Migrants arrested as they rampage through detention center in Malta

Maltese police on Monday arrested 11 migrants following a protest during which they smashed furniture in various parts of the Hal Far detention center in southern Malta, the police said in a statement.

The protest, during which the migrants were demanding immediate freedom, first broke out late Sunday but was quelled. However, a few hours later, it erupted again with the migrants going through various parts of the center, smashing anything that came in their way.

The police said no one was injured during the protest.

On June 20, the police mounted a nationwide search for 20 migrants who were not found during a roll call.

In line with Malta’s immigration policy, migrants are held in detention until they are interviewed and their identity and papers are confirmed and regularized.

The detention center has some 600 migrants at the moment.