Behrouz Boochani shared this image on Facebook of upturned tables in the Manus Island detention centre on Christmas Eve.
Behrouz Boochani shared this image on Facebook of upturned tables in the Manus Island detention centre on Christmas Eve.

Asylum seekers take over parts of Manus Island centre

ASYLUM seekers in the Manus Island detention centre say they have kicked out security guards and taken over parts of the facility after a Sudanese man who repeatedly sought medical help in the past few months collapsed and died.

Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian journalist held on Manus Island, shared a photo on his Facebook page showing upturned tables.

"We just kicked out the Wilson security from Delta and Oscar detentions," he said in the post.

"This message is for the government. If you have power come and take me to prison. I'm here and tonight changed my language. You are not able to understand when I talk with you in peaceful language."

The take-over came after the death of a Sudanese refugee identified as Faysal Ishak Ahmed, 27.

In a second post to social media, Mr Boochani described Faysal's attempts at getting care over a six-month period. 

"Many times Faysal collapsed and all of us here knew that he was seriously sick for more than 6 months," he said.

"More than 60 people wrote a letter to IHMS and explained to them how Faysal is sick and has constant headache and heart problem but they did not care."

The Department of Immigration said Faysal suffered a seizure and fell over, causing critical head injuries.

He was flown to Brisbane on Christmas Eve for medical treatment and died in hospital.

Another asylum seeker on Manus Island told ABC News that Faysal had repeatedly visited the detention centre's medical centre for treatment in the months leading up to his death.

He told ABC News Faysal was turned away by staff who said he was pretending to be sick.


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