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Protesters clashed with police outside a migrant detention center in Melbourne. Advocates for asylum seekers say detainees at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation in Broadmeadows are being forcibly moved to an undisclosed location, which they believe to be Christmas Island. A small group of around 30 protesters tried to block the entrance to the center on Tuesday afternoon and scuffles with police broke out, but there have been no arrests so far. “There will be a highly visible police presence in the area to prevent breaches of the peace and keep the community safe,” Victoria Police told AAP in a statement. Jana Favero of the Resource Center for Asylum Seekers said there was a lack of transparency regarding forced attempts to remove asylum seekers from the mainland. “It’s a very active decision by a government in caretaker mode and it’s cruelty for cruelty,” she said. Immigration authorities resumed sending detainees to North West Point Detention Center on Christmas Island in August 2020. More than 200 people are being held on Christmas Island, according to the CURC, and more than 90 of them have had their protection, refugee or humanitarian visa cancelled. . The Home Office has also been contacted for comment. Australian Associated Press


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