Friday, January 21

NGOs and MEPs denounce the abandonment of migrants who went on hunger strike in Brussels

They did not then achieve the generalized regularization they sought. But there was a commitment that the Belgian authorities would analyze their cases, among which are people who have lived and worked in the country for several decades, but without residence permits; some of whom have children born in Belgium and attending school, but also without a residence permit.

That July agreement brought the 450 undocumented migrants who were on hunger strike (since May 23) and thirst (since July 16) distributed by the Saint Jean Baptiste Beguinage church and the ULB and VUB universities, to the suspension of the protest. “But not from the fight,” they said.

Months after that agreement, a dozen socialist organizations and 90 Socialist, Green and Left MEPs have written to the Belgian Government to comply with what it promised to end the hunger and thirst strike.

“It is about responding to the Belgian government in the absence of compliance with its commitments, last July, in terms of resolving the situation of the 450 migrants who were on strike for two months demanding their papers and dignity. Therefore, with this new manifesto We demand that the Belgian government fulfill its commitments and put on the table a regularization policy with clear and concrete criteria, as requested by the Sans Papiers movement in Belgium “, affirm the promoters of the text, among whose signatories are Spanish MEPs Miguel Urbán (Anticapitalistas), Idoia Villanueva (Podemos), María Eugenia Rodríguez Palop (Podemos), Sira Rego (IU), Carles Puigdemont (Junts), Toni Comín (Junts), Clara Ponsatí (Junts); Jordi Solé (ERC), Diana Riba (ERC), Pernando Barrena (EH Bildu).

“The hunger strikes in Belgium by the Sans Papiers Movement have been the culmination of a mobilization that has been demanding for years to be able to work and live regularly. We are talking about people who have been in the country for up to 20 years, have a home, a social network. People who, however, are still condemned to hiding “, says Miguel Urbán:” A situation that affects many migrants, who, given the abandonment of the European institutions, have decided to mobilize for their rights. We see similar cases in As for protests and hunger strikes in Calais, in Libya, in the Canary Islands, they are mobilizations that point, once again, to that repressive apparatus that is the European migration policy, which no longer speaks of people but of a ‘hybrid threat’. We are many and many who continue to oppose the policy that dehumanizes, deprives rights and condemns thousands of people to precariousness. ”