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Greek state escalates: 15 day ultimatum to the squats – Migrants on Greek islands will soon be imprisoned

The Greek government released 2 statements yesterday. The far right Nea Demokratia government has set an ultimatim to the squats on the Greek territory and announced that the will imprison migrants on the Greek islands.

Published by Enough 14. Written by Riot Turtle.

The farright government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis is escalating the conflict with the anarchist movement. After the bloody repression in Exarchia last Sunday, the government announced th eviction of all squats. Yesterday, the Minister of Citizen Protection issued a 15 day ultimatum to the squatters that are occupying buildings in on the Greek territory, either private of public to evacuate the premises.

“Those who have illegally occupied buildings, public or private, are called upon to evacuate them. If asylum seekers or third-country nationals are housed there, they should be informed that they will be transferred to the mainland’s residence structures. For the purpose of travel, the relevant services of the Ministry of Citizen Protection will contact them. If the buildings are private, in order for the current squatters to remain, they need to contact the owners and agree on lease terms. The deadline for evacuation is 15 days from the publication of this report in the press.” This was the announcement by the Ministry of Citizen Protection published yesterday,
November 20, 2019.

The 15 day ultimatum will end on the eve before the anniversary of the police murder on Alexandros Grigoropoulos. The ultimatum is nothing else than another declaration of war against the anarchist movement, the fact that the time frame will end on December 5, makes clear the Greek government wants to escalate the conflict and want to spread fear.

Cops attacking people at the entrance of K*Vox in Exarcheia last September. People managed to defend the squat and pushed the cops out of the entrance area.

The announcement is another stage of the repressive campaign by the Greek state which has been going on for months now. Comrades in Athens are calling for support and solidarity actions. The No Pasaran assembly calls for an emergency open assembly in the Gine building in Athens on Saturday November 23 at 08:00pm (20:00).

On the same day the Greek government also announced that its planning to replace camps such as Moria and Vathy on the Greek islands. The government announced plans to set up five closed “pre-departure centers” for migrants on the Aegean islands of Samos, Chios, Lesvos, Kos and Leros. According to the plan, which was announced on Wednesday by government spokesman Stelios Petsas and Deputy Minister of National Defense Alkiviadis Stefanis, the new centers will host between 1,000 and 5,000, some even as many as 10,000 people. It says enough that these plans were announced by the defense department. It shows that migrants are seen as a security threat and treated like enemies. The new far right government is planing not camps, but prisons, where families and children will be behind bars until their asylum application is processed. At the going rate this means at least 1-2 years in Greek prison.

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