A hunger strike in central Munich by a group of refugees has entered its fourth day – but numbers have dwindled because several campaigners have been taken to intensive care, suffering from the effects of the extreme protest.
The activists want changes to Germany’s refugee policy, which they say keeps them isolated and unable to work for months while they wait for their applications to be processed.
Ashkan Karasami, a spokesman for the strikers explained: “The German government has to take a decision that in the 21st century in the middle of Europe in Munich, the most expensive city of Germany, they have to take the decision on whether the lives of people are more important than some papers.”
The regional government has reportedly said that politicians cannot be blackmailed into granting asylum.
The Mayor of Munich warns that one death as a result of the hunger strike would be a humanitarian catastrophe.