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Friday, 24 November 2017 - 9:44
Manus Island refugees ‘bused away’
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Buses carrying asylum seekers have left a former Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea after police entered the center for the second day, refugees and advocates have confirmed.
 
Hundreds of detainees refused to leave the Manus Island center when it shut on 31 October, citing safety fears.
 
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that all had been moved to alternative accommodation today (24).
Some men were beaten with batons by PNG police, detainees claimed.
 
Earlier, police commissioner Gari Baki had said that removals on Thursday had been conducted "peacefully and without the use of force".
 
Australia has said it is not involved in the operation.
 
Under a controversial policy, Australia has detained asylum seekers who arrive by boat in camps on Manus Island and Nauru, a small Pacific nation.
 
Australia shut down the Manus Island center after a PNG court ruled it was unconstitutional.
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