Sep 30, 2006
About 100 Iranian asylum seekers from mullahs' tyranny are continuing their protest in Brussels to obtain legal residence in the country. The local media reported that on Thursday it seemed a solution was close at hand for 200 of them. Now, the protesters say only 10 of them will be given papers. Hoping to speed up regulation of their papers, the Iranians occupied a former military hospital in the Brussels district of Etterbeek for many weeks. They started a hunger strike and some even had their lips sewn together. On Thursday it seemed a solution was in sight when the mayor of Etterbeek, Vincent De Wolf, announced that 78 protesters would be given papers and those of another 110 would follow soon. Relieved that their ordeal had finally ended, the protesters agreed on clearing the former hospital site by Friday. However, the promises De Wolf gave turned out to be empty ones, and only 10 of them were told they would be regulated. Early Friday, 100 remaining protesters willingly left the social services offices they had occupied for the last few weeks. The bulk of the protesters then shifted their action to the city of Brussels, where they managed to occupy the entrance of the town hall for a while. They managed to talk to some members of the city council but were then removed by the police. Following their talk with representatives of the Brussels City Council, the Iranians have been given a new refuge in former administrative premises near the Kruidtuin (Jardin Botanique) in Brussels. There they will stay for an indefinite period of time.