Illegal immigrants in Paris go on hunger strike

19th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 18, 2006 (AFP) - More than 130 illegal immigrants being held in a detention centre near Paris went on a hunger strike on Tuesday in protest at their living conditions, a migrant support group said.

PARIS, April 18, 2006 (AFP) - More than 130 illegal immigrants being held in a detention centre near Paris went on a hunger strike on Tuesday in protest at their living conditions, a migrant support group said.

All but 10 of the 146 inmates at the centre in Vincennes, on the southeast outskirts of Paris, refused to accept food on Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for the Cimade group.

Most of those detained are originally from Algeria, China, Mali, Romania and Turkey and they are protesting at overcrowding in their rooms, a lack of access to the outside, and a general sense of neglect by French authorities, she said.

The French government recently stepped up its efforts to combat illegal immigration -- with an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 clandestine immigrants already living in the country.

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