Hunger strikers hospitalised after police raid

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4 May 2006, BRUSSELS — Police raided on Wednesday night a home where 12 illegal immigrants were staging a hunger strike, allowing emergency services to rush them to hospital for treatment.

4 May 2006

BRUSSELS — Police raided on Wednesday night a home where 12 illegal immigrants were staging a hunger strike, allowing emergency services to rush them to hospital for treatment.

The Algerian and Mauritanian hunger strikers were gathered in a private property on the Paul Dejaerlaan in Saint-Gilles near the city hall.

The asylum seekers had been on a hunger strike since 7 April in a bid to obtain official residency in Belgium.

A police spokesman said the raid took place based on doctor's statements that several of the hunger strikers were in a critical condition.

He confirmed that police raided a private property, but stressed that Belgian law authorises a police raid if lives are at threat.

A police spokeswoman told Expatica that the asylum seekers had stopped eating and drinking. She said one cannot survive very long in such a situation.
 
The hunger strikers were taken by ambulance to various hospitals. Five asylum seekers had already been taken to hospital on Saturday.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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