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(en) Greece, anarkismo.net: Information Note August 2017 by musaferat (gr) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:54:00 +0300


With more than 3,200 dead in the Mediterranean in 2017, and many thousands of prisoners in the various detention centers at the border and in the territory of Europe, it is clear that the war against immigrants is raging with the same intensity and lost by the screens Channels. The Greek government has already announced the intensification of its attacks with new pre-entry, closed-type detention centers to build on the islands as well as with the violent suppression of any protests by immigrants and solidarity as well as these infrastructures. ---- Lesvos continues to be the main point of arrival of immigrants from the Turkish coast. It may be significantly less than the previous two years, but 3917 immigrants had reached Lesbos in 2017, until August 2[1]. Contrary to the prevailing racist rhetoric about "economic migrants," over 60% come from the warring regions of the Middle East and Afghanistan, with about a third of them being children. In the last month, it has been observed that other islands will not be used as entry points, such as Chios and Kos, but the networks will direct the overwhelming majority of immigrants to the crossing of Lesvos.

This treaty is increasingly fueling contradictions in the local community. With much of the local economy, In particular the city of Mytilene, to be directly dependent on the implementation of anti-immigration policies, and another to try to designate this treaty as a point of devaluation of other disciplines. This creates a conflict of interest with each party using all its influences to exert political pressure. However, since none of these parties contradicts the very essence of anti-immigration policies themselves, the question remains how they will continue to reproduce at the lowest possible cost.

The Situation at the Moria Detention Center

For a long time, local and also imported police forces have undertaken, intimidating the immigrants, to prevent their presence in the city center, especially in the evening. Extensive patrols with constant checks, adulterations and beatings have greatly changed the image of the city center. Immigrants were mostly forced to withdraw from Moria detention center and Kara Tepe municipal camp and move to the city for the most necessary.

From the Moria detention center, after the interventions that took place in the spring by increasing its capacity, most of the scenes were removed, and the immigrants were either taken to other places or found shelter in the containers that were placed. In the detention center of Moria continue to be held the newly arrived immigrants, those who do not recognize them "vulnerability", unaccompanied minors who have not been transferred to one of the hostels, As well as the detainees of the co-located Pre-Deportation Center for Aliens Detention (PROKEKA). According to their complaints, detention conditions remain very bad. Police violence and arbitrariness are a status, and there are constant complaints about the meals offered as well as the cleanliness of the center where more than 3,000 people are forced and resided. Among them, as evidenced by the latest Human Rights Watch[2]reports and the Médecins Sans Frontières[3]that have access to the site, there are many unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable groups without any kind of protection. In addition, from May 2017, Even in cases recognized by the "vulnerability" recording stage, they are forced to remain on the island until the first interview stage rather than allowing them to go to Athens as they did in the past.

Significant problems are also identified in the provision of medical assistance within the detention center. Since the end of May, when the ministry contract ended with the World Doctors of the World, pending the assumption of the service by the HCDCP, the medical support of the center-left migrants has been undertaken by ERCI NGOs and the Greek Red Cross with fewer staff.

Above all, however, the greatest frustration for migrants comes from the very slow procedures for examining asylum claims and the massive negative responses that are issued. This should in fact add to the lack of legal support that most people receive. After the termination of the contract, a known NGO with the UNHCR, for the planned benefits, the legal advisers remaining in the center are few to meet the needs. As a result, most migrants are not adequately informed of their rights as regards asylum procedures or, even worse, against appeals against rejection decisions and are exposed to the punitive procedures provided for in the legal framework.

The long wait, as many have surpassed a year of caging on the island, uncertainty about what to follow, and psychological, physical and economic exhaustion, create a suffocating situation. The condition of the center is not at all safe for most immigrants. The center is strongly showing signs of ghettoisation, with victims always the weakest.

Organization and resistances of immigrants

In these situations are various attempts of immigrants to organize and resist the treaty imposed on them. The wards of the detention center are primarily divided according to the place of origin and the spoken language, enhancing the sense of micro-communities within it. Since winter, almost all communities have chosen the so-called "Community Leaders", with powers to act as mediators between their community and authorities.

There is no lack of tension among the communities, In addition to pre-existing ethnic differences, the choice of authorities to give priority to examining asylum applications to people from areas with a higher probability of granting protection creates a feeling of competition amongst themselves.

Within this reality and against state extortion and repression, there are not only a few times when immigrant groups are resisting. Most protests are addressed by asylum services and specific NGOs serving as service minions. Exclusions of offices, damage to equipment and micro-exits are the most common forms of protest. In requests focusing mainly on improving the conditions of stay in the detention center, The speeding up of asylum claims and anti-expulsion expulsions in Turkey, the authorities are responding with more and more violence. The culmination of such a form of repression was the events between 17 and 27 July. In the protests of July 18, the police forces on the island responded with even more violence and blind arrests[4]. The result was the wounding of dozens of immigrants and the arrest and referral of 35 immigrants to trial with heavy persecution. A few days later (27/07), the police forces, assisted by additional staff arriving on the island from Athens and Thessaloniki, proceeded to a "broom" operation inside the center, with tortures, adulteries and arrests. As a result, many immigrants were terrified of abandoning the detention center, Seeking accommodation in more secure places, while those who were forced to stay in fear of similar treatment.

In the last month, another hunger strike is taking place. The strike launched on 29 June was attended by Harash and Amir Hampay, Hussein Kozhin and Bahrooz Arash. A. Hampay, and H. Kozhin and B. Arash were incarcerated in Moria's pre-congress center, as their asylum applications were also rejected at second instance. Although they have appealed to the administrative courts against these decisions, the authorities still have them incarcerated for many months. Indeed, Amir Hampay had attempted to expel him while their appeal was pending. Along with the three above mentioned, Harash Hampay has been hungry strike since June 30 in the central square of Mytilene as a sign of solidarity and trying to break the invisibility veil created by the isolation of Moria for the struggle of his comrades. However, his presence in a public space has exposed him to constant harassment by local authorities, as well as threats from local fascists. A first positive result was the decision to lift Amir Hampay's detention on 21/07. H. Kozhin and B. Arash left the strike on 01/08, as they had a serious impact on their health and after assurances and promises they received, as the procedures for lifting their detention would go on soon. However, Harash Hampay, decided to continue the strike, Until their final release.

At the same time, during the last one month, a meeting between immigrants and soldiers has been organized for LGBTQI + individuals. The assembly emerged as a consequence of the daily threats, beatings and violations that receive community members in Moria detention center and within the city. Within the conditions of impoverishment of anti-immigration policies, patriarchal, sexist stereotypes are manifested in their most violent form. The main objectives of the meeting are the strengthening of its members, as well as the recognition of the risk of the situation experienced by the competent authorities. They have already addressed the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, In order not to impose administrative restrictions on their stay in the island and the detention center of Moria, and to be able to stay in secure guest houses or apartments outside the island.

With more than 3,200 dead in the Mediterranean in 2017, and many thousands of prisoners in the various detention centers at the border and in the territory of Europe, it is clear that the war against immigrants is raging with the same intensity and lost by the screens Channels. The Greek government has already announced the intensification of its attacks with new pre-entry, closed-type detention centers to build on the islands as well as with the violent suppression of any protests by immigrants and solidarity as well as these infrastructures.

http://www.anarkismo.net/article/30419
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