Migration and Struggle in Greece


Posted by clandestina on 13 February 2011

Press Release
13th February 2011
DAY 20 of the hunger strike

Τhe 50 migrant workers on the 7th floor of the Labor Centre in Thessaloniki have been on hunger strike for 20 days now. The signs of fatigue and physical weakness are apparent. They are determined to continue the hunger strike. The 300 hunger strikers in Athens and Thessaloniki are teaching the whole of society lessons of dignity and struggle.

The assembly of hunger strikers in Thessaloniki receives messages of solidarity everyday. Yesterday they were visited by a member of the Doctors of the World and a Sudanese doctor. Socrates, the Association of Teachers in the Berlin area, sent a solidarity message, noting “We support the struggle of the 300 hunger strikers, because it is the struggle of the whole of society for freedom, equality and justice”.

The Superior Administration of Unions of Public Sector Workers (ADEDY) and the General Federation Of Labor Unions (GSEE) issued a press release where they state that they asked the government to “offer a solution to the migrants’ problem that is in accordance to their real conditions, namely the fact that have been living and working here for years…Even the existing legislation allows for the possibility of legaization, i.e. the fulfillment of the migrants’ basic demand…The general issue of migration can only be solved through changes in the legal framework of the EU and of Greece, ensuring the recognition and the full working and social rights of immigrants”.

Interventions and demos as part of the countrywide and European days of solidarity to the 300 hunger strikers continued yesterday with actions in Athens, Patras, Mytilene, Sofia, Istanbul. In Istanbul, at a protest outside the Greek consulate, the Network for Solidarity to Migrants read out a text where ,among other things, they note that “no border, no fence, no wall can stop people from wanting a better life…We support the demands of all migrants who live and work in Greece”.

On Monday, February 14, there will be a solidarity football match between a team of journalists and the ecological and humanist football team Hasta la Victoria Siempre. The organizers of the match say that “together we shall destroy the idea that migrants are to blame for everything”.

The Open Initiative of Solidarity is planning several solidarity and protest actions for the following week, the fourth week of the hunger strike.

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