Greece. Lesvos. Chios. March 3, 2020. The fascist attacks against refugees and people who support refugees on the islands continue. Greek police continues to look away. But not just the police, EU member states and their goverments once again turn a blind eye for fascist violence.
Published by Enough 14. Written by Riot Turtle.
Apart from the many many attacks against refugees and journalists, more and more NGO`s and self-organized groups are being attacked by fascists and “patriots” on the Greek islands.
On Chios a building which was used as a storage for clothes, food and other supplies was burned down to the ground during the night:
Dutch aid workers of Stichting Bootvluchteling (Boat Refugee Foundation) have gone into hiding in a secret location after being attacked by a furious crowd on the Greek island of Lesbos. That crowd hit their cars last weekend with sticks and metal rods. Acording to the aid workers, members of the fascist Golden Dawn party were part of the crowd.
Last night, the sea rescue crew of Mare Liberum was attacked on Lesvos.
“Our crew was attacked by a mob of fascists while the MARE LIBERUM was docked in Skala Loutron, Lesvos. They shouted, threatened us & poured gasoline on our deck! Our crew saw themselves forced to leave & is now anchoring offshore. Everyone of the Crew is ok. We’ll stay & keep monitoring!”
The attacks against journalists also continue:
Irish public broadcaster RTE reported that a Co Donegal doctor said “her life was at risk” during an attack by group of men in Lesbos in Greece. Doctor Victoria Bradley said: “Our car was stopped by about 60 men. They were carrying sticks, some with nails sticking out of them. They wouldn’t let us pass.” She was was a passenger in one of eight cars travelling in convoy.
“They kicked my window in and tried to kick me in the head. All hell broke loose, they were hitting car with rocks, and our windscreen smashed,” she said.
She said her’s was one of three cars that “managed to stay together and got back to the refugee camp”.
She added that the other cars had to drive around “for about two hours because they couldn’t find anywhere safe to stop”.
Victoria Bradley is one of the doctors that now will leave Lesvos.She said they have made the decision to come home now, as they are concerned that protesters will block roads to the airport.
“Yesterday they blocked roads and stopped cars to see if the people inside were Greek. And if you weren’t, there was trouble.”
Meanwhile, fellow Irish doctor Nicola Cochrane said the situation is volatile and the advice given to volunteers is to stay indoors.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) tweeted that they will saty at Lesvos:
First journalists also left for safety reasons.
Meanwhile it seems to get a normal practise for Greek police, coast guard and millitary to use warningshots against refugees at sea and on the Greek/Turkish border in Evros.
Politicians around Europe are heating up things, and again give fascist violence a breeding ground.
After the fascist attack in Hanau, Germany, many political parties condemned far right violence and even mobilized for demonstrations in several demonstrations across Germany. Although many people never went into that trap, as it was clear that the policies of CDU/CSU, SPD and other parties paved the way for the far right AFD, but also for far rght violence, the tone of the debate changed fast after Erdogan used the refugees as a tool to put pressure on the EU member states. Politicians of the parties above are worried about the border, they don’t speak about the fascist violence against refugees and others. For the German government its important that the racist border regime will manage to prevent people to enter the EU. They don’t have a problem with the racist violence that Greek police is using against refugees, some say they want to support Greek authorities at the border.
The EU shows its ugly, violent & racist face once again.
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