Police end sit-in by illegal immigrants

1st August 2007, Comments 0 comments

LILLE, France, Aug 1, 2007 (AFP) - French police in the northern city of Lille on Wednesday morning broke up a sit-in by illegal immigrants, some of whom have been on hunger strike to demand residence papers.

LILLE, France, Aug 1, 2007 (AFP) - French police in the northern city of Lille on Wednesday morning broke up a sit-in by illegal immigrants, some of whom have been on hunger strike to demand residence papers.

Police sealed off a trade union building where some 180 people have been living in tents in the garden for the last week. Those without papers were then driven to a holding centre outside the city.

Around 60 of the protesters said they had been on hunger-strike since mid-June, taking nothing but tea, coffee and sugared water.

The local prefect -- state-appointed governor -- said decisions on whether to issue residence permits would be taken on a case-by-case basis.


AFP

Subject: French news

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