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#Greece: #RefugeesGR Attacked in #Patras

Efsyn report about the situation in Patras, translated by the No Borders Network Facebook page. Increased injuries to refugees around the port of Patras have been observed lately, with solidarity talking about “incidents of violence that need to be investigated,” while the official version of the authorities of the port speaks of “self-harm”.

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Image: Increased injuries to refugees around the port of Patras, Greece.

Originally published by Efsyn.gr. Translated by No Borders Network Facebook page.

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#Greece: #RefugeesGR Attacked in Patras

Efsyn report about the situation in Patras, translated by the No Borders Network Facebook page. Increased injuries to refugees around the port of Patras have been observed lately, with solidarity talking about “incidents of violence that need to be investigated,” while the official version of the authorities of the port speaks of “self-harm”.

All this with the background of immigrants trying to “slip” into the harbor and hide in some of the trucks waiting to get on the ships to Italy.

This “hide-and-seek” between people who have no future and the representatives of the authorities, is not new at the port of Patras. It has been going on for years. Neither has changed the number of immigrants living in the abandoned factories (Ladopoulos, AVEX) around the harbor.

These are a few hundreds, some of them manage to escape the Authorities – paying an expensive price – and are replaced by others living with the same dream of fleeing to the West.

“There are currently some 380 people living in the two factories and there must be now around 35 Algerians, Moroccans and others who have found shelter at the old customs buliding” says Nikos Papageorgiou from the “Movement Rights of Refugees and Immigrants “. “We have managed to offer these people a breakfast and a lunch every day,” he adds and emphasizes the discreet but important help of the municipality of Patras with food, clothing, etc.

Then our conversation goes to the injured immigrants.

“While there is no increase in the number of people here, there is an increase in violence against them,” he says. “These injuries were also certified at the Rio Hospital, where we carried them with the help of DocMobile – Medical Help e.V. (volunteer doctors from Germany who are active in Greece in places with refugees) “.

From this organization, Doctor Sarah Snider talks about “12 people who have been sent to the hospital since January 1, then with broken legs and heads”.

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Image: Increased injuries to refugees around the port of Patras, Greece.

She mentions that the immigrants complained that their injuries were caused by police and port workers. And if for police officers and port police there are no evidence but complaints, the cynical statement of Western Greece’s transport operator, Thanassis Kakkou, to a television station in Patras a few days ago, how trucking colleagues are beating immigrants in the harbor, did not leave much doubt about what is happening in Patras.

“They do well,” he said, though he then tried to change his statement, saying that beatings are basically a result of complexities when truckers discover immigrants who have managed to hide in their trucks.

For his part, the Port Authority of Patras at a meeting with people in solidarity denied the accusations and said that immigrants are self-injured when they try to ride the fence that separates the coastal road of the city from the port. A recently reinforced higher fence, while the guard will be further strengthened in the immediate future with a second fence. Guarding measures between the two fences are expected to be particularly strict, with police and port police patrols, along with trained dogs.

The subject was discussed extensively last Saturday at a meeting held in Patras, with the presence of General Secretary. of the Ministry of the Interior, Tzanetos Filippakos, and it was decided that there would be support with both personal and technical means to address the increased problem with immigrants.

The measures taken to protect the port have been confirmed by the Chairman of the Patras Port Organization, Nikos Kontoes, at “Ef.Syn”. According to what we have described, the port will probably become a forbidden place for immigrants.

Among the measures to be taken are: the second fence, the installation of X-ray scanner in the area, the fencing of the facilities, etc.

“Since Eidomeni was closed, we had seen that the port of Patras would become a place of concentration of immigrants. The informal camps of Ladopoulos and AVEX are the base of these unhappy people. Probably there should be some prediction to stay somewhere else, away from the port, where there are many injuries, “says Mr Kontoes.

He also said that the port police do not exercise any kind of violence on the immigrants entering the port.

Translated by NoBorders Network Facebook page, January 19. 2018.




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