Migration and Struggle in Greece

Mass hunger strike at Athens Airport since Sunday

Posted by clandestina on 1 October 2009

source in Greek:

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’

2 Responses to “Mass hunger strike at Athens Airport since Sunday”

  1. […] from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India who had been living and working  for years in Greece began a mass hunger strike on Sunday at the airport in Athens after being […]

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    1. See if there is another jurisdiction that looks at the same issue a different way. For example, if you think that the immigrations laws is a bad way to collect money to fund the government, is there another state that funds itself? Look at their legislation to determine what options are presently available.
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    4. Book a meeting with your legislator, now that you’re armed with a good idea about other pending legislation (or lack thereof) and examples of other ways governments handle your issue.
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