Press Release – 15 February 2011
Posted by clandestina on 16 February 2011
15 February 2011
Day 22 of hunger strike
The 50 immigrants at the Labor Centre of Thessaloniki have been on hunger strike for 22 days now. According to the doctors’ press release (Monday, February 14), “they consume only water, salt and small quantities of sugar. Many of them show symptoms of physical weakness, difficulty in standing up, dizziness, postural hypotension, cramps, hypoglycemia.
Today,[14th of February] two of the hunger strikers were admitted to the Division of Internal Medicine of the Public Hospital on duty, due to temporary loss of consciousness. Both remain hospitalized.
The examination of the body mass index of the hunger strikers and their vital points reveals the expected amount of weight loss and the corresponding consequences for their health.”
The 300 hunger strikers in Athens and Thessaloniki are teaching the whole of society lessons of dignity and struggle, as they are fighting for equal civil, social and working rights for all people.
MESSAGES OF SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT
The assembly of hunger strikers in Thessaloniki receives messages of solidarity everyday. Last night, the Thessaloniki City Council issued a statement of support for the struggle of the hunger strikers. In the statement, we read, among other things, that “the Council of Thessaloniki, a city that has historically been a multicolored and multicultural melting pot, expresses its solidarity to the struggle of the hunger strikers. This is a struggle for a life of dignity and for the unquestionable right to the free movement of people, in an age where speculative capital travels with the velocity of electricity. We ask for the legalization of migrants and for the disconnection of this procedure from the number of collected workstamps.”
The National Confederation of Labor (CNT-AIT) of Spain sent a message of solidarity to the 300 migrant workers stating: “The working men and women of the CNT would like to express our solidarity to the hunger strikers in Greece and our support for their demands. As is usual when there is a crisis of capital, a recurrent and cyclical phenomenon in capitalism, the bosses try to divert public attention, to blame the weak and the vulnerable, to intensify their nationalist and racist rhetoric and to turn foreigners into scapegoats for all evil. With this lie, they hope to disclose the obvious reality that capital and states are the only ones responsible for the situation today.”
On Wednesday, the 16th of February 2011, at 7pm the Antiracist Initiative and the First Degree Trade Unions Coordination are organizing an open discussion at the Labor Centre with representatives of the hunger strikers, Nikos Paraskevopoulos, dean of the Law Faculty of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Konstandinos Tsitselikis, vice-president of the National Commission for Human Rights, as well as the organizers.
The Open Solidarity Initiative invites everyone to the interventions and solidarity actions planned for the next days:
- Wednesday, February 16 at 10am – Intervention/info-action at the General Administration Office of the Prefecture of Central Macedonia (Oikonomidi and Rossidi street, Kalamaria)
- Friday, February 18 at 6pm – Solidarity march (meeting point: Kamara)
From the Press Office
Solidarity Initiative of Thessaloniki