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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Villawood Detention Centre Destroyed

When nine asylum seekers on Christmas Island got a letter from the government, saying their application for asylum was rejected, they set fire to buildings, threw bombs at police and almost destroyed the facility. The trouble-makers were flown out and guess where they sent them? Yes, they sent them to the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney. Last night they destroyed that facility too.

Firefighters were pelted with roof tiles and furniture and couldn't get inside the centre to fight the fire so the buildings burnt to the ground. They had to wait for the Police riot squad to arrive, but by that time, it was too late.

As one disaster follows another, the Labor Party's handling of this situation is out of control and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen doesn't seem to know what to do about it. The best he could come up with was "Australians have a right to be angry, I share their anger". Whooppee. If they have been rejected, why are they still here and how many appeals do they get? Nine buildings were destroyed, including a computer room, kitchen and a medical centre, imagine how much it's going to cost to replace them.

Enter the bleeding heart brigade. Human rights worker Marion Le says the night's violence shouldn't be blamed on the asylum seekers. Of course not, it's really our fault, but we knew that all along. Oh yes and what nationality were the thugs involved? Three Kurds, two Iranians and 8 Afghans - all members of the religion of peace.