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Migrants at Lampedusa holding centre protest at conditions


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Lampedusa, October 8 - Exasperated migrants held at
a reception centre on the Italian island of Lampedusa protested
at their conditions on Tuesday.
Migrants threw mattresses outside and tried to block
departing buses after cramped conditions were rendered more
difficult by several days of rain.
"We are tired of living this way, like animals," they said.
Security forces present inside the centre kept the chaos
from escalating further, though tension remained high.
Meanwhile, the UNHCR's representative in Italy blasted
deteriorating conditions at the centre, and called for immediate
action, not just for the 155 survivors of last week's shipwreck
in which over 300 are feared dead, but for all the migrants kept
there who fled wars and persecution in search of safety.
"The extreme situation at the center has deteriorated,
with entire families forced into the open for three days in the
rain in a row, it is absolutely unacceptable," wrote Lauren
Jolles, the UNHCR representative in Italy.
Jolles made three demands - that renovation begin
immediately to restore the centre to its original 850-person
capacity, that migrants get transferred to other centres within
48 hours of arrival, and the network of migrant centres across
Italy be strengthened.
The 850-person migrant centre on Lampedusa has been reduced
to a 250-person capacity since a 2011 fire destroyed part of the

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