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Asylum camp protestors evicted from park

Austrian police have moved to clear away a camp set up by asylum seekers in a park in the centre of Vienna in an early morning raid.

The camp had been set up on the eighteenth of December by refugees who claimed they were not being treated fairly, that accommodation was poor and who demanded access to the local job markets.

When it was rumoured that police were planning to evict the illegal settlers several then fled to the nearby Votivkirche church where more than a dozen are currently on a hunger strike of the 40 or so people now based there.

Police were unable to evict these as they would need permission from the church which they have not yet received.

When the camp was raided three of those based there were arrested for failing to have a residency permit in Austria. And a campaigner also faces prosecution for aggressive behaviour.

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