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Mobilisation in solidarity with the Venna persecuted, against all immigrant concentration camps

Posted by clandestina on 11 February 2010

For background see this post

A call has been made by the Initiative Against Concentration Camps in Rodopi and Evros (text in greek)  for a solidarity coordination meeting with the following demands:

  • abolishment of all concentration camps
  • immidiate release of all detained immigrants
  • acquittal of all persecuted immigrants for the Venna insurgency
  • struggle for life and dignity is not illegal, it is fair

The meeting is to take place today, Thursday, Feb 11, 19 pm, at the prokat building of Xanthi Polytechnic.

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Greek authorities detained 146,000 migrants in 2008

Posted by clandestina on 27 April 2009

"detention" in Samos

"detention" in Samos

Article retrieved from, originally appeared here.


Athens – Authorities in Greece detained 146,000 illegal immigrants, most of whome came from Turkey, altogether in 2008, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday. In addition, 2,211 people traffickers were arrested and brought before the courts.

The issue of illegal immigration is a priority for Greece, according to the Foreign Ministry in Athens. 

Foreign Minister Dora Bakogianni earlier announced that the government wanted to see the issue of illegal migration on the agenda at the next European Union summit. 

One out of every ten people living in Greece is a non-EU national. The overall number of immigrants is estimated at around 1.2 million, including 800,000 – mainly Albanians – with residence permits. 

Greece’s immigrant problem centres around some 400,000 unregistered migrants, the majority being from Asia and North African-born refugees who wait at the western Greek ports of Patras, Corfu and Igoumenitsa to travel to Italy and then on to Western Europe. 

According to aid agencies, such migrants remain without legal protection and are left to “vegetate.”

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