Twelve Migrants drown off Greek coast after boat capsizes

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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

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[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

Israel in “Advanced Talks” with Four Countries Over Deal to Expel Africans

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Israel’s Sharonian Concentration Camp for African Refugees. African Globe

Posted on AfricanGlobe17 June 2013

Israel confirms it has reached deal with one African country willing to absorb African migrants living in Israel, and is pursing similar agreements with four other states.

The government has refused to reveal which countries are involved.

In an affidavit submitted by the state to the High Court of Justice on Sunday, an envoy appointed by right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the African countries in question have asked not to be named. Israel has agreed to the request, he said, due to the “diplomatic and political sensitivity” of the issue.

The envoy, Hagai Hadas, said that he has recently made a trip to promote the deal with one of the countries.

“During this visit, we have reached major points of agreements with the country that has consented, at this stage, to serve as a destination for some of the [migrant] populations at stake,” he said. “However, specific details regarding these populations have yet to be addressed, and operational measures have yet to be devised.”

He added that Israel is in “advanced” talks with four other states regarding similar agreements, without offering any specifics. Continue reading