Lesvos. Greece. April 10, 2020. Statement by the comrades of No Border Kitchen Lesvos about the forced stop of the hunger strike in the Moria detention center.
Originally published by No Border Kitchen Lesvos Facebook page.
After three days of hunger strike the prisoners in Moria were forced to eat again. There have been several concerning allegations of police violence during the week, which people told to there friends on the fence. What exactly happened inside the prison we don’t know yet, because police have blocked prisoners’ communication channels with each other and with the outside world.
Special-forces police units where present for the duration of the strike and different kind of police violence was reported. There were detainies removed from their cells for interrogation and at least one of them was beaten.
The prisoners went on hunger strike with the demand for freedom and to be heard but police do everything they could to prevent this. They were not alone – in Paranesti detention centre, police also violently suppressed a hunger strike.
The abortion of this hunger strike shows the determiniation of the state and its attack dogs to supress the voices of the people that are incarcerated in detention centres, pre removal centres and prisons worldwide. We must not forget, that the a hunger strike is the last resort if all other possibility’s of protest have been stripped from you. By committing to this, people have to against their survival instinct, because it’s the only option they have left. Now, because of the extreme violence perptuated against them this is also lost to them.
We demand a world free of prisons. A world free of police brutality and uniforms. A world where no human can be incarcerated for the being born in the “wrong” country, the colour of their skin or their sexual orientation. We demand not only the immediate closure of Moria, but will fight for an end to a system that requires exclusion, prisons and violence to exist.
We demand freedom of movement for all.
No Border Kitchen Lesvos, April 10, 2020
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