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#WhereAreThey: Remembering the lives of those who perished on February 9, 2020

At 04.09 on February 9, 2020, the distress hotline Alarm Phone received a call, a call that was initially no different than the dozens of others the organization receives each year. (In 2019, 101 boats, carrying over 6,200 people, reached out to Alarm Phone for help, compared with just 27 boats in 2018.) A group of 91 people were trapped on a deflating black dinghy off Garabulli, Libya. They gave their GPS coordinates to Alarm Phone, who duly relayed the information to Italian, Maltese and Libyan authorities. The passengers called again at 05.35 — and then, silence. The people on board were never heard from again.

Image above: The deflated rubber boat thought to belong to the 91 people who disappeared in the Mediterranean on February 9, 2020. (Source: Frontex)

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The end of a cynical game: Turkish authorities evict people from #Pazarkule

Pazarkule. Turkey. March 27, 2020. The jungle camp of Pazarkule is history. Last night, the remaining people were transferred either to Istanbul or to nearby camps to be held in quarantine for the next two weeks.

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#Lesvos: Fire in #Moria Kills One Child – “Anyone who does not act now will be complicit in the catastrophe that is awaiting everyone here in Lesvos.”

Lesvos. Greece. March 16. Fire Breaks Out in Moria, Injuring Many and Killing One. Alarm Phone reported that many in Moria have not had access to water for the past 3 days besides the plastic water bottles that are handed out. Not only does this make cleaning and using the toilet difficult, it makes putting out fires or following the hygienic measures necessary to prevent an epidemic impossible.

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#Athens: Eviction of the #Gini occupation within the #Polytechnio University in #Exarchia

Athens. Greece. March 15, 2020. On Sunday morning, the police invaded the Polytechnio (Warning Facebook Link) and evicted dozens of people living there, including small children. It is reported that they were taken to the migrant detention centre of Petrou Ralli, bringing an end to their occupation of Gini. Last week, one detainee in Petrou Ralli attempted suicide.

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People removed from Greek islands without a chance to seek asylum

Greece. March 14, 2020. Following the departure of the military boat carrying 500 rejected people from Lesvos, we were unofficially told they would probably be moved to closed facilities in the northern part of Greece.

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#NoBorders: Update from #Turkey

Turkey. March 12, 2020. Following our (Are You Syrious?) reports yesterday on the deployment of two AYS volunteer to the region, we can provide new personal updates from the field.

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Updates from the ground in #Edirne – #Coronavirus Updates in #Greece and #Italy

March 12, 2020. New aggression between Turkey and Greece. Information on measures against spread of corona in Italy and Greece. Still 500 people held on naval vessel in Greece without access to asylum system and in inhumane conditions. Deportations from Germany to Afghanistan.

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White Supremacist Rally Against Migrants in #Belgrade, #Serbia

Belgrade. Serbia. March 8. A white supremacist, anti-refugee rally in Belgrade on Sunday had it all: the motto “You will not replace us”.

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#Greece: The rhetorics of “invasion” cause more damage daily

Updates from Lesvos and the land border between Greece and Turkey. Further cuts to support for refugees in Greece.

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Former Golden Dawn MEP Among Fascist Vigilantes Attacking People in #Greece – German and Austrian Neo-Nazis Attacked on #Lesvos

Evros. Greece. March 6, 2020. Ioannis Lagos, a longtime member of the far right Golden Dawn party, was spotted at the Greek-Turkish border in Evros. He was photographed with members of local so-called “protection” groups and at least two police officers.

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