Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Escape attempt by 8 Rohingya foiled

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Published: 31 Jul 2013 at 00.00
Newspaper section: News 

Authorities yesterday foiled an escape attempt by eight Rohingya migrants being held at the Sadao immigration centre in Songkhla yesterday. 

The migrants, all men, tried to escape after a riot broke out at the centre yesterday afternoon. 
The riot began when about 380 detainees housed on the second floor started throwing bricks they had removed from the walls at officials 
They were demanding to be sent to a third country or to Malaysia. 

They said they had been detained for seven months after having left Myanmar hoping to get jobs in another country. They said they wanted to work and send money to their families back home. 

The Sadao district chief and local religious leaders later went to the facility to negotiate with the rioters. 

Talks ended when eight migrants using sarongs they tied together as a rope lowered themselves from the second floor in an escape bid. They were soon caught by officials. 

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