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[Athen] FOR THE RIGHT TO A SAFE HOME: Four refugee squats evicted in Athens

Quelle: http://infomobile.w2eu.net/2019/04/19/four-refugee-squats-evicted-in-athens/

‘FOR THE RIGHT TO A SAFE HOME’: Four refugee squats evicted in Athens

Within just one week Greek police forces in April 2019 have evicted four refugee squats in Athens all located in Exarchia area leaving around 200-300 refugees homeless. While authorities are politically framing the operation as ‘a step forward in an anti-drug campaign’ in the area, their efforts have hit the ones in need of protection instead and criminalize the refuee squats. Refugee families, many with kids, are left ever since on the streets. They are now not only again unprotected and with empty hands but also (re–)traumatized. Around 60 refugees are protesting since two days at Syndaghma Square.

On 18 April 2019 two refugee squats in Exarchia (Athens) got raided in the early morning hours around 5am. People residing respectively in Clandestina and Cyclopi squats got evicted with a massive police presence. In total 68 refugees (among them 25 kids) were arrested and after more than 4 hours released to the streets of Athens. Among the homeless are refugees from Afghanistan, Iran and Eritrea amongst others. There are many families, single mothers and small children. A pregnant lady had to be transferred to the hospital after the terror of the eviction. She is in danger to suffer a miscarriage. Sick refugees lost track of their medicines, prescriptions and attestations.

Everything I had is in that locked building now: My tax number, by social insurance documents, medical papers… I am at zero again. They didn’t let us take anything.

In the early afternoon of the same day mothers, fathers and children from different countries started together a protest in Syndaghma Square in the centre of Athens demanding dignified housing and safety from the Greek state. Despite the strong cold, they remained over night in a dozen tents set up in opposite side to the Greek parliament. The only ‘offer’ by the police until now was to find ‘shelter’ in the pre-removal detention centre in Amygdaleza, which refugees denied to accept.

I suffer from psychological problems. My doctor instructed me to not stress myself. Yesterday in the morning we woke up by the sound of shouting and suddenly a lot of police entered the place we were sleeping in. Some of us got pushed. I had two panic attacks the last two days. Half of my body got paralysed from the fear. I am still under shock. Where should we go now?

I was sleeping with my children, when I suddenly woke up with guns being held in front of my eyes. There was police everywhere. I tried to collect our most important belongings. The police was shouting: ‘Fast, fast!’ Two of my kids have heart problems. One of them has Asthma. … It is six months I am trying to call the asylum service from Skype without success. Without the asylum seeker card, I can not apply for housing.

Only a few days earlier, on 11 April 2019 Azadi squat and neighboring Babylon had also been raided by the police. Around 200 cops were reported on site that day. Refugees stated, that the police forces evaded the place suddenly at dawn. Approx. 90 persons got arrested and transferred to Amygdaleza pre-removal detention centre. The buildings were locked while their personal belongings were thrown on the street.

On 19 April the evicted families are remaining in Syndaghma square. They prepare to sleep one more night in the cold lacking any alternative. Authorities still have not found any solution for their accommodation. The protesting refugee stated, there were 20 kids among them and they would stay until there was a real solution found for them all.

We just demand a safe place for us and our kids!

Meanwhile, more than 70,000 refugees are estimated to live in Greece currently. Approx. 23,000 are sheltered in flats by UNHCRs’ ESTIA program (March 2019), another 28,000 are being provisory placed under deplorable conditions in temporary accommodation sites in mainland Greece (15,000) or the six infamous ‘hotspots’ on the Aegean Islands and in Fylakio (in Evros region) (13,000) and 6,000 stay in short-term housing provided by the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) in 54 hotels all over Greece.

At the same time, an unknown number of protection seekers remains without an official shelter sleeping rough in public spaces or staying unofficially in the states’ refugee camps. They remain without access to the monthly allowances provided for by the Cash-Card system of ESTIA housing scheme or the Social Solidarity Fund (KEA), which people with refugee status can apply for along with Greek citizens. Without a roof over their head, without money to buy food or medicines, they would be exposed to life-threatening conditions, if not their self-organisation in around 12 refugee squats in Athens and other solidarity spaces would create the ‘welcoming and protective spaces’ that the state fails to secure.

Two days ago we experienced the second act of operation “target refugees to harvest votes”. Heavily armed squadrons of MAT and EKAM riot police units invaded two refugee squats in the neighborhood of Exarchia. As with the previous police operations, no links were found between the refugee squats and the local mafias. In addition, no refugee was arrested for any criminal act. Drugs displayed by the police were found in another irrelevant apartment.

But the government’s goal was achieved. That is to say, a large quantity of “law and order” style TV show material was produced. Refugees were once again targeted as criminals. SYRIZA sent out the message that there is no need to vote for New Democracy since they too can act out the role of a police state.

The fact that some dozens of refugees have nowhere to sleep is a minor detail which politicians and the media couldn’t show any less interest for.

The police operation that took place 2 days ago in Exarchia, against the two refugee squats was not directed against the mafia in the neighbourhood. Despite the propaganda, they did not find anything in the squats to link them with mafia. The goal of the government and the police was a show of power. Refugees have been turned into scapegoats for pre-election purposes. Refugee targeting does not harm mafia, but it strengthens the racist stereotype of identifying “foreigners/refugees” with criminal activity and of course, opens the way to fascist violence.

We remind them that the squats are the voices against the failed policies of the state on “migration management”. The housing problem is more acute than ever, for both refugees and locals. Instead of finding solutions for the housing problems, government and the oppositions are turning against those who have no shelter and hope. The recipe is classic: Instead of limiting poverty, targeting and criminalising poverty.

Do not let them impose the policy of fear and hatred.

Refugees Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza

[Athen] Räumung von zwei migrantischen Hausbesetzungen

EVICTION OF 2 MIGRANT SQUATS IN ATHENS!

Thursay, 11.04.2019

This morning, 2 migrant squats in Exarchia, Athens were evicted
violently by 200 cops. They broke in the building around 5 am in the
morning. After the eviction, they closed the doors with metal constructions.

The squats Babylon and Azadi are housing, shelter- and social projects
run by a community of international people, among them many migrant
families.

In rage and solidarity, we stand with the people, who lost their home
this morning. The eviction is especially cruel, facing that end of
march, the Greek authorities proclaimed that they will kick out migrants
out of the official accomondations, who stayed there more than 6 months.
Those people have few other options but living on the streets, while
lots of buildings in the cities are empty and abandonned due to the
economical crisis in Greece.

Squatting those builings offers people shelter, giving them the option
of selforganizing their lives while at the same time fighting against
the vacancy rates in the cities.

For more information and pictures see:

https://www.facebook.com/AzadiSquatAthens/

#Athens #Exarchia: #Babylon and #Azadi #RefugeesGR squats evicted

Mehr Infos unter: https://www.facebook.com/nobordersnetwork

[Petrou Ralli 8] Ein Gespräch mit den acht Menschen von Petrou Ralli

Wir teilen ein Gespräch mit den acht Menschen von Petrou Ralli, das vom Community of Koukakis Squats geführt und veröffentlicht wurde (https://de.indymedia.org/node/24009)

Inside the fascist core of the greek state: A conversation with the 8 of
Petrou Ralli

Following is a series of testimonies from several different voices with
common experiences. It is the result of conversations between eight
ex-detained migrants from Algeria – known from the case of the “8 of
Petrou Ralli” – with female comrades from the Community of Kukaki’s
Squats. The purpose of the text is to give visibility to the reality
that the migrants imprisoned in the centres for administrative detention
and camps face every day. Those who delivered these testimonies, do no
want to serve the spectacle through which many westerners, in greece and
elsewhere, consume the migrant’s situation. It is not written from the
position of a journalist or an academic researcher. On the contrary, we
fought to take these people out of the prison, we live together, in a
community struggling against the same threat. It is the outcome of their
political will and trust, products of a long term communication that was
created by the Coordination of Collectives and Individuals Against the
Detention Centres (SSAEKΚ) since the moment they were in greek prisons
until today that are hosted in the structures of the movement. Political
will to share their experiences and uncover fascism for the next. Trust
in the ability of the movement to break the system that invisiblises
them. These testimonies enable us to perceive better the structures we
fight against, fascist structures of confinement that operate as
businesses. In order to understand what it means to encage people, all
the horror had to be laid bare. The horror of the greek, white supremacy
and its concrete reality, that humans live in their flesh and through
their existence.

First-world colonialism enforces migration to populations and sells them
the new european dream. From the moment one takes the decision to escape
a country due to its financial and political actuality finds himself,
herself struggling to pass the borders and avoid the prisons of the
various fortress states, as part of a crowded mass. Imprisonment for
migrants in europe and in greece can take many forms. One of them is the
administrative detention. The free transportation of a person is decided
on the base of hers, his papers. Ifthey are not accepted, they violently
transfer the arrested to the nearest detention centre. The cops through
a horrendous control try to tune the bodies in order to respond to a
torturing frame, a situation that is extended to the irrational time
realm of bureaucracy.But the bodies react to this dystopic reality. They
shout to demand their rights. They act. They set mattresses on fire.
They organise hunger strikes. They reach to suicide. During solidarity
gatherings, they try to communicate their word with their voices and
throw messages in bottles over the fences.

The police is really afraid of the these acts of revolt. They fear an
organised migrants’ resistance. So, they violently suppress them with
any means possible. It is usual to isolate them from the outside world,
blocking any kind of external encouragement to reach them. They want to
prevent their information and their co-organisation.On 2017, eight
detainees in Petrou Ralli, all from Algeria, were requesting to meet the
director of the prison to obtain accurate information about the reasons
of their imprisonment. Their request was met by fierce beating and
severe wounds (broken arms, skull fracture, etc.). They accused them for
revolt and escape attempt and dispersed them in different prisons around
greece. They awaited trial for over a year.

A multiform struggle arose as the needful reaction to the situation.
SSAEKΚ, in which comrades from Squat’s Community of Kukaki participate,
was in a constant, direct communication with the detainees, conducted a
counter-information campaign, organised solidarity gatherings, events in
open spaces and interventions.

In May 2018, even though the court found them guilty, allowed their
release. We offered them housing in the structures of Kukaki’s Squats.
We are a community, liberating our needs from state’s and capitalism’s
exploitation and organising our lives without hierarchy. In our spaces
they were able to stay together, rest and recuperate from the jail time,
stay away from the mafia and thepolice abuse of the peoplein the
streets. They are able to take time and explore all the available
options on how to continue their lives from now on.

As the time passed, we bonded more, building friendship and comradeship.
We lived together for more than three months. In those months, some left
for work or found other places to live, some chose to visit us
periodically. But we extended a family and our abilities to support the
struggle of those who try to reach europe and establish common ground
for actions against imprisonment, state borders, police brutality and
fascism.

In their words..

We are all from Algeria but each of us have a different story of how we
reached to greece. Four of us came through turkey and arrived in Chios
island, to a very miserable camp managed by certain NGOs. Food was not
provided and we were housed in tents. Fascists attacked us. Around 80
individuals defended the camp against them. When the police entered, two
hours later, they only arrested the Algerians.

We ended up in the detention centre of Korinthos, imprisoned for seven
months. Cops are also fascists. They don’t like Arabs and they treated
us very badly in the prison. One of us was sick and also has asthma but
they never transferred him to the hospital. This is a hardcore jail.
Food is not enough, you have to buy everything and a lot of people get
sick because of the bad hygiene. People there, self-harm as a way to get
out and numerous attempted suicide. We did some demonstrations inside
the prison because the cops weren’t accepting asylum requests. We also
organised mass hunger strikes. We managed to do four strikes of four
days each. The police responded by beating us with their sticks. During
our stay there, we were constantly itching, scratching and having
serious skin conditions. We were asking the cops to bring us to the
hospital every single day but they never cared. One of us managed to
cure himself of the infections by buying his own medicines, only a year
after when he was in Domokos prison. Before Petrou Ralli, the sent us to
other detention centres without any explanation. In Nafplio, in Tripoli…
There, the police had a lot of problems with us and they finally sent us
to “Alodapon” detention centre in Athens. We met with the others that
were already in the cell and together we became “the 8”.

The first that you see when you arrive in Alodapon is the face of the
police. A hard face “welcomes” you, especially if you are Algerian. They
push you until in the entrance of the building. “Mesa, mesa!” (Inside,
inside). They treat you badly from the beginning, they try to provoke,
they always make racist comments: “Go back to your country!”, “Why did
you come here?”, “What are you doing in greece?”. From the first moment,
we started communicating with the other prisoners. We asked questions
like: “Why are you here?”, “How is the situation in here?” and “When are
you getting out?”. But no one knew the answer for the last one.

To make make more clear the time some of the detained spend in, there is
a very characteristic example. When we firstly arrived in P. Ralli, we
met a man. A year after, when we passed again by Alodapon, to get our
release papers, we found the man there. He was detained for 14 months.

The second is the day you are really experiencing thing, the serious
things. The cops were intimidating us because we were trying to figure
out how it works inside. When you ask them the duration of your stay,
you will see that it is common to bring someone out of his cell, to the
yard or to a desk and beat him. Once, someone came back with a fractured
shoulder.

It’s really very dirty inside. They don’t provide with basic and hygiene
supplies. There are no bedsheets, towels, shampoo, soap or razors.
Everyone shouts to understand what the fuck is happening here. We are
literally like animals in cages, screamed at and beaten up. The water
comes from a dirty stock. They don’t give you water bottles so you have
to drink from there. The food is little and disgusting. They don’t give
spoons for everyone so we were eating with our dirty hands. Like this,
infections are spread fast. The bedbugs, the mosquitoes and the
cockroaches can be life-threatening in the big quantities they are. All
the beds are infected with bed bugs and you can’t sit anywhere without
getting bitten. When the police try to flush the insects out with
petrol, they went everywhere and were bitingus. The mattresses are so
infected that it is impossible to sleep normally. You can never really
sleep.

The Red Cross brought bedsheets but the police doesn’t give the things
brought by the NGOs. They come maybe once per month and the actual
conditions of the cells are hidden from them. Instead, they clean a cell
up and show them only that. The european union is making a lot of money
to keep people in jails like this. Inside everything is about money
also.They make a business out of telephones, alcohol, medicines and
drugs. If you have money the corrupted cops bring everything for you.
You can get bublecan (benzodiazepines) or shisha (the local name for
crystal meth) for a hundred euros. Many people take Subutex which is a
substitute for heroin and even though it is used for treatment, they get
addicted to it. The Georgians use it a lot.

To punish you, they might put you in the cells upstairs with the drug
addicts. They don’t have money for needles so they share the same and
spread diseases. One prisoner died from an overdose. When his inmates
took pictures with their mobiles, the copswent crazy and entered the
cells to find and take all the phones. Someone refused to give it
andthey broke three of his ribs. He was unable to walk for a month and
no doctor was involved. “Freedom” is a business also. If you bribe the
director 5000€, they will release you, directly. He is free to do as he
likes. He will write a fake report, saying that the prisoner had good
behaviour. A guy from Georgia paid this amount and when they caught him
again without papers he tried to negotiate his release for a 1000€ but
the director didn’t accept.

At the top of the hierarchy is the principal. It’s the one you never
see. He comes once per week to sign papers for deportations and all the
administrative things. Then there is the director. He comes more often
and stays in an office with the officer in charge and make jokes.
Sometimes he comes to talk with the prisoners. He is a hypocrite
pretending to comfort us. He doesn’t speak english or doesn’t like to
speak english. Once he asked for a translator from arabic to greek. When
a guy from Algeria proposed to translate, he told: “Why do you translate
for them? Don’t translate for them again! If you refuse to help them,
next time I will bring one bottle of whisky and I will set you free.”
Under him are the cops. They are divided into groups, following time
schedules. There arethree groups of 15 policemen, under the command of
the officer in charge. Petrou Ralli can keep around 450 prisoners and
sometimes only 15 policemen guard. The first group starts from 06.00 to
14.00, the second from 14.00 to 22.00 and the last from 22.00 to 06.00.
The ones who work one day at 06.00, work the next at 22.00.

There are different groups of policemen. Some of them only come to hurt
you. There is another group that pretends to be “good” cops. It’s a
role-playing game, to suppress you. When you try to get their attention,
with a hunger strike for example, if a cop convinces you to stop or
punishes you, he is job is recognised. On the contrary, if they don’t
work well the principalpressures them. If you don’t want to eat they
might come inside your cell and beat you up. Some prisoners refuse to
eat when certain cops have shift because they don’t want the cop to be
rewarded for making them eat. Their job is to never let us protest. To
calm us when we make too much noise or if we protest, to hit us. They
are drunk most of the day.

One of their main targets is to force the detainees to force them to
request deportation. This is a very hard situation for the refugees that
come from countries in war, like Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. Somemay
don’t want to leave without their family or because of the unbearable
and dangerous reality in their countries. Although, they are forces to
sign. On top of that, you are unable to know anything about the news and
the circumstances in your country. There is no TV, no access to
newspapers. The cops say that they will randomly deport a bunch of
people back to Turkey. During the solidarity gatherings in front of the
prison, they forbid us from reaching the windows. They will suddenly
serve food to distract us and punish the ones who will try to
communicate with the outside world. Exactly because of the lack of
external communication, people are afraid and the cops know very well
how to play with this general uncertainty. Everything inside is
uncertain. You have to choose what you believe and that’s how they play
you. They joke, they laugh and threat people with deportation. “Don’t
worry, we will deport all of you”. There is another example withthe
director that was mentioned before. Once he came inside and called
everyone to say there is news. “I will help all of you that came by sea.
I will help you to come back to your country and I will give you a 500€.
You will go back by plane with no risk.” When we denied his “help” he
answered that he will send us all back to Turkey and that the day we
will start crying for deportation will come but he will not deport us.

When the day of their deportation comes, people put shit in their hair
or on their body. Like that the cops don’t touch them, don’t hit them,
and sometimes don’t deport them. They wait at the door and the door gets
full of shit too. Every day something like this happens and shit smells
all over the jail.

One of us drank chlorine in order to be brought to the hospital and
avoid deportation. The other time he drank soap. The director of the
jail visited him in the hospital and he ate the buttons of his shirt. He
answered to the doctors that asked him why he acts like this that he
doesn’t want to go back to Algeria. They sent him back to Alodapon with
a letter stating that he needs to get out of this environment. It was
ignored. Instead, they gave him tranquillizers and sleeping pills.

When sick people request to go to the hospital they don’t care. Since
they don’t see blood, they find no reason for hospitalisation. They
bully you like the visit is a walk and you just want to go there to meet
people and talk with them. One day, a guy from Iran tried to slit his
throat and the cops had to send him to the hospital. One day later they
brought him back to Petrou Ralli. He didn’t have clothes any more
because he let them at the hospital, neither had he something to cover
his throat. It was winter and it is really cold there and they don’t
even give clothes to the prisoners.

They keep this kind of stories hidden. They avoid bringing people to the
hospital because their stories will be heard by the psychologist or the
staff of the hospital. If they believe that someone might kill himself
because of the way he istreated, they would request from the director to
let him out of the jail immediately. But they don’t care if you are in
danger. In many prisons in greece, I’ve said them that I’ll kill myself,
and the answer was always: “Okay, go kill yourself”. Most of the
psychiatrists are also fascists. They mess with your psychology. If you
protest they give you sleeping pills to be powerless and not talk. They
mightprescribeyou three medicinesper day. They even put pills in the
food so as to go to sleep immediately after.

One day we asked to see the director. We made some noise. But we only
saw his assistant. We wanted to know more about our cases. Why we are
closed inside this jail and when we will go out. A cop came and told us
to write the names and the nationalities of some of us who have been
inside Petrou Ralli for more than nine months, in a piece of paper. We
waited but a two days after we found the paper with our names in a trash
bin. So we asked again. This time, the cop who came told us that only
the principal can answer our questions and that he will be back on
Monday, at 07:30. Next Monday, we all asked the police to call him to
ask about our files and everything. They said that they we’ll bring him
in a minuteand they went to an office, changed theiruniforms and wore
MAT (anti-riot police)gear. I heard them when they opened the door.

We didn’t think that they might come for that. We had done nothing
wrong. We just wanted to talk to someone in charge. After they opened
the door, they wanted to throw outside the cell the person in front to
beat him. We grabbed him and pulled him back inside. “After that, they
started to hit me and everyone there with a metal stick. They hit my
head and I tried to protect myself. My face was covered in blood and I
couldn’t see anything. I ran to escape and hide. I heard everyone
getting beaten. I heard my friend screaming. They hit him badly and he
had a wound on his head and a lot of blood”. “The other prisoners in the
first room thought they were going to die inside because they beat them
a lot. After that, they didn’t want to bring us to the hospital. They
just took one person who had very serious and dangerous wounds and the
others stayed until 14:00, until the change of shift. They started to
take us one by one to the hospital without really caring about us”. “I
had my arm broken and a lot of wounds on my head. I had to wait until
16:00 because I wanted the others who had more serious wounds to go
before me”. The doctor said to one of us who had serious wounds on the
head that they brought him too late to the hospital. After waitinghe
hadseven stitches. The other had maybe twelve stitches. “Because I hid,
they started to search for me. They went into the room I was hidden and
the people of this cell did not tell them I was there. I was helping the
other prisoners because I can translate for them and the police don’t
like that. This day, they looked for me specifically because I was the
one to translate and ask for the director in order to help the ones that
stayed a lot of time in Petrou Ralli. I was talking a lot and asking why
they didn’t help this or that one. They didn’t find me because the
people that witnessed everything said nothing.” One of them, from
Georgia, took pictures of us and the police talked with him in greek and
told him: “Let these people down, don’t help them because you will have
problems with us”. But he sent the pictures to his wife. After they
found about that, they filed a case against us, accusing us of starting
a riot to excuse their violence. We were sent to penal jails. Three days
after the cops took all the phones inside Petrou Ralli and deported
around 70 persons. They also hit other people. Every morning since then
the prisoners shouted to the police about what happened. The police kept
pressuring them.

[PetrouRalli8] Verurteilung der 8 Angeklagten von Petrou Ralli

Die 8 Geflüchteten, bekannt als die Petrou Ralli 8, wurden alle am 23. Mai in Athen des Widerstands und der Körperverletzung gegenüber Polizeibeamt*innen schuldig gesprochen. Sieben wurden zu 3 Jahren und 1 Monat auf Bewährung verurteilt, eine Person zu 3 Jahren und 2 Monaten auf Bewährung, da sie eine “Waffe” besessen haben soll.

Nach Aussagen von Menschen vor Ort war das Gerichtsverfahren ein lächerlicher Schauprozess. So widersprachen sich Polizeibeamt*innen, die als Zeug*innen gealden waren und verbreiteten ihre Vorstellung von Geflüchteten als “gefährlich”. Die Anwält*innen und die Angeklagten werden in Berufung gehen. Bis das passiert, sind alle frei, dürfen das Land aber nicht verlassen.

Was ist passiert?

Im Mai 2017 gab es einen Protest inhaftierter Geflüchteter im Abschiebegefängnis Petrou Ralli in Athen für medizinische Versorgung eines Mithäftlings und gegen die Haftbedingungen; es folgte ein brutaler Polizeieinsatz gegen die Inhaftierten mit vielen Verletzten. 8 Menschen wurden aufgrund ihrer Herkunft (Algerien) verhaftet und angeklagt und auf Gefängnisse in ganz Griechenland verteilt.

Weitere Infos findet ihr hier auf der Seite der griechischen Unterstützer*innen des Hausprojektes Unbuntu Wahhada in Thessaloniki.

Solidarität mit den Angeklagten!

 

[PetrouRalli8] Start des Prozesses gegen die PetrouRalli8 in Athen

The trial of 8 from started today in#Athens Many solidarian people in the court present. The 3 police men speak against & accused the 8 . A lot contradiction on the key points among the 3 polices men.

At the end the trial for the has been postponed due to the lack of interpreters. It will continue on 23rd of May. That means almost one month more in prison.

More infos: https://twitter.com/hashtag/freethepetrouralli8?src=hash

[Moria35] Start des Gerichtsprozesses gegen die Moria35+2

Am vergangenen Freitag, den 20. April 2018, hat auf Chios (Griechenland) der Prozess gegen die insgesamt 37 Angeklagten im Moria35+2 Verfahren begonnen. Es wurden die Anklageschriften verlesen und Polizist*innen als Zeug*innen gehört. Am kommenden Donnerstag, den 26. April 2018 wird der Prozess fortgesetzt, es werden Anträge der Verteidigung erwartet.

Für Hintergründe zum Fall der Moria35+2 können wir euch das folgende gerade veröffentlichte Video auf freethemoria35.wordpress.com empfehlen.

Wir haben leider gerade nicht so viel Kapazitäten, werden aber in den kommenden Tagen einen ausführlicheren Bericht zum Prozess veröffentlichen.

Ansonsten sind informative Kanäle zu aktuellen Infos zum Prozess das Legal Center Lesbos , der Blog der Kampagne FreeTheMoria35 und der Blog Musaferat Lesvos, auf dem es einen Bericht zum ersten Prozesstag gibt.

Und wir möchten daran erinnern, dass am kommenden Freitag, den 27. April 2018, in Athen (Griechenland) der Prozess gegen die Petrou Ralli 8 beginnen wird, ein Fall, der vergleichbar mit dem der Moria35+2 ist. Mehr Infos findet ihr hier.

Our passion for freedom is stronger than all prisons!

[Griechenland] Anstehende Gerichtsprozesse der Moria35, PetrouRalli8 und Weiteren im April/Mai

In den kommenden Wochen wird es 3 Prozesse gegen Geflüchtete geben, die gegen die inhumanen Bedingungen in den Camps und Abschiebegefängnissen in Griechenland protestiert haben. Insgesamt geht es um 53 Personen. Dazu kommt ein Verfahren gegen solidarische Aktivist*innen.

Info-Material und Plakate zum Selber-Ausdrucken findet ihr hier auf unserer Seite.

Moria 35+2
Am Dienstag den 18. Juli 2017 verließen protestierende Migrant_innen das Moria Lager und blockierten die Hauptstraße in unmittelbarer Nähe. Während sie außerhalb des Lagers Slogans riefen, wurden sie von Polizeikräften von innerhalb und außerhalb des Lagers aus mit Steinen, Tränengas und Blendgranaten angegriffen.
Die Migrant_innen warfen Steine zurück auf die Polizei und starteten kleine Feuer. Nachdem Konflikt, das Lager Moria kehrte zurück zu “Normalität”, allerdings starteten die Polizeieinheiten eine Razzia innerhalb Morias. Die Migrant_innen mussten die Drohungen der Spezialeinheiten ertragen, welche die Container stürmten, alle die sich in ihren Weg stellten wahllos verprügelten, bis dann 35 Leute willkürlich ausgesucht und verhaftet wurden. Das einzige Kriterium welches die Polizei anwendete war die Hautfarbe, da sie ausschließlich schwarze Menschen verhafteten
Zwei weitere Menschen wurden im August verhaftet und weitere Dokumente wurden der Anklage vom 10. Juli 2017 hinzugefügt, auch Unruhen in Moria (ein weiterer Protest, welcher eine Woche vor dem Moria 35 Fall stattfand), deren Verhandlung findet am 11. Mai 2018 statt.
Im Januar 2018 die einleitende Untersuchung für den Fall Moria 35 wurde abgeschlossen. Dreißig der angeklagten Migrant_innen werden weiterhin in vier verschiedenen Gefängnissen in Griechenland (Korydallos, Avlona, Chios, Malandrinos) Haft gehalten, und ihre U-Haft wurde nach einer neuen Entscheidung des juristischen Ausschusses von Mitilini für weitere 6 Monate verlängert.
Die 35 angeklagten sind mit ernsten Anklagen konfrontiert welche viele Jahre Inhaftierung und Ausschluss vom Asylverfahren bedeuten. Genauer gesagt sie sind die Anklagepunkte:
1. Gemeinsame Brandstiftung mit dem in Kauf nehmen von Gefahr für Menschenleben
2. Gefährlicher physischer Schaden, versucht, wie auch durchgeführt, gegenüber der Polizei und der Feuerwehr, gemeinsam und wiederholt
3. Beschädigung von fremden Eigentum und Objekten des öffentlichen Interesses durch Brandstiftung, gemeinsam und wiederholt.
4. Widerstand von mehr als einer Person, welche ihre Gesichter vermummt hatten und potentiell gefährliche Objekte mit sich trugen.
Der Prozess der Moria 35 findet am 20. April auf der Insel Chios statt.

Die Petrou Ralli 8
Am 31. Mai 2017, in der Attica Ausländerpolizeistation, dem berüchtigten Petrou Ralli, Abschiebegewahrsam, 8 Migrant_innen wurden verhaftet, nachdem sie von Polizeikräften innerhalb ihrer Zellen angegriffen wurden. Die Gründe für die Polizeiattacke waren, dass die inhaftierten Migrant_innen nach Kontakt mit dem Chef des Abschiebeknasts gefragt hatten, um sich zu informieren, wie lange sie noch festgehalten werden würden, da sie bereits zwischen 8 und 10 Monaten im Gewahrsam waren. Die Polizei antwortete auf diese simple Anfrage damit, dass sie die Fragenden brutal verprügelte. Als Ergebnis davon, mussten die acht in ein Krankenhaus gebracht werden, wo ihre schweren Verletzungen an ihren Köpfen und den gebrochenen Händen, versorgt werden mussten. Die Polizei erstatte sofort Anzeige, um ihr eigenes Verhalten zu vertuschen. Den gefälschten Beweisen zur Folge, sollen die Migrant_innen die Polizeieinheiten mit “improvisierten Rasierklingen und Telefonkarten” angegriffen haben, welche zu einer “Eskalation der Spannungen” für “vierzig Minuten” geführt haben soll. Es wird angegeben, dass die inhaftierten während dieser Zeit versuchten zu entkommen, dadurch, dass sie ihre Köpfe gegen die zentrale Tür des Zellenblocks schlugen, um sie zu durchtrennen, und das angenommener weise als ein Versuch zu fliehen, wodurch alle Verletzungen sie sich selbst zugezogen haben. Die Migrant_innen von ihrer Seite allerdings argumentieren, dass die Polizisten die Zellen unprovoziert betraten und sofort mit Gewaltanwendung anfingen und jeden verprügelten, der vor sie kam. Die Petrou Ralli 8 Migrant_innen sind in sechs verschiedenen Gefängnissen über das Land hin inhaftiert: Volos, Nigrita Serres, Domokos, Malandrino, Nafplio und Chania. Ihr Verfahren wird am 27. April 2018 in Athen stattfinden.

Moria: Der Aufstand der unbegleiteten Minderjährigen
Am Montag den 20. November 2017, 300 Minderjährige, attackierten und rissen nieder alles was sie an die entwürdigenden Bedingungen die sie erlebt hatten innerhalb von 3 Stunden. Die Polizei verhaftete sieben von ihnen und klagte sie an wegen Brandstiftung, Störung von öffentlichem Frieden, Provokation und Zerstörung, versuchte Körperverletzung und Widerstand. Sieben von den Minderjährigen bekamen vom Haftrichter restriktive Auflagen. Zur gleichen Zeit, ein besonderes Haftregime operiert innerhalb des Flügels der Administration des Zentrums. Minderjährige die innerhalb der Station “Probleme gemacht” haben, werden von der Direktion des Lagers Moria von dem Bereich für minderjährige unbegleitete Geflüchtete ausgeschlossen und müssen mit den anderen Erwachsenen im Hot Spot wohnen.

Weiterhin wird auch Solidarität kriminalisiert, so wie die 3 Mitglieder der ehemaligen No Lager Gruppe, welche am 23. April in Drama vor Gericht stehen müssen, angeklagt für “Provokation zu Straftaten”, da sie an einem solidarischen Besuch zum Abschiebeknast Paranesti im Frühling 2015 teilgenommen hatten, wo zum gleichen Zeitpunkt ein Hungerstreik stattfand. Die drei (griechischen) Aktivist_innen sind nicht mit schweren Anklagen bedroht wie im Falle von Moria oder Petrou Ralli die Migrant_innen, aber die Kriminalisierung der Solidarität ist ernst in ihrer Sache selbst schon.

 

Prozessstart der Moria 35: 20. April, Chios (Griechenland)
Verfahren gegen die No Lager 3: 23. April, Drama (Griechenland)
Prozesstart gegen die Petrou Ralli 8: 27. April, Athen (Griechenland)
Verfahren wegen der Riots im Juli 2017 in Moria: 11. Mai, Ort noch unklar (Griechenland)

Es wird eine transnationale Solidaritätswoche geben: Samstag, 14. April, bis Freitag, 20. April.

von Ubuntu Wahadda

[Athen] Verfahren gegen die Petrou Ralli 8

Petrou Ralli 8

Im Mai 2017 gab es einen Protest inhaftierter Geflüchteter im Abschiebegefängnis Petrou Ralli in Athen für medizinische Versorgung eines Mithäftlings und gegen die Haftbedingungen; es folgte ein brutaler Polizeieinsatz gegen die Inhaftierten mit vielen Verletzten. 8 Menschen wurden aufgrund ihrer Herkunft (Algerien) verhaftet und angeklagt. Sie sind auf Gefängnisse in ganz Griechenland verteilt, es drohen ihnen mehrere Jahre Haft und Entzug allen asylrechtlichen Schutzes.

Weitere Infos findet ihr hier auf der Seite der griechischen Unterstützer*innen des Hausprojektes Unbuntu Wahhada in Thessaloniki.


Fotos von Katja Lihtenvalner.

Im Folgenden dokumentieren wir einen Aufruf der Unterstützer*innen von Ubuntu Wahadda:

The tragic story of 8 Algerian men from Petrou Ralli

This story of 8 Algerian men is directly connected with two facts: the inhuman living conditions migrants are exposed to in Greek detention centres and their unknown detention status which is completely dependant on police authorities.

“We demand release of 8 migrants, who were beaten, tortured and arrested with accusation of “revolt” in hell of detention facility Petrou Ralli,” was one of the demands from a group of anarchists, who last week occupied the Polytechnic school of Athens, two days before the historic anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising against the military regime of November 17, 1974.

The story of 8 Algerian men is the latest most significant story of police violence in Greek detention facilities.

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) reported on the mistreatment by the police officers in the Athens based detention facility Petrou Ralli in its September report. It addresses the authorities to take “rigorous action to counter acts of ill-treatment”.

Cells in Petrou Ralli “filthy, stuffy and infested”

CPT, in its report, describes the cells in Petrou Ralli detention facility as “filthy, stuffy and infested”. Apart from inhuman living conditions police authorities continue to practice “the use of prolonged detention”, reportedly one year or even more.

The conditions in Petrou Ralli were well documented in the video released after a 45-year-old Algerian man died last February.

This rare piece of evidence shows the kind of conditions of the facilities that migrants in Petrou Ralli are staying in:

The document is shocking.

“We asked police more then 4 times to call for a doctor and to help sick migrant. They denied to help,” the migrant in the video describes. He also adds that ill migrants (AIDS, hepatitis) are detained together with migrants who are healthy and as such “at risk”.

What does the police say?

We asked Greek police authorities for comment and to confirm if the video was really taken in Petrou Ralli detention facility.

“Considering the video, it seams that it does show a space, which is very similar to cells on third floor of Petrou Ralli for vulnerable migrants. The wing is not in use to detain migrants due to lack of lighting and ventilation,” was the answer given to us by Greek police authorities.

They add that for the above mentioned video and the incident in it, (the death of an Algerian man) a police investigation was conducted, but is still pending.

The answers of the police authorities are on the contrary to the released video document and to migrant testimonies.

The video very clearly shows that migrants are detained in these dark cells: there is a migrant on video, a mattress on the floor and the testimony of the man who took the video.

Iraqi Kurd Shayan Samad also confirms this in our report for MEE.

“On the second floor there are a few abandoned, dark, very dirty and smelly cells. In these cells there are sick migrants,” she adds.

Brutal police attack

The sick conditions in Petrou Ralli and the prolonged detention without any explanation led a group of men, on 31st of May, to demand answers. On that morning they demanded to talk with the director of the detention facility. Most of them were detained in a sick condition for over 8 months without reasonable explanations.

As the migrants explained to us, police officers answered with the method they usually used: “They promised us that next week someone will deal with our status.” Migrants aware of this daily police routine, feeling desperate and anxious, continued to insist on seeing the director of the police detention facility.

What follows, was one of the most brutal, organised and savage attacks of police officers behind the four walls of a Greek detention facility.

“The group of armed police officers entered cells and started to beat us badly,” deeply traumatized migrants explained to us after the attack. The result was broken arm and head injures as “Coordination of the collectives and individuals against detention” (SSAEKK) reports.

After the attack, the police authorities went further: they arrested 8 Algerian men, and accused them of disobedience and resistance to authorities. They are keeping them detained in different prisons around Greece.

Eight Algerian men (most of them young boys in their 20s) are now awaiting trial as defendants in the brutal police attack, which nothing but confirms, “the ill-treatment” criticised by CPT and reported by migrants and human rights organizations in numerous cases.

The demands from the group of anarchists, that last week occupied Polytechnic in Athens, were not answered.

The 8 Algerian men, victims of a brutal police attack in Petrou Ralli on 31st of May, are still in jail and awaiting trial.

The case nothing but confirms that human life in Greek detention facilities is worth less then a speck of dust. In these migrant prisons inmates are completely dependent on the caprice of sadistic police officers. And not much was done to stop them.

(The question for comments on detention conditions were sent to responsible authorities on 12th of July, 2017. The police authorities answered on 29th of August, 2017.)

(By Katja Lihtenvalner, Athens)

[Berlin] 23.6.17: Demonstration “Hands off the squats” // 11h // Berlin

Wir veröffentlichen hier einen Aufruf aus Griechenland zu einem Internationalen Aktionstag am 23.6 gegen die geplanten Räumungen der Besetzungen Papoutsadiko, Zoodoxou Pigis 119, und City Plaza

— Am 23.6 um 11 Uhr wird es eine Kundgebung vor der Griechischen Botschaft in Berlin geben: Jägerstraße 54, Gendarmenmarkt U Hausvogteiplatz —

Bündnis Zwangsräumung verhindern
Griechenland Soligruppe

Hier der Aufruf:

Hands off the squats – Call for a gathering and international action day on  June 23rd

During the last month we witnessed the state escalating its anti-immigration policy of restrictions against refugees and the solidarity movement. In Addition to the EU management of migration issues which include forcing people to live in horrible conditions ,deporting them and denying them their basic human rights, the Greek government is revealing its totalitarian face by demonstrating its repression power through evicting political and housing squats for refugees. In the last days new information was leaked through newspapers, about court decisions focusing on the eviction of three more squats. Papoutsadiko, Zoodoxou Pigis 119 and City Plaza, one of the largest refugee squats that host around 400 people. It is clear that the state is focusing in shutting down every self organized free space, including all housing squats for refugees. An attack towards City Plaza or any squat is an attack to all of us. They know how to use the power of riot police forces, but we know how to use the power of solidarity! As long as they try to evict the squats, as long as they build camps and detention centers, as long as there are borders – we will also be there to fight back and fight for a better world! We won’t bend down, we won’t let them in, we stand united! We will show them again what we already proved, we live together, we struggle and we resist together – to defend the dignity of each individual, to defend our principles of solidarity and to keep our free spaces open. Therefore we call for a protest and a gathering on the 23rd of June, in front of the Ministry of Migration (Stadiou 27) at 7 pm. On the same day we call for an International Action of solidarity towards all squats and against evictions!

Keep the squats open!
Close the camps and detention centers!
Cancel the shameful EU-Turkey deal!
Open the borders!
You can’t evict a movement!

Coordination of Refugee Squats City Plaza, Notara 26, Oniro, Spyrou Trikoupi, Arahovis, 5th School, Jasmine School, Acharnon 22

[Athen] City Plaza Athen – Gericht ordnet Räumung an

Statement vom City Plaza zum Gerichtsurteil vom 8.6.2017, welches eine Räumung des “besten Hotels Europas” ermöglicht:

“Das City Plaza wird sich nicht beugen

“Wehrt euch gegen die Pass- und Ausländerbehörde,
gegen die furchtbaren Flaggen der Staaten
und die Diplomatie,
gegen die Fabriken für Kriegsmaterial”

Michalis Katsaros

Der Gerichtsbeschluss zur Räumung der Geflüchteten Unterkunft City Plaza ist ein weiterer Schritt in dem repressiven Management von Geflüchteten und Solidaritäts Bewegung. Von den Grenzschließungen bis zu dem EU-Türkei Deal der Schande – von den Gefängnislagern bis hinzu den Räumungen von Besetzungen, es wurde eine Politik Geflüchtete als Feinde zu vertreiben genutzt. Ein Feind der mit direkter oder indirekter Staatsgewalt bekämpft werden müsse. Gewalt an Körpern fremder Nationalitäten, die Angst in den Köpfen der Bevölkerung erzeugt und die Gesellschaft noch tiefer in die Barbarei stürtzt.
Über die letzten 14 Monate, ist das City Plaza, ebenso wie all die anderen Besetzungen zur Geflüchteten Unterbringung, ein Störfaktor im öffentlichen Raum, gegen eine Kulisse der konstanten Wiederholungen repressiver und rassistischer Diskurse gegen Geflüchtete. Denn das City Plaza hat nicht nur bewiesen, dass Geflüchtete und Anwohner*innen harmonisch und in Würde miteinander leben können. Es zeigt auch, gemeinsam mit anderen, ähnlichen Initiativen, dass da auch ein anderes Europa ist, dass anders ist als das Europa der Euro-Gruppe und Frontex. Ein Europa der Solidarität, des Widerstands, der Menchlichkeit. Und genau das ist es, was für die Machthaber*innen eine Störung darstellt. Wir werden keine Angst haben, wir werden uns nicht beugen, wir werden nicht klein bei geben.

Wir rufen auf zu massiver Unterstützung für das City Plaza und alle Geflüchteten Squats, auf jedem nur möglichen Weg.

Geflüchteten Unterkunft City Plaza”

Mehr Infos: http://solidarity2refugees.gr/city-plaza/