Undocumented migrants suspend hunger strike as deadlock is broken

Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Sammy Mahdi confirmed that, in cooperation with representatives of the hunger strikers, the strike had ended. [The Bulletin]

The undocumented workers on hunger strike in Brussels suspended their hunger strike on Wednesday after agreements were made in principle between the government and representatives of the migrants, EURACTIV’s media partner The Bulletin reported.

“There have been meetings with the government and with supporters of the migrants,” a representative for the undocumented workers announced outside the church.

“We have managed to put in place agreements, which have not yet been validated. We hope that they will be. So that there is no more stress and anxiety inside the church, the decision has been taken to stop the thirst strike and to suspend, for the time being, the hunger strike,” the representative added.

Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Sammy Mahdi confirmed that, in cooperation with representatives of the hunger strikers, the strike had ended.

“After 60 days, the hunger strikers have put an end to their action, which was putting their lives at risk,” he said.

“We are not going to make agreements on migration policy,” he added. “There is a policy with rules that must be followed. This has been explained several times and has been discussed,” Mahdi added.

It was revealed that several of the hunger strikers were transferred to hospitals in the city after the strike ended and that some of them will remain in intensive care.

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