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Still strangers in a bosses’ world

Posted by clandestina on 3 August 2017

Clandestina is now focused in practical solidarity and analysis.
For daily news on migrants struggles you can check the Thessaloniki No Border Camp facebook page:

In the summer of 2016, the Refugee to Refugee Call Center (R2R) was established in Thessaloniki:

You can read more about the trials of the 100 people arrested after the Thessaloniki No Border Camp (and about other similar cases) in the webpage “You can’t evict solidarity” that was created in the autumn of 2016:

You can find a collection of texts presented at the Thessaloniki No Border Camp here:

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Thessaloniki No Border Camp 2016

Posted by clandestina on 12 May 2016

Clandestina participates in the preparation of Thessaloniki 2016 No Border Camp.

For more info and to read news on Migration & Struggle in Greece, visit:


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Eidomeni: migrants destory fence, teargased by police

Posted by clandestina on 29 February 2016

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Greece is turning into “hot-spot”

Posted by clandestina on 27 February 2016

The situation in Greece is further intensifying. 25,000 migrants stranded in Greece. “Hot-spots” and people walking and sleeping on the highways. Greek authorities announced that ferries will be held back on the islands and used as temporary accommodation. Apart from the over crowed camps close to the port there are also several hundred people accommodated in the ferry terminals of Piraeus. Meanwhile, the Slovenian authorities have announced to limit the daily influx of people to only 580 per day.

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Nato launches naval patrols to return migrants to Turkey

Posted by clandestina on 12 February 2016

Military alliance sends three warships, backed by planes, to intercept migrants and refugees in admission from EU that it is failing to cope with flow of people.

Nato has sent a patrol of three warships to intercept migrants trying to reach Greece by sea and send them back to Turkey, as Europe steps up efforts to contain the refugee crisis.

The mission has been agreed and ordered to the Aegean sea in less than 24 hours, an extremely rapid move for the alliance. Nato normally spends months deliberating over decisions and agreeing details.

The German-led patrol will be backed by planes that can monitor the flow of people attempting illegal crossings. Greece and Turkey have agreed that any migrants they intercept will be sent back.

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January 2016: the deadliest month so far

Posted by clandestina on 31 January 2016

January 2016 has been the deadliest month ever in the Aegean: 257 migrants have died in the cold sea. A dozen more migrants died either after reaching Europe or traveling to a launch point in Turkey and 26 migrants died trying to reach Italy.

On Saturday (30/1) 39 migrants died trying to reach the island of Lesvos.

On Thursday (28/01) 26 migrants died near the island of Samos.

On Wednesday (27/01) 7 migrants died near the island of Kos.

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Aegean Sea: 95 migrants dead in first three weeks of 2016

Posted by clandestina on 25 January 2016

Today we “celebrate” one year of “left government”.
During this time nearly 1,000 immigrant lost their life in the Aegean, 95 of them in first three weeks of 2016 …


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Migrants housing squat “Orfanotrofeio”: solidarity demo

Posted by clandestina on 8 January 2016

Photos from yesterday’s solidarity demonstration that was organized by the migrants housing squat Orfanotrofeio in the neighborhood of Toumba (Thessaloniki – Greece).
(photos by )

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34 migrants, including children, drown off coast of Turkey

Posted by clandestina on 5 January 2016

At least 34 people, including three children, have drowned off Turkey’s Aegean coast after their boat capsized in rough seas.
On Sunday, a two-year-old boy became the first known refugee to drown in 2016 after the dinghy he was travelling in crashed into rocks.

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Management of migrants: from charity to brutality

Posted by clandestina on 26 December 2015

Τhe state of siege and the massive police operation in Idomeni marks the turn from the publicly advertised “humanitarian governmental policy on the refugee crisis” to the “obligatory” and by tacit consensus brutality: “The country is in line with its commitments”.
Physical brutality was there before, but the whole situation was presented in the mass media as a combination of the valiant efforts of our left government and the philanthropic concerns of the Greek Volk (this was the way that the humane attitude of a large number of people was presented, mixed with the bureaucratic profit-making of various NGOs and the selfless made by various “first-world” citizens who, being attracted by the tragedies of the ‘others’, addressed the issue as if they were in a safari in Africa).

Under the new tactics, minister Mouzalas can be photographed posing as an activist together with the radical superstar Susan Sarandon (the last remaining, along with the comic actor Slavoj Žižek, to reaffirm the radicality of the Greek Government) ignoring the small detail that in the first weeks of December 100 migrants died in the Aegean sea.
Many of the dead belonged to the “good category”, they came from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, they were “refugees”. The rest belonged to the “bad ones”, they were migrants. If they had survived, they would have been imprisoned in the Moria detention center in Lesvos, waiting to be transported to some concentration camps in the mainland (after protests and hunger strike of Maghreb migrants, the Greek police returned to the policy of giving to the sans-papiers a 30-days permit to leave Greece by their own means, but the final Greek Police decision is that all Maghreb migrants “after being recorded in Hot Spots, will be detained”).

Under the new tacit consensus brutality, the concentration camps that were supposed to be shut down have started being filled up again: in mid-December over 200 migrants were transferred form Tae-kwon-do stadium (they were brought there after the evacuation of Idomeni) to the concentration camp / detention center at Corinth. In the mass media the reason for these arrests was supposed to be the migrants “criminal activity”, but what happened were “collective responsibility” mass arrests on the legal basis that … the migrants have violated police orders prohibiting them to be in Athens, although they were moved by force to the Greek capital by the Greek police itself, after the evacuation of Idomeni!

Under the new tacit consensus brutality, the Greek Church threatens to evacuate the squat for migrants “Orphanotrofeio” in Thessaloniki and the police did the same against the self-organized structure in Platanos, in Skala Sykamnias, Lesvos island.

Brutality is there on all sides of the borders: human smugglers receive large sums to pass migrants from an opening in the fence to the Republic of Macedonia, where mobsters and soldiers are waiting to rob them, beat them and return them to Greece. Cops in Idomeni then return the migrants to Athens, ignoring the fact that they are usually injured, with broken arms, limbs, injuries to the genitals etc. The ideal space after all for medical treatment  is the “open centre of hospitality” in Ellinikon, in Athens (open centre indeed, as it is an open stadium…).

Brutality is there on all sides of the borders:
Dec.24/2015: New shipwreck with 18 dead migrants
Dec.23/2015: 13 people dead in the Aegean – among them 7 children
Dec.22/2015: Turkish coast police reports: 11 refugees drowned off Kuşadası shores
Dec.20/2015: Two dead migrants near Ikaria island
Dec.19/2015: New shipwreck in the Aegean – 18 drowned migrants
Dec.19/2015: New Tragedy: 1.5 years-old girl dies in a shipwreck near Oinousses island
Dec.18/2015: Anothes shipwreck near Bodrum: 4 dead, 4 survivors
Dec.16/2015: A little girl and a man dead in another shipwreck near Lesvos island
Dec.16/2015: Two children dead near Çeşme
Dec.15/2015: Three dead and three missing in a shipwreck near Kastelorizo island
Dec.13/2015: Two refugees missing east of Lesvos
Dec.10/2015: Pharmakonisi: 16 migrants dead in another shipwreck
Dec.09/2015: 400 riot policemen evacuate Idomeni

In 2015, there were 632 deaths in the Aegean up to December 14.

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