Refugees go on hunger strike at Czech detention centre

More than 40 refugees start hunger strike at detention centre in Czech Republic

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Refugees go on hunger strike at Czech detention centre

Dozens of refugees went on a hunger strike in one of the detention centres in the town of Drahonice in the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

It is reported that the refugees were protesting to take a stand against their detention sentence being extended after a period of 90 days, which is prescribed by the law, ended.

The Czech Republic is a country in Central Europe, it is bordered by Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Poland.

Not only the Czech Republic but also the European Union is struggling to deal with a massive refugee crisis.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees escaping war and poverty, cross through Hungary and Austria to reach Germany. Refugees who cross through the Czech Republic have been frequently detained. If the government does not send them back to their country, they stay in the Czech Republic, or many of them continue onto Germany.

The hunger strike is taking place at a newly opened facility in Drahonice, roughly 90 kilometres (55 miles) west of the capital Prague.

One of volunteer reporters Petra Damms told agencies that "In the morning it was 44 people who started the hunger strike, then in the afternoon it was over 60".

"It is not because of the physical conditions they strike, it is the extending of their detention, they don't know why."

Damms said tensions rose after 40 people were transported out from Drahonice at 3 a.m. on Tuesday, fuelling detainee fears of deportation.

It remembered that United Nations had accused Czech Republic of holding refugees in 'degrading' conditions last month.

TRTWorld and agencies