Migrants and Refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria, among others, burnt down container-like holding cells and fought prison guards in one of the world’s most notorious immigrant detention centers.
10 police officers are said to have sustained injuries in clashes with stone throwing refugees. There have been frequent reports of deplorable conditions with beatings and torture being wide spread in what many describe as a concentration camp in Amygdaleza, near Athens.
BAI NOTE: The following are unconfirmed unedited updates from anonymous sources on the ground:
-10 migrant detainees managed to escape the camp during the riot (two people from Afghanistan and eight from Pakistan) and there is a huge police operation at the surrounding area and Athens at the moment for their arrest
– 41 migrants are being prosecuted and face deportation (17 from Pakistan – 9 Afghanistan – 14 Bangladesh – 1 Morocco).
– There are still no confirmations of injuries or the shooting (Many suspect a cover up is taking place)… as this was reported by the people inside the camp and there is no report or contact with people inside the camp once police blocked all phones and forbid all communications
The police have released a video showing the aftermath the riot torn detention center with burnt out holding containers and heavily damaged barbed wire gates.
Bai Note: Instead of the video’s intended purpose of demonizing the rebelling refugees, Greek security forces instead released footage of a concentration camp-style detention center with containers, which were used to hold inmates. The conditions shown give obvious reasons to why a riot would erupt. Many of the prison guards (along with police and other security forces) belong to the rapidly growing Golden Dawn, a far right political organization gaining strength in parliament, as well as on the ground through social programs and political outreach. On a daily basis, Golden Dawn members target immigrants all over Greece, using harassment and brutal violence, which oftentimes, leads to death. The group does this with impunity, due to its close relations with police and security forces–the majority of who are Golden Dawn party members.
The situation in Greece looks increasingly dire and headed toward fascism. Sources on the ground say that Golden Dawn has a chance of taking over many political positions in Athens, which would effectively give them control over implementing laws that their party members (police & security forces) can then enforce.
Read BAI original post on this situation here
For more information on the plight of migrants in Greece watch “Into the Fire” .
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