Illegal immigrant sews mouth closed
2 May 2006, BRUSSELS — One of the illegal immigrants occupying the church Notre-Dame de la Lumière in Glain (Liège) in a sit-in protest against Belgium's asylum policies sewed his lips together on Sunday night.
2 May 2006
BRUSSELS — One of the illegal immigrants occupying the church Notre-Dame de la Lumière in Glain (Liège) in a sit-in protest against Belgium's asylum policies sewed his lips together on Sunday night.
He is refusing to cut the stitches open before speaking with the media, a Liège-based spokesman for the protest group UDEP said on Monday morning..
The man who sewed his lips together is a 31-year-old Moroccan man, whose family stayed behind in the North African country.
He performed the drastic action against the advice of other church occupiers. The man is not in a position to return to Morocco, where the funeral for his deceased father is to be held. The man claims he is trying to forget his pain.
UDEP protestors took the man to hospital on Sunday night. Medical staff disinfected his mouth, but the man refused to let medical staff cut the four stitches open.
He then left the hospital and returned to the church in Glain.
The UDEP spokesman identified the protestor as a 31-year-old Moroccan man who joined the Glain church sit-in two days after the protest started.
"He is fed up with the fact he has no official papers. He is losing his patience and is thinking about suicide to convey his message. We have tried talking him round, but he steadfastly refuses to listen to us," he said.
Various church sit-ins are being staged across the country in Belgium to demand an amnesty for the nation's illegal immigrants. The federal government is refusing to grant them official residency.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news