Migrants riot as police and army fight back Police arrest 23 ‘hardcore ’ rioters
An uprising at the Safi detention centre was quelled by riot police using tear gas yesterday morning after tens of frustrated immigrants who fled Libya about six months ago were refused asylum.
Several migrants, mostly West Africans, set fire to mattresses and skips in what they called a “cry for freedom”.
At one point they pelted police officers and soldiers with a shower of stones, some of which had been broken off the walls.
One detention services em-ployee was seen nursing a bloody wound to his hand. “You help them and they throw stones at you,” he was heard telling his colleagues.
Twenty-three migrants identified as the most violent were arrested and are expected to be arraigned soon.
The Justice Ministry said 15 police officers, three soldiers and one migrant were sli
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