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Greece: Illegal migrants end hunger strike

10. March 2011. | 07:31

Source: ANA

Hunger-striking illegal migrants decided on Wednesday afternoon to stop their action after talks with the government and acceptance of the latter's proposals.

Hunger-striking illegal migrants decided on Wednesday afternoon to stop their action after talks with the government and acceptance of the latter's proposals.

A previously published offer by the government called for a six-month period of "tolerance", with the prospect of another six-month stay in the country.

On Wednesday, however, the migrants claimed they were offered a longer stay and the opportunity to acquire residence card if eligible.

The proposal was presented to the hunger-strikers by Interior Minister Yiannis Ragoussis, Health Minister Andreas Loverdos and Labour Deputy Minister Anna Dalara.

Following the meeting between a delegation of the hunger-strikers and the ministers, members of the group held a press conference at the central Athens mansion where they have been camped out.

More than 100 of the hunger-striking illegal migrants in Athens and at the Thessaloniki labour centre are being treated in local hospitals as a result of their more than month-long abstention from food and most fluids.

The migrants, all males from north African countries ferried from Crete last month, had demanded their full legalisation in the country, meaning residence and work permits. Initially, the migrants and their local supporters also demanded a full legalisation of all illegal migrants in Greece, a demand that was repeatedly and unequivocally rejected by the government.


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