“I am ready to continue the strike until officials grant me a residence permit in Finland.”, says Ahid Hachimi, who has been at the reception centre for three weeks. In addition to refusing food, the strikers say that they are drinking only very little. “My muscles are sore and my head aches. I feel tired”, says Elouadi Moshab. Currently 11 residents at the Metsälä centre are on hunger strike.”
The lesson learned, life is not fair, and that every state has the sovereign right to determine who and who can’t gain legal entry in the country and who cannot. If you break the law by being illegally in the country, you go into a holding facility until your case is processed and handed your walking papers.
All the grand standing in the world doesn’t change anything, or at least it shouldn’t, but I’m not holding my breath. It’s very possible that these hunger strikers will get the loons behind them and pressure the government to act on their behalf. Steak anyone? More here. *L* KGS