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November 24, 2014

Syrian refugees stage hunger strike outside Greek parliament

Protests for rights of asylum seekers enter sixth day.

Syrian refugees sit with their mouths sealed with a tape, as they participate in a hunger strike in Athens on November 24, 2014.(AFP/LOUISA GOULIAMAKI)

Frustrated with their living conditions, Syrian refugees in Greece are staging a protest in front of the country's parliament. The refugees have camped out in Athens' Syntagma Square since November 19 and recently began a hunger strike.

Among their complaints are lack of documentation, leaving Syrians vulnerable to exploitative landlords and unable to work. European Union regulations require refugees to apply for asylum in the first country they enter, preventing many Syrians from leaving Greece.