Don’t take them – warning from a former Manus Island Guard

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    A New Zealand man who worked at the Manus Island refugee detention facility is warning the government against taking any refugees, saying the ones still at the centre are dangerous men.

    ASYLUM seekers have been removed from the Manus Island detention centre by force after police stormed the facility this morning.
    One asylum seeker has been arrested, while about 40 others have been forcibly moved onto buses waiting to take the men to alternate accommodation.
    More than 350 men remain.
    They sat on the ground and held hands to avoid being moved, according to activists in contact with the men still inside.
    About 50 PNG police and immigration officers stormed the facility this morning and gave the men an hour to leave.
    Officials then destroyed makeshift water catchment tanks and property, while removing asylum seekers from their rooms.
    We don’t want to see the police assaulted up there. We want to make sure that people can move peaceably and a number of people have already moved of their own accord.”
    Mr Dutton said he understood a small number of people had been arrested


    Meanwhile: Mental health ‘crisis’ risk for Manus asylum seekers: agencies warn
    As per SBS-AAP wires Refugees and asylum seekers marooned on Manus Island are at grave risk of an impending mental health crisis, a coalition of humanitarian agencies is warning Australia’s political leaders.

    Advocates who have just returned from a week in Papua New Guinea have delivered a bleak assessment about the “most insidious and deep impact” indefinite detention is having on about 600 men.

    “We are robbing them of their freedom, denying them all hope and condemning them to terrible suffering,” World Vision chief advocate Tim Costello told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

    Mr Costello described meeting men on Manus Island with fear and anxiety written across their faces and whose bodies were frozen in fear.

    “I know they’re coping with torture and terror from where they have fled, and retraumatised from being held here, and terrible fear about random violence that can break out,” he said.