Riot Police Operation At Christmas Island

There were reports one person was treated for an overdose
There were reports one person was treated for an overdose
Riot police are moving to restore order at the Christmas Island detention centre following unrest sparked by the death of a detainee.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed reinforcements had arrived.

“There’s an operation under way,” he told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

“The government’s not going to cower in the face of the activities of some of these criminals.”

Centre operators had control of the administration block and health clinic as of Monday night and authorities had been patrolling the perimeter of the facility.

Mr Dutton said police had settled some compounds on Tuesday.

“The officers were met with little resistance,” he said.

The minister was confident authorities would contain the situation and warned those who had damaged Commonwealth property would face the full force of the law.

Christmas Island Shire president Gordon Thomson tweeted late on Monday night that he had been stopped at a police road block 2km from the detention centre.

“Secret police op. DIBP silent,” he wrote.

He later posted that the local fire brigade had been sent to the facility.

Read the full story in The Australian.

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