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January 31, 2023

Rioters torch Australia asylum seeker centre

Detainees at an Australian immigration detention centre in Sydney have rioted and burnt down nine buildings, BBC reports. Rioters at Villawood detention centre threw roof tiles and other objects at firefighters, preventing them from putting out the blazes. The riot started with a rooftop protest from two detainees and spread to involve 100 people late on Wednesday. Protests at Australia’s detention centres have become more frequent as the number of asylum seekers has risen. Immigration Department spokesman Sandi Logan said no injuries had been reported at Villawood.

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