Gov­ern­ment urged to al­low Syr­ian refugees to move on

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The City of Athens called yes­ter­day for the gov­ern­ment to ac­cept the asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tions of a group of some 200 Syr­i­ans who have been camped on Syn­tagma Square in the city cen­ter for the last 10 days.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity said in a state­ment that it is clear that the Greek state “is un­pre­pared for pro­vid­ing war refugees with the things that in­ter­na­tional treaties de­mand, such as shel­ter and med­i­cal care.” It ad­vo­cated that the gov­ern­ment fast-track the asy­lum process for the protest­ing Syr­i­ans, whose group in­cludes young chil­dren. Some of the refugees have been on hunger strike for the past few days, lead­ing to almost 20 of them faint­ing and hav­ing to be taken to the hos­pi­tal.

Dur­ing a news con­fer­ence at Syn­tagma Square yes­ter­day, the Syr­i­ans also asked to be given the right to leave Greece.

“The only so­lu­tion for our­selves and our fam­i­lies is to have the right to go to another coun­try to start a new life of dig­nity for our chil­dren,” said Nan­der Hal­buni.

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