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    Vol.65/No.9           March 5, 2001 
Kurdish refugees demand asylum
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Two hundred Kurdish refugees being held in a military camp in southern France held a sit-down strike February 19, blocking the camp's gate to demand political asylum and better conditions. They were among 900 ethnic Kurds from Iraq and Turkey, including 300 children, who were abandoned when the ship they were on ran aground off the French Riviera (above). While the French government debates whether to deport them en masse, local residents have come by the camp to drop off baked goods, clothes, and toys.
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