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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Australia: Detainees on hunger strike say goodbye

from The Age:

A group of Sri Lankan men at the Baxter detention centre has written goodbye letters, believing they will die as a result of a hunger strike.

Refugee advocates said one man was hospitalised on Monday after refusing to eat for the past six days at the South Australian immigration facility.

One detainee, who started refusing food on Monday, said the group would continue their action for as long as necessary.

"There's no plan, no time limit," the man told ABC radio.

"We have been locked up like animals for a long time and we are not criminal people.

"We want to live in Australia as free people. That is our reason for hunger strike."

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