Christmas Island detainees rip down compound fences

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Christmas Island detainees say they have taken over the detention facility and are concerned about what could happen next.

One detainee, Lester Hohua claims rioting took place after the death of an asylum seeker at the facility.

He says, “it all kicked off, we have ripped the wall panelling off and pulled fences down and we are sick of being treated like this."

Another detainee, Riki Downes we spoke to says, "we are all set up together and taking stock of what's going on here, we are sick of not being able to do anything, we wanna be with our families this stuff is just too much to bare."

Both inmates have told Online News that the fences separating detainees within the facility have been pulled down and they have all gathered together in one place.

He says “we are no longer being held in our compounds anymore we have created our own place.”

He also adds "all the guards have taken off because there are too many of us, but the boys have cricket bats and poles and we are ready because we don't know what to expect, we are worried about what’s going to happen next."

Labour MP Kelvin Davis who has been outspoken over the treatment of Christmas Island detainees says he is very concerned for the safety of people at the facility following this morning’s events.