Detainees insist they will not be forcibly removed from the centre until there is a safe place for them to go

Refugees are refusing to back down from their protest inside the Manus Island immigration detention centre, blocking the entry of police and immigration officials seeking to force them out.

PNG immigration officials and police repeatedly tried to enter the detention centre on Friday to cut the power and water supply from some compounds. The refugees blocked their entry by lying on the ground.

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