33 Afghan asylum-seekers occupy St Patrick’s Cathedral

Thirty-three Afghan asylum-seekers are continuing to occupy St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin this morning as part of a campaign to be granted refugee status.

Thirty-three Afghan asylum-seekers are continuing to occupy St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin this morning as part of a campaign to be granted refugee status.

The men, who say they are on hunger strike, entered the cathedral yesterday morning and are vowing to stay put until they are allowed to remain in Ireland.

They say they are at risk of torture and death in Afghanistan and that their action was prompted by the rejection of some of their asylum applications.

The asylum-seekers, aged between 16 and 45, have been living in different parts of Ireland for between one and five years.

They claim their cases have not been given full attention by the Irish authorities and that they are trying to highlight this injustice by engaging in the occupation and hunger strike.

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