“Sweep” and evacuation operations in Patras and Athens.
Posted by clandestina on 25 March 2010
This is last summer repeating, with evacuations and mass arrests in Patras and Athens – about last summer see this post and this post) . The continuity of oppressive policies against sans papiers between the previous government and the current one cannot be disguised with cheap sensational denouncements by government officials of immigrant plight.
Early yesterday, Wednesday 24 of March, the police evacuated the abandoned train station of Aghios Andreas and arrested 70 Sudanese refugees who had found refuge there. This happened two days after the refugees had made a protest in the streets of Patras against the inhumane conditions they are forced to live under. The Common Solidarity Action organises events in Patras to protest against the recent developments. The story behind this new case of evacuation and mass arrest in Patras is once more one involving municipality authority and private real estate interests. (sources: http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1147356, http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?lang=el&article_id=1147617 ).
This is also the case in the evacuations at Athens Downtown. The plan launched by the previous government last summer continues now under the new one. Police and other authorities, on the pretext of operations against drugs and prostitution, blockade Sokratous, Evripidou, Verantzerou and more streets of Athens “historic centre” and move out immigrants and refugees. Up to last week there hade been 61 arrests. sources:http://athens.indymedia.org/front.php3?, anarchypress.wordpress.com