Locals threaten violence against Manus Island asylum seekers at new accommodation

Locals threaten violence against Manus Island asylum seekers at new accommodation

Locals threaten violence against Manus Island asylum seekers at new accommodation

Updated 11 December 2017, 7:30 AEDT

Asylum seekers on Manus Island have video evidence of local men — who appear to be drunk — coming to their accommodation and threatening to kill them.

Asylum seekers on Manus Island say local people are threatening to kill them after they moved into new accommodation in the island's town.

The men have provided video evidence of local men — who appear to be drunk — coming to their accommodation and threatening them.

In one incident, in the early hours of the morning on December 10, a group of four men approached the main gate of the West Haus accommodation compound.

A video filmed by asylum seekers shows one man holding what looks like a metal bar or pipe.

The man was stopped from entering by security guards, but he threatened asylum seekers through the gate.

"You're dead meat," he said, before adding "Mi bai killim yu", which means "I will kill you" in New Guinea pidgin.

Pakistani refugee Ijlal Haider witnessed the man's outburst.

"They're saying, 'I will kill you and don't come to outside'," he said.

Mr Haider said it was not the first time locals have threatened refugees in their new housing, where they were forcibly taken two weeks ago.

"Very dangerous, we every night afraid, we thinking they are coming," he said.

"We are not safe here, so please help us."

The media and aid groups have been barred from entering the new accommodation, but earlier that evening, another drunk man was let inside the supposedly secure compound known as Hillside Haus.

A video shows him demanding food and going into the mess area.

"Give me chicken and everything," he can be heard saying.

"I'm the landowner."

Security guards tried to cover up the incident, telling asylum seekers to delete their videos of the man's incursion.

Iranian refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani said guards allowed the man to stay because he claimed to own the land.

"He was there for half hour but the security couldn't do anything because he was saying that this land was for me and it belongs to me and nobody can prevent me," he said.

Mr Boochani said the incidents showed the growing anger of local people over the relocation of asylum seekers and refugees to the main town on Manus Island.

"The problem is that these two places are located in a place exactly beside some of the locals' village and it's really high risk," he said.

About 60 of the refugees on Manus Island will be flown to Port Moresby this week for further processing by the United States Government, and could be on their way to the US soon after that.

But because the US has not said how many refugees it will take, the hundreds of men who remain on Manus do not know if they will have the same opportunity, and do not know how long they will have to remain on the island.