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2 Fijian Asylum Seekers Sustain Protest At Detention Center
One man has been talked off the roof by authorities

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Nov. 15, 2012) – Two Fijian nationals are continuing their protest on the rooftop of the Villawood immigration detention centre near Sydney, Australia for a fourth day.

Australian Federal Police were called to the centre yesterday to help immigration officials and trained negotiators end the stand-off.

The department of immigration says one man was talked down without before offered any concessions.

Negotiations with the second man and woman who remained on the roof overnight will continue today.

The three began protesting on Monday, saying their fear for their lives if they're sent back home to Fiji.

[PIR editor’s note: Fiji Times reports that the protest is a repeat of events that have occurred at the detention center in recent years. In 2010, 36 year-old Fijian national Josefa Rauluni jumped to his death.]

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