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Hunger strike for Undocumented Iranian workers extended

Wednesday, 18 May 2011
More undocumented Iranians will join a hunger strike at Gustav Adolf's square in central Gothenburg, Sweden and another big tent will be erected there in continuation of a strike that has been going on for a while.

In the past two weeks, 13 people have been on hunger strike and some have already been to the hospital and back and now one person has been hospital, reports radio Sweden.


At the moment, there are 70 or more Iranians who are taking part in the protests on the square, all with different backgrounds and different reasons for their actions. But on the whole, they are calling on the Swedish authorities to grant them political refugees’ status for having fled their country from the dictatorship of the Iranian leadership.

They have been in Sweden for between two and twelve years and have been forced to support themselves by working in the shadows of the economy for almost no pay with very hard working and living conditions. They request the Swedish authorities to grant them permanent residence for fear of deportation.

Most of them have either been refused residency in the past and they decided to disappear in to the crowd or had been deported and then came back. It is not clear what the authorities are saying about them at the moment. 
By Scancomark.se Team

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