SYDNEY: Australia has denied that hundreds of immigrants have gone on a mass starvation strike at a facility in Melbourne, whilst insisting situations at the facility are not ‘inhumane or brutal.’

Days after detainees and activists declared a hunger strike in a protest against dwelling situations, the Australian Border force stated there has been no ‘mass starvation strike’ at Melbourne Immigration Transit accommodation.

“whilst some detainees are refusing to attend everyday meal instances as part of a protest, they keep to consume and drink in other parts of the facility,” the border pressure stated in a announcement.


but activist Ian Rentoul of the Refugee motion Coalition said the ‘hunger strike protest’ become now in its fourth day.

Detainees released the protest over complaints of prison-like situations and restricted privacy.

Thirty-12 months-antique New Zealander John Vaofusi, who lost computerized residency rights after being convicted for assault, in advance instructed AFP stated he would hold the starvation strike “till we see a few exchange.”

“I experience like I’m in jail again,” he said. “I’ve accomplished my time for that crime.”

The border force defended conditions inside the centre, pronouncing “the detention populace has changed notably in recent years.”

It delivered “a massive wide variety” of the detained population had “their visa cancelled on person grounds, based totally on crook convictions and links to criminal institutions such as outlaw motorbike gangs or organised crime.”

Successive conservative and exertions governments have upheld a decades-old coverage of obligatory detention for “illegal non-citizens” even for minor offences like visa overstays.

hunger moves are a common incidence at Australia’s onshore detention centers, which house humans who have run afoul of immigration law.

last year masses of detainees at a centre in Sydney went on starvation strike against strict visitation guidelines.

Detainees have extensively utilized short-lived moves to garner media coverage and placed strain on Australia’s conservative authorities to close the facilities.