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After nearly 400-mile march, asylum seekers begin hunger strike in Berlin

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Afghan refugee Maiwand smokes a cigarette as he sits under an umbrella in front of Brandenburg Gate during a hunger strike in Berlin on Oct. 25.

Approximately 20 refugees went on a hunger strike in Berlin, Germany on Wednesday, after traveling over 370 miles across Germany as part of a larger group of asylum seekers, according to Reuters. The refugees demanded that deportation and restrictions on their movements, among other things, end.

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Refugees and activists of "Refugee Tent Action" shelter under an umbrella while being on a hunger strike in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany on Oct. 25. The previous day police officers took down a tent set up by the protesters. The group stages a protest for better rights for asylum seekers that began in September with a march from Wuerzburg, southern Germany to Berlin.

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An Iranian refugee sleeps in front of Brandenburg Gate during a hunger strike in Berlin Oct. 25. Some 20 refugees, mainly from Iran and Afghanistan, went on hunger strike on Oct. 24 demanding an end to deportations, obligatory camp accommodation to be abolished and restrictions on their movements be lifted, the refugees said. They are part of a larger group of asylum seekers who have marched some 372 miles from the southern town of Wuerzburg to the German capital.

Previously on PhotoBlog: Refugees march across Germany to demand 'freedom and respect'

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