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Friday, 29 March, 2002, 14:04 GMT
In pictures: Woomera riot
About a dozen asylum seekers escaped briefly from a detention facility in the Australian outback, as crowds of protesters gathered outside.

Some of the detainees scaled fences topped with razor wire, while others broke through holes in the fences at the Woomera Detention Centre in South Australia.

Protesters' tents near Woomera
Protesters have been gathering for several days

Protesters near Woomera
Many came prepared for a long stay

Protesters climb Woomera fence
Perimeter fences were easily climbed

Protesters pull down fence
Even security fences buckled under the strain

Protesters and police
Scuffles broke out with police overnight...

... and intensified when protesters stormed the camp

Woomera inmate jumps free
Detainees took their chance to escape

Protesters dress alleged refugee as woman
Protesters say they helped several refugees to escape, in disguise
See also:

24 Jan 02 | Asia-Pacific
Australia lifts asylum claim freeze
23 Jan 02 | Asia-Pacific
Australian asylum protest spreads
23 Jan 02 | Asia-Pacific
Australia stands by asylum policy
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