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25 Days (11 Nov – 6 Dec ’08) of Hunger Strike…A Life of Stuggle…

Posted by clandestina on 6 December 2008

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The Chania hunger strikers have been granted residence permits!

This victory is only a new beginning for the struggle that never ceased!

Read more below about the hunger strike’s course

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Chania migrants on hunger-strike: summary of events 29 November – 4 December

Posted by clandestina on 6 December 2008

 

Initiative for Solidarity poster for the December 3 demo in Chania

Initiative for Solidarity poster for the December 3 demo in Chania

29 November 2008

10 hunger-strikers are taken urgently to the hospital; they felt overall exhaustion, they had repeatedly fainted and their stomach couldn’t receive liquids. At the hospital they are given first-aid treatment and their condition was kept in check. They continue the hunger-strike from the hospital wards.

A supporter of the hunger strike, who witnessed these dramatic moments, commented: “it was disheartening to see the strikers collapse one after the other; ambulances were driving back and forth like crazy, but they were hardly enough to deal with the situation”.

Various events of support took place in Chania, including a meeting of associations and collectives at the Labour Center (the local trade unions’ venue) about next Wednesday’s planned demonstration in Chania.

Delegates of the Initiative for Solidarity managed to hand to the President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, in Chania on an official visit for the anniversary of Crete’s Union with Greece, a folder with material and documentation on the hunger strike’s course until then, its demands and the support it has received (including the interventions of MPs Kouvelis and Korovesis at the Parliament).

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The Council of Ministers of the EU must not adopt the outrageous directive!

Posted by clandestina on 5 December 2008

The return directive, so-called outrageous directive, which was adopted by the European Parliament on June 18, 2008, has been submitted for formal adoption to the EU Council of Ministers on December 8.

At a time when thousands of citizens, NGOs, trade-unions, faith-based organisations, have mobilised themselves to ask European decision-makers to reject this directive, which will trivialise and generalise a policy of imprisonment and deportation of migrants within entire Europe, and whereas a number of States of Latin America and Africa have expressed forcefully their refusal to tolerate such practices against their Nationals, the French Presidency of the European Union has decided to propose this directive for adoption to the EU Council of Ministers on the verge of celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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