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Migration and Struggle in Greece

Solidarity to Paranesti detention center immigrants’ hunger strike!

Posted by clandestina on 31 March 2015

paranesti-apegia-peinas-page-001 copyCounter-info gathering: April 2, Kamara, 20:00

Demonstration: April 3, Kamara 18:00

Destroy immigrants’ concentration camps!

Free all detained immigrants now!

Thessaloniki No Lager assembly

http://nolagerthess.espivblogs.net/

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Solidarity action outside Paranesti detention center

Posted by clandestina on 31 March 2015

Freedom

On Sunday March 29, a solidarity action took place outside Paranesti detention center, where detained immigrants started a hunger strike on Monday March 23, 2015.

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Hunger strike in Paranesti detention center – Solidarity poster from Patras

Posted by clandestina on 31 March 2015

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Hunger strike in Paranesti detention center

Posted by clandestina on 24 March 2015

Immigrants held in Paranesti detention center are on hunger strike since March 23,

More than 290 undocumented immigrants (amongst them 80 minors) are detained in Paranesti. They lack medical care.

Right now 23 sans-papiers are on hunger strike.

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Hunger strike in Corinth detention center

Posted by clandestina on 18 March 2015

Hunger strike in ‪‎Korinthos‬ concentration camps started by 300 immigrants‬ and ‪‎refugees‬ in ‪‎Greece‬!
Many sick/No medical support/
Inhuman conditions, insufficient nutrition and dirt.
They demand their Freedom

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Immigrant “slaves” from Romania

Posted by clandestina on 18 March 2015

Nine immigrants from Romania were kept as slaves in a village in Peloponnese. Bosses kept them imprisoned and unpaid under the thread of a gun and forced them to work for 19 hours, while they had to sleep among the animals.
Some escaped and revealed the story.

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The brutal torturing of Egyptian worker Walid Talb

Posted by clandestina on 18 March 2015

‘Vytio’

I am sitting next to Walid Talb. He is a very gentle and shy man. He smiles a lot and is willing to answer any question I throw at him; about his life in Egypt and then about what happened three years ago. I am not a journalist, you see, so I cannot keep up with the flow of a proper interview. Every time he refers to a detail of what they did to him in Salamina, I get a sudden, almost instinctive urge to change the subject, to get out of the café and get a breath of fresh air. I admire him for his courage. Walid Talb is seating next to me; his hat, his smile, his very existence act as a series of reminders.

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A comment on recent events

Posted by clandestina on 5 March 2015

the government says:
sans-papiers will not be arrested at the border”
and then denies it

a short commentary

Let us briefly qualify the statement that “undocumented immigrants entering Greece will not be arrested, but they will be handed a paper giving them one month to leave Greece”.

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Greek government reveals plans for undocumented immigrants

Posted by clandestina on 3 March 2015

Earlier today some government decisions concerning undocumented immigrants were released. All immigrants being kept in detention centers for more than 6 months will gradually be released. Then, they will be given a paper postponing deportation for a 6-months period. In this period they should leave Greece by themselves. Undocumented immigrants crossing greek borders will no more be arrested, but (as in the past) they will be given a paper saying that they have one month to leave Greece. If they get arrested after this one-month period, they will also be given a paper postponing deportation for 6 more months. Then they will enter an uncertain status, as the immigrants’ situation in Greece had (has) been for many years. Most of the detention centers will not close – perhaps not even Amygdaleza.
So we almost return to the situation as it was 3 years ago. Not exactly. Back then maximum detention was three months, not six, there were seven detention centers less, the nazi party percentage was 0,15%, not 7% and the immigrant population was much bigger – actually during last three years the total population of Greece has decreased, for the first time since the formation of the greek state.
And the police keeps chasing immigrants street vendors.
So we are far away from the recent far-right governance of Greece (especially the anti-immigrant peak of summer 2012 to autumn of 2013), but we are also far away from February 2011, when Syriza MPs were supporting the 300 immigrants’ hunger strike for immigrants’ legalization. No time to rest for the movement.

UPDATE: Government does not confirm that undocumented immigrants entering Greece will not be arrested. They say that it is false information leaked by the opposition party.

P.S.: As far as the statement that “undocumented immigrants entering Greece will not be arrested, but they will be handed a paper giving them one month to leave Greece”, well this was more or less the common practice until three years ago. Undocumented immigrants arrested at the borders were kept in police custody for three days for medical examinations and then were released with the one-month-to-leave paper in their hands. Those who were applying for asylum were kept in detention centers for up to 3 months, as a form of punishment, in order to discourage people from applying for asylum. Very few were granted asylum, very few were deported, some were occasionally arrested, all undocumented were facing police repression and all were trapped in Greece and controlled by smuggling mafias.

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Video: in front of Xanthi detention center

Posted by clandestina on 3 March 2015

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Refugee camp in Dresden attacked by Pegida! The Struggle continues!

Posted by clandestina on 3 March 2015

On the 28th of February, right after a big antiracist protest march, refugee activists, helped by German supporters, occupied the central square in front of the Frauenkirche in Dresden and set up a protest camp.

During yesterday’s Pegida march around 150 militant neo-Nazis attacked the refugee protest camp.

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Greece: another refugee dies in Police custody!

Posted by clandestina on 28 February 2015

Mohamed Kamara from Guinea, 21-years old, is one more refugee who died in Police custody, due to lack of health care. He came to Greece in 2012. He attempted to leave through Patras port but was arrested and imprisoned for eight months in Corinth detention center.

According to his friends he applied for asylum but was given a negative answer in mid January 2015. After that he was arrested again on February 7 and on February 9 he was transferred to Kifissia Police Station in Athens. There he kept complaining about his health. Finally, on February 20, he was move in a comatose state to a hospital where he died. According to information he had been in almost comatose state for 24 hours before he was transfered to a hospital!

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ECRI report on Greece

Posted by clandestina on 24 February 2015

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published its fifth report on Greece analysing new developments and outstanding issues, and providing recommendations to the authorities.

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Clashes with riot police in Amygdaleza

Posted by clandestina on 22 February 2015

On Saturday, February 21 there were clashes with riot police, as some 250 demonstrators managed to get for a while inside Amygdaleza detention center. There are demonstrations scheduled for next Saturday at immigrants’ detention centers at Xanthi, Hellinikon etc.image2 image

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Shut down detention centers now!

Posted by clandestina on 20 February 2015

Photo from yesterday’s demo in Thessaloniki:

ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗ ΑΝΤΙΡΑΤΣΙΣΤΙΚΟ ΣΥΛΛΑΛΗΤΗΡΙΟ

Another demo will take place tomorrow outside Amygdaleza and next Saturday outside Xanthi detention center (poster):

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Some insight of what is happening in Greece

Posted by clandestina on 20 February 2015

The following was written on December 2013:Police stations throughout the country have turned into ‘warehouses for human souls’, the conditions have been described as tragic, and as violating both international rules and Greek laws. The E.U. has always offered help, but the Greek State has not been willing to fully exploit it. Now the country needs to make the most of the 230 million Euros the E.U. is offering. It would be ‘desirable’ that this money be used to create modern hosting facilities, with distinctive places for criminals and the undocumented, regular access to a courtyard, natural lighting, proper food and regular medical checks. In a nowadays unacceptable status, health and safety regulations are not respected, and we often have unacceptable and arbitrary police behavior. This is exactly what is expected to happen when the State itself stacks human souls for a long time in inappropriate places, without any interest to satisfy the minimum human needs“. Is this part of the proposals on the “issue of immigration” of a progressive Greek political party? No, the above words were spoken on December 12, 2013, by the President of the Panhellenic Federation of Police Officers in the 12th National Roundtable Against Discrimination. The “police unionist” also proposed hiring immigrants in the police force, adding that “…it might be useful to try to record the situation and demands of the thousands of foreigners already detained in detention centers. To make a survey to see how many they actually are, as well as why and where they want to live. Instead of trying to persuade them to return to their country, wouldn’t it be easier to guide them towards a better opportunity in another European country where already other members of their families are living?“.

While there are radical voices within Syriza that go a lot further, the police unionist’s proposals are more or less similar to those of the dominant part of Greek institutional Left parties. If the institutional Left form the next Greek government, they might indeed shut down the concentration camps, but not necessarily as part of a politics of respect of human dignity and basic rights, but in order to harmonize Greek policy with E.U. legislation, by putting the EU money to good use, opening more proper detention facilities, and satisfying the demands of the Greek police and their more conservative voters along the way. Indeed, a part of the institutional Left in Greece is speaking in favor of the same system that radical movements throughout Europe are fighting against.

Excerpts from:

Lampedusa is not the only death zone,
concentration camps are not a nightmare buried in the past

dates and numbers in the Greek Guantanamo calendar…

https://clandestinenglish.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/lampedusa-is-not-the-only-death-zone-concentration-camps-are-not-a-nightmare-buried-in-the-past/

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Avramopoulos remains E.U. Migration Commissioner

Posted by clandestina on 19 February 2015

Prokopis Pavlopoulos was elected as the new President of Greece, despite rumors that Syriza would propose Dimitris Avramopoulos for president. Pavlopoulos was Minister of the Interior and Public Order during December 2008 riots in Greece.
Dimitris Avramopoulos remains E.U. Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner. His priorities are (E.U. site):

  • Improving border control by boosting the effectiveness of the border agency Frontex and by pooling resources from EU countries, while facilitating access for those who have a legitimate interest in entering the EU.
  • Promoting a new European policy on regular migration to help the EU address skill shortages inter alia by reviewing the ‘Blue Card’ legislation.
  • Making sure the common European asylum system is fully implemented, while developing a strategy to improve the response to emergency situations, with a focus on solidarity and cooperation with non-EU countries.
  • Dealing with irregular migration, including by ensuring smooth return, in cooperation with non-EU Member States.

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Demonstrations against detention centers in Greece

Posted by clandestina on 17 February 2015

A demonstration has all ready taken place outside Amygdaleza on  Sunday 15th, another one is organized today (Tuesday 17th) in the city of Patras and there are three more scheduled for Thursday 19th: in Thessaloniki, Ioannina and Athens. Οn Saturday the 14th, in Thessaloniki, around midnight, 250 people marched towards the central police station and threw red paint-bombs to the entrance.

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Greek government will close Amygdaleza in 100 days…

Posted by clandestina on 17 February 2015

Alternate Civil Protection Minister Yiannis Panousis said on Monday that the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) government is closing the controversial migrant detention center at Amygdalezi in about 100 days. The statement was made following a meeting between mr. Panousis and Alternate Migrant Policy Minister Tasia Christodoulopoulou.

The government is planning to speed up the opening of three new hospitality centers in the Attica region so that migrants can be hosted in humane living conditions soon, especially after the suicide of a 28-year-old Pakistani inmate of Amygdaleza who prefered death to the conditions at the camp. Panousis said that the new centers will operate as “probation” homes. A committee will examine the files of those held at Amygdaleza to determine whether they are unaccompanied minors, sick people, asylum seekers or other categories in order to determine where to place them.

Panousis said that Amygdaleza would not be turned into an open hospitality center because it also houses the Police Academy. Clearer plans for the future of Amygdaleza and Greek migration policy is to be announced on Tuesday by the Ministry of Interior.

Nothing was mentioned about the other detention centers, spread throughout Greece.

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Two immigrants’ suicides! Revolt in Amygdaleza!

Posted by clandestina on 14 February 2015

An immigrant that was held for 18 months, then released, then arrested again, committed suicide today in Amygdaleza detention center! There is a revolt taking place right now! Another suicide took place in a Thessaloniki police station and went public today!
Destroy detention centers NOW!

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Third immigrant to die in Amygdaleza

Posted by clandestina on 13 February 2015

A 23 years-old Afghan who was imprisoned in Amygdaleza died because in the infamous detention center there is no doctor and health care is left to be poorly covered  from charities and volunteer doctors and organizations.
According to the police, Sayed Mehdi Ahbari felt sick on  February 4 in the evening and was taken to hospital. He was returned to Amygdaleza the morning of February 5. On February 8 he was transferred again to hospital and died at Tuesday noon. The authorities expect the results of the autopsy.

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Stop war on migrants! – photos

Posted by clandestina on 13 February 2015

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Evros fence: “openings for refugees, not sans-papiers”

Posted by clandestina on 12 February 2015

Yiannis Panousis, the Greek Citizen Protection Ministry (police minister), plans to “create openings in the fence in Evros for the safe passage of refugees”.

Yiannis Panousis originally had said that he believes the fence should remain as is. After discussing the issue with the new Immigration Deputy, Mr. Tasia Christodoulopoulou, the new political leadership of the Police seems to change its plans.Thus, it intends to open the fence at some points, so refugees of wars can enter the country.

According to sources from the Citizen Protection Ministry “We will not allow illegal immigrants to cross the borders”. What is unclear, however, is how “illegal immigrants” will be distinguished from war refugees and whether it is feasible for the Greek authorities to put such a separation in practice at the borders.

Another issue that has arisen is whether and when the work will start to repair the 300 meters long part of fence that fell due to the latest severe weather.
Syriza MP, Vangelis Diamantopoulos, has written to twitter «I hope that they not hurry to repair it”, while Minister.Panousis has argued in a Sunday newspaper interview that the fence will be repaired.

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At least 300 migrants dead or missing in Lampedusa

Posted by clandestina on 11 February 2015

Around 300 migrants are thought to have died while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said Wednesday.

The incident happened off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Survivors coming ashore Wednesday reported that four rubber boats attempted to make the journey to Europe from Libya in frigid temperatures.

Carlotta Sami, the UNHCR’s spokeswoman in Italy, said at least 203 people had been “swallowed up by the waves,” the youngest aged 12. However, the agency said that if all four boats are confirmed missing the death toll may surpass 300.

At least 29 people died from hypothermia Monday off Lampedusa — which is about 70 miles from Tunisia — in what the UNHCR said was the first major maritime loss of life this year. They too were travelling from north Africa to Italy.

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At least eight immigrants drown after boat sinks off Symi

Posted by clandestina on 10 February 2015

At least eight people have been reported dead after a boat they were sailing in sank off the island of Symi in the southeastern Aegean Sea, Greek authorities said Saturday, adding that five passengers have been declared missing.

Greek and Turkish coast guard officers managed to save six people who were aboard the vessel, authorities said. The refugees were Iranians and Iraquis.

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Stop war on migrants!

Posted by clandestina on 10 February 2015

Berlin. February 6th, 2015

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The figure of Xeni: a politics of ideology in the Greek State

Posted by clandestina on 5 January 2015

Analysis on the situation of the “strangers” in Greece, contributed by a Clandestina blog reader

Greece has successfully created a reputation as an unwelcoming environment for asylum seekers at all levels of society and recast Greek citizens as victims. The success of the government and other right wing organisation such as the Golden Dawn has been to create a fantasy where the figure of the immigrant takes the form of a symptom of wider social issues. Although this construction does by no means appeal to all Greek citizens, it is a growing trend that can be seen to justify unofficial immigration policy and policing.

The images of Greek refugee camps are an extreme example of this split of opinion. While it shocked many people, it is believed by some that they were released, like the publicised torture images supposedly leaked from Guantanamo Bay, not to denounce brutality but to advertise it. It demonstrated an active government, who had discovered and could now display a unified and identifiable figure responsible for a variety condensed social antagonisms and frailties.
Yet the condensation of social problems into a identifiable figure is not sufficient to account for the way the immigrant captures desire that drives this politics. To understand its full force we must take into account the way xeni enters the framework of fantasy, in turn structuring a certain patriotic enjoyment or jouissance. For Slavoj Zizek defined as “a scenario filling out the empty space of a fundamental impossibility”, is easily applied to the domain of ideology. A basic social-ideological fantasy is often constructed as a vision of Society without antagonism of any sort. The most popular view in the past and still employed today is of Society as an organism, where all its different parts contribute to the operating of an harmonious whole according to their function.

Read the text: The figure of the “Xeni”

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A call to all the ones affected by the War that European Union leads against Migrants and Refugees at the External Borders as well as inside its political and social order.

Posted by clandestina on 22 December 2014

On 6 of February 2014, more migrants were trying in collective action to overcome the border of the enclave of Ceuta (one of two borders of the European Union on African soil) across the sea. The Spanish Guardia Civil, fired on the swimming Migrants with rubber bullets and tear gas. Moroccan police, supported by local racists, also participated in the murderous hunt of migrants. At least 15 people were murdered that day, and 50 all together were missing. Dozens more were injured and illegally pushed back to Morocco. https://vimeo.com/8777034

A year after the killings, the families of the victims, witnesses among the road friends and activists for equality of people”s rights, remember this homicides.
It will be occasion for a meeting on the way to the creation of a Transnational Platform of Action of Migrants, Refugees and solidarious Initiatives. We will come together to denounce all crimes and injustices we all are victims.

Do not wait until the people rise up, you are the people!

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Solidarity actions in front of detention centers

Posted by clandestina on 22 December 2014

December 13, Paranesti detention center, Greece

(more images here)

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November 30, Amygdaleza detention center, Greece

November 29, Ježevo detention center, Croatia

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Police has evacuated the Syrian refugees from Syntagma!!!

Posted by clandestina on 15 December 2014

This night at 3 o’clock, police has evacuated the Syrian refugees from Syntagma place. It seems that they were brought to the police station in Petrou Ralli road.
Fifty-one Syrian refugees, among them six women and two children, who were sleeping out on Syntagma Square as part of a protest that started almost a month ago were removed by police in the early hours of Monday morning and reportedly taken to the aliens department on Petrou Ralli street.
SYNTAGMA
According to a solidarity committee that has been supporting the Syrians, a contingent of police arrived to where the Syrians were sleeping at around 2.45am and quickly ordered them into a waiting police van. The same reports said that some of the Syrians were taken away barefoot as they had not been given time to gather their belongings, including important papers and documents that they had stored in bags. The committee said one Syrian was struck in the mouth and left bleeding.
A short time later, municipal cleaning crews arrived and removed the Syrians belongings and dismantled the temporary structures they had erected.

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UNHCR: 3,419 died in Mediterranean in 2014

Posted by clandestina on 10 December 2014

More than 3,400 people have died in the Mediterranean this year trying to reach Europe, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday, urging governments to take more action to save lives.

More than 207,000 people have made the risky sea crossing since January, almost three times the previous high of 70,000 during the Libyan civil war in 2011, the UNHCR said.

Of these, a record 3,419 died, out of a total of 4,272 reported deaths worldwide on migrant vessels this year.

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Syrian from Athens refugee protest dies trying to enter Albania

Posted by clandestina on 8 December 2014

A doctor who was part of the protest that Syrian refugees started two weeks ago in Athens to highlight their plight has died trying to cross the Greek–Albanian border, other Syrians at the protest said on Thursday.

They named him as Dr Ayman Ghazal, who was around 50 and originally from Aleppo. Friends said that after spending a ten days at the protest, he felt it was in his best interest to continue his journey to northern Europe and what he hoped would be safety.

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Germany, Austria and Italy launch “trilateral controls” to deal with “the increasing numbers of refugees”

Posted by clandestina on 29 November 2014

Source: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/nov/trilateral-controls.htm

On 13 November the German Interior Ministry announced the start of what it calls “trilateral patrolling” – police patrols in border regions involving officers from Germany, Austria and Italy. Controls, primarily focused on trains, will be “significantly boosted” by the operation. Thomas de Maizière, German’s Federal Interior Minister, said: “Stronger action against illegal migration is urgently required in view of the increasing numbers of refugees.” [1]

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Hunger strike in Paranesti detention Center

Posted by clandestina on 27 November 2014

Dozens of immigrants and refugees held in Paranesti detention center (a former military barracks near the city of Drama, Greece) started a hunger strike. Most of them are being held more than 18 months.

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Syrian Refugees on a Hunger Strike in Athens

Posted by clandestina on 27 November 2014

300 persons in a sit-in, more than 150 on hunger strike, 45 children, at least 9 collapsed, 8 days sit-in, 3 days hunger strike

In a bid for better living conditions, temporary working permits and medical care, more than 200 Syrians – among them many families with small children – fleeing the war-torn country and seeking asylum in the EU, have begun a hunger strike in Athens’ main square. Protesters began to gather on Syntagma Square on November 19, camping out and sleeping on
cardboard boxes and in sleeping bags before staging the hunger strike on Monday. Dozens of Syrians are living homeless in the streets of Athens and Thessaloniki without any support. The demonstrators, many of who sat with masking tape covering their mouths, called for the Greek government find a way to solve the refugee crisis.

Read their declaration:
http://syrianrefugeesgr.blogspot.gr

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Syrian refugees stage hunger strike

Posted by clandestina on 26 November 2014

Refugees from Syria camped out in front of the Greek parliament have begun a hunger strike.
More than 150 people are taking part in the sit-in which began on Wednesday, in a protest calling for the government to speed up the asylum process and provide food and shelter.
“My money is almost finished and we all here have to deal with the mafia. We don’t have legal papers, we can’t rent a house, we can’t do anything,” said one protester.
Another said: “I’m trying to go out of here, to leave Greece and go to other countries in Europe because in Greece there is no chance for me, or even for the Greek people. I came here as a refugee 10 months ago, and I tried many times to get out of Greece and I cannot.”
A woman said: “The only countries that support you so that you can be  comfortable, give you a salary and give you accommodation, are the  European countries.”

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Hunger strike in Amygdaleza detention centre

Posted by clandestina on 21 November 2014

“Hunger strike until freedom”*

On November 17th, 2014 hundreds of refugees detained administratively in
the pre-removal centre of Amygdaleza started to protest massively
against the prolonged detention of more than 18 months, against the
detention of dozens of minors and the detention conditions that amongst
others recently led to the death of two detainees.

“They coop us up here like sheep and then don’t care anymore about us. (…)”
“There are persons detained 26 months. (…)”
“When we say ‘my stomach hurts’, they’d answer ‘my balls hurt’.”

Only on November 6th the 26-year-old Mohammed Asfak died of the
consequences of beating by law enforcement officers in Corinth detention
centre during one of the uprisings of migrants there 5-6 months ago. His
injuries had not been taken care of adequately. He was only transferred
to hospital after a break down. For 15 days he had been begging the
police to bring him to the hospital as he had respiratory problems. When
asking for medical aid, police even replied: “Die, we don’t care.” Only
some days after this tragic incident, another detainee from Bangladesh
died of lacking sufficient medical aid.

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24 bodies found as migrant boat sinks in Istanbul’s Bosphorus strait

Posted by clandestina on 3 November 2014

At least 24 people have died after a boat believed to have been carrying illegal immigrants capsized in Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait on Monday.

Seven people were rescued and 24 dead bodies were recovered, the Istanbul governor’s office announced.

Sources said there were around 43 people on the boat.

Most of those who died were children, the Hurriyet news website reported rescuers as saying.

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Greece

Posted by clandestina on 16 October 2014

Read the report: 2014-26-inf-eng

Strasbourg, 16.10.2014 – The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the report on its eleventh visit to Greece. The visit took place two years after the CPT had issued a public statement in which it had expressed serious concerns regarding the lack of effective action to tackle systemic deficiencies concerning the conditions of detention of irregular migrants and the situation in the prisons. Regrettably, the findings of the 2013 visit demonstrate clearly that the situation has not improved. Further, the problem of ill-treatment by the police appears to be growing and there is little evidence that allegations of ill-treatment are investigated promptly and thoroughly, leading to some police officers believing they can act with impunity.

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January-September 2014: 3,072 migrant deaths in the Mediterranean…

Posted by clandestina on 16 October 2014

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VOTE FOR DOAA!

Posted by clandestina on 16 October 2014

Originally posted on Φόρουμ Μεταναστών Κρήτης:

LET US ALL HELP. VOTE FOR DOAA HERE!!!

ΝΤΟΑ 2

To all pertinent authorities:

On September 13 a mass murder of refugees in the Mediterranean is in the news. 500 people were on board on a ship that was later rammed. Only 10 survived. Six of them were transferred to Chania, Crete. Among them a young woman who had rescued two young children until the authorities had them collected. Unfortunately, one of them died during the transport. The child struggled for four days in the sea, but could not last a little longer…

The 19-year-old woman, a Syrian citizen, is Doaa Shorri. She held in her hands the two children for 4 days and 4 nights. She had even placed one of them inside her lifejacket, since she is a very petite woman.

She is now in Chania on her own, a guest at the house of the president of the local…

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Call for a »Watch The Med Alarm Phone« for Boatpeople

Posted by clandestina on 25 September 2014

11th of October 2013: Refugees from a sinking boat called again and again Italian coastguards via satellite phone in order to be rescued, but their SOS signals were not taken seriously. The boat carried more than 400 people and was shot at in the night before by a Libyan vessel. Despite the Italian and soon later the Maltese authorities having been warned of the imminent distress of the passengers, rescue efforts were delayed for several hours and patrol vessels arrived one hour after the boat had sunk. More than 200 people died, only 212 people were saved.

What would have happened if the boatpeople could have directed a second call to an independent phone-hotline through which a team of civil society members could raise alarm and put immediate pressure on authorities to rescue?

One year after the tragedy from Lampedusa on the 3rd of October
and after the left-to-die case mentioned above, the situation is no less dramatic. Although the Italian military operation “mare nostrum” led to the rescue of about 100.000 refugees and migrants within the last 11 months, only in the central Mediterranean area more than 1300 boatpeople became new victims of the border-regime. In the beginning of 2014 we witnessed more death at the external borders of EU: on the 20th of January 12 refugees died when their vessel sunk while being towed at high speed by a vessel of the Greek Coast Guard aiming to push it back towards the Turkish coast.

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700 migrants feared dead following two shipwrecks in the Mediterranean

Posted by clandestina on 16 September 2014

Seven hundred migrants are feared dead in two separate shipwrecks in the Mediterranean while trying to seek refuge in Europe.

At least 500 migrants may have drowned last week off the coast of Malta. Two survivors told the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that the traffickers deliberately sank the boat after an argument on board.

IOM said the two survivors were rescued on Thursday, the day after their boat sank.

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Nearly 2,000 Europe-bound migrants have drowned this year-UN

Posted by clandestina on 28 August 2014

Source:reuters.com

GENEVA Tue Aug 26, 2014

Nearly 2,000 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East have drowned in the Mediterranean this year, most of them in the past three months as they tried to reach Europe from Libya, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.

“In all, we believe that 1,889 people have perished this year while making such journeys, 1,600 of them since the start of June,” UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told a news briefing.

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UNHCR: over 800 deaths in the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year

Posted by clandestina on 25 July 2014

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday urged Europe to act urgently to the significant increase in the number of immigrants crossing the Mediterranean, in a statement released in Geneva.
In the last 10 days, more than 260 immigrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean, bringing to over 800 the number of deaths this year.
“The death of 260 people in less than 10 days, in horrible circumstances, shows that the crisis intensifies in the Mediterranean,” said High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres.
“Europeans must act urgently to prevent this catastrophe from worsening further,” he added.
Guterres called on governments to strengthen their relief operations, providing quick access to asylum procedures for those who need protection and find legal alternatives to the dangerous crossing the Mediterranean.
The balance of 800 dead since the beginning of the year is higher than the (600 dead) last year and 2012 (500).

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Immigrant dies in Amygdaleza detention center

Posted by clandestina on 23 July 2014

A 52-year-old man, held at the immigrant detention center at Amygdaleza, has passed away, after being taken to the Agia Olga hospital.

According to reports the 52-year-old man complained about problems with his health before being taken to the hospital for treatment, where he died a few hours later.

This is the fifth death of an immigrant held in a Greek detention center since the launching of “Xenius Zeus” police operation. Three died because there is insufficient medical assistance, one died under “undefined circumstances” and one immigrant committed suicide.

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Non-Citizen occupied Berlin TV-Tower

Posted by clandestina on 11 July 2014

Press release of occupy Berliner tower (July 9, 2014).
40 N-C from Bavaria occupy the Berlin tower today 3-O,clock.

Solidarity call out
We the refugees from different cities of germany are here in tv tower in berlin. We are more then 40 refugees including womens. Be was also in Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge in Nürnberg last week. We are in the streets from more then one year. We were involved in alot of political activities but until now from everywhere we are refused. from everywhere is the same reply nobody want to tell who is responsible for refugees inhuman laws and situations like lagerpflicht residenzpflich no work permission no right for normal education even to lern german language we were in in Nürnberg to tell tell them the situations of refugees lives and they deny directly to listen our problems and reply us to ask to politicians of parliament they make these laws and we have to knock the door of parliament we are here very peaceful just want to meet the responsible people to lisent our problems to listen our basic needs for a normal life with freedom were like we see everyday refugees are committing suicide we dont want to become crazy in inhuman situations we are here and we will stay until we get hope to have freedom of life.

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Article on “Russia Today”:

Iconic Berlin TV tower occupied by 40 refugees seeking asylum in Germany

 
Photo from Twitter/@slowberlin

Photo from Twitter/@slowberlin

Berlin police used force to evict 40 refugees occupying the city’s landmark TV tower on Wednesday. The demonstrators emphasized their place in German society and called for better political conditions, stating, “We are also people.”

 

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Violent arrest of refugee activist of March4Freedom

Posted by clandestina on 3 July 2014

One refugee activist of #March4Freedom from Pakistan has got arrested violently by police while he was going from Berlin to Munich. Police imprisoned him right now in Hof in north Bavaria and they want to send him to the Auslanderbehorde. He has got a Dublin deportation going on and in high danger of deportation.

We need solidarity and specially for raising awareness against these racist laws and the racist treatment by the police. All of these happening under the act of ignorance of EU citizens.

WE‌ ARE ONE!

http://freedomnotfrontex.noblogs.org/

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March for Freedom – video

Posted by clandestina on 30 June 2014

http://freedomnotfrontex.noblogs.org/

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Secret police scandal: Bus-Verkehr Berlin KG refuses to transport civil rights activists after “friendly” call by German criminal police

Posted by clandestina on 27 June 2014

Berlin/Brussels, 27 June 2014.

After a “warning” from the federal criminal police (Bundeskriminalamt), the bus charter company BVB canceled a contract of approx. EUR 6000 for coach buses for the “March for Freedom” from Brussels to Berlin. The buses had been paid in full on 6 June and were supposed to shuttle several hundred activists back to Berlin on Saturday, 28 June. Now the activists are stuck in Brussels.

It is likely that the German police wants to prevent the Brussels activists from joining the protesters at the occupied school in Berlin, who are resisting an ongoing eviction by police armed with machine guns.

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