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Migrants sew mouths shut in Rome holding center protest

26 on hunger strike, 13 with needle and thread

27 January, 13:29
Migrants sew mouths shut in Rome holding center protest (ANSA) - Rome, January 27 - The number of migrants participating in a hunger strike at a Rome holding center grew to 26 on Monday, where 13 Moroccans have gone as far as sewing their mouths shut with needle and thread in protest against conditions there. Similar protests were mounted in December at the Ponte Galeria Centre for Identification and Expulsion (CIE) after authorities emptied a controversial holding facility on the island of Lampedusa, south of Sicily, which was at the centre of an international furore when a video was broadcast showing naked migrants being sprayed with disinfectants outside in the cold of winter.

Doctors and nurses were looking after the migrants on hunger strike around the clock, according to CIE Director Vincenzo Lutrelli.

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