Yesterday, Arash Hampay published a statement that he will join the hunger strike on Lesvos today.
Image: Arash Hampay. Image by Arash Hampay Facebook profile.
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Arash Hampay Will Join #RefugeesGR Hunger Strike on Lesvos
Yesterday, Arash Hampay published a statement that he will join the hunger strike on Lesvos today. Earlier this year Arash was one of 4 hunger strikers who fought for the release of 3 refugees from the Moria detention center. After the refugees were released on August 8th, Arash and the other hunger strikers ended their 41 days long hunger strike.
On his Facebook page, Arash wrote yesterday: “Tomorrow I will start to hunger strike in solidarity with the people occupying Sapph Square. They have been there for 19 days now, 6 men have been on hunger strike for 11 days and 5 women have been on hunger strike for 6 days. I will continue my hunger strike until they have their freedom.“
Today is the 20th day of the hunger strike on Lesvos. On November 5, Arash published a statement on his Facebook page saying: “We passed the eighteenth night of demonstration and occupation, as well as, the tenth day of hunger strike of men and the fifth day of hunger strike of women with the admission of one man and two women to the emergency. The hunger strike, the occupation and the cold nights are with every passing day turn the situation, specially for children and women, into a dangerous scenario. Women and children are in need of a warm place at night in order for them to rest a little. Do any of the friends and volunteers have any ideas and can you possibly help?“
On the second of November there was a solidarity gathering on Sappho square in Mytilini (Lesvos, Greece). Activists supported the demands to open the Greek islands and for the freedom of movement of refugees.
Image: Gathering on November 2 in Mytilini, Lesvos. Image by Twitter account @Lesvosolidarity
The number of people arriving on the Greek islands is rising again. Last month, more than 2000 people arrived on Lesvos.
— Lesvos Solidarity (@Lesvosolidarity) November 1, 2017
Winter is coming and the conditions people have to live in are as bad as last year. During the past winter some of the refugees on Lesvos were dying from the cold. This year there are still people sleeping in summer tents. Activists started the #OpenTheIslands campaign, demanding the freedom of movement. Enough is Enough supports the campaign.
It seems like Greek and EU authorities are ignoring the demands of the hunger strikers. They need our solidarity. Give them a voice by organising solidarity actions in your city.
Some of the Enough is Enough team will join Cars of Hope to support refugees on Lesvos and in Athens in December and January. They will arrive on Lesvos at December 17. The work of Cars of Hope is based on mutual aid and one of the groups they will cooperate with on the Greek island is the No Border Kitchen Lesvos crew. Cars of Hope needs your support for their work on Lesvos and in Athens. You can support them with donations at their Paypal account firstname.lastname@example.org or by joining the Cars of Hope crowdfunding campaign (donations possible by bank transfer or credit card) at: https://www.leetchi.com/c/soziales-von-cars-of-hope
Here is a video that we produced in September 2017 on Lesvos:
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