World Bulletin / News Desk
More than 200 refugees on Thursday started hunger strike in Greek capital of Athens to seek legal residence status.
The young men, most of them North Africans living on the island of Crete, travelled to Athens over the weekend and settled in the Law University for the hunger strike.
"I want papers to be able to go to hospital, to be treated as a human being," said 29-year old Moroccan Hakim Sebati, who has been working in agriculture and other menial jobs in Crete for five years. "I'm fed up with this life without papers."
Nine in ten refugees or immigrants use Greece as a gateway to the European Union. The country is long-criticized for its poor handling of asylum seekers and immigrants.
The Mediterranean state granted asylum in August to six Iranians who had stopped eating for weeks. Some Afghan asylum seekers have also been on hunger strike since late November, hoping to get refugee status.
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