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Protesters in Zurich church step up pressure

Illegal immigrants occupying a church in the city of Zurich say they are planning to extend their protest to press for better living conditions.

The church authorities have called on the 150 protestors to leave the building and urged the cantonal government to clarify its policy towards rejected asylum seekers.

The protestors said they would stage a demonstration and continue their ten-day-old stand-off at the Protestant Prediger Church.

They blamed the Zurich government for reneging on promises made to squatters after they ended a high-profile protest at another church in the city a year ago.

The cantonal authorities say they will meet a delegation of protestors on January 5 provided they leave the Prediger Church by then.


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