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Article

18 Dec 2019

Author:
Bianca Hall, The Sydney Morning Herald

Medevac asylum seekers detained in a Melbourne hotel for months

18 December 2019

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More than 45 men, formerly held in the Manus Island centre, are now confined to one floor of the $180-a-night Mantra on Bell in Preston, which is off limits to other guests and patrolled by private security guards.

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[...] [R]efugee advocates have held demonstrations outside the Mantra, claiming that detention in the hotel did not provide sufficient access to open space or medical care.

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Border Force said the men had access to medical attention and refused to rule out sending them back to PNG.

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The Mantra is one of a suite of hotels acquired by French-based hotel giant Accor in a $1.2 billion deal last year.

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