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28 septembre 2011 3 28 /09 /septembre /2011 17:55


In Igoumenitsa, the raids in spring have borne fruit. Of course, the exiles are still there, but less numerous, less visible, more isolated, more dependent on smugglers. While in February the smugglers could no longer control the comings and goings and to pay for their stay exiles and their passage, the small group hiding in the mountains it is under control, and the contact became difficult for volunteers. The exiles were also scattered throughout the hinterland.

At the other end of the country near the Turkish border, a revolt took place in the detention center Fylakio where detainees set fire to mattresses. The revolt was quelled by riot police.

Also in September, the international NGO Human Rights Wach published a report on the responsibility of Frontex in the human rights violations of the exiles in Greece. Indeed exiles arrested by the European Agency are given to the Greek police and placed in detention centers under conditions considered inhuman and degrading. Frontex replied that the question of how exiles are treated and delivering it to the Greek authorities is beyond the scope of its mandate.


You can access the report at http://www.hrw.org/reports/2011/09/21/eu-s-dirty-hands-0

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16 août 2011 2 16 /08 /août /2011 15:46

August 10, police arrested 49 exiled in the jungles near near the port. Two other police operations had taken place the previous day at the abandoned station Agios Andreas. Following these raids, the Greek railroad company removed the abandoned wagons that were used as shelters.





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3 août 2011 3 03 /08 /août /2011 09:17

After the wave of violence and destruction of settlements in May (Athens, Igoumenitsa, but also the destruction of the camp in Patras installed in the disused station of Saint Dyonisios), raids and destruction have continued.


June 9, the "Jungle slope" over the port of Patras has been destroyed, the destruction was accompanied by a large raid and a beat in the hills to capture the exiles who had taken refuge.


From June 8 to 20, raids to the old station of Saint Dyonisios and gardens of the captaincy in Patras lead 300 arrests, destruction of huts and personal violence. Part of the exiles were released, others scattered in different prisons in the region or Athens.


26 and 27 July, 300 new arrests. Asylum seekers are released, others are mostly transferred to Athens. Arrests continue in the coming days in the jungles of Afghans. On 28 July, Médecins du Monde Greece issues a press release describing and denouncing the violence suffered by the exiles from the police.


More information on http://infomobile.w2eu.net/

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13 juin 2011 1 13 /06 /juin /2011 18:03

On 3 May, the "Jungle slopes" was attacked by militants of the extreme right beside a demonstration. The police then started to prevent the exiles from entering the city, and to watch the bins so that they can not find food. 450 people were arrested during the month of May, double the monthly average for 2010.

Friday, June 10, a raid was conducted at the "Jungle slopes" by riot police. Sixty people were arrested, including asylum seekers, and were scattered in detention centers across the country. The pursuit was continued in the hills during the day.

More Information:

interview of two exiles:
http://infomobile.w2eu.net/2011/06/01/% E2% 80% 9Cyou-always-wish-it% E2% 80% 99s-your-last-day-here-in-komunisia-% E2% 80% 9D-interview /
http://infomobile.w2eu.net/2011/06/01/% E2% 80% 9Cwe-Were-Persecuted-in-our-home-countries-now-we-are-here-Persecuted% E2% 80% 9D -interview /

On 10 May, a man was murdered in central Athens. The media broadcast the information telling this father was killed by Africans. Follows several days an outbreak of violence carried out by groups of extreme right in the neighborhoods inhabited by exiles. An exile from Bangladesh was stabbed on May 12 while dozens of people were beaten in the street and sometimes in homes. At the same time, many squatters in the area are attacked jointly by police and fascists groups, preventing support for the exiles to be organised.

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22 mars 2011 2 22 /03 /mars /2011 19:56

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With the closure of Europe to immigration, then the closing time of its maritime boundary to the south (southern Spain, Canary Islands, Southern Italy, Greek Islands), notably through the European agency Frontex, the land border between Turkey and Greece became the main venue through which the exiles are attempting to enter Europe.


However, Greece does not respect the right of asylum, and undocumented migrants are locked in subhuman conditions. It also takes their fingerprints, which will allow other European countries refuse to consider their request for asylum and return them to Greece (recently, following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights Some countries but not all, have stopped doing).


More information on these topics on the site of Migreurop or Welcome to Europe


A small French-German team went to Greece from 25 February to discover the situation, report (video, photo, probably a brochure), meet associations and discuss how to better work with them on a European scale.

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22 mars 2011 2 22 /03 /mars /2011 19:44

Ancona, one of the cities of Italy where the ferries arrives from Greece. A quite desert town in the winter wind, which extends over the hills, the old town overlooking the harbor.


No visible trace of the exiles when we simply route the city for a few hours. Just a few police cars to control the output of the ferry - it is an internal border of the Schengen area, they should not be there. The trucks are probably controlled a bit further before leaving the port.



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22 mars 2011 2 22 /03 /mars /2011 19:37

Meeting with a group of fifteen people who support the exiles, our host presents us the situation and introduces us to the exiles. They help with their capabilities, shoes, clothing, food, legal aid to persons in detention or imprisonment, health (doctor and nurse are part of the group) ... and denounce the situation and especially the border closure. They have organized a demonstration by 500 people from all over Greece, which is important for a town of 15,000 inhabitants as Igoumenitsa.


Beside them, a priest also brings food. Anonymous citizens, of Igoumenistsa and surrounding villages, lay food or clothing - as we see it in Calais, a car stops, someone puts a bag and left immediately. This is a recent phenomenon, as if some Greeks became more solidarity with the crisis. Medecins du Monde is also trying to install an antenna to Igoumenitsa.


We're going in the afternoon in the jungles, located on the side of a hill, a few hundred meters from the harbour entrance.




A rather strange situation before us: a few dozen exiles are massed near the harbor entrance. They areare waiting for trucks to slow down or stop to try to climbon them. The police are there too, a half-dozen to a dozen police officers, to prevent them from climbing or send them down.


Igou entree port 3


And at the harbor entrance the "commandos", police in green uniforms, are a second control. The exiles found in or under the trucks are systematically beaten up before being taken into police custody to view indefinitely. As we approached, shoutings lead us closer to the harbor entrance. A young Sudanese man who was struck by the "commando" is on the ground unconscious. It will be led by an ambulance.


Igou entree port blesse


This jungle includes exiles from various countries, North Africans, Kurds, East Africans. We begin to get acquainted with each other. They would be 600 to 700 a Igoumenitsa, jungles and squats together.

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22 mars 2011 2 22 /03 /mars /2011 19:21

The Sudanese wounded yesterday in the harbor entrance was arrested and taken from the hospital to "prison", that is to say in the local prefabricates located in the port, which can be locked up indefinitely tens exiles.


The police violence is not the only practice in Igoumenitsa. Last year, one resident has shot a goup of exiles and severely injured one of them. As this is a rich landowner, he took the mobilization of local activists to get that charges be brought. But as it is also a notorious member of the extreme-right local activists, people who have engaged in this struggle have received numerous personal threats. Groups of extreme right attack also isolated exiles at night.


We go to another jungle located away from the city in a valley bottom, in an olive grove. Afghans, Kurds, Indians, Bangladeshis, Africans in the East, North Africans ... live there. We chat a moment with Moroccans. Many of them spent several years in France and were deported. It is difficult to make a "statistical" in the proportion of exiles returning to Europe, but we frequently encounter discussions over both North Africans expelled by France, Kurds in Iraq returned by Sweden, Sudanese returned to Greece under the Dublin II.


Igou jungle oliviers


Visit to the "Jungle of Slopes" near the port, discussion about political asylum, immigration, the situation in Greece, violence, the suffering of each other. Practical issues as well, like this Eritrean whose wife is a refugee in Norway, and who wants to know how to join her.

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22 mars 2011 2 22 /03 /mars /2011 19:18

An exile guide us in our meetings today. It is in Igoumenitsa for one year.


We meet a Kurdish family from Syria, parents and three children, including two minors. They applied for asylum in Greece, were housed in a center run by Medecins du Monde in Athens and then continued the road. At first they missed the renewal date of their residence permit. The woman is diabetic. We take the occasion to discuss with other Kurds. One went through Calais and spent two years in Britain before being returned to Greece.




Then we pay a visit to a North African who had his leg broken when police arrested him in the harbor three months ago. He still needs to keep his plaster cast for a month. He lives in a building under construction near the port. Several other buildings used as shelters in the area.


Igou pied casse

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Some exiles have money and buy their food in the shops in town. The others are scavenging for food. It is something visible daily in the streets of Igoumenitsa.


We are still discovering the many different places where they take shelter near the port, under a bridge, in the basement of a building under construction. Relations are quite fluid between the communities, and North Africans and Sudanese living together.


Igou sous le pont


We return to the "Jungle of Slopes", where Moroccans invite us to eat. One of them has spent several years in Italy and France before being expelled.


The discussions are fairly fluid with people, and we begin to be identified as people who will tell "in Europe" what is happening here. We relativize our role, but our approach is generally greeted with sympathy. For exiles, Greece is not Europe. Europe is after, when they have managed to leave Greece, and they will be where their rights are respected. We relativize things, and then talking about the rights, including the right of asylum, the role of associations.


Some exiles have the specific purpose of going to Britain, some are moving towards a particular country, because they have family or friends, sometimes because they have a favourable idea, or want to return in the country where they spent several years and started making their lives before being deported. But many have no purpose and just want to get "in Europe”, where their rights are respected and where they will have a better life.


Late afternoon, the situation suddenly becomes taut. The riot police brutally evacuate the portion of highway that leads to the port. Exiles responded with stone-throwing. The police pursued them onto the hillside.


Igou entree port 7


I springs around midnight to see how the situation is. There is not an exile visible in town. Police cars patrol the entire waterfront, the harbor front, and small streets where buildings under constructionare squatted by the exiles. A police car parked under the bridge of the highway: the "Jungle Slopes" is cut from the city.


The situation was already tense last night: the far-right activists assaulted an Algerian, other exiles came to help him and smashed car windows.

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