January 2016: the deadliest month so far

January 2016 has been the deadliest month ever in the Aegean: 257 migrants have died in the cold sea. A dozen more migrants died either after reaching Europe or traveling to a launch point in Turkey and 26 migrants died trying to reach Italy.

On Saturday (30/1) 39 migrants died trying to reach the island of Lesvos.

On Thursday (28/01) 26 migrants died near the island of Samos.

On Wednesday (27/01) 7 migrants died near the island of Kos.


January 2016: the deadliest month so far

By clandestina

January 2016 has been the deadliest month ever in the Aegean: 257 migrants have died in the cold sea. A dozen more migrants died either after reaching Europe or traveling to a launch point in Turkey and 26 migrants died trying to reach Italy.

On Saturday (30/1) 39 migrants died trying to reach the island of Lesvos.

On Thursday (28/01) 26 migrants died near the island of Samos.

On Wednesday (27/01) 7 migrants died near the island of Kos.

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From:: Clandestine

If the border to FYROM closes, reception conditions in Athens for refugees will become unbearable!

By momo

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The borders along the Balkan Route are getting every day more militarized and difficult to cross for transit refugees in Greece. Since two months just protection seekers from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan can pass the greek-macedonian border near Idomeni. Refugees of other nationalities are therefore forced to chose hidden paths and try to go to Northern Europe with the help of smugglers using dangerous routes. Many of them actually get stuck in Greece under inhuman and degrading conditions due to a lack of money to continue their perilous journey. The country is unable to cope with the steady peak in number of arrivals – i.e. last year there were more than 860,000 coming to Greece. According to recent media reports, the EU plans to practically ‘fence’ Greece in order to stop the (safe) passage of refugees. Plans include the threat to kick Greece out of the Sengen Zone if the government doesn’t improve border controls. A closure of the border along the Balkan route would lead without doubt to a massive humanitarian crisis in Greece when thousands of refugees have to stay in limbo in a country without any infrastructure which is itself hit strongly by half a …read more

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Management of migrants: from charity to brutality

By clandestina

Τhe state of siege and the massive police operation in Idomeni marks the turn from the publicly advertised “humanitarian governmental policy on the refugee crisis” to the “obligatory” and by tacit consensus brutality: “The country is in line with its commitments”.
Physical brutality was there before, but the whole situation was presented in the mass media as a combination of the valiant efforts of our left government and the philanthropic concerns of the Greek Volk (this was the way that the humane attitude of a large number of people was presented, mixed with the bureaucratic profit-making of various NGOs and the selfless made by various “first-world” citizens who, being attracted by the tragedies of the ‘others’, addressed the issue as if they were in a safari in Africa).

Under the new tactics, minister Mouzalas can be photographed posing as an activist together with the radical superstar Susan Sarandon (the last remaining, along with the comic actor Slavoj Žižek, to reaffirm the radicality of the Greek Government) ignoring the small detail that in the first weeks of December 100 migrants died in the Aegean sea.
Many of the dead belonged to the “good category”, they came from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, they were “refugees”. …read more

From:: Clandestine

++Police raid in Idomeni++Refugees trapped in Athens now++

By momo

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“Do we look like animals or why do they play with our lives?”
A massive police raid in Idomeni put a temporary end to legal border crossings from Greece towards Northern Europe

Hundreds of refugees were transferred by busses to Athens from the border city Idomeni, near FYROM (Former Republic of Macedonia), following a massive police raid with more than 350 officers participating that took place on Wednesday December 9, 2015. Many refugees had been waiting and protesting for more than two weeks along the new 40 kilometers barbed wire fence, while only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans were allowed to cross since November 19. Around 1,200 refugees from more than 19 nationalities had remained in the provisory tent camp the last days “united”, as they claimed in gratifies for the right to a safe passage. As the border got partly closed and nationalities filtered in the ones allowed to cross and the rest, the situation had escalated with the Macedonian police using rubber bullets, tear gas and other forms of violence against anyone trying to cross. Dozens of refugees started started hunger strikes to protest the discrimination, as few of which even sew their mouths. A young Moroccan died during protests as …read more

From:: infomobile greece

Border closed in Eidomeni

By clandestina

http://livetickereidomeni.bordermonitoring.eu

3.12.2015

09.00: The border is still closed. All nationalities are stuck now. Conflicts are rising among those who could pass, and those who cannot. People are trying to walk to other border crossings. UNHCR has left the camp tonight. Europe’s strategy of divide et impera has worked out so far.

2.12.2015

24.00: Update: It’s not ten buses waiting, it’s twenty. Additional 1000 persons will have to sleep outside tonight.

23.00: The border crossing is still blocked by protestors. Greek police has completely left the border zone. Right now around ten buses are arriving. UNHCR reports that they have no clue how to accommodate the newly arriving persons. Obviously they have enough stored goods, but no staff to distribute it.

19.00: Still hundreds of protesters in front of the fence. The border crossing is blocked, nobody can pass right now. The camp is getting crowded as new people still arrive.

17.00: Protesters shout ‚Etihad‘ (United) to gather all nationalities in front of the fence.

16.00: Protesters have teared down the fences of the crosspoint. Situation tense. Greek police doesn’t intervene.

15.00: Hundreds gather at the crosspoint as rumours have spreaded that border would be opened in 2 hours. Macedonian police/army has …read more

From:: Clandestine

Idomeni: tension increasing, hunger strike continues

By clandestina

Tension increasing in Idomeni. Today, early in the morning -3:00 am-, and at 4:00 pm in the afternoon, hundreds of migrants tried to cross the border by pushing Rep. of Macedonia riot police and soldiers.
One person was injured and taken by ambulance to the hospital of Kilkis. Some people managed to cross the border, but after a wile 7 of them (perhaps all of them) were returned to Greece.
The hunger strike continues, as the 10 Iranian hunger strikers are guarded by other immigrants from Iran. Right now the number of hunger strikers with sewn mouths is reduced to six.

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Hunger strike in Eidomeni

By clandestina

One Iranian has sewed his mouth. The total number of migrants participating in the hunger strike is still unclear.
The number of migrants who are not allowed to pass the borders is from 1,500 up to 2,000, as more migrants who are not allowed to pass keep arriving with buses from Athens. In order to return them to Athens, the drivers ask to be paid a 50 euros ticket.

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From:: Clandestine

Rep. of Macedonia erects fence, borders closed

By clandestina

Tension has gripped the neutral zone between Greece and Rep. of Macedonia since yesterday, as the refugees and migrants there have been informed that only citizens of Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq will be entitled to pass freely from now on.

This morning about 100 Iranians were near the neutral zone and begged to be allowed to cross the border, resulting in the Macedonian authorities closing the border shortly after 8:00 am.

Croatian Minister of Interior Ranko Ostojić confirmed on Thursday, November 19, 2015 that Croatia is closing its borders for economic migrants. Refugees from Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Afghanistan will still be accepted and registered before they continue their journey to Slovenia and further on to their final destination.

This decision comes as a chain reaction since the same measure was implemented last night and early this morning by Serbia and Macedonia. Slovenia has also closed its borders for economic migrants and already tried to send 162 people back to Croatia, all of them coming from countries that are not considered war zones (Morocco, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Liberia). Croatia denied the request so those migrants are still in Slovenia.

Rep. of Macedonia has started to place barbed wire along the border with Greece …read more

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Something or Nothing: Helping Refugees on Samos

By clandestina

Source: https://samoschronicles.wordpress.com/

There has been so little time to stop and think. Since May this year the daily arrival of refugees coming to Samos across the sea from Turkey has transformed the daily lives of many here. The scale of this flow of humanity is hard to grasp. Everything seems to change. You look differently at the sea and sky now worrying about the waves and the wind. Above all you are endlessly alert, for although you know there are going to be arrivals you never know when, where or in what circumstances. If you can, you go down to the landings. This is a very critical time for the refugees. You can’t hang around. Especially now when the weather and sea at night is much colder than during the summer months. But also because now we are seeing many more babies, young children, pregnant women, older and disabled people amongst the refugees. They are vulnerable and find the sea journey and all that it entails waiting in the forests and shores of Turkey very difficult.

The reason we think and act as we do has one very simple explanation. We are human. How is it possible to be human and …read more

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Members of the Communist Party of Greece evict refugees’ squat in Lesvos!

By clandestina

Yesterday, November 10, members of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), playing the role of the Riot Police, evacuated by force a squat for temporary accommodation of refugees/migrants. The former “workers’ center” building was occupied on November 7, 2015 by refugees and greeks in solidarity to them. It had been empty for many years, but the Communist Party (who controls Mytilene workers’ center) was using it as storeroom.

Refugees and immigrants are obliged to sleep in the streets of Lesvos island, while they are waiting for the papers to travel to Athens and from there to the north of the European Union.

On this video you can see the reactions of the people in solidarity following the evacuation of the squat.

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From:: Clandestine

Building squated by immigrants in Lesvos (+ more news from Greece)

By clandestina

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Yesterday (7/11) in Mytilini migrants occupied one building in the center of the town close to the port. The building was the old “workers’ center” of the town, but the last years was closed. The last days thousands of people were living in the port and in the streets waiting for the ships (the ships workers were on strike).
This is a self-organized initiative by migrants and local groups are there to support them.

…and some more news from Greece

As you probably know, the days before the protest against Evros fence have been the deadliest ever in the Aegean, with 86 people dead or missing. During the first ten months of 2015 more than 454 migrants have died or gone missing in successive shipwrecks in the Aegean…

So, all that we do appears so little, but so necessary in the same time.

The Greek government is determined not to take the Evros fence down. Instead, they want to start negotiations with the Turkish government, in order to come into an “arrangement”, that has been suggested by high EU officials.

Three days ago, prime minister Alexis Tsipras escorted Martin Schulz (President of the European Parliament) to a visit in Lesvos island.

Local anarchists occupied the city’s …read more

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AI: 454 dead and missing in the Aegean…

By clandestina

According to an announcement by Amnesty International (November 2, 2015) “during the first ten months of 2015 more than 454 refugees and migrants have died or gone missing in successive shipwrecks in the Aegean. Only between 28 and 30 October, 86 people, including children, died or were declared missing in seven shipwrecks off the coasts of Lesvos, Samos, Kalymnos and Rhodes islands.”

“Tough security measures at the land borders with Turkey and the erection there of a 12.5 kilometer long fence in 2012, has forced refugees and migrants to choose the more dangerous …read more

From:: Clandestine

New from the protest against Evros fence

By clandestina

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Around 500 people, from various towns, participated in today’s protest against Evros fence.

At a blockade close to the border, police announced that the demonstrators could not reach the fence because it is in a militarized area. After this, the demonstrators clashed with the police in the village of Kastanies, just some hundred meters away from the fence. The police used lots of tear gas, but the demonstrators managed to stand firm.

Some hours earlier, in the morning, in Thessaloniki, members of the ruling SYRIZA party tried to infiltrate (sic!) the protest (the Youth of SYRIZA and the “department for civil rights” of the ruling party, just half a day before the protest, publicized an announcement stating that they support the protest!). Anarchist groups didn’t allow SYRIZA members to participate in the protest.


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22 more dead (and many missing) in two new shipwrecks in the Aegean

By clandestina

138 migrants were rescued and the bodies of 19 (8 children among them) were recovered after their boat capsized off the island of Kalymnos, in the second major deadly incident this week.

In a second incident off the island of Rhodes, three people, including a child and an infant, drowned and three were missing. Six people were rescued at sea.

ARE WE GETTING USED TO DEATH?

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From:: Clandestine

Sat. Oct. 31: protests in Croatia, Greece, Serbia and Slovenia

By clandestina

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Sat. Oct. 31: call for protest in Zagreb (Solidarity with migrants on all borders)

Sat. Oct. 31: LJUBLJANA CALLING! Solidarity action for situation of refugees in Slovenia

Sat. Oct. 31: no border serbia: Join the international action day! 31st of October

Sat. Oct. 31: Protests against Evros fence (Greek/Turkish borders)

Thur. Oct. 29: Protests against “hot-spots”, detention centers and border fences (Thessaloniki)

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