Associated Press/New York Times
January 27, 2011
More than 200 immigrants on hunger strike ended a five-day occupation of Athens University's Law School early Friday, following a tense standoff with police that underscored the country's ongoing illegal immigration crisis.
The immigrants, on hunger strike since Tuesday, were joined by scores of Greek demonstrators and left the university building before marching across the city center to a private building rented by pro-migrant campaigners.
The hunger strikers, most from north African countries, are demanding legalization — an appeal that was flatly rejected by the country's Socialist government, which is grappling with a growing illegal immigration problem.