Footage appearing to show Papua New Guinean police beating refugees has emerged from Australia’s shuttered Manus Island detention centre, as authorities continue their operation to remove asylum seekers from the site.

A short video from the detention centre shows uniformed men raising metal poles against a group of cowering refugees.

Another video appears to show asylum seekers being pushed out of the area, as authorities attempt to relocate hundreds of detainees to alternative accomodation.

The footage comes after PNG police commissioner Gari Baki said yesterday’s efforts to relocate the men were undertaken “peacefully and without the use of force,” which stands in stark contrast with what some refugees on the island have reported.

Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian journalist and Manus Island detainee, says this morning’s operations have forced many of the remaining 328 refugees to leave the detention centre for the three alternative accomodation sites.

Since the detention centre’s official closure at the beginning of the month, asylum seekers have asserted the new accomodation facilities are unsafe and lack vital amenities.

That stance has been backed up by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, which said construction at one of the sites was still incomplete at the start of the month.

We’ll update this story as it develops.

Source: ABC