Migration and Struggle in Greece

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Latest news, Monday 15 – Friday 19 Feb.

Posted by clandestina on 19 February 2010

Monday Feb 15 Tention in the police station of Tripoli, Peloponese after the suicide attempt of a 35 yearold Palestinian who was imprisoned in purpose to be deported. Other migrants prisoners, also under deportation, looted blankets so a small fire was caused. The pigs entered the detention centers and evacuated the imprisoning cells by transfering the prisoners to a room beside. Later, the migrants were also transfered to the Panarcadic Hospital for health checks, where also the Palestinian was transfered whose deportation is planned to take place in two weeks.

Tuesday Feb 16 In Archontiki village, Rethymnon, Crete, an Indian farm worker was shot and heavily injured by his boss – a shepherd himself.   The culprit then took the victim on his car which crushed on the road.  He left the victim there in a horrid condition and disappeared.

A shoot-out between cops and bank robbers in the neighbourhood of Vironas, Athens saw an innocent passer-by assassinated by the cops: 25-year old migrant worker Nikollas Todi was unfortunate to be at the shooting range of the pigs in uniform. He was executed in cold blood, shot with nine bullets in the back, one going through his head and another one through his heart.  Leuteris Oikonomou, head of the greek police, stated that “nothing went wrong in the operation – simply the 25-year old found himself amidst crossfire”. Trying to supposedly disassociate himself from this provocative statement, Michalis Chrisochoidis (minister of citizen protection) stated that “a crucial battle was won, even if the cost was dear”. Earlier today, Chrisochoidis announced that Athens will see “unprecedented” policing operations after easter.

Thursday, Feb 18 50 Palestinian refugees detained at the Samos refugee center were boarded on a ship to Athens probably to be deported.   They cannot communicate and they have no legal assistance.

Friday, Feb 19 In Patras, the police  warned earlier today the Sudanis living in the makeshift settlement in an old train depot that they should evacuate it (the plan is to make a parking there) or be arrested and deported.

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Murder at workplaces – Greek and migrant workers have their share of death

Posted by clandestina on 9 March 2009

One more migrant worker was killed on Friday the 6th of March afternoon due to the absence of protective measures in the construction industry. The deseased was a 23 year old builder from Syria.  He lost his balance and fell from the second floor of the building he worked on in the municipality of Kouloukonas in Rethymnon, Crete. He was transferred immediately to the Health Center of Anogeia but by then he had already passed away. 

 After the death of the worker, the contractor disappeared, while the Trade Union Center of Rethimnon simply expressed their regret and condemned – as usual – the government for the lack of audit committees to check at work sites.  This, in an area where informal (low paid, uninsured, unsafe) labour is the rule, as the Labour Inspection agency of the state itself admits.

source: Athens Indymedia article

 Yesterday, a 53 year old Greek who had been working at the “Chalyves Karali” steel factory near Larissa died of heart attack, caused by the work overload.  As the Union of Metal Workers of Larissa write, the father of two as well as his 60 fellow workers had been unpaid their regular wages for 3 months now, while overtime money had not been paid for several more.  

source: Athens Indymedia article

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