The border policies of the EU member states continue to kill people. According to refugees a boat of the Turkish coast guard intercepted a dinghy in Greek waters and shots were fired. Three dead bodies have been washed ashore on a Lesvos beach. Meanwhile the refugee protests and hunger strikes on Lesvos and in Athens continue.
Image: The hunger strike for the freedom of movement on Lesvos continues. Image by Twitter account @AHampay
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#RefugeesGR: Three Dead Bodies Have Been Washed Ashore on a Lesvos Beach
The border policies of the EU member states continue to kill people. According to refugees a boat of the Turkish coast guard intercepted a dinghy in Greek waters and shots were fired. Three dead bodies have been washed ashore on a Lesvos beach in the past few days. Meanwhile the refugee protests and hunger strikes on Lesvos and in Athens continue.
According to Lesvos News, the body of a girl estimated between 12 and 13 years old was found on the beach near Madamados on Saturday morning. Another body was washed ashore a little later. On Friday, the body of a young boy estimated at the same age was found in the same area of Sarakina near Madamados.
While EU’s migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos was praising the EU/Turkey deal yesterday people continue to die and the terror against refugees at sea also continues. Yesterday Refugee Rescue boat ‘Mo Chara’ received a request by the Hellenic coastguard to assist in transitioning 17 very distressed and hypothermic people to the port. Later several refugees who arrived on the Greek islands reported that their dinghy was intercepted by the Turkis coat guard. According to the refugees shots were fired and after that 17 people jumped into the water and swam towards the Greek coart guard.
On Lesvos the protests and hunger strike of refugees for the freedom of movement continues. Today is the 24th day of the protests on Sappho square in Mytilini, the capital of Lesvos island. A group of women is in hunger strke for 11 days now, and Arash Hampay is in hunger strike for five days. Two days ago Arash wrote on his Facebook profile: “The Condition & Spirit of Protesters:
Considering the difficulty of occupying Sappho Square – the cold nights, rain, absence of heating equipment, threats by fascist elements in Lesbos, police threats, police physical violence, and legally unjustified arrests of protestors, including a minor – the spirit of the protesters is unbreakable as this protest concerns their safety and their families’ safety, as well as their fundamental human rights. The protesters gain their strengths from the belief in the strength and hope in the solidarity of the people and not the state which is complicit in the injustices imposed on refugees on European soil.”
Today Arash posted another message on his Facebook profile saying: “One of the protesteers, Hesam shaeri hesari , was arrested last night and has not been released as of yet. The police have provided contradictory statements so far, where in the one instance they claimed to have never arrested him, while on a second occasion they claimed that they released him last night. As of this moment his mobile phone is off and we have no news about his whereabouts and well being.”
In Athens, the protests and hunger strike for family reunification also continues. Two days ago the Facebook page of the protesting refugees on Syntagma square wrote: “Hanne B. (39 years old) is a single mother of four. She and her husband survived the 2012 Houla massacre, where only a few survived.[vi] Her husband, who left for Germany at the end of 2014 and received refugee status there, has been branded by the events. Not only he experienced the massacre, but he still carries bomb splitters in his body from those horrible days. “My husband is visiting a psychologist until today for what we went through in Syria. Only he knows what happened to him during that time. I just know, first they bombed the houses and when people ran out, the snipers opened fire. Many died. My husband’s father and mother died. They killed and raped. We ran away without shoes…”. Hanne fled Syria in 2015 with her three children after the family’s house got bombed. She gave birth to a fourth child in Turkey. Her smallest child was one year old when he crossed the Aegean in a small boat. “We arrived on Chios, on 9 March 2016. After ten days, we were sent to Athens by ferry. I stayed for three months in a tent in Piraeus port. Then, we got moved to Skaramangas camp. I tried for almost three months to call Skype to apply for family reunification. I finally applied on 2 November 2016. On 6 March, I got my acceptance.” Hanne is now waiting for more than 8 months to reunify with her husband. Meanwhile, she is living alone with four children in the camp. She feels there is no security for them. Hanne says: “There is a family whose child drowned here. I am afraid to let my children play outside. I just want to travel to my husband.”
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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.
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Here is a video that we produced in September 2017 (on Lesvos):