Protestors demand action on illegal workers

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10 April 2006 BRUSSELS - More than 100 protestors assembled in Saint-Gilles square on Monday to attend a press conference on the efforts of two groups working to gain rights for illegal workers in Belgium. The press conference focused on the work of UDEP, which defends the rights of illegal immigrants without papers and the group CRER (Co-ordination against raids, expulsions and for regularisation).

10 April 2006
 
BRUSSELS - More than 100 protestors assembled in Saint-Gilles square on Monday to attend a press conference on the efforts of two groups working to gain rights for illegal workers in Belgium.
 
The press conference focused on the work of UDEP, which defends the rights of illegal immigrants without papers and the group CRER (Co-ordination against raids, expulsions and for regularisation).

The meeting was held with the full support of Saint-Gilles church priest, Christian Wynants.

The protestors announced that their demands for greater rights would continue, despite their failure to maintain occupancy of the Saint-Gilles church last week.
 
UDEP and other representatives of illegal immigrants and workers without papers who are currently occupying the churches of Etterbeek, Ixelles and Mons also denounced a communal decree announced by Saint-Gilles Mayor Martine Wille.
 
The mayor's decree prohibits until 31 May any gathering of more than five people over the controversial issue anywhere in the Brussels commune.
 
A spokesperson told Le Soir newspaper: "We demand that this decree be lifted. We do not agree with or understand the mayor's actions. A request for a demonstration, moreover, was made for Monday, 17 April".
 
"This decree is, according to us, illegal," a legal adviser for the League of Human Rights, Manuel Lambert, said.
 
"It is a serious limitation to prohibit only demonstrations on this subject. If the request to demonstrate next Monday is refused, we are currently studying the possibility of bringing an action before the Council of State."
 
The UDEP spokesperson added: "The problems faced by workers without-papers became a national problem today. These people are in your cities; the Belgian citizens must mobilise, not only through petitions but also by coming to show their support".
 
Interior Minister Patrick Dewael was once again called upon to draw up clear and permanent regularisation criteria for illegal immigrants and workers without papers.
 
[Copyright Expatica News 2006] 
 
Subject: Belgian news

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