PANIC AS ‘ALL FIT MEN’ ARE CALLED UP – Sunday July 21 2013

– Rioting asylum seekers caused $60 million damage to their Nauru camp hours after Kevin Rudd announced he had given a blank cheque to PNG to process boat people.
After three interpreters and three medical personnel were held hostage during the riot, all non-essential staff were flown back to Australia with the situation still tense as preparations were made to house 545 men in tents and nearly-finished accommodation near the camp the rioters torched.
Police were holding 130 asylum seekers yesterday with Nauruan justice officials vowing to prosecute them for rioting, assault and property damage. They face up to seven years jail.
Three asylum seekers were still being treated for injuries but their condition was stable.
Led by Iranians angry at the length of time their refugee processing was taking, the gang of 150 burnt down their new two-storey accommodation blocks, medical centre, water tanks and office.
Only a recreation centre, made of fire resistant material, remained standing after the night of violence with the government confirming the destroyed buildings were uninsured.
The riot had come after chaos had gripped the Nauruan government in the hours before the riot.
With tensions escalating during the week, including an assault on a centre worker who was attacked with boiling water on Thursday, Nauru’s Australian police commissioner Richard Britten had prepared contingency plans for an explosion of violence.
However, his preparations were dismissed by acting president David Adeang, who responded by suspending Mr Britten hours before the violence broke.
Nauruan sources said if Mr Britten’s warnings had been acted on, the damage may have been limited.
Instead Mr Adeang was forced to issue a call for all “strong and able men” to be deputised as a Nauru police force reserve to try to home back the violent asylum seekers at the processing centre gate.
Hundreds of Nauruans responded with MP Kieren Keke forced to call for calm after some attempted to attack asylum seekers.
When asked about Mr Britten’s suspension, an AFP spokesman yesterday said: “This is a matter for the Nauru government.”
The country’s justice secretary, who was processing the refugee claims, was suddenly replaced two weeks ago, with the change adding to tension at the centre. The riots were unconnected to Mr Rudd’s announcement.
“It is carnage, total devastation,” witness Clint Deidenang said of the damage to the centre. “All the the building but the recreation room are burned.”
It had been hoped impoverished Nauruans could have moved into the air-conditioned accommodation blocks after the government finished using the processing centre.
Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison raised questions yesterday of how the Rudd Government would manage its PNG deal after seeing a new camp in Nauru reduced to rubble.
Immigration Minister Tony Burke said: “We need to wait until we have all the facts on the table before we draw too many conclusions.
“But no one will advance their case behaving like this.” – Gemma Jones


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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