Riots at Christmas Island detention center after escaped refugee dies


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Riots have broken out among detainees in an Australian immigration detention center on Christmas Island following the death of an Iranian refugee who escaped from the facility.

A statement by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection confirmed the "major disturbance," although they denied that there was a "large scale 'riot'," and said it is working with its service providers "to assess and resolve the situation."

Ian Rintoul, a spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition (RAC) in Australia who has been in contact with refugees at the facility, said the rioting started Sunday night after detainees were informed that the escaped refugee -- who he named as Fazel Chegeni -- had been found dead "in the jungle."

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