Migration and Struggle in Greece

Call for European coordinated solidarity actions to the 300 immigrants hunger strikers in Greece on Monday, March 7

Posted by clandestina on 6 March 2011

(proposed by students in Paris)

300 undocumented migrants have entered the 40th day of a hunger strike in Athens and Thessaloniki. As a consequence, the critical threshold beyond which health damage is non-reversible has already been crossed, while the threat of casualties becomes more imminent. Ninetyeight of the hungerstrikers are currently hospitalized. The Greek government, formed by the Socialist Party (PASOK), persists on rejecting their legitimate demand for legalization, driving them to subsequent death.

In the meantime, eight members of the “initiative for solidarity to the 300 hunger strikers”, the President of the University of Athens – where the immigrants were initially housed, before transferred elsewhere due to the menace of a violent evacuation by the police – as well as the hungerstrikers themselves, are accused by the authorities for human trafficking. At the hospital, policemen interrogate the doctors and nurses in order to learn the names of the immigrants. Furthermore, the participants of the press conference organized by the “initiative for solidarity to the 300 hungerstrikers”, that took place on the 1st of March, were brutally assaulted by the police.

In a country devastated by the economic crisis, where unemployed and precarious or not workers are being humiliated due to the lack of means for survival, the struggle of the 300 undocumented migrant workers transforms despair into battle. By putting their own lives in danger, they manifest that being “illegal” one has nothing to lose.

While the solidarity movement is continuously extended in Greece and abroad, the Greek government keeps on demonstrating its cynicism and brutality. The minister of foreign affairs disclaimed any responsibility at all and stated that only those standing in solidarity should be held accountable for putting these people’s lives in danger. Under these circumstances, racist and xenophobic speeches and assaults turn witch hunt into a national sport. Unfortunately this is not restricted only to Greece.

These 300 workers- hunger-strikerssans papiers” have been living and working in Greece for many years. During all these years they have been an important source of wealth for their employers, but they have also been an important source of human and cultural wealth for their friends and colleagues. This hunger strike by no means constitutes a mere Greek affair, it is rather associated with the common European policy imposed by the Dublin Regulation.

We demand:

The immediate legalization of the 300 undocumented workershunger-strikers

The legalization of all undocumented workers

The abrogation of the Dublin II Regulation which sets their lives in danger and turns countries into “non-selected migrant” storehouses, where any kind of violence and violation becomes commonplace

We make a call for action in solidarity to the 300 undocumented workers- hunger-strikers


No life is illegal, no life is to be spared

2 Responses to “Call for European coordinated solidarity actions to the 300 immigrants hunger strikers in Greece on Monday, March 7”

  1. Aufruf zu Solidaritätsaktionen für die 300 Hungerstreikenden in Griechenland am Montag, 7. März…

    7 der migrantischen Hungerstreikenden befinden sich seit 03. März im Durststreik300 Migranten ohne Papiere befinden sich seit über 40 Tagen im Hungerstreik in Athen und Thessaloniki. Die kritische Schwelle, jenseits derer Gesundheitsschäden unumkehrbar…

  2. […] nicht nur in Griechenland gefunden und mittlerweile gibt es zwei weitere Aufrufe für einen europaweiten bzw. einen weltweiten […]

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