MESSAGE BY THE ASSEMBLY OF FIFTY HUNGER STRIKERS IN THESSALONIKI TO THE MAYOR AND THE MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

MESSAGE BY THE ASSEMBLY OF FIFTY HUNGER STRIKERS IN THESSALONIKI TO THE MAYOR AND THE MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

 

Dear Mr.Yannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki

Esteemed ladies and gentlemen of the City Council

 

First of all we would like to thank your town for its hospitality and its support. We, the 50 hunger strikers who are staying on the 7th floor of the Labor Centre of Thessaloniki, have been visited and have received messages of support by the president and the secretary of the Labor Centre, as well as by numerous of the unions there. We have been visited by and received messages of support by PAME, by the Open City party and by the Ecologists-Greens.  Our demands and our struggle have been embraced by the hospital doctors of the town (the ΕΝΙΤΗ union), by the lawers of the town (the Bar Association, DSTH), and by the union of university professors (DS/ESDEP).

Novelists and thinkers, like Noam Chomsky and Eduardo Galeano, have expressed their solidarity with our struggle from all parts of the world. But here, in Thessaloniki, a town where for centuries many different populations have coexisted, with different religions, ethnicities and customs, it seems that most people are sensitive to our struggle. People here have immediately felt that the 300 migrant workers are fighting a struggle that is proud and justified: a struggle for the working and social rights, for the education of our children, for the dignity of all who live and work in this country. We have been here for many years. This is the twenty first day of our hunger strike. We are tired, but we are determined to continue.

We are here because we are doubly oppressed, to repeat the phrase used by the philosopher Alain Badiou in his solidarity message to us. In our countries we experience dictatorship and poverty. The peoples of Algeria, Tunesia, Egypt have already risen. Here we experience devaluation, humiliation and repression. Our existence is not recognized, our work is not paid, we are being persecuted, beaten up, left at the mercy of traffickers and of police violence.

Mr. Mayor, we ask of you to stand by our struggle. We ask of you to prove that you are indeed interested in change. Our struggle is just and we are certain you are aware of that. We ask of you to promote our demand for the legalization of all immigrants to the responsible ministries, to declare your intention to help us and to realize your intention. A visit by you and a note of support will honour you and help our struggle. You are welcome, we are expecting you.

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