Migration and Struggle in Greece


Posted by clandestina on 6 February 2011



10th day of hunger strike

Τhe 50 migrant workers on the 7th floor of the Labor Center in Thessaloniki have been on hunger strike for 10 days now and continue with determination.

As part of the publicity and solidarity campaign in Thessaloniki, over 1000 people, among them many immigrants and refugees, marched the streets in a successful demonstration reverberating with slogans in Greek and other languages. Thousands of information and solidarity leaflets were handed out. The banner of the Open Solidarity Initiative (with the motto “EITHER WITH THE STRUGGLES OF MIGRANTS OR WITH THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE BOSSES”) was followed by that of the Antiracist Initiative, the Union of Bangladeshis, the Coordination of first-degree Trade Unions, the Initiative of the Unemployed and the Movement against Racism and the Fascist Threat. The demo returned to the Labor Centre where the hunger strikers were out on the 7th floor terrace and received the crowd with cheers and slogans in Arabic.

Among other messages of solidarity, today the Thessaloniki Bar Association (Lawyers’ Union), in its text of support to the hunger strike, called the government to “immediately examine and respond to the demands of the hunger strikers, since, for decades, migrants have been living an working in a gray zone between legality and illegality”.

Also, the Committee of Welfare and Health Policy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki visited the migrant workers on hunger strike in support of the demand of the strikers for “equal political and social rights with Greek working men and women” as they note in their official public message to the strikers. The 3rd Union of Public School Teachers sent a message supporting the “just and heroic struggle of the 300 migrants”. ‘Prometheus’, the Union of Primary School Teachers also sent a solidarity message.

The Open Solidarity Initiative invites everyone to the interventions and solidarity actions in the next days: On Saturday, February 5, at 7pm, there will be a solidarity concert at the square in front of the Labor Center. On the same day, at noon there is an info meeting and leaflet distribution at the Anargyron Square in the upper town, and on Sunday, February 6, a solidarity march will begin at noon at the Eptalofos Square in Ambelokipi.

From the Press Office

Solidarity Initiative of Thessaloniki

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