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From Anti-Immigrant Summer to Zero Tolerance on Election Bait 

Posted by clandestina on 20 December 2009

Text in Greek available here.

On the occasion of the International Migrants Day

From Anti-Immigrant Summer to Zero Tolerance on Election Bait

Just over a month and half ago Prime Minister Papandreou used the Global Forum on Immigration & Development proceedings in Athens to sketch government measures which would stand for a humanitarian turn compared to the policies and situation of the recent months .  He described as necessary

“[T]o stimulate the participation of immigrants in the political life of the country, through the possibility of Greek citizenship acquisition, particularly of course for the so-called ‘second generation’, in which we are suggesting the acquisition of citizenship by birth for the new person born in our territory.”

For people in Greece, though, the announcement of the Secretary for Home Affairs Theodora Tzakri two weeks later, which made clear that Greek citizenship would be granted only to children born to legal immigrants, came as no surprise.

The doctrine of “Zero tolerance to illegal migration” goes hand in hand with this government’s humanitarian turn… As for what this turn is all about, it aims at incorporating immigrants mostly from Albania, after two decades of overexploitation, and in exchange for votes. A phony exchange indeed.

Along with this, the dividing of immigrants into ‘good’ and ‘bad’, ‘useful’ and ‘superfluous’, ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’ becomes more intense, and the system of exploitation grows deeper roots .

As we wrote in our above linked text on the Global Forum on Immigration & Development:

“The aim of developmental policy is to control migration flows (through the FRONTEX patrols and detention centres) as well as to regulate them (through 5-year rotating work permits, the annulment of asylum rights), in order to keep a stable proportion of productive inhabitants within the increasingly ageing, unproductive populations of Europe. In other words, recycling the migrants will keep the indexes of development in check, development being the systematic and bloodthirsty pillage of lives and resources, time and space.

According to the “UN Population Division report on replacement migration”, if the Europeans want to keep their ratio of older people to active workers at the 1995 levels, the Union will need 135 million immigrants by 2025.

This demographic issue is only part of the story, and maybe not the most important. Neoliberalization inside Europe has meant a weakened, destabilized labor force. It’s not just that capital wants selected migrants because it needs more workers, it wants migrants because they are powerless, unorganized, low-paid workers for whom there will be no job security, no health care and no pensions.In other words, they are far cheaper and less troublesome workers”.

Illegal immigrants are necessary because through them the rights of the legal ones are suppressed (there is of course rotation of people in these roles). At the same time, illegal immigration helps governments maintain a useful xenophobic atmosphere to impose authoritarian policies. “Migration management” includes both authoritarian hysteria and humanitarian logistics. The two seemingly opposite positions are the two sides of the same coin of subjugation.

So let’s outline against this backdrop the government’s humanitarian turn after the elections of October 2009…

The Doctrine “Insulated Greece”

The new doctrine was introduced by Minister of Citizen Protection (= Public Order) M. Chrisochoïdis on Tuesday, December 15, at his meeting with the FRONTEX Executive Director J.Laitinen.   The construction of the Southeast Mediterranean FRONTEX Headquarters at the U.S. base of Aktion or at Piraeus has been a permanent request of the Greek government, which proudly stated that 75% of illegal entry arrests at the sea borders of EU for this year took place in the Aegean sea.

A few days earlier in the frame of FRONTEX operations (on Saturday, December 12) officers in Samos island, on no notice whatsoever and violently, carried out with utmost secrecy the transfer of over 85 Afghan refugees from the local detention center to the island’s airport at Pythagorio.  There the refugees were boarded on an airplane which departed for an unknown destination.

The slaughter in the Aegean Sea continues

In less than two months, 16 migrants have died in the icy waters of the Aegean. Most of them were children.

  • On Tuesday, October 27, 8 immigrants, three adults and five children, drowned in the east part of the Aegean Sea.
  • On Saturday, November 7, the lifeless bodies of six children from Palestine, aged 2 to 12 years, washed up on shore near Bodrum (Alikarnasos), Turkey.  The boat in which 19 Palestinians – half of them children – squeezed themselves on an effort to pass from the Turkish town of Turgutreis to Kos island overturned 500 meters from the shore.
  • On Friday, December 11, a boat carrying undocumented migrants sank near the island of Leros. Fishermen found 25 migrants perched on a rocky island and two more lifeless bodies in the sea.

Police violence

Incidents of abuse and humiliation by the police amount to dozens, and most of them never reach the public attention. We report the following characteristic cases:

Para-state violence

The para-state mechanism was launched last summer against immigrants and since then it has been working relentlessly despite the supposed change of policy.

Para-state organized violence encourages and feeds the diffuse social one.

  • Thus, on November 8, four immigrants who had been working at olive fields in Messolongi, Western Greece, were attacked with crowbars and clubs and beaten savagely by circa 15 people. The immigrants were transferred to the emergency dept. of the Messolongi hospital. The immigrants had been asking their wages from the owner of the fields in which they had been working.  They were ambushed and beaten in an old warehouse, where they had an appointment with their employer to get their money.

Institutional violence

  • In late November the trial of 25 immigrants (mainly Arabs and one Afghan) took place; they had been arrested during the events of December 2008 and had been detained ever since.  All this period they were considered missing.  All of them were sentenced to imprisonment from 7 months to 3 years.  It is characteristic for the fairness of the trial that only one interpreter had been assigned , who translated simultaneously for 24 defendants who were divided in three groups in the court’s room.  The Afghan who did not understand Arabic was seated on the last bench of the room…
  • On Friday, December 11, in Thessaloniki, a report was issued by the Hellenic League for Human Rights, about the detention centers in Evros and Rodopi.  The survey took place from the 25th to the 29th of November 2009 and states:

In many cases there is inadequate lighting, ventilation and heating (…)  At virtually none of the premises visited have the possibility to go outdoors on some yard. Even in detention centers where there is an adequate yard, the large number of detainees on the one hand and the lack of personnel on the other allows usually only for some prisoners to have outdoor breaks for a minimum period and not on a daily basis (…)  Food in many cases is inadequate, the quantity and quality in general varies (..). The care taken for sanitation and hygiene conditions varies from inexistent to inadequate (…) The availability of medical and nursing staff is poor and at all cases occasional (…) The detainees were in total confusion regarding their rights, the time of their detention and ill-informed as to asylum procedures; interpreters were not available.

December 18, 2009

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Group of Immigrants and Refugees, Thessaloniki

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Change in khaki: a very Socialist repression looms in Greece

Posted by clandestina on 9 October 2009

Submitted by taxikipali on Oct 9 2009 at libcom.org

Change in khaki: a very Socialist repression looms in Greece

Continuing waves of mass police operations in down town Athens set the pace for new era of repression in Greece

Everyone thought it was just a show of power – but it proved to be the Socialist government’s plan for “change” after 5 years of brutal right wing rule.

The police invasion of Exarcheia, the Athens alternative-radical hub, on the early hours of Friday 9 October was evaluated by most journalists, activists and veteran politicians as a power-show of the new government, in response to a limited solidarity attack against banks in the area just out of Exarcheia earlier the same day. Minister of Public Order Mr Chrisochoidis, the notorious anti-terrorist mastermind of the last Pasok administration, appeared to many as just typically determined to show who is the new boss. But the continuing waves of police invasion (3 by Friday 19:00 pm) into an area which is commonly acknowledged as the most vibrant intellectual, student and political hub of the country, with hundreds of people stopped and checked, many manifold times in the same day, shops stormed, and locals humiliated by being made to kneel on the pavement and body-searched, has come to prove the new government’s self-professed “antiauthoritarianism” a bitter joke.

Pasok, the Panhellenic Socialist Movement, now in power has a long record of police brutality. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spain and Greece pledge to continue anti-immigrant terror in the Mediterranean

Posted by clandestina on 14 July 2009

source

Spain and Greece to cooperate against illegal immigration

Europe News

Jul 13, 2009, 14:46 GMT

Madrid – Spain and Greece on Monday pledged to jointly renew efforts to fight illegal immigration into the European Union.

Spain will intensify such measures when it takes over the EU presidency in the first half of 2010, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said at a joint press conference with his Greek counterpart Costas Karamanlis in Madrid.

Spain will focus on strengthening the European frontier control agency Frontex and on seeking repatriation agreements with undocumented immigrants’ countries of origin, Zapatero said.

The agreements should also include cooperation programmes to promote the social and economic development of the countries in question, in order to discourage their citizens from seeking better lives abroad, Zapatero said.

Karamanlis proposed a European coast guard to improve maritime surveillance.

Spain and Greece were among the European countries most concerned by the influx of immigrants across the Mediterranean, Zapatero said.

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Fascism on the rise: the last few days in Greece…

Posted by clandestina on 13 July 2009

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Nazi Greek state: Kristallnacht in Patras, bullets in Athens, torture in Simi.

source: libcom.org article

Submitted by taxikipali on Jul 13 2009

The rapid nazification of the Greek state took off last weekend with the violent evacuation and torching of the large Afghan immigrant settlement in Patras, shooting of immigrants in Omoinoia square and institutionalised torture of Pakistanis in the island of Simi.

The nazification of the Greek state which is endorsing parastate groups to ‘clean and patrol’ areas comes in a climate of acute social antagonistic upheaval. Besides the continuing resistance locals of Grammaticos villages who rose against the construction of an open refuse dump in their area, erecting barricades and clashing with the police, last week saw a series of dynamic antifascist antiracist protest marches against State-nazi attacks against immigrants. At the same time, on the early hours of Saturday the house of the ex-Minister of Public Order (active during the December Uprising and Alexis Grigoropoulos assassination by the police) and ex-chief of the Greek Army, General Hinophotis, was bombed with a strong explosive device after prior warning call to the press. A few hours later earlier yet another armed attack against riot police forces occurred near the HQ of PASOK with no victims On the early morning Sunday, following the surge of State-fascist attacks the HQ camp of the riot police (MAT) in Athens came under attack by protesters which piled the riot policemen with stones leading to a half hour battle.

The Greek state’s response to the December Uprising and the politicisation of immigrants across the country has solidified in a programme of nazification that includes open endorsement of neo-nazi vigilante combat groups, a series of the most repressive laws seen since the junta, and open attack against both the social antagonistic movement and immigrants across the country.

On early Saturday 11/7 morning armed nazi scum riding a car drove by the heavily policed Omonoia square in down town Athens and opened fire on bystander immigrants near the offices of the Golden Dawn neo-nazi party. Three wounded immigrants were taken to hospital and are out of danger. Later the same night nazi scum set fire on Palio Efetio, the Old Appeal Court opposite their offices which is being squatted by immigrants and is being vilified by the bourgeois press.

The same day, the Pakistani Community denounced yet another incident of institutionalised stripping and torture committed by the fascist greek police in the island of Simi. For 8 hours Wassim Sanjat, Mazhjar Ali and Mohamet Ali were tortured: cops tortured Wassim by “placing a gun on his head, beating him with a glob and iron stick on the soles of his feet (a torture loved by the junta called phallanga) and on his bottom and stripping him again and again. The other two persons were severely beaten. The Pakistani Community demands the immediate punishment of the torturers-policemen.

In the early hours of Sunday 12/7 strong riot police forces surrounded the big Afghan immigrant settlement in Patras, cordoning off the area. The riot policemen then moved to evacuate the thousands of asylum seekers using maximum force, while bulldozers moved in to demolish their houses.During the evacuation operations, the settlement was ‘mysteriously’ set on fire, and torched to the ground. The settlement is believed to have been housing more than 2,000 Afghans and has been repeatedly targeted by fascists receiving the solidarity of a wide spectrum of progressive social forces in the city of Patras. The Red Cross has condemned the evacuation and torching of the settlement as ‘terrorist’. The Communist Party (KKE) has condemned the attack as barbaric and the Coalition of Radical Left as ‘beastial’ and ‘criminal’. The evacuated immigrants are held in concentration centers of zero hygienic facilities, host to continuing greek police torture and brutality.

[clandestinenglish note: minors from the camp are said to be transferred to Konitsa, Epirus, at a center for unaccompanied minors.   At this center young Afghans had been hunger striking for better condiutions – see  Afghan adolescents hunger-strike for better conditions at Konitsa, Epirus care center.]

The nazification of the Greek state which is endorsing parastate groups to ‘clean and patrol’ areas comes in a climate of acute social antagonistic upheaval. Besides the continuing resistance locals of Grammaticos villages who rose against the construction of an open refuse dump in their area, erecting barricades and clashing with the police, last week saw a series of dynamic antifascist antiracist protest marches against State-nazi attacks against immigrants. At the same time, on the early hours of Saturday the house of the ex-Minister of Public Order (active during the December Uprising and Alexis Grigoropoulos assassination by the police) and ex-chief of the Greek Army, General Hinophotis, was bombed with a strong explosive device after prior warning call to the press. A few hours later earlier yet another armed attack against riot police forces occurred near the HQ of PASOK with no victims On the early morning Sunday, following the surge of State-fascist attacks the HQ camp of the riot police (MAT) in Athens came under attack by protesters which piled the riot policemen with stones leading to a half hour battle.

19 Pakistani detainees in Glyfada police station go on hunger strike

translation from athens indymedia article with tvxs.gr info

19 Pakistani refugees detained in Glyfada, Athens police station have gone on hunger strike since 4 days.

They go against the common decision of  the Pakistan embassy in Athens and the Greek Ministry of Public Order to expell them.  They say their lives are at risk in Pakistan.

One of the hunger strikers, Mohammed Abbas, says that the Police beat him vehemently for refusing to sign his deportation documents.

Sweep operation in Tripolis, Peloponnese

Meanwhile, “sweep operations” are now a diffuse practice of the police even in smaller cities.  According to athens indymedia article there are 30 immigrants detained in the Tripolis, Peloponnese police stations.

Big Brother state

New Police State Regulations are introduced.   A new law has been proposed in the Parliament  introducing  DNA “banks”, the collection, that is, of DNA indices from even minor traffic offences, and the use of public space surveillance cameras data not only for the regulation of traffic, as was ostenslibly the reason for planting them in the first place, but for the prevention of crime.

info from this athens indymedia article.

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Call for Summer of Resistance‭ ‬2009‭ – Collapse the security architectures‭!‬

Posted by clandestina on 2 June 2009

source: a – infos article

Against NATO, G20, G8, Frontex and the “Stockholm Programme”!

Since the end of the last millennium a modification of the‭ “‬security architecture‭” ‬within the EU takes
place,‭ ‬which have been accelerated by the attacks of‭ ‬11 ‬September‭ ‬2001‭ ‬in the
United States.‭ ‬Visible phenomena are for example the entanglement of internal and
external security,‭ ‬a‭ “‬pooling‭” ‬of prosecution authorities and intelligence sevices
and a simplified data exchange. —- ‬At the technical level we are confronted with new
digital surveillance cameras, ‬satellite surveillance,‭ ‬biometrics,‭ ‬drones,‭ ‬software
for intelligent search in databases and new broadband networks to manage this huge flood
of digital data. —- ‬New institutions and authorities have been created,‭ ‬including
the‭ “‬European Police Office Europol,‭ ‬the police academy CEPOL,‭ ‬the border agency
Frontex and the‭” ‬Committee for the Management of Operational Cooperation‭ ” ‬of all
police agencies of the EU within its intelligence operation assessment center.
‎ ‏
At the initiative of former French Defense Minister‎ (‏and current Interior
Minister‭) ‬Michèle Alliot-Marie the‭ “‬European Gendarmerie Force‭ (‬EGF‭) ‬was
founded and has been established in‭ ‬2004.‭ ‬The EGF shall ensure the‭ “‬public
order‭”‬,‭ ‬combat insurgency,‭ ‬obtain intelligence information and protect property
in conflict areas.

The security industry is likely one of the few branches that profits massive from the
current crisis of capitalism and the resulting battles.‭

‬Europe’s police forces are preparing themselve for protest and resistance against
the impact of the crisis.‭ ‬Even the chairman of the International Monetary Fund IMF
admits that in future more riots are expected.‭
‬The institutions of the‭ “‬leading economic nations‭” ‬are forced to re-organize
themselves.‭ ‬The‭ “‬summits‭” ‬of NATO,‭ ‬G8‭ ‬and G20‭ ‬are of central importance
for this reorganization.‭ ‬Topics such as climate,‭ ‬migration and agriculture are
considered as threat to the security of a‭ “‬western lifestyle‭”‬.‭
‬Within the European Union,‭ ‬domestic political changements are taking place,‭
‬whose effects are currently difficult predict.

Every five years,‭ ‬the interior and justice ministers of the new EU adopt new
directives for a common domestic policy.‭ ‬The‭ “‬Tampere Program‭”‬,‭ ‬terminated
in‭ ‬1999‭ ‬under the Finnish Presidency,‭ ‬was primarily a‭ “‬management of
migration flows‭”‬:‭ ‬In addition to the appreciation of the police authority Europol
was the establishment of a‭ “‬Task Force of EU Police Chiefs‭’” ‬which‭ ‬deals with‭
“‬international terrorism‭” ‬and‭ “‬violent political activism‭”‬.

With the‭ “‬Hague Program‭” ‬in‭ ‬2004,‭ ‬it has been agreed upon the creation of an‭
“‬area of freedom,‭ ‬security and justice‭”‬.‭ ‬Again it was decided on
intensifications of migration policy,‭ ‬including the construction of Border Agency‭
“‬Frontex‭” ‬and the interception of refugees already in their home countries.‭ “‬The
Hague Program‭” ‬puts the‭ “‬defense of terrorism‭” ‬in the center.‭ ‬At the level of
information exchange and cooperation was now count on the‭ “‬principle of
availability‭”‬.‭
‬The guidelines of‭ ‬2004‭ ‬are already implemented by many EU member states:‭

Standardization of the‭ “‬terrorism‭” ‬legislation,‭ ‬data retention,‭ ‬expansion of
existing databases and shared access,‭ ‬cross-border police cooperation for example
at sporting events or political mass protests,‭ “‬Border Management‭”‬,‭
‬fingerprints when application for EU visa,‭ ‬from‭ ‬2009‭ ‬new biometric identifiers
in identity documents,‭ ‬the development of security research,‭ ‬cooperation in
criminal matters,‭ ‬police abroad etc.

‎”‏The Hague Program‭” ‬is running out and a new program should be decided on in
autumn of‭ ‬2009,‭ ‬in Stockholm under the Swedish EU Presidency.‭
‬During the German EU Presidency‭ ‬2007,‭ ‬the German Interior Minister Wolfgang
Schäuble created with the,‭ ‬then European Commissioner for Internal Affairs‭ (
“‬Justice and Home Affairs‭”)‬,‭ ‬Franco Frattini,‭ ‬the‭ “‬Future Group‭”‬.‭ ‬This‭
“‬Future Group‭” ‬describes itself as‭ “‬informal body‭” ‬of European interior
ministers,‭ ‬which drafted guidelines for European home affairs.‭
To adopt the new‭ “‬Stockholm program‭”‬,‭ ‬the‭ “‬Future Group‭” ‬submitted a
wish-list for‭ “‬police cooperation,‭ ‬fight against terrorism,‭ ‬management of
missions in third countries,‭ ‬migration,‭ ‬asylum and border management,‭ ‬civil
protection,‭ ‬new technologies and information networks‭ “‬.‭ ‬Priorities are the
maintenance of the‭ “‬European model‭”‬,‭ “‬coping with the growing interdependence
between internal and external security‭” ‬and ensuring of‭ “‬Europe-wide the best
possible data networks‭”‬.

The measures which shall be decided in Stockholm will only be noticeable by the
member states within its ratification in a few years.‭ ‬There are profound changes in
the game:‭
development and standardization of police databases,‭ ‬a central population
register,‭ ‬”cross-border online search‭”‬, more control of the Internet,‭ ‬better
satellite tracking,‭ ‬risk analysis‭ “‬software, ‭”‬e-borders‭” ‬and‭ “‬e-justice‭”‬,‭
Common deportation planes and flights,‭ ‬new refugee camp in‭ “‬third countries‭”‬,‭
‬the use of the military defense of migration,‭ ‬more police interventions outside
the EU,‭ ‬the expansion of paramilitary‭ “‬European Gendarmerie Force‭”‬,‭ ‬more
cooperation between domestic and foreign secret services,‭ ‬etc.‭

The aim is a kind of domestical NATO,‎ ‏with the creation of a‭ “‬Euro-Atlantic
cooperation in the area of freedom,‭ ‬security and justice‭” ‬from‭ ‬2014.

Also the NATO attaches value to the central role of the European domestic politics.
On one hand,‭ ‬more and more police missions in‭ “‬third countries‭” ‬were launched,‭
‬which perform there tasks of the military,‭ ‬strike down local uprisings and train
local police units.‭
On the other hand,‭ ‬NATO-strategists play the ball back to the European interior
ministers and refer to the importance of European‭ “‬Homeland Security‭” ‬without a‭
“‬strong defense‭” ‬to the outside wouldn’t be possible.‭ ‬The NATO sees itself
within member countries as the guarantor of security of‭ “‬critical infrastructure‭”
(‬like energy,‭ ‬transportation,‭ ‬communication‭)‬.‭
‬The strategy document‭ “‬Towards a Grand Strategy for an Uncertain World‭” ‬by five
ex-generals,‭ ‬which areanchored in the defense industry,‭ ‬calls for the expansion
of‭ “‬civil-military cooperation‭”‬.‭ ‬Considered as a‭ “‬civilian elements‭” ‬are
for example Police,‭ ‬intelligence,‭ ‬research,‭ ‬academies,‭ ‬civil protection but
also the private security industry.‭ ‬NATO wants to intensify the fall back on the‭
“‬European Gendarmerie Force‭”‬.‭
‬With the‭ “‬civil-military cooperation‭” ‬the militarization of social conflicts is
increasing,‭ ‬underpinned by domestic political rearmament and new‭” ‬anti-terror‭
“‬laws.

The former EU Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs,‭ ‬Franco Frattini,‭ ‬has
changed in Berlusconi’s Cabinet after the elections in Italy‭ ‬2008.‭ ‬As the new
foreign minister,‭ ‬he is now responsible for the G8‭ ‬on the Sardinian island of La
Maddalena.‭ ‬Frattini sees‭ “‬security‭” ‬as the central profile of the new G8‭
‬structures:‭ “‬Europe can,‭ ‬rather than just a consumer,‭ ‬be a producer of
safety.‭ ‬But EU and NATO need to integrate,‭ ‬rather to interfere with each others.‭
‬We back up these thoughts in the context of the G8‭”‬.‭
‬Italy has adopted a‭ “‬security package‭” ‬in May‭ ‬2008‭ ‬with far-reaching
tightenings for Migrants.‭ ‬After the EU already equipped Libya with financial help
for refugee defense,‭ ‬also Italy signed a new cooperation agreement.‭
The Italian arms corporate group‭ “‬Finmeccanica‭” ‬delivers speedboats and the
Interior Ministry is pleased that migration would now be diminished on‭ “‬zero‭”‬.

Frattini traveled early‭ ‬2009‭ ‬to Angola,‭ ‬Sierra Leone,‭ ‬Senegal and Nigeria to
negotiate over‭ “‬readmission agreements‭” ‬for migrants,‭ ‬to equip the countries
with refugee camps,‭ ‬and to introduce tamper-proof passports.‭ ‬It’s again all about
the securisation of raw material and police enforcement:‭ ‬In return Frattini
acknowledges an audience with the G8‭ ‬summit for the countries,‭ ‬to‭ “‬promote the
dialogue between oil producing and‭ ‬-‭ ‬consuming countries‭”‬.‭
In the delegation travelling Frattini,‭ ‬the Italian police chief who immediately
implement new contracts for police training and cooperation procedure.‭

‬As the consequence of the collapse of global capitalism around the world,‭ ‬more
uprisings are expected.‭ ‬With the recent riots in Greece,‭ ‬Iceland,‭ ‬Sweden,‭
‬Lithuania,‭ ‬Latvia,‭ ‬Bulgaria,‭ ‬France,‭ ‬Guadeloupe and Lampedusa,‭ ‬the EU
became the venue of intense contradictions and militant struggles which.‭
In the numerous directives,‭ ‬bilateral agreements and treaties,‭ ‬of the past few
years concerted measures for‭ “‬Europe as an area of freedom,‭ ‬security and
justice‭”‬,‭ ‬are long ago brought into position against anti-communist resistance
and radical projects and movements are covered with investigations and prosecutions
for‭ “‬terrorism‭”‬.‭ “‬Joint investigation teams‭” ‬research‭ ‬-‭ ‬supported by
Europol‭ ‬-‭ ‬international networks.‭ ‬Manuals and databases on‭ “‬Troublemakers‭”
‬will be bring protests at major international events under control.

Resistance against the increase in surveillance and control,‭ ‬against repression and
anti-riot is still stuck too much often on a national level.‭
‬Therefore we call to push the development of a transnational struggle against the‭
“‬security architecture‭”‬,‭ ‬in‭ ‬2009‭ ‬at several cross-border mobilizations,‭
‬whether they are timbered by the NATO,‭ ‬G8‭ ‬or EU.‭

‬We see the action day at the NATO summit as the kick off of the campaign for a‭
“‬Summer of Resistance‭ ‬2009‭” ‬against the global‭ “‬security regime‭”‬:‭

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Collapse the security architectures‭!

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“Every object… every transaction… and almost everywhere they go…”

Posted by clandestina on 1 June 2009

grenze2grenzephotos’s source: http://grenzposten.blogsport.de/mach-ein-foto/

“Every object the individual uses, every transaction they make and almost everywhere they go will create a detailed digital record. This will generate a wealth of information for public security organisations, and create huge opportunities for more effective and productive public security efforts.” 

EU COUNCIL PRESIDENCY

 

This is the Fortress Europe – Dungeon Europe of the future – this is what the bosses want our societies to become.  Much more about the “Stockholme Programme” here (we already posted something about it in this post).  Immigrants and refugees are indeed the guinea pigs for the suveillance mega-state  they visualise. What follows are the informative coclusions of the text “The Shape of Things to Come” – the EU Future Group by Tony Bunyan at Statewatch – without the footnotes. 

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“The Shape of Things to Come” – the EU Future Group”

by Tony Byan

 

 

 

The new programme, scheduled to be called the “Stockholm” programme, will be adopted
by the European Council – a meeting of all the Prime Ministers from the 27 member states
– and will “set in stone” the priorities for home affairs for the following five years.
The “convergence principle” and “state-building”97
The introduction of the “convergence principle” is another step in the building of the EU
state. This is described in the background papers for the Future group as: “the pooling of
sovereignty”. It builds on the “principle of availability” (Hague programme) of all data,
information and intelligence held all agencies across the EU to all other agencies and
outside and the “interoperability” of EU information systems must be compatible so that
all agencies can access each others data
“Convergence” means too shifting from harmonising laws at national level to standardising
training, equipment and information technology across all the law enforcement agencies
in the EU. This ensures “interoperability” and efficiency, and is much cheaper if EU-wide
standards are set and then licences are negotiated with the multinationals. Agencies will
still work at the national level but their environment will be determined (harmonised) by
EU standards and more and more roles will be undertaken at the EU level.
“Convergence” also requires further legal harmonisation so that “obstacles” (eg: judicial
authorisation) to gathering, accessing and transferring data and intelligence are removed.
In the Lisbon Treaty “state-building” is evident in both the creation of bodies and agencies
to act on an EU-wide basis and the creation of administrative and operational cooperation
centrally organised by the EU. “Cooperation” will cover all “criminal offences” and
embrace all agencies. This will include the establishment of measures for the: “collection,
storage, processing, analysis and exchange of relevant information” and for “investigative
techniques” (which means telephone-tapping, bugging, informants, agent provocateurs
etc). 98
Overseeing operational activities will be the new Standing Committee on Internal Security
(COSI) which is planned to oversee and direct all operational matters – with national and
European parliaments only to be “informed” about its activities.99

The new programme, scheduled to be called the “Stockholm” programme, will be adopted by the European Council – a meeting of all the Prime Ministers from the 27 member states – and will “set in stone” the priorities for home affairs for the following five years.

The “convergence principle” and “state-building”

The introduction of the “convergence principle” is another step in the building of the EU state. This is described in the background papers for the Future group as: “the pooling of sovereignty”. It builds on the “principle of availability” (Hague programme) of all data, information and intelligence held all agencies across the EU to all other agencies and outside and the “interoperability” of EU information systems must be compatible so that all agencies can access each others data

“Convergence” means too shifting from harmonising laws at national level to standardising training, equipment and information technology across all the law enforcement agencies in the EU. This ensures “interoperability” and efficiency, and is much cheaper if EU-wide standards are set and then licences are negotiated with the multinationals. Agencies will still work at the national level but their environment will be determined (harmonised) by EU standards and more and more roles will be undertaken at the EU level. “Convergence” also requires further legal harmonisation so that “obstacles” (eg: judicial authorisation) to gathering, accessing and transferring data and intelligence are removed.

In the Lisbon Treaty “state-building” is evident in both the creation of bodies and agencies to act on an EU-wide basis and the creation of administrative and operational cooperation centrally organised by the EU. “Cooperation” will cover all “criminal offences” and embrace all agencies. This will include the establishment of measures for the: “collection, storage, processing, analysis and exchange of relevant information” and for “investigative techniques” (which means telephone-tapping, bugging, informants, agent provocateurs etc). 

Overseeing operational activities will be the new Standing Committee on Internal Security (COSI) which is planned to oversee and direct all operational matters – with national and European parliaments only to be “informed” about its activities.

This analysis only deals with certain aspects of EU state-building, those concerning justice and home affairs and internal security. Another aspect is the proposed European External Action Service envisaged under the Lisbon Treaty which would turn the current European Commission  plus missions around the world into EU embassies with powers of intelligence-gathering.

Yet another example is the EU Security Research Agenda. This is described, in what should be viewed as a complementary study to this one, in Arming Big Brother as: “the development of the security-industrial complex in Europe and in particular the development of the EU Security Research Programme (ESRP). Spawned by the military-industrial complex, the security-industrial complex has developed as the traditional boundaries between external security (military) and internal security (security services) and law enforcement (policing) have eroded.” 

The “digital tsunami and the EU surveillance state” 

The coded language in the main Future group report hides the broader intent which is revealed in other documents, especially the one from the Portuguese Council Presidency. The assumption behind the “digital tsunami” is:

“Every object the individual uses, every transaction they make and almost everywhere they go will create a detailed digital record. This will generate a wealth of information for public security organisations, and create huge opportunities for more effective and productive public security efforts.” 

The implications of this statement are breath-taking. Across the EU – following the 2004 EU Directive – governments have, or are, adopting national laws for the mandatory retention of everyone’s communications data – all forms of communication (phone-calls, faxes, mobile calls including locations) which will be extended to keeping a record of all internet usage from 2009 – even though few are aware this is happening. This allows law enforcement and security agencies to get access to all traffic data – in the UK access is already automated. Access to the content should, under national law, be authorised by judicial authorities – though state agencies have had the technological capability to access content for years.

When traffic data including internet usage is combined with other data held by the state or gathered from non-state sources (tax, employment, bank details, credit card usage, biometrics, criminal record, health record, use of e-government services, travel history etc) a frightening detailed picture of each individual’s everyday life and habits can be accessed at the click of a button.

The harnessing of the “digital tsunami” by public security organisations, as set out in the Portuguese Council Presidency’s paper, means that behaviour will be predicted and assessed by “machines” on the basis of which directions are given to state officials on the spot.

To this must be added the fact that state agencies can access any home or work computer and look at its contents – and, if they can look at its content they could add or alter it too. It was a proposal by the German government in June 2008 which confirmed the ability of the agencies to do this, by seeking the power to authorise online computer searches in private homes through: “remote searches of computer hard drives”.

Taking all these extensive powers of surveillance together it is not too hard to see, for example, why lawyers, journalists and civil society groups might be concerned. The monitoring of a lawyer’s communications and correspondence could reveal the defence’s case and counter-evidence gathered – especially in cases which are politically sensitive. A journalist’s contacts and communications could be watched in order to pre-empt a story or to prepare a plausible denial in advance. While a group organising a protest could find its preparatory work undermined and disrupted and its organisers targeted for detention or arrest – with their demonstrations surveilled by spying “drones”.

“Ordinary” people who “have nothing to hide” are under the illusion that this sweeping surveillance system has nothing to do with them – which is why they will never realise they did not get a job interview because the employer had accessed to a criminal record based on a “spent” conviction or why their application for an insurance policy failed because the company had access to their health record. The European Data Protection Supervisor put it politely when he said of the police and, by implication, all state agencies:

“It is not sufficient to start from the assumption that the police under all circumstances and in all cases operate within the legal limits of their legal obligations”.

There is an assumption, on this and wider issues in the EU, is that “if it is technologically possible why should it not be introduced?” This brings to mind the discussion in the EU over the age at which children should be subjected to finger-printed for passports, visas or ID cards. The discussion in the working parties of the Council of the European Union (the governments) have been based not on moral questions but rather at what age is it technologically possible to collect accurate fingerprints – most want this to be from six years old and upwards, some even want to collect them at birth

At the heart of this issue is the “ownership” of personal data. Is it our personal data, which we “own” and which we may consent to be used for a specific, stated purpose? Or is it “owned” by the collector and holder of the data (internet service provider, airline, bank or credit card companies or state agencies)? For example, the European Parliament is currently discussing a proposal from the Commission on users’ rights relating to electronic communications networks. The European Data Protection Supervisor has raised the question of whether Internet Protocol addresses (“IP”) are personal data, as the Data Protection Directive and the Privacy Directive apply whenever personal data are processed, but:

“If IP addresses are not deemed personal data, they can be collected and further processed without the need to fulfil any legal obligation arising from the two above mentioned Directives. For example, such an outcome would enable a search engine to store for an indefinite period, IP addresses assigned to accounts from which, for example, materials related to specific health conditions (eg: AIDS) have been searched.”

It will be remembered that under the EU Directive on mandatory data retention all ISPs are obliged, from 2009, to store records of all internet usage by everyone in Europe. What if searches for “specific health conditions” are captured and stored by ISPs then accessed by state agencies and further processed by them – who “owns” this data, the individual or the state?

The security-industrial nexus

In the immediate aftermath of 11 September 2001 the EU, and national governments, adopted measures said to be necessary as “exceptional” because of the “war on terrorism” and that they were not permanent but time limited. Seven years on the “exceptional” has become the norm.

What is much clearer now is that 11 September 2001 was used to accelerate a process already underway. Globalisation and its “technological revolution” – nurtured by Western states and developed by multinationals – was ready to break out of the constraints imposed by liberal democratic values. Notions of privacy and data protection espoused as basic values stood in the way of progress. The welfare state, where a benevolent state protected and cared for the people, has been replaced by the market state requiring the social control of market forces, unhindered by rights and regulations. In place of theoretically serving the people, the state now serves the interests of international capital.

Moreover, the “war on terrorism” presented a massive opportunity not just to use its monopoly of information technology but to apply it to new, highly lucrative, areas: The surveillance of travel and communications, new systems for data-sharing, data-mining, interpreting behaviour, the collection of biometrics and readers to check them. The construction of EU-US standards to record, check and hold people’s travel records is intended to set standards which will be laundered to set global standards too – and new markets for the West’s multinationals to pursue and profit from.

EU-USA

Internationally, the prospects are little better. It is often forgotten that 21 of the 27 member states of the EU are also in NATO, which is why the majority are supplying “peace-making” or “peace-keeping” troops in Afghanistan.

Through NATO and other fora the influence of the USA on the EU has grown enormously since 2001. The most significant, largely unseen, influence has been through the numerous high-level meetings between the EU and the USA on justice and home affairs issues. All the evidence shows that this is an unequal relationship with nearly all the demands coming from the US side.

Top EU officials are fond of saving the EU and the USA share “common values”, but do we? What they mean is that the political elites (governments and officials) share the same values.

Now the Future group is proposing that the EU finally “make up its mind” (ie: it has already been discussed) by 2014 on the creation of a: “Euro-Atlantic area of cooperation with the USA in the field of Freedom, Security and Justice”.

This goes way beyond the existing mechanisms for cooperation. Since 2001 six agreements have been reached with the USA – all of them controversial. High-level officials have been meeting regularly though these meetings concern specific issues not every aspect of justice and home affairs.

The Future group’s “area of cooperation” would cover all aspects of justice and home affairs: policing and terrorism, immigration, asylum and border controls, laws and rights of suspects, databases and data-sharing, privacy and data protection. The USA would be sitting at the table with a very powerful voice with its demands and influence hidden from public view.

The politics of EU values

One of the myths that the EU seeks to perpetuate is the idea that it is based on “common values”. Amongst these are “freedom”, “justice”, “fundamental rights” and in this context “privacy” (and data protection). In practice these values have changing meanings according to the general political climate. For example, the “values” of the EU are not the same as they were in 2000 when Austria’s membership of the EU was suspended under the

Treaty because of the inclusion in its government of a fascist and racist party. If the EU still had the same “values” then the membership of the Italian government could have been suspended this summer over its policies of targeting, detaining and deporting on Roma with overt racist statements.

In reality we have an EU in which national governments predominantly come from the centre-right and far-right, 21 out of 27 governments. This, in turn, means that the 106 Official EU documents recording EU-US meetings are censored so that all the views expressed by the US are deleted:  discussions in the Council of the European Union and all its working parties are dominated by representatives (officers and officials) from the very same centre-right and far-right perspectives.

The European Summit (dominated by the centre and far-right) will lay down the new justice and home affairs programme and the Council of the European Union through the Justice and Home Affairs Council (dominated by the centre and far-right) will, as it always does, have the final say on the content of each and every measure.

In the European Parliament the centre-right and its far-right allies can put together the largest parliamentary block which can only be defeated if all the other groups (PSE, socialist, ALDE, Liberal, Green and GUE, united left) vote together – which happens occasionally. With the European Parliament elections in June 2009 there is a possibility that the centre-right and far-right will have a permanent majority.

EU “values” are not “shared” or “common” but those of the ruling elite who assume they can define and propagate as a “consensus” where there is none.

 

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Immigrants march again in Athens despite fascist counterdemo

Posted by clandestina on 31 May 2009

This is a reproduction of a report by  taxikipali  at libcom.org.

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On Friday 29 May immigrants and solidarity protesters marched to the greek parliament despite fascist counterdemo and media scaremongering.

Following the intensifying repression against immigrants, especially of muslim origin, across the country, and the greek police’s failure to apologise for the public and humiliating destruction of a copy of the Koran during sweeping operations against immigrants in the coveted area of Agios Panteleimonas last week, thousands of immigrants and solidarity protesters took the the streets of Athens in protest against racism, police repression and parastate white terror. The protest march went ahead with no violence apart from a token destruction of the fascist party’s (LAOS – Popular Orthodox Alarm) euroelection kiosk, despite a counterdemo organised by the Golden Dawn, the notorious neonazi organisation several members of which have been found guilty for attempted manslaughter against left-wing activists.

The fascist counterdemo, numbering less than one hundred parastate elements, was allowed to march in (a parody of) battle formation to the Parliament just before the immigrant march in order to lay a wreath to the unknown soldier monument in memory of the fall of Istanbul to the Ottomans in 1453. The Golden Dawn is primarily responsible for the mobilisation of extreme-right wing elements in the neighborhood of Agios Panteleimonas, forming lightly armed “self-defense” groups purging immigrants from the area’s central square and attacking houses, burning down shops and community places of worship (mosques are illegal in Athens), smashing up public events, and targeting even the church of the parish, the largest in the country, which fell victim to fascist arson attack for providing support and supper for immigrants.

The night before the protest march local anarchists symbolically reoccupied the square of Agos Panteleimonas and broke the chains put by the fascists in order to keep the local playing grounds closed to avert “immigrant children polluting the greek”. Nevertheless the area remains a fascist stronghold, enjoying the subtle backing of the majority of the bourgeois media which on the one hand present an endless spectacle of racist bigotry, and on the other hand cover up the involvement of the neonazis and their support by the police. It is characteristic that Kathimerini, the leading centre-right daily, in a recent long reportage of the situation only referred to the Golden Dawn once, to deny its involvement, although its members had attacked an editor of the newspaper covering the crisis only a few days before.

Protest marches against state repression and fascist terror were also held in Salonica, Patra, Volos, Heraklion and Chania in Crete.

 

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Greek government announces pogrom and ‘ghetto’ for immigrants

Posted by clandestina on 30 May 2009

We copy here the report, analysis and useful explanatory comments by the author taxikipali at libcom.org.

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The Ministry of Public Order announced the launching of a post-euroelection massive pogrom of immigrants from the center of Athens, and their displacement in a huge concentration camp off the city.

The Minister of Public Order, Mr Makroyannakis, has announced the launching of a mass-scale pogrom of immigrants in the center of Athens after the euroelections. He pledged to “clean” the center of the city from immigrants and displace them in what he called “a ghetto” at the outskirts of Athens. The camp which will use the old NATO base of Aspropyrgos in the city’s heavily industrially polluted rustbelt, is expexted to hold more than 2,000 ‘illigal’ immigrants. The premises had been proposed in the past as a temporary concentration camp for immigrants, addicts and homeless people during the 2004 Olympic Games but the plan was abandoned after a huge public outcry. A wide range of social and political forces, as well as mainstream media, have been denouncing the new plans as nothing sort of constructing a concentration camp.

As part of the post-election plan of “cleaning Athens”, the Ministry of Public Order has also announced mass sweeping operations against addicts, which will coincide with the closure of Athens’ central methadone center, moving the facilities to hospitals.

Also the Ministry of Public Order announced that a third leg of the operations will include “sweeping operations” against anarchist and anti-authoritarian squats and social centers across the greek capital.

Public tension over issues of immigration has been accentuated by malicious media reporting on areas hosting immigrant workers, and especially the neighborhood of Agios Panteleimonas where fascist parastate groups have been imposing a reign of terror in the last weeks [Agios Panteleimonas is a down-town area of Athens whose local police station was found guilty a few years ago of torturing underage Afghan immigrants]. Locals claim that the neonazis with the backing of the police have been threatening anyone who does not take part in their anti-immigrant stunts. Even the priest of the local church has announced that he has received life-threats for his unwavering support of immigrants [The local church of Agios Panteleimonas, whose priest is supporting the local immigrants in defiance of fascist threats fell victim, to a parastate arson attack last night which destroyed its ‘food for immigrants’ resources. Fascist elements who are now permanently stationed in the square and enjoy the protection of riot policemen also exercised physical violence against a member of the Communist Party (KKE) when he tried to stop them from beating an immigrant. As of last week all public happenings in the neighborhoods square held by local groups (puppet theater, book presentations etc) have been canceled after attacks by fascist thugs who even locked the local playground so as not to let “greek blood be polluted by afghans”. The wave of fascist terror in the area has reached its peak after the mobilisation of immigrants in response to a police racist incident the previous week which targeted the Koran.

The official repression of immigrants has been stepped up since December, due on the one hand to a general strategy of counterinsurgency and the imposition of a quasi-police state by a weak and staggering government, an on the other hand because of the participation of many immigrants in the uprising. In contrast to what the bourgeois media have been presenting, immigrants did not only partake in rioting and looting, but also engaged in a critique of the system, as evident in letters and articles featured in the three issues of REVOLT, the magazine published by the occupied Athens School of Economics during the uprising. As far as the unofficial or parastate repression of immigrants, there are several analyses of the stepping up of fascist racist attacks, which started to pass through the public attention threshold in spring 2008. Some analysts in the movement believe this to be a targeted attack of Pakistani and Afghan immigrants, especially ones politically involved in the left, as part of the Greek state’s involvement in the war in Central Asia, and its secret ‘war on terror’ commitments. Others simply detect an opportunistic tour de force of the usual marginal fascist elements, enjoying the cover of a favorable government with a clear anti-immigration agenda. Others again believe that parastate attacks on immigrants and mass propaganda in Agios Panteleimonas forms part of an effort by so-called junta droplets and allied ‘patriotic’ elements in the so-called ‘deep state’ to create a social basis for organised fascism of the post-civil war type, i.e. semi-armed nationalist ‘self-defense’ groups enjoying a half-fearful half-profiting local consensus in strategic enclaves of the urban structure, thus providing with a reserve civil army for operations that the police cannot legally undertake, such as attack on university grounds, breaking up of strikes, attack on social centers etc. A simple but perhaps simplistic answer to it all often heard in Athens is that this is all part of a ‘strategy of tension’ badly designed and performed by a generally incapable regime.

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“Frontex officers are using heartbeat and carbon dioxide detectors, along with heat cameras and other sensors….”

Posted by clandestina on 19 May 2009

They came to help.  They did an operation together, for 8 days.  “40 officers from 20 countries came to work with 165 Greek border guards in the exercise”.  FRONTEX came to help Greece.  Together they ‘ll render crossing the borders even more life – risky.  Together they will justify the higher prices traffickers are going to be asking for the job.  

High tech surveillance on the borders…..”Frontex officers are using heartbeat and carbon dioxide detectors, along with heat cameras and other sensors to scan vehicles, and are watching the border with a surveillance helicopter and aircraft” at “the hottest area of illegal immigration in Europe”, the border with Turkey that is.   And we thought the tech imports were for the flu thing…

 The legal stuff for the advent of totalitarian surveillance had already been in place… 

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EU border agency helps Greece with immigration

By The Associated Press COSTAS KANTOURIS, Associated Press Writer

 

KIPI, Greece (AP) Officers from an EU border protection agency used high-tech sensors to search trucks and monitor clandestine crossings along Greece’s frontier with Turkey on Tuesday, as part of an eight-day exercise to help local authorities stem a spike in illegal immigration.

Greek authorities said the EU agency, known as Frontex, has sent 40 officers from 20 countries to work with 165 Greek border guards in the exercise. Border guards from new EU-member Bulgaria are also assisting.

Athens is seeking greater assistance from the European Union to help stop immigrants illegally crossing over its rugged borders with Turkey or reaching dozens of islands in the Aegean Sea.

Frontex officers are using heartbeat and carbon dioxide detectors, along with heat cameras and other sensors to scan vehicles, and are watching the border with a surveillance helicopter and aircraft.

Officers involved in the exercise, which ends Wednesday, reported the arrest of 12 illegal immigrants during vehicle searches.

“This border region is the hottest area of illegal immigration in Europe,” Gil Arias, Frontex’ deputy executive director, told The Associated Press.

Officials here say smugglers are targeting EU countries that are members of the open-travel Schengen Agreement, allowing illegal immigrants in Greece to move onto other EU countries.

“Frontex has set up a rapid response force to help European Union countries deal with emergency situations,” said Brig. Vassilis Kousoutis, director of the police’s department for immigrant affairs in greater Athens.

In 2008, Greek authorities arrested 146,337 illegal immigrants, a 30 percent increase from the previous year and a 54 percent jump from 2006, according to figures from the Interior Ministry.

It said 2,211 smuggling suspects were arrested last year, a 56 percent increase from 2008.

Iraqis make up the largest group of those arrested at the Greek-Turkish border, followed by illegal immigrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Last week, the U.N. refugee agency criticized procedures in Greece for examining asylum applications, as well as proposed changes to toughen the rules.

A UNHCR said the proposed abolition of an appeals board for migrants whose applications are rejected “would deprive asylum seekers of access to an effective remedy as required by EU law.”

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This is a war proper – the involvement of the Greek military in the war against immigrants…

Posted by clandestina on 14 May 2009

…what Kathimerini “learnt” today.

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Army, navy join migrant drive

Ships to be used as ‘reception points’ alongside diplomatic offensive, gov’t decides at crisis meeting

The government has decided to mobilize navy and army forces in a bid to regulate a growing influx of illegal immigrants, Kathimerini has learned.

Top officials from four different ministries, as well as from the police force, army and navy, reportedly agreed on the need for additional measures to tackle a burgeoning population of illegal immigrants arriving in Greece, chiefly through the country’s land and sea borders. Officials attending the emergency meeting, chaired by Alternate Interior Minister Christos Markoyiannakis, also decided to create a central coordinating body to oversee the cooperation of the many different authorities and security forces involved in the initiative.

In order to reduce the pressure on local communities, chiefly those on islands bordering Turkey which have borne the brunt of the illegal influx, authorities decided on the use of ships as temporary “reception points” for newly arrived migrants, sources said. The migrants would be detained on these ships until the completion of all necessary procedures – including fingerprinting, medical tests and applications for asylum where necessary.

Meanwhile, sources revealed, diplomats are to launch a campaign aimed at sensitizing their European counterparts to the particular problems encountered by Greece due to its geographical position at the EU’s southeastern border. Efforts will also be made to push EU officials for a revision of the Dublin Regulation, which stipulates that refugees seek asylum in the first EU country they enter.

Finally there are plans to discourage human traffickers by upgrading the offense of smuggling migrants into the country from a misdemeanor to a felony, which would carry a heavy jail sentence.

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