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Lesbos: Protests grow

Die Aktivist_innen der NoBorder-Kitchen Lesbos, die auch nach der Räumung des NoBorder-Camps noch aktiv sind, berichten von wachsenden Protesten auf der griechischen Insel in den vergangenen Tagen:

„26.05.16: After three days the protests are growing. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the port in Mytilini and marched the city streets for hours. It was the first protest where many different nationalities marched together under the same slogan, “We want freedom!” and you could see the uniting power of the people. The demonstration returned to the port where, to everyones surprise, the gates stood open and unguarded. Excited, people started running towards the ferry in hope of going to Athens. Despite their big numbers, they met resistance from the police and military, who forcefully evicted the port. Nevertheless the group continued to the main square of Mytilini where it was decided to keep the action running with more protests in the next days.

After months of repression, frustration and fighting each other the people are uniting, selforganizing and fighting together for their rights.

Further information:

After the eviction of Idomeni: Situation in North Greece // CALL FOR SOLIDARITY ACTION-WEEK #overthefortress: 30.05.- 05.06.

Die Situation für die Geflüchteten in Nordgriechenland hat sich durch die Räumung Idomenis noch weiter verschlechtert. Daher ruft das internationale Bündnis #overthefortress für die Woche vom 30.05.-05.06. erneut zu einer SOLIDARITY ACTION-WEEK auf!
Den CALL FOR ACTION und die Beschreibung der Situation in Griechenland findet ihr hier:

„On Tuesday, 24.05.16, parallel to the World Humanitarian Summit in
Turkey, the eviction of Idomeni camp officially began.

In many ways, a forceful eviction began weeks ago. Idomeni has long been
subject of structural violence from both police and state policies,
which have slowly but continuously dismantled the camps aid-structures.

In the last few days, fresh water supply was cut, electronic music
blasted every night, toilets were locked, and trash was not removed.
Doctors, media and volunteers were denied access to the camp, slowly
taking away the most basic needs. The distribution of food, dry clothes,
tents, blankets, sleeping bags and medical care was systematically blocked.

As of Tuesday, police have forced people by threatening to increase
violence to move to the military camps.

But so far, media has portrayed the eviction as peaceful, stating that
people are leaving voluntarily to military facilities, totally
disregarding the aforementioned facts.

However, to represent those at Idomeni as passively accepting the
closure of the Balkan route, does not capture the whole picture;
compared to overcrowded military camps, Idomeni has remained the least
horrible option.

Military camps have been set up in a lackluster and rushed manner,
without sufficient infrastructure to cover basic needs, nor the right to
move freely in and out of these facilities. Although some camps appear
better equipped than others, conditions are widely insufficient.

Scarcely any of these camps have internet access, thereby denying people
their right to apply for the asylum or relocation procedure. Food is
often inedible and the majority of these camps do not supply baby food
or family support. In many cases, the locations chosen are completely
isolated, making social integration impossible, and creating a
dependence on the poorly supplied structures within the camps. Warm
water is only provided in very few camps. The intentional governmental
restraint of any information adds up psychological stress to a constant
boredom created by a solitary environment.

(Any argumentation that tries to legitimate the eviction of Idomeni as a humanitarian act has been proven wrong. K., who is still around Idomeni explains: “We do not want to go to these military camps. Our friends told us how bad it is there. We want to travel on. In the next days we will leave.”)

Let us not forget some of the underlying motives for the eviction of
Idomeni camp.

Since the closing of the Balkan route, Idomeni has become a symbol of
the struggle for freedom of movement on the borders of Europe. It has
unveiled the incompetence of EU powers and the failure of EU policies,
which far from solving the EU-political crisis, in turn created a
bottleneck, leaving thousands stranded on Europe’s locked borders.

By using media to further perpetuate xenophobic and racist structures
and fear of terrorism within the western world, Europe has legitimized
closing its borders. Europe exploits the situation to further obtain
cheap labor forces in a regulated manner, to sustain and maximize their
wealth and security.

As we speak, Idomeni’s forceful eviction has already been implemented
and will soon disappear from the frontlines of newspapers. People will
nevertheless be kept in indefinite detention that could result in years
of waiting in military facilities for Europe to act on their behalf. But
most probably the waiting will end in deportation.

Military camps have been portrayed as the next step and “only solution”
for those caught up between borders and legal abandonment. They are
meant to be “safe places” for people attempting to access the
discriminative relocation program or apply for the only choice available
for many, asylum in Greece.

But in fact people are shunned into militarized camps to decentralize
the problem away from the borders and spreading it throughout Greece.
This hides the topic away from the public eye and consequently minimizes
the pressure on EU policies to take responsibility. Out of sight, out of
mind. Concerning the role of many volunteers in this procedure, this text is worth a read:

Is this not tarnishing a reaction to the self-interested and
exploitative EU immigration policies?


This coming week, between the 30.05-05.06, we will once again raise our
voices and show our outrage against the structural oppression denying
freedom of movement, enforced by Europe and its allies.

This is a call for international solidarity and outrage under the slogan
#overthefortress, as otherwise this political and humanitarian crisis
will vanish from the public discourse, and thousands will be forgotten.
The idea of having any real future has been traded for visa deals and a
booming “Refugee” industrial complex.
Lets take the responsibility we have and bring people’s hopeless
situation caused by structural repression out of the shadows back in to
the public perception to burn it into the ignorant mind of European society.

With decentralized and creative actions we want to condemn Fortress
Europe’s racist policies and formulate an accusation. Raise your
individual voice and show solidarity in protest and action.


Idomeni: Griechenland räumt nun doch mit Gewalt

“Die griechische Regierung hat die Polizei damit beauftragt, das provisorische Flüchtlingscamp in Idomeni an der Grenze zu Mazedonien zu räumen. Die Beamten sollen am Dienstagmorgen um sechs Uhr mit der Evakuierung beginnen. Die Aktion soll drei Tage dauern.” SpON, 23.05.16

Über Monate sind die Refugees, die freiwillig in die Camps im Landesinneren gegangen sind, nach kurzer Zeit und in großen Mengen wieder nach Idomeni zurückgekehrt. Da es Griechenland nicht gelungen ist, die Bedingungen in den Camps besser zu halten als im Zelt-Dorf Idomeni, UND da die Versprechungen einer schnellen Registrierung nicht eingehalten wurden, wählt Griechenland nun doch den Weg der Gewalt, um die 9000 Menschen aus Idomeni zu entfernen.
Einen guten Überblick über die Situation in den diversen Camps bietet

Medico International spricht von einer „Bankrotterklärung der europäischen Flüchtlingspolitik. Es geht nicht darum die Lage der Gestrandeten zu verbessern, sondern sie unsichtbar zu machen. Idomeni ist eine offene Wunde in Europa, vor der niemand die Augen verschließen kann. Der politische Konflikt am dortigen Zaun soll nun in einen technokratischen Prozess unter Ausschluss der Öffentlichkeit transformiert werden. Das Elend wird dann nur noch verwaltet und nicht mehr gelöst werden.“ (

Weiter heißt es im SpON-Artikel:
“Ziel ist es, die rund 9000 Menschen in der Zeltstadt in andere, organisierte Einrichtungen in der Gegend um Thessaloniki zu bringen.(…)

Polizisten aus Athen und Thessaloniki werden im Einsatz sein, darunter auch Spezialeinheiten der sogenannten Group of Crime Prevention and Suppression (OPKE). Die Beamten sollen rund um das Lager stationiert werden und es dann schrittweise evakuieren. (…)

Dem Plan zufolge sollen bereits am Montagabend die Zugänge zum Gelände in Idomeni gesperrt werden. Außenstehende wie Journalisten oder Mitarbeiter von Nichtregierungsorganisationen müssen das Camp vor der Evakuierung verlassen.

Die Behörden hoffen, dass die Flüchtlinge möglichst wenig Widerstand
leisten werden, hieß es aus hochrangigen Polizeikreisen.”

Weitere Quellen:

Open the borders!

Heute hat Human Rights Watch einen ausführlichen Bericht über die Zustände in drei griechischen Hotspots veröffentlicht: Alle drei Camps werden als unsicher, unhygienisch und überfüllt beschrieben. Besonders vulnerable Personen sind nicht geschützt, bei Ausschreitungen zieht die Polizei sich zurück.

Griechenland plant derzeit, den Bereich vor der griechisch-mazedonischen Grenze um Idomeni zur Militärzone zu erklären, die dann nicht mehr von Zivilisten betreten werden darf. Die Konsequenz wäre die Zwangseinweisung von den derzeit 10.000 dort lebenden Menschen in Militärlager im Landesinneren.

Für die Geflüchteten und für Europa kann es nur eine würdevolle Lösung geben: Freedom of movement for everybody!


Eine Übersicht unserer nächsten Info-Veranstaltungen, in denen wir sowohl von unserer Zeit auf Lesbos im November 2015 als auch von unserer Zeit in Idomeni im März 2016 berichten werden:

08./09.07.16, 15-19 Uhr – Festival @ Uni-Campus Magdeburg

10.05.16, 19 Uhr – Fanräume Millerntorstadion, Heiligengeistfeld 1a, Hamburg
18.05.16, 19 Uhr – Haus der Jugend, Maschstraße 22, Hannover – im Rahmen der Jahreshauptversammlung des Friedensbüros Hannover
07.06.16, 19.30 Uhr – Infoladen @ Projektwerkstatt Hildesheim, Langer Garten 1, 31177 Hildesheim (5 Minuten vom Bhf)
09.06.16, 16 Uhr – Hochschule Hannover, Blumhardtstraße 2
23.06.16 – 18-20 Uhr: After Work – Gespräch beim Netzwerk für traumatisierte Flüchtlinge in Niedersachsen – Marienstraße 28, 30171 Hannover
24.06.16, 16.30 UhrRefugees Welcome Fest, Kulturzentrum Faust, Warenannahme
28.06.16, 19 Uhr – Kulturzentrum Pavillon, Lister Meile 5, Hannover – im Rahmen der Veranstaltungsreihe des Festival contre le racisme