Citizens' Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis on Tuesday received 10 representatives of 35 asylum seekers from Iran, most of whom are on a hunger strike with their lips sewn shut in downtown Athens since last month.

The minister said that responsible committees will be activated immediately and will process each of their political asylum requests individually as early as today or tomorrow.

The hunger strikers’ representatives said they intend to remain outside the ministry building indefinitely, until the committees in question are activated.