26 April – A fire that caused extensive damage to a building at a Gold Coast private school is believed to have been deliberately lit.
Police have established a crime scene at St Andrew’s Lutheran College at Tallebudgera, after fire gutted a theatre building.
The multi-level building is still smouldering on Tuesday morning.
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23 April – The alleged suicide of an inmate at a prison in Bandung, West Java, sparked a riot early on Saturday morning (23/04), after fellow inmates mistakenly concluded that he had been murdered, local media reports.
Part of the Banceuy Narcotics Prison was set alight during the riot, causing extensive damage to the front of the facility. Two cars and two motorcycles were also destroyed in the blaze, before the arrival of three fire trucks.
At least five of the nearly 600 police officers deployed at the prison were injured when inmates threw stones at them, before reportedly setting fire to the building.
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15 April – Though more than 1,000 inmates were involved in the Yala Prison riot yesterday morning, the situation was brought under control within hours, acting director-general of the Corrections Department Kobkiat Kasivivat said.
The riot stemmed from a fight between two groups of prisons at about 10am. The 10 members of one group hail from Trang and the other from Yala, which is also 10-member strong.
One Trang inmate allegedly stabbed a member of the Yala group in the back with a shank pipe, he said, adding that the situation had been brought into control by noon. Prison officials will move some members of the Trang group to the Songkhla Prison in order to prevent another riot, he added.
8 April – Police have used capsicum spray on protesters outside a Liberal Party dinner to mark the 20th anniversary of the election of John Howard’s government.
However, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is suspected to have avoided the skirmish in Melbourne’s Docklands by arriving by boat and entering the back of Shed 14 behind a police line.
About 150 people gathered outside the Central Pier function venue about 6pm on Friday to protest the federal government’s changes to higher education and the treatment of asylum seekers.
Students, unionists and refugee activists held placards and chanted slogans such as “No ifs, no buts, no education cuts.”
The demonstrators scuffled with police, including about 50 uniformed officers, as well as five mounted police and some Australian Federal Police.
The protesters yelled “scum” and “shame” at guests and jostled them as they arrived at the venue and were ushered around the rear of the venue by security guards.
Some of the building’s windows were broken, with officers using pepper spray on about 20 people, including an ABC cameraman.
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