700 men refusing to leave detention centre, with authorities warning the safety of refugees and staff is ‘not to be taken for granted’

Extra Papua New Guinean police and the notorious mobile squad will be brought in to Manus Island ahead of next week’s forced closure of the immigration detention centre, with authorities warning people’s safety is “not to be taken for granted”.

The increased security presence comes as Australia’s plan to close the centre faces potential violent resistance from the island’s community and as well as a court challenge.

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