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Saturday 22 February 2014 - 15:43
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Australians slam death of Iranian asylum seeker

Australians slam death of Iranian asylum seeker
Australians have rallied in a suburb of Sydney to denounce the killing of a young Iranian asylum seeker in a detention camp on Manus Island off the Papua New Guinea coast.
The protesters slammed the governments immigration policies, calling for the resignation of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Similar protests were also held in Melbourne on Friday with protestors demanding the Manus Island detention center be closed.

Reza Barati, 23, sustained fatal head injuries Monday night after hundreds of asylum seekers tried to break out of the camp on Manus Island.

Protesters say they are fed up with what they argue are unsafe conditions for asylum seekers in Australian detention centers.

On Friday, Australian newspapers reported that Barati might have been killed by Australian guards who stomped his head as he fell defenseless on the ground.

The reports cited an unnamed Australian guard at the camp accusing the guards of attacking Barati in a frenzy.

Australian Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison said Australia would repatriate Barati's body to Iran at his family's request after an autopsy is conducted on his body.

The United Nations and rights groups say the practice is illegal and inhumane.

By Press TV


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Anne Dalton
As an Australian I am appalled that there has been death whilst asylum seekers were in detention supposedly under the care of the Australian Government. It's disgusting. it's wrong and Abbott's trying to whitewash the whole issue. I'm ashamed to be an Australian. So sorry to Reza's family and loved ones. Imagine fleeing your homeland and dying this way. All caring Australians are doing their best to find a way to protest. It won't take away the pain for this loss but it might eventually make a difference for all the others.