PRESS RELEASE 17 FEBRUARY 2011
Posted by clandestina on 18 February 2011
Thursday 17th February 2011
DAY 24 of the hunger strike
Τhe 50 migrant workers on the 7th floor of the Labor Centre in Thessaloniki have been on hunger strike for 24 days now. Despite their fatigue, their spirits are high and they are determined to continue the hunger strike. Last night, one hunger striker fainted and was admitted to the Agios Pavlos Hospital that was on duty.
Yesterday the open discussion at the Labor Centre with, among others, 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, (both of whom paid a brief visit to the strikers before the discussion) was very successful.
This morning, members of the Open Initiative of Thessaloniki occupied the KEELPNO offices of the department of the Ministry of Health that visited the hunger strikers in Athens and helped the minister A. Loverdos orchestrate a goebbelist provocation, presenting, in the most racist way, the hunger strikers as a ‘bomb’ threatening public health. During the occupation of the KEELPNO, leaflets were distributed and texts were read out informing the public about the hunger strikers’ demands and the reasons for the occupation.
The assembly of hunger strikers in Thessaloniki receives messages of solidarity everyday. Yesterday they received texts of solidarity signed by the Unions of Postgraduate Students of the School of Media and Jounralism and of the School of Political Science of the Aristotle University.
The Open Solidarity Initiative invites everyone to the interventions and solidarity actions planned for the next days:
- On Friday, February 18, at 6pm, the Open Solidarity Initiative is organizing a solidarity march, beginning at Kamara.
- On Friday, February 18, at 8pm, the Open Assembly of the Upper Town is planning an info-meeting at their social centre at the Koule Kahfe square
- On Saturday, February 19, the Yfanet squat is planning a discussion and fund-raising event at Yfanet with the participation of a member of the Forum of Migrants in Crete who is accompanying the hunger strikers.
- On Monday, February 21, an open solidarity concert is being planned, with the participation of many well-known artists who have expressed their solidarity with the migrant hunger strikers.
From the Press Office
Solidarity Initiative of Thessaloniki