The Australian government has deported 40 Afghan refugees, after they had been detained for two days at a Sydney migrant hostel.
1. GV Bus at Sydney airport, with Afghan refugees and escorting police walking down stairs and on to bus 0.20
2. GV Police car and bus leaving airport (2 shots) 0.26
3. GV Singapore Airlines jumbo jet lands, taxis past other jets on runway 0.36
4. SV Airport officials look door to transit lounge 0.52
5. GV (NIGHT SCENES) Bus drives past camera, ZOOM TO SV People in bus 1.14
6. SV Afghan disembark from bus with police escort, some men handcuffed (4 shots) 1.50
7. SV Door at migrant centre closes as police watch 2.02
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Background: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
The Australian government has deported 40 Afghan refugees, after they had been detained for two days at a Sydney migrant hostel. The group had sought refugee status after arriving in Sydney on July 13 without entry visas, on a flight from India bound for New Zealand. Police were called to the airport after mayhem broke out when the Afghans were told they could not stay. They were then escorted to the Villawood migrant centre while arrangements were made for their return to India. The refugees arrived on a Singapore Airlines flight, allegedly carrying forged New Zealand passports, purchased from racketeers. Once inside the Sydney airport transit lounge, the Afghans sought refugee status, but an immigration department official described their entry as "a blatant attempt to circumvent Australia's immigration laws". Some of the group had to be restrained after several police and officials were punched and kicked. The official reason given for refusing the Afghans refugee status is that all had been admitted to India as refugees, and had lived there for several years before trying to enter Australia and New Zealand.
Source: ATN CHANNEL SEVEN, SYDNEY