A system designed to be harsh

Last Wednesday evening, as a group of supporters of the Afghan men on hunger strike gathered in a vigil outside St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, a group of local youths also gathered to hector and abuse them.

20th May, 2006

Last Wednesday evening, as a group of supporters of the Afghan men on hunger strike gathered in a vigil outside St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, a group of local youths also gathered to hector and abuse them. To the men inside, the government’s attitude seemed pretty similar.

The Afghan asylum seekers inside St Patrick’s at one stage threatened to kill themselves if any effort was made to remove them. Various state...

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