Nine Chilena workers on Thursday (18 May) joined a Belgian priest in a hunger strike to protest against what they called lack of progress at the Third United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Santiago.
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MV ZOOM OUT PAN student s and others on hunger strike (3 shots)
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Background: Nine Chilena workers on Thursday (18 May) joined a Belgian priest in a hunger strike to protest against what they called lack of progress at the Third United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Santiago. Father Jeft Ulburghs, 49, a member of the Belgian delegation, started his hunger strike the day before in the foyer of the UNCTAD conference building.
The nine workers took over a floor of a building facing the conference, as they are not allowed in the UNCTAD building.
Some 3,000 delegates from 141 countries are attending the conference to discuss measures for a more balanced distribution of world wealth. Father Ulburghs, a Limburg priest, intended to continue his protest until Saturday (20 April), when UNCTAD finished its 36-day meeting.
SYNOPSIS: The thirty-six day United Nations Trade and Development Conference came to an end on Saturday. Three thousand delegates from one-hundred and forty-one countries had been discussing measures for a ore balanced distribution of world wealth. In the last few days of the meeting, however a Belgian priest had led a hunger strike against the conference.
Seated in the foyer of the UNCTAD building, Father Jef Ulburghs, said he was protesting against the lack of progress at the conference. He said that there was too much talking and too little action.
Nine Chilean workers joined Father Ulburghs in the hunger strike when they took over a floor of a building facing the conference, as they were not allowed in the UNCTAD building. Father Ulburgs said at a press conference: "I am not crazy, I just feel that I can contribute more by publicising the inefficiency of the conference and reluctance of the rich countries to make any concessions to poor nations."