The war on migrants in Greece and the closing of borders

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A text by No Border Kitchen Lesvos:

"Between a rock and a hard place.

This is how it feels right now be on Lesvos. Different forces outside of our control seemingly decide our actions, and the actions of many of our friends. While this is of course generally true, it feels more immediate now. It feels like we can see the slipstream of different consequenses cross each other, with no time for any to be fully brought to a close. A week ago the population of Lesvos seemed to be united against closed camps and the police force that was send here to make sure that would happen.

Things escalated when last week the proposed location was announced as a plot of land close to the village of Matamados. The local population immediately let it be know they would not have it. In response to this the national government send 14 units of riot police to the Island to "contain the situation". Massive Protest with both sides of the political spectrum fighting the same enemy followed by a 2 day General strike, plus roadblocks and an all out attack on the army barracks that housed the policemen forced them to leave.

Success, right?

After sending the police force home in shame, the fascist thugs decided their next target would be the foreigners that are helping the migrants. Already the day after the cops left the first attacks happened. Over the week it only intensified, and last night, the roads in and out of Mytillini where blocked with the fire and smoke of hate, the gathering of people with the single minded goal that everything not "from here" is evil, and must be erradicated. Volunteers and migrants have been verbally threatened, attacked.People have been followed, photographed and these have been spread on social media. Cars and spaces have been attacked, windows smashed and car tires slashed. Some of the bigger NGO's have more or less evacuated their volunteers form the Island.

On top of that, Turkey has openened its borders towards europe and send buses full of migrants to the land border near Evros. Smugglers where on live tv declaring that they would ferry people to the Islands for free. Being aware of this, the locals and fascists organised themselves to stop this from happening.

At a boatlanding during the day, near the village of Thermi, they tried to physically stop a dinghy from landing. The coastguard and frontex, the guardians of our civilisation, left a dinghy in the water for more then 9 hours.

People already frightened being left on the cold sea.

Then, Greece decided to close the borders for one month.

In all of this, more even than us, the migrants themselves are being used as pawns. Stripped of all possibilities for self determination, like a leaf in a fast flowing river. However bad it might be for us, who chose to be here, it is even harder for those who cant leave. Those who are constantly reminded of the fact that the place they traveled too at risk of their lives and with nothing, doesn't want them. When the first thing you see when you arrive after a cold, dark travel over water, a mob is waiting for you with weapons, ready to beat you up.

"All the way up high in the Ivory tower. That's where those who decide the fate of the majority of the people sit. High above the clouds the view to below is obscured. They sit there on purpose, so they can act on their wims and not be burderdend by the consequenses of their actions. Far removed from the people that implicitly allow them to play their games."

As long as we tolerate our neighbours, old friends, family, colleagues or anyones casual passive racism, it has the potential to explode. And you will one day find these people with fascists on the street, shouting to exterminate all that is other. From the people we allow to set to policy, to the bureacrats who sign the checks, to their collaborators in the working class, to the pigs who protect them, all of them are guilty. And as long as we leave this hate unchallenged we are too.

No Border Kitchen Lesvos"


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there is a demonstration

there is a demonstration organized by the Anarchist Group Amsterdam / Vrije Bond,
on saterday 14th of March at 14:00 Dam Square

here is the call out, English below:

Demonstratie in Amsterdam tegen de oorlog tegen migranten in het Griekse grensgebied

[English below]

De EU, de Turkse en de Griekse staat hebben besloten om met mensenlevens te spelen. Vele immigranten proberen via de grenzen van Turkije naar Griekenland en Europa over te steken, maar worden door Griekse troepen gewelddadig geblokkeerd. De Griekse regering heeft met de steun van de EU besloten de grenzen te sluiten en houdt iedereen die asiel aanvraagt ​​tegen om het land binnen te komen.

Frontex en de Griekse kustwacht voorkomen op gewelddadige wijze dat boten de eilanden bereiken, terwijl er een kind is verdronken. Ngo’s en journalisten die over de incidenten op de eilanden berichtten, zijn aangevallen door nationalisten. In het grensgebied verzamelden het leger, politie, gewapende burgers en fascisten zich om immigranten te blokkeren door traangas en zelfs kogels af te vuren. Eén immigrant is dood en er zijn meerdere gewond geraakt.

Tegelijkertijd leven de immigranten die al in Griekenland zijn onder erbarmelijke omstandigheden in kampen. De EU heeft besloten om 700 miljoen euro aan de Griekse staat te verstrekken, terwijl veel geld wordt besteed aan militaire en politieoperaties. Al dit geld, en nog veel meer daarvan in de zakken van degenen die aan de macht zijn en verdienen aan de uitbuiting van onze levens, kan worden gebruikt om immigranten te helpen zich in Europa te vestigen en te leven.

Wij zijn boos omdat regeringen met de leven van mensen spelen. Wij willen immigranten in onze buurten, onze scholen, onze werkplekken en in onze sociale strijd. De aarde is van niemand, we eisen bewegingsvrijheid!


Zaterdag 14/3, 14.00 uur
Dam, Amsterdam

Anarchistische groep Amsterdam

DEMO in Amsterdam against the war on migrants in the Greek border area

The EU, the Turkish and Greek state decided to play with human lives. Several immigrants try to pass the borders from Turkey to Greece and Europe, but are being blocked violently by Greek forces. The Greek government decided to close the borders with the support of the EU and keep anyone seeking asylum from getting in the country.

Frontex and the Greek coastguard violently prevent boats from reaching the islands, while one child has drowned. NGOs and journalists covering the incidents in the islands have been attacked by nationalists. In the land borders, the military, police forces, armed civilians and fascists gathered to block immigrants firing tear gas and even bullets. One immigrant is dead and several wounded.

At the same time, those immigrants that are already in Greece live in camps in horrible conditions. The EU decided to provide 700 million euros to the Greek state, while lots of money is spend for military and police operations. All this money and much more that’s in the pockets of those in power who get richer by exploiting our lives, could be used to help immigrants establish and live in Europe.

We are angry because governments play with people’s lives. We want immigrants in our neighbourhoods, our schools, our working places and in our social struggles. The earth does not belong to anyone, we demand freedom of movement!


Saturday 14/3, 14.00
Dam square, Amsterdam

Anarchist Group Amsterdam

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