Migration

In this post we publish a text of the Refugee Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza about an a political action that took place in the Acropolis of Athens and the center of the town against against the racist anti-refugee policy of the European Union.

Political Action against the racist anti-refugee policy of the European Union

Today the 5th of September a group of activists made an intervention in the Acropolis and later in Ermou Street (main shopping street in Athens) to demand the end of the murder in the Mediterranean sea and all other borders.

The action was organized by the squatted refugee accommodation and solidarity space City Plaza and was happening in the frame of an broader, transnational campaign “Welcome united”. Due to the policy of the European Union and their partners, the official number of death in the Mediterranean sea only in this year is around 2365 innocents, and the black number is way higher. We demand all the ones who are in charge to immediately stop this policy, which kills people and is discriminating those who make their way here spite the humiliating conditions. Instead of that we demand to open the borders and create safe passage for people. Read the rest of this entry »

No Border Camp: Thessaloniki 15-24 July 2016The calling for the No Border Camp events, celebrated at the University Campus of Thessaloniki, in the centre of the town.

Today, with neoliberalism established across the planet, it is clear that capitalist relations are being intensified, together with nationalism and patriarchy. Fences and borders are being built not only in the physical space, but also across social relationships. However, the movements and transnational struggles of migrants are constantly producing new cracks in the system, new thresholds and pathways into an unexplored world.

More specifically, transnational and global agreements further liberalize “free” markets and the lifting of tariff restrictions further ensure property rights for the wealthy. At the same time the former social contract of the welfare state is breaking down and the neoliberal state is claiming the role of manager-partner of companies, keeping for itself solely the army and the police in order to retain some of its administrative and legislative power. Gender oppression, racism and fascism are being movilized for the control of populations.

However, social struggles in the form of riots, rebellions, campaigns and movements both before and during the process of this recent “crisis”, seriously challenge all this. Prime examples are the riots in the French banlieues in November and December 2005, the Oaxaca Commune in 2006, the riots in December 2008 in Greece, the magnificently widespread Arab Spring in 2011, the Indignados Citizens Movements in Spain in 2011, the London riots in 2011, the “Occupy” movement in the USA in 2011 and 2012, the uprising at the Gezi park in Istanbul in June 2013, the Brazilian Spring in 2013, the uprisings in Bosnia and other Balkan States during 2013-2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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Soli Café is a self-organized collective created on January 2016 in order to support and act in solidarity with all refugees and migrants. It is situated in a squat at the capital of the island of Chios. Yesterday, April 7, after a fascist demonstration that took place at the main square of the capital, the squat received an arson attack. In this post we publish the video of the attack and the communiqué of the squat. Read the rest of this entry »

Communiqué of Housing Squat for Refugees to the Guest Refugees and Migrants.

As comrades in solidarity (Greeks and non-Greeks), we understand the immigration and refugee crisis, empathize with the difficulties and hardships that you have gone through until you arrived here and we seriously value your needs. We criticize and resist against the inhumane and unjust anti-immigration policies – practices of both Greece and the EU. For that matter, we have taken the initiative to occupy this public building on Notara 26 and create an open, self- organized and supportive housing facility with no interest neither to replace state responsibilities nor emerge as “goodwill” philanthropists. Instead, our aim is to show the indifference and hypocrisy of both the Greek and European authorities by standing by your side and actively expressing our solidarity through the operation of this housing squat, even if places are still limited.

This squat serves as a temporary housing space hosting refugees and migrants regardless of race, origin, religion, gender and sexuality. As it is a self-organized housing space, its right operation is based on the participation of its guests: in other words ‘you’. Every one of you, depending on your abilities, could and should participate in the management and maintenance of this space. Read the rest of this entry »

Today, Friday September 25th, 2015, the effort for the accommodation of refugees that began at 44 Arachovis Street, the old student restaurant building, relocated to 26 Notara Street, formerly the Single Fund for the Subsidiary Insurance of Salaried Employees (in Greek ETEAM). There were two reasons for this move: firstly, the new building suits the health and safety criteria for its intended purpose, i.e. to host refugees; secondly, we faced problems regarding the ownership status of the previous building that would end up in a precarious situation for its future occupants.

We are inviting groups and individuals to embrace this effort, both with their presence and any material help. The first and most pressing need is to clean the building, meaning that we need detergents. It is crucial that works finish soon with the involvement of all, to enable the accommodation of refugees as soon as possible.

We are inviting everybody to take part in today’s assembly at 19:00, in the occupied building at 26, Notara Street, to create working groups and to define the continual policy and social aims of this effort. Read the rest of this entry »

These two texts have been sent to our email by the Libertarian Syndicalist Union (ESE). The first one is a description of the actions taken place by the Unión regarding the issue of the Syrian refugees who have arrived in Greece during the past months. The second is an analysis of the issue.

On Friday, December 19th, our members visited the Syrian refugees, which have resorted to a hotel located in the center of Athens, waiting for the fulfillment of Greek state’s commitments (granting asylum and travel documents).

We transported and delivered some clothing, food and medicine, contributing to the effort made to meet their needs. We also discussed with them about the civil war, their uprooting, their fight, listened carefully to their problems as well as their concerns and pledged to keep in constant touch and help them in every possible way.

Moreover, we visited some Syrian refugees that live in another hotel, whose accommodation costs are covered by a Solidarity Assembly. Like the previous ones, these refugees were «seeped» by the Greek police in Syntagma Square, with a violent and inhumane way, having lost their personal stuff (documents, mobile phones, money, clothes, shoes). Read the rest of this entry »

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On Saturday the 22nd of February the Union of Servers and Cooks (generally employees in the retail served food & beverage handling business) called a gathering with collaborating 1st degree horizontally organized unions, worker collectivities, and surrounding area assemblies/squats/social centers, about an attack on a union member employee at a bar/cafe called “Scherzo” in Marousi (a wealthy middle class suburb in the North part of Athens). The gathering  was initially called at the nearby metro station and once a significant number of people would gather they would all move outside the cafe. The calling was all internal for the members of the collectivities invited.  This would present little preparation for the owner and police to block the effectiveness of the demonstration.

The reason for this demonstration was that a long term employee who also happens to be an immigrant from Pakistan, has never been officially hired, is uninsured and his wage is only a fraction of the minimum legal wage. But this was not an issue of dispute between the boss (a young rich guy who is also an amateur, or should we say immature, boxer). The employee has been working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, doing everything the boss has been asking him to do.  He has even been asked to clean the bosses’ home, do the laundry, etc. For all this slave labor the man was getting paid 300euro a month, that is 10Euro a day, and less than 1 euro an hour, when the legal minimum is about 50% more and that is for 40hrs a week with overtime being paid at 50% over normal hourly rate. This has been a theoretical pay in the past couple of years when the IMF, EEC, and troika have severely pressured wages and working conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

On Thursday May 30, 2013, at around 21:30 pm, five people in a private car in the center of Athens abducted Bulut Yayla a Kurdish (Turkish citizen) political refugee. At that time the 24 year old Yayla was leaving a small Kurdish restaurant, when five people pounced on him, beat him and threw him in their car, covering his eyes and mouth. Four of the five kidnappers got into the car and vanished, while the fifth walked to where a Greek police patrol car was parked, for a few minutes after the incident.

The Kurdish political refugee kidnapping took place in front of some people who came to listen to the victim for help. Some of  them recorded the license plate of the car (ZKI 8462). Relatives, lawyers and fellow investigating the issue contend that the unmarked car belongs to the Greek Police. Police officials denied all allegations and involvement and ordered an official inquiry on the issue;  after the delivery of the victim was complete.

The next day the Greek Police moved the kidnapped victim close to the Turkish border, where they handed him to the Turkish (counter) terrorism agency.  Throughout the mission he was wearing a hood and continued till the time he entered the Turkish agency van, according to the complaint filed later by the kidnapped. The vehicle crossed the border through an opening in the fence, bypassing customs control. Past the border he was forced into another vehicle and  another group of cops took charge of his transfer to Istanbul, some of whom spoke English, Turkish, and more … Read the rest of this entry »

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