#RefugeesGR: Cops Raided #Souda Camp on #Chios – Protests on #Samos

Greece: After 350 cops raided the Moria refugee prison camp on Lesvos on Saturday, today they raided the Souda refugee camp on Chios. Cops kicked the doors open at 08:00am and there are reports of police violence during the raid. On Samos refugees protested against the inhuman conditions on the Greek island.

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Image: Children sleeping on the floor on the infamous grey blankets in a refugee camp on Samos. Image: Are You Serious.

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RefugeesGR: Cops Raided #Souda Camp on Chios – Protests on Samos

Greece: After 350 cops raided the Moria refugee prison camp on Lesvos on Saturday, today they raided the Souda refugee camp on Chios. Cops kicked the doors open at 08:00am and there are reports of police violence during the raid. On Samos refugees protested against the inhuman conditions on the Greek island.

No Border Kitchen Lesvos wrote about the police raid in the Moria prison camp on their Facebook page on Saturday: “Early this morning, hundreds of police once again invaded Moria prison camp. Waking the inmates as they lay sleeping in crowded containers, they made sweeping controls and detained many refugees – including those with papers and the legal right to be here.

As a consequence, eleven more people have been arrested and now face deportation. those with papers should eventually be released, back for another restless night of sleep. they do not know when the police will next invade their “home” or harass them in the street, or when their time will finally run out and they will be deported back into the violence and persecution they fled in their home countries.

One clear purpose of these massive and indiscriminate operations is to instill fear and uncertainty into the population of Moria. the last “sweep” of the camp followed political protests, subsequent arrests and violent police abuse of refugees inside Moria and behind closed doors in the police station.

That operation sent the message that dissent would not be tolerated. this new wave of arrests was a further reminder that Fortress Europe is closed, and that those clinging to its brink with their fingertips can be swept away at any moment.

With love and rage always

Your NBK crew”

Today cops raided the Souda refugee camp on Chios. A refugee who lives in the camp wrote on his Facebook page: ” Dear Greek Police in Chios.

You kicked our container/tent doors down at 8am this morning saying you wanted to check our papers. Two of your police men attacked us, kicked our feet and jumped on us forcing us to get out from our containers whilst we were still disorientated and fast asleep.

When you saw our papers you called us ‘Fega Malaka!’ A swear, slur and disgracefully bad insult in Greece. You messed up our containers and all our belongings and this isn’t the first time.

Greek Police in Chios, We are human beings just like you. We are not animals. We don’t deserve to be hit and beaten. We don’t deserve your slurs and verbal abuse. Don’t you understand that we are refugees. We came here because we had no choice and to seek asylum. What is our crime? That we are here?

We respect that the authorities put us in camps not fit for humans, with poor food, in tents and containers where we are worse effected by the weather and its elements, a lack of sanitation, with snakes and rats. We have crossed mountains and oceans, losing family members to be here so don’t think we are weak, our hearts are strong but don’t try to crush our dignity again with your mistreatment. If we respect you we expect some respect back.

I took these videos this morning whilst you messed us around, hitting us and abusing us. You had masks covering your faces and guns!
This video shows one of you with your hand on your gun. Why scare and intimidate us?
You took all our cigarettes. You came for us like criminals. Why? What is our crime?

The videos are not clear because I had to take them hidden otherwise for sure you would have further punished me. Because you don’t want people to know how you treat us. But I want the world to know. If the videos aren’t strong enough my words and accounts will be.”

During the weekend Are You Syrious reported about the bad conditions for refugees on Samos. On Saturday Are You Syrious wrote: “Late this evening, a message came to the AYS inbox from a refugee who recently arrived at Samos. “Please help us!” he wrote, adding that people inside the Vathy reception center — and according to his information over 3,200 people are there — need urgent help with everything. They do not have enough space to live, not enough food, water or anything else. “There are a lot of children here, too. We really need help,” he told us in a brief message, adding that only a limited number of volunteers are inside the camp and they are doing everything they can, but the number of people is so great that they cannot possibly respond to all the needs.

According to the official numbers, there are 2,508 people at this camp on Samos, where the capacity is 700. Boats are coming every day.

Additionally, the person who contacted AYS told us that he is afraid of us using his name because authorities at the camp are threatening residents if they film or take pictures. Some of them do it anyway to show the inhumane living conditions.”

Image gallery: Refugee camp on the Greek island Samos. Images by: Are You Serious.

Today refugees on Samos protested against the inhuman conditions they are living in. The refugees also demanded a faster asylum procedure. A video on Facebook showed people clapping and chanting slogans during the protest.

On Thursday some of the editors of this blog will arrive in Greece to support refugees again. They will join the Cars of Hope team. You can read more about the support work with refugees in Greece by Cars of Hope; here and in this interview. The work they do with refugees is only possible with your donations.




crowdfunding10sMutual aid: On September 14 Cars of Hope Wuppertal will arrive in Greece to support refugees who are trapped in the EU member state, some for more than a year now. Cars of Hope will be active in Athens and on Lesvos. A few members of the Enough is Enough collective will join them. They will work together with refugees and distribute food, sanitary products and other basis needs. Our work with refugees is only possible because of the many donations we receive. Read more about the support work with refugees in Greece by Cars of Hope; here and in this interview.

Please support the new Cars of Hope Wuppertal Crowdfunding Campaign for refugees in Greece: https://www.youcaring.com/cohsupportrefugees

You can also support the work of Cars of Hope with donations on Paypal account:

Paypal account: carsofhopewtal@gmx.de

 

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