Press Release – 9 FEBRUARY 2011
Posted by clandestina on 13 February 2011
9 February 2011
16th day of the hunger strike
The immigrant workers on the 7th floor of the Labor Centre in Thessaloniki have been on hunger strike since the 25th of January 2011. They are determined to continue the hunger strike.
Today at a press conference, organized by the Antiracist Initiative on the 1st floor of the Labor Center in Thessaloniki, the Teachers’ Unions, the Bar Association, The Hospital Doctors Union, the Committee for Social Welfare and Health Policy of the Rectorate of the University of Thessaloniki, as well as the Albanian Immigrants’ Association ‘Mother Tereza’, the Movement against Racism and the Fascist Threat, and the Association of Nigerians in Thessaloniki and the Antiracist Initiative expressed their solidarity to the hunger strikers and in a common announcement noted that “solidarity is the most effective weapon of all working people and of the oppressed…and all participating organizations support the demands of the migrants for legalization and equal rights of all immigrants who live and work in Greece”.
The representative of the hunger strikers said that there is no point of contact in communications with the government and emphasized that the authorities will be responsible for whatever happens.
Ms Kostantziki, the representative of the Bar Association said that there are no illegal human beings, only illegal and inhuman policies. Stratis Plomaritis, president of the Hospital Doctors Union said that human life cannot be outweighed against any other value. Alexis Benos of the Committee for Social Welfare noted that especially in today’s crisis the migrants’ demands should be all workers’ demands, he reminded Greeks that historically they have been a people of refugees and immigrants, and stated that all people working in education ought to teach fundamental human values and support the right to life. Migrants from the Association of Nigerians in Thessaloniki and the Albanian Immigrants’ Association said that they support the hunger strikers’ demands 100%.
The assembly of hunger strikers issued the following MESSAGE TO THE OWNER OF THE HYPATIA BUILDING IN ATHENS
8 FEBRUARY 2011
We saw pictures from the place where our comrades are staying in Athens. The conditions do not help with our struggle and do not ensure its continuity. We understand you are worried about your property. We would like to tell you that we are educated people, we are on strike because we are fighters, and we are not interested in destroying your building or your furniture. Until now, there has been absolutely no damage to your property and you can check that again, as you do everyday.
You say you want to help us. You made a first step by hosting us as strikers and not as homeless beggars. But if you really want to help us, and not create more obstacles to our hunger strike, we are asking you to decide what value is more important to you: the “safety” of your building, or a very serious struggle for human dignity? Our request is clear and simple: We ask you to unlock more rooms and open up more space for our comrades to protect them from bad weather and allow them to pursue their hunger strike until their victory.
From the Press Office
Solidarity Initiative of Thessaloniki