Technology Brussels: Non-papers on strike of hunger and thirst hang their movement

05:25  22 july  2021
05:25  22 july  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Des bouteilles d'eau formaient un SOS devant l'église Saint Jean-Baptiste à l'église du Béguinage de Bruxelles, occupée par des sans-papiers en grève de la soif. AFP/HATIM KAGHAT. © Hatim Kaghat bottles of water formed a SOS in front of the Saint John the Baptist church in the Church of Brussels Beguinage, occupied by undocumented migrants on thirst. AFP / HATIM KAGHT.

The situation became critical and could have turned to drama. The hunger strike observed for two months in Brussels by some 450 undocumented with a residence permit with access to the labor market is "temporarily suspended", announced on Wednesday their support committee, greeting "a hand outstretched" by the government. It was urgent to end: 300 of them had started on July 16 a thirsty strike, according to the doctors of the world.

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It was proposed to assert "exceptional circumstances" (long anchorage in Belgium, vulnerability etc.) or, for a smaller number, to pass through a humanitarian asylum application (Article 9b) " For the most fragile ". Coming from countries considered "safe", these foreigners can not generally claim political asylum.

Each of the 450 files must now be studied and "the suspension of the strike does not fit the end of the movement," warned their support committee, the Union of Non-Paper for Regularization (USPR). The occupation of the sites hosting the strikers - a Brussels church and two antennas of a university campus of the capital - "is maintained".

The Support Committee welcomed "a tense of the Secretary of State" Sammy Mahdi, responsible for asylum and migration. "Today, July 21, National Day, Mahdi Cabinet's proposals were announced in the strikers," said this collective. "People are currently transferred to the hospital and some will remain in intensive care," according to the Secretary of State.

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The Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo responded immediately by considering that "ending the hunger strike is the only good decision". "A government can never accept blackmail," added the Flemish Liberal leader in a separate statement.

video: the hunger strike of undocumens in Brussels (Dailymotion)

"Let's hope that permanent physical damage could and can be avoided," also emphasized the leader, judging that "if physical sequelae subsist, All those who encouraged hunger strikers in recent weeks, gave them false hopes or provided them with non-objective information, will take responsibility. "

This hunger strike started on 23 May on three Brussels sites occupied by the undocumented by the Belgian government, a fragile coalition of seven parties, including Liberal, Socialists and Ecologists. Last weekend, the leaders of the Francophone PS and Ecolo-Groen had said publicly to fear "an imminent drama", calling the Prime Minister asking him to unload the Secretary of State for migration Sammy Mahdi.

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"People who claim to be left say if there is a death, I resign . Since when a policy is waiting for he has dead to react, "said the French migrant activist Cédric Herrou, who came to support the strikers.

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two experts from the United Nations have also moved from the deterioration of the health status of certain strikers, particularly among the approximately 250 hosted in a Brussels church. One of them, Olivier de Schutter, considered urgent to issue temporary residence permits.

These foreigners in an irregular situation are mainly Moroccans and Algerians. To negotiate residence permits, the support committee put forward years of stay in Belgium in areas of workforce and building, restoration or cleaning.

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