Manhunt against immigrant street vendors in Athens center.
Posted by clandestina on 31 December 2009
source: athens indymedia
In the last two days in Athens downtown, particularly around the area of Ermou (High) Street, the police have launched a manhunt against immigrants street-vendors, which has resulted in numerous injuries and an unknown number of arrests.
It is indicative that during a visit of comrades at a public hospital to support a wounded immigrant who had been arrested some hours ago, two more immigrants, wounded on their chests, heads and legs by the cops came at the same hospital.
The immigrant is kept under detention and will be led tomorrowat the Athens Courts at Evelpidon street, accused of resistance, disobedience and property damage . Note that although he displayed his documents during the arrest, these “disappeared” after the arrest and he is now in risk of deportation.
Also, on 30 Decembe at noon one more immigrant street-vendor was led to court with the usual charges cops accuse people of after beating them (resistance to authority, disobedience, etc.); he has been released after a regular trial date was set.
Solidarity tomorrow at 10.00 at the Evelpidon courts is important.
There have also been reports of municipal police hunting street vendors who tide their large bikes furiously on the pavement and amidst people walking, posing serious safety threats.