Last night clashes broke out in the Moria refugee camp after cops hit a woman in the camp. On Saturday and Sunday there will be demonstrations across Europe at the second anniversary of the EU Turkey deal. One of the demonstrations will be at Lesvos. In April activists of the Cars of Hope collective will be on Lesvos to support refugees and document the situation.
During the last days we spoke with a lot of people who are forced to live in the Moria refugee camp. Their stories are showing the total chaos in the Moria refugee camp.
We would like to thank Arash Hampay for this video.
No Border Kitchen Lesvos currently supports 450 refugees to cook and subsist autonomously, at a regular cost of 20€ per person per month. We are a self-organized group of activists with and without papers from all over the world, with the shared aim of overcoming the borders and restrictions that impede freedom of movement. We fight together for a world where we all recognized equally as humans.
States and borders are dividing people. Dividing in them and us. When do we finally get rid of these tools of suffering and oppression? On December 17 I will travel to Lesvos, Greece, again and will stay there for almost a month. It seems a long time ago that I started working with refugees on the Balkan route, but actually its not. A little more than two years have past after I drove to Slovenia. A good friend wrote me in September 2015 about the situation on the Croatian/Slovenian border and asked me to come and support. A lot has happened since then…
Video by the author of this aricle, Riot Turtle, about the next campaign on Lesvos.
Lesvos, Greece: 14 of the refugees who were detained during the police operation on December 4 are still detained. Yesterday a group of women started to protest in front of the regional council building. The protesting refugees demand freedom of movement and want to leave the island.
Image by Twitter account @AHampay
At least 25 refugees were detained after they re-occupied Sappho square in Mytilini, Lesvos yesterday. Greek cops cleared the area and detained the refugees. Today was also day 9 of the occupation of Syriza headquarters on Lesvos.
Image: Riot cops on Sappho square in Mytilini, Lesvos (Greece). Image by No Border Lesvos Facebook page.
It was a heavy week on Lesvos, a violent fascist mob, supported by cops forced refugees to (at least temporarily) stop the occupation of Sappho square in Mytilini. On Saturday many people protested against the fascist mob, deportations and for open borders. Report and statement by Refugees and Solidarity supporters about the occupation of Syriza headquarters at Lesvos, Greece on Saturday November 25.
Image: On Saturday November 25 activists occupied Syriza headquarters on Lesvos, Greece, after a demo through the islands capital Mytilini. Image by Lesvos Solidarity – Pikpa Facebook page.
Greece: After 350 cops raided the Moria refugee prison camp on Lesvos on Saturday, today they raided the Souda refugee camp on Chios. Cops kicked the doors open at 08:00am and there are reports of police violence during the raid. On Samos refugees protested against the inhuman conditions on the Greek island.
Image: Children sleeping on the floor on the infamous grey blankets in a refugee camp on Samos. Image: Are You Serious.
No Border Kitchen Lesvos is looking for new comrades to come and join our struggle – particularly those with experience of cooking for large numbers of people. As summer ends and winter comes round, some comrades who have been here for longer stays will have to leave, and we generally expect a decrease in supporters.
Image by No Border Kitchen Lesvos.
Yesterday refugees marched from the Moria prison camp to Mytilene on the Greek island Lesvos. The refugees stayed overnight in Mytilene and refuse to go back to the camp. Some of the refugees are on Lesvos for more than a year now. Since the EU-Turkey deal was introduced in March 2016, the Greek Aegean islands are big open air prisons where refugees are subject to police violence, repression and deportations. Other refugees on Lesvos, among them former hunger striker Arash Hampay started a campaign to remind EU member states and the UN to the 1951 refugee convention, as all of these states seem to have forgotten that they designed and ratified the refugee convention.
Image: A protesting refugee in Mytilene, Lesvos, who arrived at March 28, 2016. Image by Arash Hampay Facebook.
Riot police, with faces masked, pelt peaceful protesters with stones. A refugee in t-shirt and shorts slides down a loose scree slope and places his hands upon his head, only for the police to fall upon him and batter him with boots and batons. Another protester, already handcuffed, is kicked to the ground by a mob of police. In Moria prison camp and across Lesvos, the same border regime which condemns the alleged “barbarism” of refugees is lashing out with medieval brutality.
Image: Screenshot of a cop throwing a stone against refugees in the Moria camp in Lesvos, Greece at July 18th.