Police Violently Arrest Refugee Protestors In Nauru, According To Refugee Action Coalition

Protests prompted by release of transcript of phone call between Trump, Turnbull about refugee deal

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Aug. 10, 2017) – The Refugee Action Coalition released video they said was of the violent apprehension of peaceful protesters yesterday.

A spokesperson for the coalition Ian Rintoul said the protest was prompted by revelations about Australia's prime minister and the US president.

The recently published transcript of a telephone conversation from late January shows Malcolm Turnbull telling Donald Trump he is not obliged to accept any of the refugees detained on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island by Australia, despite their resettlement agreement.

Mr Rintoul said protests had spread across refugee camps and settlements on Nauru in recent days.

He said this has been coupled with increasing repression from police.

"There were at least two people at the protest that were quite badly beaten according to witnesses who were there and they were very concerned about their welfare but they'd not been able to see them at the police station," said Mr Rintoul.

He said at least five refugees had been taken into custody.

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