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Heavily Pregnant Refugees Stage Dramatic Hot Darwin Bus Protest

A dramatic stand-off with women demanding to be allowed to live in the community while they are able to deliver their babies.

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Two heavily pregnant Iranian refugees are staging a defiant protest by refusing to get off a bus outside the Wickham Point detention centre in the Northern Territory.

Refugee advocates have told BuzzFeed News the two women had spent the last 15 months in Nauru and had reportedly been promised community accommodation while they deliver their babies in Darwin.

#BREAKING: Pregnant woman seen outside bus at Wickham Point Det. Centre. No word on if #refugee standoff is over.

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#BREAKING: Pregnant woman seen outside bus at Wickham Point Det. Centre.
No word on if #refugee standoff is over.

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Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition said they refused to get off the bus on Sunday when they were instead taken to the Wickham Point detention centre and told they would be put into detention.

"It will only be resolved when the Immigration Department comes to its senses. 40 hours is way too long anyway. They offered to pay their own money to stay in a motel," said Mr Rintoul.

There are serious concerns being about how the group will cope with the Top End heat, as temperatures climbed above 30 degrees on Monday.

Operator of the detention centre, SERCO, is believed to be providing the group food and water.

Guards won't let us cross this line at Wickham pt detention. We have been told refugees are refusing to go inside

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Guards won't let us cross this line at Wickham pt detention. We have been told refugees are refusing to go inside

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A spokeswoman for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection BuzzFeed News, the group were never promised accommodation within the community.

"The women and their families were temporarily transferred to Australia for medical purposes. The Minister has been advised these individuals were not informed they would be placed in the community but would be housed at the Bladin alternative place of detention," she said.

There's no legal purpose for the Immigration Minister to re-detain pregnant mothers who've been found as refugees. Morrison's abusing power

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There's no legal purpose for the Immigration Minister to re-detain pregnant mothers who've been found as refugees. Morrison's abusing power

2:32 PM - 01 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

UPDATE: Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced the stand-off was over after it had already stretched into a third day.

BREAKING: Immigration Minister says ALL refugees now off bus and in detention center near Darwin. Seeking further details now

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BREAKING: Immigration Minister says ALL refugees now off bus and in detention center near Darwin. Seeking further details now

10:47 AM - 02 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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