The riots and hunger strikes I reported on last week were only part of the ongoing struggle asylum seekers in Australia have been engaged in for months, if not years, challenging their confinement in private, for-profit detention centers.
The hunger strike at Northern Immigration Detention Center continues, as prisoners have now climbed onto the roof of the facility to stage their protest. More prisoners have joined the strike since it began, with 20 prisoners now staked out on the roof, starving themselves.
Meanwhile, juveniles from Kuwait, Iraq, and Iran being housed at the Broadmeadows detention center have acted out in desperation, not having access to case managers for months on end. They have sewn their lips together in protest, and posted the pictures on facebook to try to draw attention to their struggle.