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Immigration minister Peter Dutton has claimed that refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island lied about being threatened by locals, despite video evidence validating their stories.

Videos given to Guardian Australia by refugees show a man making death threats against detainees at the West Haus transit centre, shouting “you are a dead man” and “I will kill you” while waving a weapon. Speaking to reporters in Melbourne, Dutton said the claims were “complete nonsense”, claiming refugees were trying to “pump out this propaganda” to sway the government into bringing them to Australia.

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