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Fijians protest

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

THREE Fijian nationals began a protest on the roof of Villawood's immigration detention centre in South-Western Sydney, Australia yesterday.

According to ABC Radio Australia, two men and a woman said they feared being deported back to Fiji after another Fijian was sent back last week.

ABC reported that one of them, Sai Bulewa said he did not want to return to Fiji because of alleged abuse against homosexuals in Fiji.

"Our banner said fear of the torture, fear of the sexual abuse and another banner said we want to live without fear because of the gay rights, we have no rights in Fiji," he told ABC news.

A spokesman for Australia's Department of Immigration confirmed there were a small number of people on the roof at Villawood.

He said the department was working on the issue.