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Imprisonment and deportation for Venna insurgents

Posted by clandestina on 9 February 2010

Thirty six of the insurgents of Venna, Iraqis, Afghans and Pakistanis, have been convicted to 8 months of imprisonment and in effect Judicial DEPORTATION for participating in the Venna insurgency.   Six more were convicted to 4 months of imprisonment and Judicial depotation all the same!

Their repulsion will take place in the next days.

source : http://www.xronos.gr/detail.php?ID=52615

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The final (Feb 4) version of the immigration bill: from bad to worse!

Posted by clandestina on 9 February 2010

In our recent text we argued that “the bill, which is ostensibly introduced to correct at least partially an injustice, does hold many pitfalls…those in the worst position now will be then further devalued. The division into ‘goods’ and ‘bads’, ‘useful’ and ’superfluous’, ‘legal’ and ‘clandestine’ immigrants is being petrified as the global system of exploitation deepens.”

The final, modified version of the draft law which was officially announced on February 4, 2010!

  • Both parents of the child to be entitled to citizenship must meet the requirement of 5 years of incessant legal residence in Greece (first version provided for only one parent).
  • Adult immigrants to be eligible for citizenship must present proof of 7 – instead of 5 as was first proposed – years of incessant legal residence in Greece, to which the further requirement of a “long residence permit”, which has been granted to just 130 persons since its inception in 2006!).
  • To the existing requirements of exclusion (high fees, law-abiding behaviour, clean criminal record etc,) the new draft law adds:
  • Special Civil Education and History tests set up by the Citizenship Committee.
  • That there are no “public or national security” reasons to deny citizenship.
  • Insurance and financial status
  • According to the ministry of interior those eligible to file an application today are: 130 long residing people, 14.000 with a 5 year residence, 1.000 parents of Greek citizens, 1.000 entitled to international protection, 120 people with no citizenship, a sum total of less than 16.500 people!

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    The Stockholm Programme: 1984 is here

    Posted by clandestina on 8 February 2010

    source: http://bristolnoborders.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/the-stockholm-programme-1984-is-here/

    “1984 is here, no really, this time we’re not lying , honest”.

    A personal slant on the disturbing confluence of the a ever more sophiscated and extensive controlling and surveilling techonolgy on the one hand, and increaslingly repressive legislation on the other.

    For those of you who have the time  to read Statewatch reports: you needn’t bother reading this .

    Yep, I know that using Orwell is a bit of a cliche but its too appropriate not to.

    Download it here: thestockholmprogramme1984ishere

    Produced by one of Bristol No Borders

    Comments and feedback appreciated

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    Anti-racist Anti-fascist gathering Saturday February 6th at 11am at Propylaia, Athens

    Posted by clandestina on 5 February 2010

    source athens indymedia

    We call every activist to the open assembly at the Dean’s Office (Propylaia) at 8pm tonight, Friday Feb the 5th, to discuss tomorrow’s anti-fascist gathering at Propylaia.

    OPEN ASSEMBLY OF PRYTANEIA (DEAN’S OFFICE) ANNOUNCEMENT

    Today February 5th we anarchists, anti-authoritarians, antifascists, decided to keep the Prytaneia (Athens University Dean’s Office) open as a space to collectively organize the struggle building. Our aim is the fermentation and the counter-informing in view of tomorrow’s antifascist gathering that has been called for at 11:00 am at Propylaia. A gathering that stands against nationalist and racist activities of fascists, who have also called a gathering in the same place tomorrow at 3:00 pm, a gathering that stands against the solidarity of the oppressed during a period of pronounced attacks on immigrants by state militants and para-militant groups.

    We stand hostile against both institutional racism, as expressed through the recent proposed legislation on naturalization, and independent callings of misanthropes who aim to physically harm immigrants.

    At the same time that the government targets centers of resistance in general, fascists attempt to invade a space, which after lengthy tough struggle belongs to the world of freedom and resistance. We are not willing to even allow a square meter to the state/police and fascists.

    We call every activist to the open assembly at the Dean’s Office (Propylaia) at 8pm tonight, Friday Feb the 5th, to discuss tomorrow’s anti-fascist gathering at Propylaia.

    AUTHORITY IS NOT OUR FRIEND

    NO OPPRESSED ARE OUR ENEMY

    ASYLUM DOES NOT BELONG TO FASCISTS AND POLICE

    IT BELONGS TO ACTIVISTS AND THE WORLD OF FREEDOM

    WAR AGAINST STATE AND BOSSES

    SOLIDARITY TO IMMIGRANTS

    Anti-racist Anti-fascist gathering Saturday February 6th at 11am at Propylaia

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    Migrants in the Venna “detention centre” (prison) revolt

    Posted by clandestina on 5 February 2010

    source after the Greek riots

    Migrants in the Venna “detention centre” (prison) revolt – the truth behind the government’s migrant-friendly mask!

    While tension is building up in Athens, due to the upcoming fascist demonstration at Propylea (main University of Athens building) this Saturday, migrants face repression and inhuman treatment at all levels. Needless to say that the government’s new migration bill focuses on legal migrants and their children, who have no right to Greek citizenship or nationality and thus have no civil rights, although they might be born and have lived in the country all their life. The grey zone of “illegal” migration is swept under the rug, and no solution whatsoever has been given to the disgraceful welcome/hospitality/and all other euphemistic-adjective centres for migrants.

    In the early hours of Tuesday (2.1.2010) the approximately 130 detainees held in the Venna “detention centre” for migrants, in the prefecture of Rodopi (very close to the North-Eastern borders of the country) revolted. They protested against their continuous and illegal detention, plus the horrendous living conditions in their prison. Some of them have been imprisoned for over 3 months. The uprising went on the following day. They set fire and some injured themselves as a sign of protest. The prefect of Rodopi, the head of the local police and the fire brigade went on site. The media reported that approximately 30 were released. However, a post on indymedia reads that 43 migrants were taken yesterday to the prosecutor, facing charges of mutiny and public property damage. An open assembly has been called for today in Komotini, in order to take action.

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    Frontex first Regional Office to open in Piraeus

    Posted by clandestina on 5 February 2010

    source kathimerini

    Frontex Office to open in Piraeus

    The European Union’s border-monitoring agency Frontex is opening its first European regional office in Piraeus, the Citizens’ Protection Ministry said yesterday. According to a statement released by the ministry, the office is being set up in the context of efforts by Greek authorities to intensify border inspections and curb an illegal influx of immigrants. According to Frontex, which has its headquarters in Warsaw, the Aegean is expected to remain the «key point of entrance» for would-be migrants seeking to enter Greece illegally in 2010.

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    Citizenship bill made stricter

    Posted by clandestina on 5 February 2010

    source kathimerini

    Citizenship bill made stricter

    Second-generation immigrants who are hoping to obtain Greek citizenship under the new law proposed by the government yesterday discovered that the conditions for doing so are going to be substantially stricter than had originally been announced.

    PASOK submitted the revised bill to Parliament yesterday and it soon became apparent that some of the draft law’s provisions have been tightened up following a period of public consultation during which there were many objections to what some people regarded as the ease with which citizenship would be awarded.

    Under the new provisions, a child born in Greece to immigrant parents will need to have had both his father and mother living in the country legally for five years before he or she can apply for citizenship. Originally, only one parent would have had to be a legal resident.

    Also, the children will have to prove that they have spent at least six years in Greek schools rather than the three years originally proposed by the government.

    In another major change to the initial plans, applicants will also need to produce recommendation letters from three Greek citizens.

    The proposed law would still allow second-generation immigrants to vote in local elections and to stand as city councilors after obtaining citizenship and proving that they have a good command of Greek.

    The Interior Ministry estimates that the bill would allow more than 250,000 people to join the electoral register after gaining citizenship. Interior Minister Yiannis Ragousis said that the imminent law would apply to any immigrants who obtained legal status up to January 2005.

    Despite the stricter measures contained in the new bill, New Democracy still criticized the draft law for being too lax. “Every immigration measure that the government has announced so far constitutes the lowest threshold anywhere in Europe for awarding citizenship to immigrants,” said ND spokesman Panos Panayiotopoulos.

    Meanwhile, the Church of Greece’s Holy Synod said it believes the bill does not effectively tackle the country’s immigration problem.

    “The citizenship bill does not directly respond to the immigration problem, so the state has to carefully study the conditions under which citizenship will be granted,” the statement read. “At the same time, though, it has to approach the immigration issue with seriousness, taking into account the sensitivities and particularities of certain parts of our homeland and the possible effect it will have on the general population.”

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    “Our struggle is a struggle for dignity” – update on the fishworkers’s strike

    Posted by clandestina on 4 February 2010

    info from athens indymedia articles and http://asyntaxtostypos.wordpress.com

    Yesterday Wednesday Feb 3, the Egyptian fishworkers’s strike was brought for the fourth time to court. The trial’s outcome for the first time was positive. The court decided for the first time that the strike is not “illegal and abusive”.

    Unsurprisingly this was the first time the court examined the case’s essence, unlike the three previous courts when the strike was declared “illegal and abusive” on various technical legalistic “irregularities” (for example on the pretext of notification of the strike to the “wrong recipient” or “at a wrong time”, etc.).

    In this trial as well, two witnesses were examined, one from the shipowners side, the chairman of the cooperative of the ship owners D. Ntaoultzis, and a witness for the defence of fishworkers, the Secretary of the Trade Union Center of Thessaloniki, Zarianopoulos.

    At the beginning of the process in front of dozens of fishworkers, people in solidarity and ship owners , the judge asked police officers to come forward and stay in front of the judges.

    The issues addressed included the non delivery of necessary documents by the ship owners to the workers for the latter to be able to renew their residence permits, which is a very urgent thing. Fishworkers defence also referred to the fishworkers uninsured status in case of work accidents and the assignment of the [yellow] workers union – which does not include the mass of Egyptians – with the calculation of shares.

    The ship owners representative admitted indirectly that he had taken action to have scabs sent to Michaniona (in cooperation with the labour representative of the Egyptian embassy). The issue of the document proposed by the ship owners as a settlement of demands [see previous posts/updates] targetting active strikers and prohibiting political or syndicalist activity to Egyptians was also discussed. The ship owners representative argued that the process of calculating the shares is accessible and transparent to the fishworkers, who refuted this by saying that at the crucial time of the calculation they are still on board. He also said that he does not think it is necessary that Egyptians are represented at the process and that “it would be good if Greeks had those jobs to combat unemployment”- prejudice towards foreign workers was obvious at all times. The ship owners lawyer warned the strikers that they “should be careful, because things will be wild from now on!”. He also said that the strikers are misguided by CP / PAME trade union, which supports them to gain their votes in view of the granting of voting rights to immigrants with the new immigration bill.

    The strikers said after the trial’s first day “our struggle is a struggle for dignity”. Dignity will be the criterion of their decisions for further action.

    Despite the good news with the court’s decisions, the strikers are in a very difficult situation in terms of money. Today there is a meeting of the Solidarity Assembly at the Thessaloniki Antiracist Initiative’s place [ermou & venizelou str.] for practical solidarity coordination.

    – > previous update

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    About the death of the Indian immigrant worker in Varipetro, Chania, Jan 31, 2010

    Posted by clandestina on 3 February 2010

    This is a Forum of Migrants in Crete press release.

    For the death of the Indian worker in Varipetro, Chania, on Sunday, 31/1/2010

    3 FEB 2010
    Labour accidents are tragic, shocking events. But what is more than shocking is what these people die of: inadequate protection measures.
    One more spectre that should haunt the sleep of state bureaucracies, trade union bosses, and the business world.

    Another worker killed, due to inadequate safety measures.

    He fell from scaffolds, from a 6 meters height …

    We note that many immigrant workers have already lost their lives in a working regime verging on cruelty. We are not only talking about the labour intense and unsafe conditions, but also about the long shifts, the ridiculous wages and of course the uninsured status. It is the harsh reality, which the Greek politicians do not see and nobody refers to now that the new bill on citizenship and immigration is discussed. It is the hard fact that some Greek people refuse to see, entrenched as they are in insecurity and fear and the conviction that they have discovered the “enemy” of their wealth: immigrants. Yet, it is immigrants -uninsured and underpaid – who build their houses, who look after their elderly relatives and their household, who pick fruit from their fields, who do all those jobs that Greeks refuse to do anymore.

    We require that the state protects workers and implements the labour law.

    We demand that trade union leaders deter further accidents and deaths by having unions’ and associations’ gates wide open for their immigrants colleagues (with or without papers) who should be fully entitled to the rights of membership

    Let us not wait passively for the next “accidental death”.
    Greek and foreign workers, united, let us claim now everything that is ours.

    Let us push with our actions the employers, who we know very well will never show concern for us.

    No more deaths, no more crippled workers.

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    Solidarity with immigrant street vendors in Athens!

    Posted by clandestina on 3 February 2010

    FINANCIAL SUPPORT FEAST FRIDAY, February 5, 2010, ASOEE (Economic Univ., Patision str.), 9 pm SOLIDARITY GATHERING, Monday, 8 February 2010, EVELPIDON STREET COURTS, ATHENS 10 a.m.

    Immigrants text:

    Immigrants,

    we invite you to support en masse our action and show your solidarity.

    We call all those who feel that this is of their interest,

    Every day we immigrants vendors, we get arrested and beaten and imprisoned for doing “illegal trade”

    We’re on the road and we need to sell things.

    We want a better life.

    We want to work and make a living free and out of the sweat of our hands,

    Let us unite for the common goal: solidarity and mutual aid among immigrants.

    Immigrants

    :::::::

    The text of people in solidarity

    In the center of Athens and Piraeus, the political and municipal authority, all kinds of cops, media and “indignant” shopkeepers engage everyone diffuse manhunts against immigrants.

    On December 30, 2009, ca. fifty cops persecuted immigrants in the streets around Ermou street. They pushed around and beat savagely four of them.  One was taken to hospital and after his return to the infamous Acropolis police station he was beaten up again. Yet, it was the immigrants who were accused of “resistance to authority, disobedience and property damage”. The trial was postponed for February 8, 2010. One of them is still detained for not having “papers”.

    The fury of racist cops, the beatings, the tortures and even the murders of immigrants are not “single / isolated incidents”.

    It is an integral part of the daily and extensive structural violence against immigrants from the ones in power, cops and judges.

    Solidarity, dignity and resistance pave the road for common struggles.

    FINANCIAL SUPPORT FEAST  FRIDAY, February 5, 2010, ASOEE (Economic Univ., Patision str.), 9 pm

    SOLIDARITY GATHERING, Monday, 8 February 2010, EVELPIDON STREET COURTS, ATHENS 10 a.m.

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    {for background see these posts:

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