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Austria: Asylum seekers take protest to church

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Austria: Asylum seekers take protest to church


Around 40 asylum seekers have camped out at a church in the Austrian capital Vienna, as part of a protest over their treatment.

They say accommodation they are being given is poor. They are also calling for access to the jobs market.

More than a dozen of those bedding down at the Votivkirche church are said to be on hunger strike.

“As the government did not give us a good answer, we continue the hunger strike,” said one demonstrator.

“If anybody dies, the responsibility is for the government,” he continued.

The asylum seekers reportedly fled to the church from a camp in a nearby park, which was later raided by police.

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