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    The two Sudanese immigrants at the Australia-run Manus Island center for undocumented asylum seekers that swallowed razor blades are currently at the hospital.

    Asylum seekers are pictured in this handout photo provided by the refugee action coalition, taken inside the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea January 13, 2015
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    MOSCOW, January 21 (Sputnik) — Two more asylum seekers at the Australia-run Manus Island center for undocumented immigrants have swallowed razor blades while hundreds of detainees are still on hunger strike demanding refugee status, Guardian Australia reported Wednesday.

    The two Sudanese immigrants that swallowed razor blades are currently at the detention center's hospital, according to the newspaper. Last week two other detainees at the center did the same.

    The hunger strike and other forms of protest at the detention center, located in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and run by an Australian private company, have been underway for over a week. The refugees are demanding the Australian government to give them refugee status and improve their living conditions. They were also opposing Australian government's intention to resettle them in PNG.

    On Monday guards at the detention center staged an assault arresting the alleged leaders of the protest. However, the center's staff has confirmed that the situation is still tense and the protesters intend to continue the strike, according to Guardian Australia.

    On Tuesday Australia's Immigration Minister Peter Dutton reaffirmed that the detainees would not be allowed into Australia regardless of their protests and self-harming activity, according to media reports.

    A previous hunger strike at the Manus Island detention center dissolved into a riot in February 2014, which resulted in the death of one man, who was allegedly attacked by a local warden, a further 70 people were injured.

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