Police use pepper spray on protesters in heated clash outside MITA


Protesters believed the group was being moved from the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) in Broadmeadows to Christmas Island.
Refugee advocates say facilities on Christmas Island are “woefully inadequate and harmful”.
“The timing and lack of transparency around the attempted forced removal of people, including refugees, from MITA cannot be ignored,” Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) director of advocacy and campaigns Jana Favero said.
“This is a very active move from a government in caretaker mode and is cruelty for cruelty’s sake.”
There are around 212 people held on Christmas Island, around 90 of whom have had protection, refugee or humanitarian visas cancelled by the Minister of Home Affairs, according to the ASRC.
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