Migration and Struggle in Greece

300 migrants in hunger strike in greece

Posted by clandestina on 19 January 2011

Statement by the 300 migrant hunger strikers – March 13, 2011

The hunger strike of the three-hundred migrant workers has ended. The struggle for a world of equality, solidarity and freedom continues!

March 9, 2011 6pm: THE HUNGER STRIKERS WON!!!!!

Meanwhile, there was a tragedy in a greek port:

44 days of psychological war

March 8, 2011: Greek government spreads rumors that all hunger strikers will be deported if they do not accept the offered 6-months “tolerance status”. We remind that yesterday the government demanded all hunger strikers to be transferred to hospitals and to abandon the site of their struggle. On Tuesday morning, 2 women who were escorting hunger strikers at an Athens hospital were arrested, accused of preventing the strikers from eating. In the afternoon, a public prosecutor held the doctors legally responsible for the health of the hunger strikers!

Statement by the 300 hunger strikers – March 7, 2011

Call for a worldwide solidarity action day on 10th of March – day 45 of hunger strike

A brief chronicle of the hunger strike, through the texts of the hunger strikers and the solidarity initiatives in Athens and Thessaloniki

Announcement of the hunger strikers (March 4, 2011)

Call for European coordinated solidarity actions to the 300 immigrants hunger strikers in Greece on Monday, March 7

March 4, 2011 – Athens: Ministers disagree in public. The government repeats the same “proposals”. Hunger strikers continue the struggle. Demonstration. Thessaloniki: City Council, Labour Center, Aristotle University, Trade Unions etc. press the government. Paris: Greek Embassy occupied in solidarity.

March 3, 2011 – 98 hunger strikers in hospitals. Critical moments for the 300 hunger strikers.

Thessaloniki: 2.500-strong demonstration! > photos > video

Demonstrations in Chania, Mytilene, Xanthi
Solidarity occupations in Chios, Orestiada, Volos, Komotini

March 2, 2011 – 78 hunger strikers in hospitals

Thessaloniki: activists occupy the offices of E. Venizelos (Minister of National Defense) and H. Kastanidis (Minister of Justice).

In the same time, other activists chained themselves to the entrance gate of the General Secretariat of Macedonia and Thrace, while a huge banner was hung from the 4th floor of the building with the slogan: “The Papandreou government is committing murder”.

March 1, 2011 – Athens: Riot police attacks press conference!. The number of  hunger strikers brought to hospitals has risen to 42. Thessaloniki: 6 hunger strikers more to hospitals.

February 28, 2011 – Athens: The number of  hunger strikers brought to hospitals has risen to 41. Meanwhile, 36 other immigrants are on thirst strike, since Sunday noon. Thessaloniki: 12 hunger strikers are brought to 4 hospitals.

Ministry of Labour occupied in solidarity with the 300 migrant hunger strikers – 28 February 2011

February 27, 2011: Athens: 16 hungerstrikers are brought to several hospitals in Athens,Thessaloniki: the 50 hunger strikers have announced their decision to abstain from sugar too, now only receiving water and salt.


A “compassionate” politician turns cynical prime-minister, while his government ignores even the EU legislation it uses as a pretext to deny migrants’ regularization >>

Text for the Press Conference with the doctors – 25 February 2011

Hospitalized strikers were offered food by the nursing staff! – 24 February 2011

Hunger strikers’ assembly decision – 21 February 2011

Emergency Medical Report – 22 February 2011

It is time to ACT NOW! The 300 hunger strikers in Greece are in need of YOUR support!




  1. Declaration of solidarity with the hunger strikers – Call for a week of action!
  2. Statement of Solidarity from Afrique-Europe-Interact
  3. ZNet: Support the Striking Migrant Workers of Greece
  4. Solidarity from Barcelona
  5. Austria’s critical law review
  6. Rete BellaCiaoinMovimento
  7. Solidarity from Luxembourg
  8. Call for solidarity with the Hunger Strike in Greece
  9. Solidarity from Chiapas
  10. No One Is Illegal – Toronto
  11. No Borders South Wales
  12. Associació d’Amistat amb el Poble de Guatemala
  13. Alain Badiou soutient la lutte des 300 migrants grévistes de faim
  14. Kaagapay Overseas Filipino Workers Resource and Service Center
  15. Statement of Solidarity from ARCI (Italy)
  16. Karawane München
  17. Call for an action in front of the greek embassy (Berlin)
  18. Solidarity action at the Greek consulate in Munich
  19. Solidarity from Denmark
  20. 37 Euro-parliamentarians express their solidarity
  21. Solidarity from Vienna
  22. Solidarity action in Istanbul
  23. Message of solidarity to hunger strikers in Greece DIE LINKE – Germany
  24. Message of Solidarity From The Campaign To Close Campsfield to the ’300′
  25. Solidarity greetings from hamburg/germany
  26. Message of solidarity to hunger strikers in Greece – Red Green Alliance – Denmark
  27. In Solidarity No one Is Illegal – Toronto
  28. Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers
  29. Antirassistische aktion köln (Cologne, Germany)
  30. Demonstration in Sofia, Bulgaria
  31. Demonstration in Göttingen
  32. Support from National Union of Teachers – Newham
  33. CNT/AIT: Comunicado en solidaridad con los 300 inmigrantes en huelga de hambre
  34. Collectif contre le racisme  –  Saint Denis – Paris
  35. Text by Slavoj Zizek
  36. Text by Etienne Balibar
  37. Letter of solidarity by 9 intellectuals (Chomsky, Balibar, Wallerstein, etc.)
  38. Message of solidarity from Ken Loach
  39. groupe contre deportation Mannheim allemagne
  40. Message of solidarity Sandro Mezzadra – Toni Negri
  41. Paris:Rassemblement de soutien aux 300 sans papiers grévistes de la faim
  42. Accion de solidaridad a los manifestantes y a los 300 inmigrantes huelgistas de hambre en Grecia. Granada plz Trinidad
  43. Letter to the greek embassy by 14 spanish organizations
  44. Solidarity from Romania and letter to the greek authorities
  45. Coordinamento Migranti Bologna: Primo Marzo in sostegno dei migranti in sciopero della fame in Grecia
  46. Greek goverment vice president kicked out of Costas Gavras art event at the “Fondation Hellénique de Paris”
  47. Demonstration in Florence, Italy
  48. Solidarity from The Austrian Roof Organisation of Homeless Initiatives BAWO
  49. Solidarity with the 300 Migrants Hunger Strikers in Greece – Sacu (Studenten Actie Comite Utrecht)
  50. Solidarity from Arnhem (The Netherlands) – Kritische Studenten Nijmegen Arnhem
  51. Appel unitaire en soutien à des sans-papiers en grève de la faim, en Grèce.
  53. Paris: Occupation at Greek Embassy
  54. London NoBorders: Statement of solidarity
  55. Solidarity from the World March of Women
  56. Hamburg: Stop Frontex – Solidarity to the 300 hungerstrikers in Greece
  57. Call for European coordinated solidarity actions to the 300 immigrants hunger strikers in Greece on Monday, March 7
  58. Solidarity from Granada, Spain
  59. New York Indymedia is calling for a worldwide solidarity action day on 10th of March – day 45 of hunger strike
  60. Amsterdam: Demo of solidarity with 300 hunger strikers
  61. Lyon : soutien aux 300 travailleurs sans-papiers grévistes de la faim en Grèce
  62. España: Huelga de Hambre en solidaridad con los 300 compañeros migrantes de Grecia

We are migrant men and women from all over Greece. We came here due to poverty, unemployment, wars and dictatorships. The multinational companies and their political servants did not leave another choice for us than risking 10 times our lives to arrive in Europe’s door. The West that is depriving our countries while having much better living conditions is our only chance to live as humans. We came (either with regular entry or not) in Greece and we are working to support ourselves and our families. We live without dignity, in the darkness of illegalness in order to benefit employers and state’s services from the harsh exploitation of our labor. We live from our sweat and with the dream, some day, to have equal rights with our Greek fellow workers. During the last period our life has become even more unbearable. As salaries and pensions are cut and everything is getting more expensive, the migrants are presented as those to blame, as those whose fault is the abjection and harsh exploitation of greek workers and small businessman. The propaganda of fascist and racist parties and groups is nowadays the official state discourse for issues of migration. The far right discourse is reproduced through media when they talk about us. The “proposals” of the far right are announced as governmental policies: wall in Evros, floating detention centers and European army in the Aegean, repression in the cities, massive deportations. They want to convince greek workers that, all in a sudden, we are a threat to them, that we are to blame for the unprecedented attack from their own governments. The answer to the lies and the cruelty has to be given now and it will come from us, from migrant men and women. We are going in the front line, with our own lives to stop this injustice. We ask the legalization of all migrant men and women, we ask for equal political and social rights and obligations with greek workers. We ask from our greek fellow workers, from every person suffering from exploitation to stand next to us. We ask them to support our struggle. Not to let the lie, the injustice, the fascism and the autarchy of the political and economic elites to be dominant in their own places too; all these conditions that are dominant in our countries and led us to migrate, us and our children, in order to be able to live with dignity. We don’t have another way to make our voices heard, to make you learn about our rights. Three hundred (300) of us will start a Hunger Strike in Athens and in Thessaloniki, in the 25th of January. We risk our lives, as, one way or another, this is no life for people with dignity. We prefer to die here rather our children to suffer what we have been through.

January 2011 Assembly of migrant hunger strikers

3 Responses to “300 migrants in hunger strike in greece”

  1. […] mit einem Hungerstreik für Legalisierung und gleiche Rechte zu beginnen Sie haben einen Aufruf der Vollversammlung der Hungerstreikenden verfasst, darin heit es: Wir sind Migrantinnen und Migranten aus ganz Griechenland. Wir kamen […]

  2. On January 25, 300 migrant workers went on hunger strike in Athens and Thessaloniki.
    Their main demand is to be legalized. As of 2nd Feburary their struggle continues.

    Messages have come from all around the World. We wish to add ours.

    The Border between Greece and the Mediterranean Sea is one of the most heavily militarized in the World with the EU’s unaccountable and armed paramilitary security force – FRONTEX – patrolling, now not only the seas, but more recently. the border between Turkey and Greece..

    Hundreds have perished in the seas, some having their boats deliberately capsized by FRONTEX patrols..

    Those who make it (and those who don’t) are actively challenging the rationale of the securitization of our borders and the social and economic inequalities that they protect.

    We send our message of thanks to the hunger strikers for standing up to the brutality of the border regime(s) that will sooner or later effect us all.

  3. […] See you at the struggles!” For more info, go here. […]

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