In Germany four thalidomiders went on hunger-strike on 18th of September. They are wanting better compensation and doing so in ICTA’s name. They reported being in good spirits but starting to feel cold and tired.
Norbert Schweyen – one of the hunger strikers – says he is prepared to die unless the demands are met.
Please give them your support.
3RD OF OCTOBER COME TO THE DEMO IN LONDON
Where: Cadogan Hotel, 75 Sloane Street SW1X 9SG, nearest underground is Knightsbridge
At 11.40 we walk in a group to the German Embassy.
Survivors from around the world marched on the German embassy in London, launching the International Contergan Thalidomide Alliance (ICTA) campaign for a global settlement in London on Thursday, Apr 3, 2007. Over one hundred people took part in the protest, with some traveling from as far away as Canada. At the press conference, many thalidomiders spoke with passion and emotion about their lives and their difficulties. ICTA campaign leader Nick Dobrik said compensation plans agreed in the 1970s were no longer enough to pay the bills.
A statement from Grünenthal issued in response to the protest said that it did not acknowledge any basis for the ICTA’s demands. Sebastian Wirtz, the leading member of the family that runs the company, added: “It is unacceptable to join discussions with an organisation that for the past several months has aggressively attacked and tried to damage our company.”
In response, the ICTA says that it has no desire to damage the company, said to be worth £2 billion.
But Germany has a responsibility, said Claudia Schmidt-Herterich, a German member of the alliance, and seen here on the right, "To me, it is unimaginable that a company would continue trading under the same name after killing 5,000 babies and damaging many more,” she said.