23 Sep 2010

Roof protest by detainees continues

8:44 pm on 23 September 2010

Nine Chinese detainees are maintaining a protest on the roof of the Villawood immigration detention centre in Sydney.

The group has been protesting on the roof of the centre since 8am local time on Wednesday, demanding a speedy resolution to their application to stay in the country.

The ABC reports they want to speak to a high-ranking department official by midday Thursday.

Most of them are understood to have breached student visas.

A separate group of asylum seekers was earlier coaxed down.

A Fijian detainee, Josefa Rauluni, 36, jumped from a building and died on Monday.