Without the help of grassroot initiatives people would be homeless after the eviction of 2 squats in Athens, Greece. Cops threw personal belongings including documents of evicted refugees in garbage bins.
People trying to find their belongins. Image: Khora
Originally published by Are You Syrious?
Following the raids on squats and the evictions, some 60 people were abandoned by authorities, being left without any advise or shelter. They reportedly were released from detention in the middle of the night with nowhere to go. City Plaza, as well as other squats, took them in, and volunteers and activists found emergency shelter for everyone else.
Those with no papers were taken to a detention centre Minidi to process their registration.
People who lived in squat came back to pick up there belongings day after, but were prevented by the police. Last night they could not take almost anything, and today they found their stuff on the street. People tried to pick up stuff from the pile, some managed to find some things, some not, but police decided to stop that at certain moment and to throw all the stuff in garbage bins that were taken away. All the stuff are personal, including documents, and for many people this is another huge lost.
The Acharnon squat, Alkiviadou Street, was raided after the Red Cross, that own the place, claimed it. This is, unfortunately, another example among many of authorities and large INGOs failing to treat people in need appropriately. Police raided the squat and detained some of the residents, including vulnerable ones. Instead of offering them an adequate shelter, taking care of protection seekers, they just pushed them on the rough streets. It was again up to volunteers and activists to act fast. The incident once again showed how governmental knee-jerk actions worsen the situation for the people, while grassroot movements prevent the worst.
Once again, AYS strongly condems the raids and how authorities treated the residents. There was no intention to find any solution to shelter the people. They did not take care of their well being. Neither did the Red Cross, which wanted to replace the residents with unaccompanied minors. The only reason to replace one vulnerable group with another is indeed for economical reasons.
We stand in solidarity with the victims of this raid and the citizens who stood up yesterday for human rights.
Some of the people from the squat could be taken to the new camp Thiva, north of the Athens, inagurated by the migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas on Tuesday. The capacity of this place is 3000, but for now will accomodated around 700 people, mostly from Elliniko camp, the old airport and stadium. IOM representative came with the minister to open the camp. The minister said that the center is offering “dignified” conditions to people, which is hard to believe.