Immigrants sew lips together in strike outside Belgian train station
Thirty-seven out of the seventy-five illegal immigrants staying at the Bressoux station in the Liège province began a hunger strike on the 2 September.
Two of the strikers have actually sewn their lips together, the other demonstrators told media.
The striking immigrants fear that they will not be able to receive legal documentation under new criteria proposed in a recent government agreement.
According to France Aret from the care committee: “Some of the strikers have even given up drinking. They are worried and fear finding themselves expelled or shut up in closed centres while others begin the process of naturalisation.”
On Saturday, three illegal immigrants sewed their lips together as a symbol of the intensity of their action.
Youssef El Hadif, a spokesperson for the OSP (Organisation des Sans-Papiers), stated that six of the thirty-seven demonstrators had to be hospitalised in a critical state, but they had all rejoined the strike at the Bressoux station afterwards.
“They have all decided to keep the hunger strike going until a solution has been agreed.”