At least two hundred Afghan asylum seekers staged a peaceful demonstration chanting "We are not dangerous people, we are facing threats" in Belgium on Monday after the Belgian government refused to review their applications.
The protestors who were also accompanied by human rights activists left the City of Ghent to Brussels and demanded permanent citizenship in that country, claiming that their lives were under serious security threats and they cant return to their home country due to risks.
"In the first round of our peaceful protest, we were fully supported by the Catholic church in Belgium and the recent support was a major victory for our civil protest," said Samim Hamdard, spokesman of Afghan asylum seekers.
The Belgian government has refused to grant asylum to at least two hundred Afghan nationals. Following refusal of their cases, the Afghan immigrants and their families got shelter in a church in Brussels and are supported by Belgian Catholic Church and human rights activists.
"I think the church has the right and even the obligation to disrespect certain laws, and in particular this law concerning refugees and, in this special case, Afghan refugees. We know that they live in a war zone, in a country at war, we see that everyday in the media, so for me it is simply unacceptable that they get extradited and sent back to such a country. It's even immoral in my opinion," Priest of Saint Antonius church Marcel De Meyer said.
Based on the UN statistics, Afghanistan had the largest number of migrants in the world in 2012. The UN survey revealed that at least 36,000 Afghans submitted applications for asylum.