Mass hunger strike at Athens Airport since Sunday
Posted by clandestina on 1 October 2009
source in Greek: http://www.tvxs.gr/v21898
About 150 immigrants detained at the airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” began a mass hunger strike on Sunday. The immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India had been living and working for years in Greece. When they went for a visit at their country, they received the necessary documents from the pertinent municipalities, which would allow them to return. Upon return, though, the authorities did not allow them to leave the area of the airport, claiming that their documents had been forged.
At the beginning of the hungerstrike, some already had been held for one month, awaiting the decision to deport them. In addition to their claims for release, the migrants ask for improved detention conditions; one of the prisoners reported to tvxs, «we are offered food once a day, we have no access to shower facility, but most importantly we can not drink the water because it comes from the single toilet used by all prisoners’