Athens, Exarchia: Just one week after the eviction of the Azadi and Babylon refugee squats, cops evicted two more squats today. A first short report. Updated with a first statement of one of the arrested refugees.
Published by Enough 14. Written by Riot Turtle.
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In the early morning hours cops evicted the Clandestina refugee squat in Bouboulinas street and another squat in Zwodohou pigis street. According to mainsteam media reports the second building was empty.
Around 70 people were arrested during the eviction of Clandestina. Two more people were arrested in
Zwodohou pigis street. Activist Arash Hampay was not inside the building but was arrested while he was filming the eviction. The arrest of Arash Hampay happened at the end of the video below (Video courtesty of Arash Hampay Facebook profile). About one hour later Hampay was released again.
Todays evictions made a lot of people homeless and shows the Greek state is continuing their offensive against squats in the Greek capital. State forces are “cleaning” downtown Athens for investors and attacking self-organized projects.
A few days ago the enough blog published two articles about the gentrification process in the center of Athens. A statement by the Athens Assembly of Squatted Prosfygika (Sy.Ka.Pro.) and Breaking the sword of capital hanging over Exarcheia.
Patrols coming up from Omonia into Exarcheia right now.— Exiled Arizona (@exiledarizona) 18. April 2019
Βανακια κ 5 περιπολικά ανεβαίνουν προς Εξάρχεια τώρα από Ομόνοια.
Update 11:26am: Statement by one of the arrested refugees
In the depth of the night when people were sleeping the police raided and evicted the families from Clandestina.
We have spent 6 months creating a place families can call home.
Families, not drug dealers or criminals. Families with children, no money and few possessions.
We are now held in prison and do not know what will happen next.
Our friends gather and try to help us with blankets and food.
Which will be the next eviction?
Women and children?
300 people evicted in less than one week.
We see the world stand by and watch this brutality of people fleeing war already.
There will come reaction and protest.
The authorities do not show any humanity to refugees.
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