26 May 2014

Frustration key to PNG camp violence

8:54 pm on 26 May 2014

An Australian government report into fatal violence at the Manus Island asylum seeker detention centre in Papua New Guinea, has identified anger and frustration at Australia's resettlement plans as the spark for the violent protests.

The report, by the former secretary of the Attorney-General's Department, Robert Cornall, was released by Australia's immigration minister, Scott Morrison, on Monday.

Jamie Tahana reports.

"The report says a PNG man employed by the Salvation Army led the beating that killed Iranian asylum seeker, Reza Berati, during a second night of clashes in February. The review found no single cause of the violence, but protests by frustrated and anxious asylum seekers led to mounting tension. The report says a "flashpoint" followed the meeting between community leaders and PNG and Australian Immigration officials on the 16th of February. Violent protests by some inmates prompted PNG nationals and police to push over fences allowing them into the compound over two nights, during which they fired guns, tear gas and beat up detainees. The report has been handed to PNG police."