ΦΑΡΜΑΚΟΝΗΣΙ 2014: ΟΧΙ ΣΤΙΣ ΕΠΑΝΑΠΡΟΩΘΗΣΕΙΣ ΤΟΥ ΘΑΝΑΤΟΥ, ΟΧΙ ΣΤΗ ΣΥΓΚΑΛΥΨΗ

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ΣΥΓΚΕΝΤΡΩΣΗ & ΠΟΡΕΙΑ, ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ 5 μ.μ., Σταθμός Ηλεκτρικού Πειραιά

Όχι στη συγκάλυψη του εγκλήματος
Όχι στις «επαναπροωθήσεις» του θανάτου

Ένα μήνα μετά το έγκλημα στο Φαρμακονήσι όπου υπό την εποπτεία του λιμενικού βρήκαν τραγικό θάνατο από πνιγμό 8 παιδιά και 3 γυναίκες, οι διασωθέντες ναυαγοί ακόμα αγωνίζονται για δικαιοσύνη. Η ανάσυρση των πτωμάτων, συνέπεσε με την υποκριτική συγγνώμη του αρχηγού του Λιμενικού Σώματος στην επιτροπή της Βουλής, που κατά τα άλλα κάλυψε πλήρως τους άνδρες της επιχείρησης «Φαρμακονήσι». Όμως ακόμα κι αυτή η «συγγνώμη» φαίνεται πως ήταν εκτός γραμμής της πολιτικής ηγεσίας του Υπουργείου Ναυτιλίας, καθώς πριν από λίγες μέρες ο παλιός αρχηγός αντικαταστάθηκε από νέο. Την ίδια στιγμή, δημοσιογράφοι σε δήθεν μεγάλα κανάλια επιχείρησαν να βγάλουν λάδι το λιμενικό, χρησιμοποιώντας υποτιθέμενες καταθέσεις που έχουν ήδη καταγγελθεί ως πλαστές από τους πρόσφυγες που διασώθηκαν, κάνοντας κοπτοραπτική με τις συνεντεύξεις τους και επιχειρώντας να παρουσιάσουν την τοπική κοινωνία ως βέβαιη για τις αγαθές προθέσεις του λιμενικού. Παρ’ ότι διεξάγονται ταυτόχρονα 3 έρευνες (Από την εισαγγελία της Κω, το Ναυτοδικείο Πειραιά καθώς και εσωτερικά στο Λιμενικό), δεν έχει γίνει ακόμα αποδεκτή η συμμετοχή τεχνικών εμεπειρογνωμώνων εκ μέρους των οικογενειών των θυμάτων ενώ αντί για άσυλο οι διασωθέντες ναυαγοί εξασφάλισαν μετά από την γενική κατακραυγή μόνο μια προσωρινή 6/μηνη αναβολή απέλασης ως προστατευόμενοι μάρτυρες. Παρότι μετά από παρεμβάσεις Αντιρατσιστικών οργανώσεων και κομμάτων έχει μειωθεί η καθημερινή πίεση των «τυχαίων» προσαγωγών των 16 διασωθέντων και παρά το γεγονός πως έχουν εφοδιαστεί με ειδικά έγγραφα, οι παρενοχλήσεις συνεχίζονται με σποραδικές προσαγωγές τους στο ΑΤ Ομονοίας. Την ίδια ώρα εξακολουθεί η παντελής απουσία του κράτους από τη στοιχειώδη υποχρέωση στήριξης των ναυαγών για τις καθημερινές τους ανάγκες, οι οποίες καλύπτονται από την αλληλεγγύη. Continue reading

Why refugees to Greece are sewing their mouths shut

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On Location: Why refugees to Greece are sewing their mouths shut
 

ATHENS — Greek authorities call them migrant pre-removal facilities, but they look more like prisons. Many of the residents are locked up not for committing a crime, but rather simply for trying to get asylum in Europe. For this, they say they’re held months, packed scores to a room, and often beaten.

“We didn’t have any choice so we started a hunger strike, we sewed up our mouth and we stopped eating and drinking,” said Farhad, who has asked not to be identified, fearing retribution for speaking out. “Anyone will do whatever it takes to get his freedom. Some people have tried to commit suicide to get free, others went crazy in there.” Continue reading

Famed Greek Anarchist Bails Out on Parole

From ekathimerini.com

A senior officer of the Greek Police on Tuesday expressed concern that Costas Sakkas, a 30-year-old self-proclaimed anarchist charged with participation in an urban guerrilla group, may turn to violence after violating the terms of his conditional release. According to the officer, who wished to remain unnamed, authorities have no clues as to Sakkas’s whereabouts after he failed to report in to his local police precinct in Kaminia in Piraeus by midnight on Monday. “We catch them on the one hand, and, on the other, they are let go,” the police officer told Skai on Tuesday afternoon. Another officer, serving with Greece’s counter-terrorism unit, estimated that Sakkas decided to cut loose because he was due to post 15,000 euros in bail on Tuesday imposed by a prosecutor as part of the terms of two separate release orders. Continue reading

[Video/Article] Protesters Torch Greek Motorway Toll Booth

Protesters Torch Greek Motorway Toll Booth

From Greek Report

A group of 500 anti-government demonstrators have set fire to a toll booth on a motorway east of Athens, Greece to protest a near-tripling of prices.
The demonstrators on Sunday blocked the motorway, set fire to tyres and chanted slogans against the government. They dispersed hours later.
Last week the Greek government decided to increase, in unprecedented levels, the cost of the tolls in all motor-ways.
If someone wants to drive from Athens to Thessaloniki, they will have to pay 58 euros in toll fees .
Greek Transport Minister Mihalis Chryssohoidis said on Friday the toll increases were part of the contract signed with the motorway operators in 2007.
“Whoever obstructs passage through the tolls is acting to the detriment of the Greek people,” he said.

[Photo Gallery/ Teaser] Exarcheia Neighborhood Athens

Athens, Greece

Following up on a conversation that was a triggering point for a refugee and Bay Area Intifada contributor to pack their bags, get out of the open air prison we call the US of …. ugh ugh ugh and travel to various flash points in the current refugee struggle taking place in Europe – BAI would like to share a simple photo gallery that gives a glimpse into the anti-authoritarian community of Exarcheia, Athens and the pretty spectacular street art that it is literally covered in.

In the coming weeks, BAI intends to release a series of articles on various issues within these communities… basically to figure stuff out through first hand experience, rather than more ish talking and assumptions. So have a look:

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Portrait of Pavlos Fyssas, aka Killah P, antifascist rapper murdered by Golden Down members on 17 September 2013.
Photo by MKFor more info: http://roarmag.org/2013/09/pavlos-fyssas-killed-golden-dawn/ 

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A memorial at the exact spot where 15 year old student Alexis Grigoropoulos was murdered by police on 6 December 2008, which sparked the largest and most intense uprising in recent Greek history.
Photo by MK

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Twelve Migrants drown off Greek coast after boat capsizes

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image from BBC

Originally posted in ekathimerin

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Twelve immigrants, including four children, drowned on Friday after their boat capsized just off the Greek island of Lefkada in the Ionian Sea, the coastguard said.

Earlier reports said eight people had died.

Greece is a major gateway for immigrants trying to make their way from Africa and the Middle East into the European Union.

“The immigrants called police on their mobile to say their boat was in distress,” a coastguard official told Reuters.

“When we arrived we found fifteen people on the shore and picked up eight bodies, including four children.” Continue reading

[Pics/Vid] Athens: Bomb Explodes at Tax Office in Rich Suburb

[BAI NOTE: The following is a compilation of pictures, reports and video from Keep Talking Greece , Zougla.gr & Down.com]  

Athens, Greece

A bomb exploded outside the tax office of Kifissia, a noble  suburb in the north of Greek capital Athens. The explosion followed a warning phone call by anonymous perpetrators at newsportal zougla.gr.

The device exploded at 4:58 a.m., while the phone call was done at 4:25 a.m. Zougla reports that the perpetrators announced, the blast could occur at 4:55 a.m.

– See more at: http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2013/09/26/athens-bomb-explodes-at-tax-office-after-anonymous-call-at-newsportal/#sthash.w7z2R4J4.dpuf

A bomb exploded outside the tax office of Kifissia, a noble  suburb in the north of Greek capital Athens. The explosion followed a warning phone call by anonymous perpetrators at newsportal zougla.gr.

The device exploded at 4:58 a.m., while the phone call was done at 4:25 a.m. Zougla reports that the perpetrators announced, the blast could occur at 4:55 a.m.

– See more at: http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2013/09/26/athens-bomb-explodes-at-tax-office-after-anonymous-call-at-newsportal/#sthash.w7z2R4J4.dpuf

An unidentified person called a Greek newspaper and a news website around 0200 GMT warning a bomb would go off in the upscale suburb of Kifissia within 30 minutes. Police cordoned off the area where many business executives and politicians live. Continue reading

[Video] UPDATE : 10 Escape in Migrant Rebellion In Notorious Greek Detention Center

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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 Mainstream Meida Reports on the Migrant Rebellion see here & here

For more information on the plight of migrants in Greece watch “Into the Fire” .

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Into the Fire – The Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece

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Into the Fire is being crowd-released: All over the internet people are embedding Into the Fire on their website or blog. With everyone who participates the audience and distribution network will grow. Are you participating? http://intothefire.org

A hard hitting documentary which shows the plight of refugees and migrants in recession hit Athens, Into The Fire is a film with a difference.

Shot and edited with sensitivity and compassion, it doesn’t pull its punches and makes for harrowing viewing in parts. It is the product of crowd funding, dedication, self-sacrifice and a burning sense of justice.

On 21 April, Into the Fire was simultaneously released on websites, blogs and other platforms around the internet. The film is available in various languages, including Albanian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian and Spanish. There are a number of public screenings planned in several countries in Europe and Northern America. To participate in the release or organise a screening see http://intothefire.org/publish Continue reading