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PRESS RELEASE – Day 32 of the hunger strike

PRESS RELEASE

FRIDAY 25 February 2011
Day 32 of the hunger strike

The 300 migrants in Athens and Thessaloniki have been on a hunger strike for 32 days now. Their health is deteriorating and everyday, more strikers are being taken to public hospitals for loss  of consciousness. Today, two strikers were admitted to the Hippocration Hospital, (raising the total number to 13), while another three are being hospitalized at Aghios Demetrios Hospital.

This morning, Mr. Stratis Plomaritis, president of the Union of Hospital Doctors of Thessaloniki and a member  of the Medical Health Team on the side of the hunger strikers, Zawat, one of the hunger strikers, Ghani,  a representative of the hunger strikers, and Efi Telli, lawyer and member of the legal team on the side of  the hunger strikers spoke at a Press Conference at the Labor Centre about the emergency health issues of the  hunger strikers, their demands and developments on the legal front.

The Open Solidarity Initiatve is planning an info-campaign over the weekend, as well as:
-a demo with motorcycles on Tuesday, the 1st of March, beginning at the Labor Centre at 6pm
-a solidarity march on Thursday, the 3rd of March, meeting at the Venizelou statue at 6pm

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AN ANSWER TO RAGKOUSIS’ STATEMENTS

The hunger strikers are in danger

A “compassionate” politician turns cynical prime-minister, while his government ignores even the EU legislation it uses as a pretext to deny migrants’ regularization

 

1. THE SITUATION OF THE HUNGER STRIKERS ON FEBRUARY 24,  2011

The 300 migrant workers have been abstaining from food for 31 days now, since the 25th of January. In Athens and Thessaloniki, we witness fainting episodes all the time, everyday, all day long. More and more often, the situation of some becomes extremely critical, and the strikers are taken to public hospitals.

Big young men, who for years have worked on farms and on building sites all over Greece, fathers and husbands, are now weighing 44 and 45 kilograms. They can hardly stand up. Three days ago already, the medical health team, who has been on the side of the hunger strikers from day one, spoke clearly: The strikers “have entered a phase where they are facing irreversible damage to their health”. They are in danger. In common terminology, that means that their vital organs will be harmed irreversibly, their memory and eyesight will be seriously under threat.

2. THE HUNGER STRIKERS’ SPECIFIC DEMANDS

And why are they risking their lives? Is it because the 300 migrant workers somehow decided that they don’t fancy Greek souvlaki any more? No, they are putting their own lives in danger because they have repeated their arguments one too many times. After years of being derided and reproached, after years of working for no pay, after years of torture, incarceration, beatings and humiliation, after years of official non-existence, right now they are asking for a very specific thing: They are asking for their existence to be recognized. They want legalization. They say: For us, legalisation is neither a generic nor an abstract slogan.

We demand the issuing – since we are entitled to it – of a proper residence and labor permit to us, the 300 hunger strikers, who demand what should be a given for everyone by putting our lives on the line

As well as:

– that residence permits are no longer connected to work credits

– that all who lost their permits because of the above reason are legalised again

– the vindication of everyone whose application was rejected in 2005, after their application submission had been accepted and after they were forced to pay thousands of euros each

– the establishment of a permanent and open procedure for complete legalisation, which will process applications constantly

-the abandonment of any idea of criminalising any of our comrades in solidarity with us, who have been called as suspects of committing criminal acts by the authorities

3. THE MINISTER’S RESPONSE TODAY and the prime-minister’s views in 2008

The above demands were made public on the 21st of February. Three days later, what is the response of the government?

Minister of the Interior Mr. Ragousis announced to the newspapers today that the legalization of the hunger strikers would “put Greece in great danger”, especially now the country is facing “the possibility of a migrant wave from North Africa”. Echoing the deeply racist, and by now stereotypically populist rhetoric, he added: “Could Greece endure that?” He even repeated that the government would be ready to grant them “tolerance status”, meaning a six-month permit given for exceptional reasons of health, family condition or other obstacles to deportation. In other words, he is saying that the government might allow for some of the hunger strikers to be officially tolerated for a short period of time, and probably feels the strikers should be negotiating his offer!

Just two years ago, in November 2008, when 15 migrants were on hunger strike in Chania, Crete, George Papandreou, then the leader of the oppositional PASOK Party, now Mr. Ragousis’ and Greece’s Prime Minister, was writing on his blog, for all voters to read: “We should respect the axiomatic truth that it is not easy to be a refugee and an immigrant. Our handling of the issue should begin by seeing every person as an equal. We relate to every human being as a fellow citizen of the world and we want all to have equal rights, we recognize the right to a peaceful coexistence, to respect, to dignity, to humane behavior. (…) There are significant practical and institutional problems, as well as problems of understanding, mentality, reception of immigrants, and acceptance of them. The best thing that could be done, that could contribute towards overcoming this problematic picture, would the integration of immigrants into society.”

This turn towards cynicism is not merely a contradiction caused by Realpolitik concerns, it seems to be the result of a brain transplantation, and an unsuccessful one at that.

Another one of the favourite government phrases, which the Minister repeated today, is that “migration is a European problem” and speaking about EU legislation showed that he has a few gaps in his information apparatus…

4. IS THE GOVERNMENT NOT UP-TO-DATE WITH EUROPEAN LEGISLATION?

Today, the 24th of February 2011, the Minster of the Interior Yannis Ragousis added that “he excludes the possibility of an illegal mass regularization”, echoing the Minister of Citizens’ Protection (Public Order) Christos Papoutsis, who, on the 8th of February had announced in the parliamentary committee for issues of migration that “the demand for mass, general regularization, cannot be substantiated, it is unheard of and not allowed in the European Union”…On the 28th of January, the Deputy Minister of Labor Anna Dalara had said: “in any case, mass regularizations are against the European Pact on Immigration and Asylum”.

However, all three government politicians seem to be dangerously misinformed. Indeed, on the15th of October 2008, EU heads of state and government endorsed the ‘European Pact on Immigration and Asylum’. However hideous the European Pact was, “a ban on the mass regularization of illegal immigrants had to be dropped during negotiations in Cannes (July 2008), in order to win the necessary support of the Spanish government” http://www.euractiv.com/en/socialeurope/european-pact-immigration-asylum/article-175489

In the last two years, there have been two cases, that of Italy and of Belgium, where EU governments granted hundreds of thousands of permits at once:

1. In Italy, despite strong rhetoric against irregular migrants, the government had to launch a regularization procedure in 2009. By July 2010, around 200.000 permits were granted.

http://www1.interno.it/mininterno/export/sites/default/it/sezioni/sala_stampa/notizie/immigrazione/0076_2010_07_12_colf_badanti.html

2. On the 20th of July 2009, Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy released details of the federal government’s agreement on regularizing illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants who had lived in Belgium for at least five years were able to apply to regularize their situation between 15 September and 15 December 2009. Around 50.000 permits were granted.

The move was not called a «mass regularization», according to government officials.

http://www.euractiv.com/en/socialeurope/belgium-legalise-25000-immigrants/article-184257

The new 2009 EU multi-annual program in the area of Justice and Home Affairs for the years 2010-2014, known as the Stockholm program, does not prohibit large-scale regularizations of migrants, and only refers to the need to improve the exchange of information on regularizations at the national level.

So who is the Greek government kidding?

5. VICTORY TO THE HUNGER STRIKE – VICTORY TO LIFE

The hunger strike of the 300 migrant workers in Greece is now at a very critical turn. The hunger strikers are in danger. We cannot tolerate any more lies. The demands of the hunger strikers are just. As the Forum of Migrants in Crete have written: “They have turned life into a cheap commodity. We shall not allow anyone make life cheaper. We shall make life priceless so that death becomes unthinkable. Victory to the hunger strike, victory to life”.

Hunger strikers’ assembly decision – 21/02

For us, legalisation is neither a generic nor an abstract slogan. We don’t want proposals to be heard without us. For us legalisation means many and very specific things. Between those, first and foremost:

The issuing – since we are entitled to it – of a proper residence and labor permit to us, the 300 hunger strikers, who demand what should be a given for everyone by putting our lives on the line

As well as:

– that residence permits are no longer connected to work credits

– that all who lost their permits because of the above reason are legalised again

– the vindication of everyone whose application was rejected in 2005, after their application submission had been accepted and after they were forced to pay thousands of euros each

– the establishment of a permanent and open procedure for complete legalisation, which will process applications constantly

– the abandonment of any idea of criminalising any of our comrades in solidarity with us, who have been called as suspects of committing criminal acts by the authorities

And many more…

Anyone who wants to seriously engage with our strike and avoid a humanitarian crisis in Greece, should officially and directly contact us and whatever discussion must be focused on meeting the above demands.

Every human is worth a dignified life and labor

The hunger strike shall win!

Athens – Thessaloniki

21-2-2011  /  28th day on hunger strike

The 300 hunger strikers

Press Release – Day 22 of hunger strike

Press Release

15 February 2011

Day 22 of hunger strike

The 50 immigrants at the Labor Centre of Thessaloniki have been on hunger strike for 22 days now. According to the doctors’ press release (Monday, February 14), “they consume only water, salt and small quantities of sugar. Many of them show symptoms of physical weakness, difficulty in standing up, dizziness, postural hypotension, cramps, hypoglycemia.

Today,[14th of February] two of the hunger strikers were admitted to the Division of Internal Medicine of the Public Hospital on duty, due to temporary loss of consciousness. Both remain hospitalized.

The examination of the body mass index of the hunger strikers and their vital points reveals the expected amount of weight loss and the corresponding consequences for their health.”

The 300 hunger strikers in Athens and Thessaloniki are teaching the whole of society lessons of dignity and struggle, as they are fighting for equal civil, social and working rights for all people.

 

MESSAGES OF SOLIDARITY AND SUPPORT

The assembly of hunger strikers in Thessaloniki receives messages of solidarity everyday. Last night, the Thessaloniki City Council issued a statement of support for the struggle of the hunger strikers. In the statement, we read, among other things, that “the Council of Thessaloniki, a city that has historically been a multicolored and multicultural melting pot, expresses its solidarity to the struggle of the hunger strikers. This is a struggle for a life of dignity and for the unquestionable right to the free movement of people, in an age where speculative capital travels with the velocity of electricity. We ask for the legalization of migrants and for the disconnection of this procedure from the number of collected workstamps.”

The National Confederation of Labor (CNT-AIT) of Spain sent a message of solidarity to the 300 migrant workers stating: “The working men and women of the CNT would like to express our solidarity to the hunger strikers in Greece and our support for their demands. As is usual when there is a crisis of capital, a recurrent and cyclical phenomenon in capitalism, the bosses try to divert public attention, to blame the weak and the vulnerable, to intensify their nationalist and racist rhetoric and to turn foreigners into scapegoats for all evil. With this lie, they hope to disclose the obvious reality that capital and states are the only ones responsible for the situation today.”

 

SOLIDARITY ACTIONS

On Wednesday, the 16th of February 2011, at 7pm the Antiracist Initiative and the First Degree Trade Unions Coordination are organizing an open discussion at the Labor Centre with representatives of the hunger strikers, Nikos Paraskevopoulos, dean of the Law Faculty of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Konstandinos Tsitselikis, vice-president of the National Commission for Human Rights, as well as the organizers.

The Open Solidarity Initiative invites everyone to the interventions and solidarity actions planned for the next days:

 

  • Wednesday, February 16 at 10am – Intervention/info-action at the General Administration Office of the Prefecture of Central Macedonia (Oikonomidi and Rossidi street, Kalamaria)
  • Friday, February 18 at 6pm – Solidarity march (meeting point: Kamara)

From the Press Office

Solidarity Initiative of Thessaloniki

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Solidarity with the migrants in hunger strike in Greece

Solidarity with the migrants in hunger strike in Greece

On 25th of January 2011, 300 migrants started with a hunger strike. It is a struggle for equal rights to life, carried out by those who want to be no longer invisible. The preparation meeting for the transnational migrants strike on 1st of March in Vienna declares it’s solidarity with the hunger strikers. We are on your side!

From the greek government we claim the immediate end of the repression against a legitim protest and an end of the everyday’s exclusion. Moreover we condemn the criminalisation of supporters, which only happens as attempt at intimidation and to hold off people to join the protests.

We claim the immediate realization of the demands of the migrants in greece and all over Europe. It’s time to stop the racist exclusion as well in the interior as on the borders. It’s time to start a turning: In driection to the point of equal rights and privileges for anyone.

A transnational migrants strike is called for 1st of March 2011 – like one year before.  To show the common interests of migrants, their struggles will be bundled on this day. And we want to point: This struggles are everyday struggles for many people – and can’t be reduced to one day.

The dream of the hungerstriking migrants, «some day, to have equal rights with our Greek fellow workers», has to become reality!

The preparation meeting for the transnational migrants strike on 1st of March in Vienna

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Solidarity statement in german:
Solidarität mit den hungerstreikenden Migrant_innen in Griechenland:

http://no-racism.net/article/3671

1maerz-streik.net

ΣΥΝΕΝΤΕΥΞΗ ΤΥΠΟΥ ΑΠΕΡΓΩΝ ΜΕ ΣΩΜΑΤΕΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΜΕΤΑΝΑΣΤΕΥΤΙΚΟΥΣ ΣΥΛΛΟΓΟΥΣ 9/2

Συνέντευξη τύπου παραχώρησαν στις 9.2.2011 στο Εργατικό Κέντρο Θεσσαλονίκης το Εργατικό Κέντρο, η ΕΔΟΘ, ΕΛΜΕ και Διδασκαλικοί σύλλογοι, η Πρωτοβουλία Πρωτοβάθμιων σωματείων, ο Δικηγορικός Σύλλογος, η ΕΝΙΘ, η Επιτροπή Κοινωνικής Πολιτικής της Πρυτανείας του ΑΠΘ και η Αντιρατσιστική Πρωτοβουλία Θεσσαλονίκης. Στη συνέντευξη τύπου συμμετείχαν επίσης ο σύλλογος Αλβανών μεταναστών «Μητέρα Τερέζα», η «Κίνηση Ενωμένοι Ενάντια στο Ρατσισμό και τη Φασιστική Απειλή» το Ρατσισμό» και ο σύλλογος Νιγηριανών Θεσσαλονίκης. Κατά τη διάρκεια της συνέντευξης τύπου δημοσιεύτηκε κείμενο αλληλεγγύης στους απεργούς πείνας με υπογραφές 118 πανεπιστημιακών.

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Protest by the Communities of Immigrants in Thessaloniki

Protest by the Communities of Immigrants in Thessaloniki

The Unions and Communities of immigrants and refugees in Thessaloniki, having had two open discussions in the Worker Unions’ Center of Thessaloniki, decided to organize a protest march towards the General Secretariat (former Ministry) of Macedonia and Thrace, tomorrow, Wednesday 9th February. The march will start at 6pm at the Worker Unions’ Center of Thessaloniki. Please find their  announcement below:


The immigrants of Thessaloniki support the hunger-strikers!
Legalisation of all immigrants
!

The Unions and the communities of the refugees in Thessaloniki are here, in order to support the struggle of the immigrants on hunger-strike. Their fair struggle is our own struggle and their fair demands are our own demands, too.
The hunger-strikers are not alone. They have the support of hundreds of thousands of immigrants, fighting for legalization of all immigrants with no limitation, demanding equal rights and responsibilities with the Greek workers.
This struggle will go on, until all of our demands are met.

Union of Albanian Immigrants in Thessaloniki Prefecture «Mitera Tereza», Union of Nigerians, Assembly of the Tenants of Refugee Guest House, the Committee for Solidarity to the Political Refugees from Turkey and Kurdistan, immigrants or refugees from Senegal, Bangladesh, Iran, etc.

Solidarity / Solidarité

Solidarity to 300 migrant workers on hunger strike in Greece

Solidarity to 300 migrant workers on hunger strike in Greece

Support the Striking Migrant Workers of Greece

http://www.zcommunications.org/support-the-striking-migrant-workers-of-greece-by-many-authors

Yesterday, January 25, three hundred (300) migrants who work in Greece without papers or any civil rights began what is perhaps the largest hunger strike in Greek history.

The strikers are asking for the “legalization of all migrant men and women,” and for “the same political and social rights and obligations as Greek workers.”

The struggle of these migrants highlight the general crisis of migrants and refugees across Greece and Europe.

The Assembly of Migrant Hunger Strikers explain that they came to Greece “to escape poverty, unemployment, wars and dictatorships.” And that they were left no choice other than to repeatedly risk their own lives “to journey towards Europe’s door.”

«I want papers to be able to go to hospital, to be treated as a human being,» explained a 29-year old Moroccan. «I’m fed up with this life without papers.» He has been working “menial” jobs on the Island of Crete for 5 years.

Another hunger striker, who said he found it impossible to obtain legal papers, explained «There is no going back for us. … We will win this fight or we will die.»

With no other way to make their voices heard or demand their rights 250 migrants have occupied an unused building in the Law School of Athens where Police are forbidden by the University Asylum law to enter university grounds.

Another building, the 7th floor of the Labor Center of Thessaloniki, has also been occupied by 50 others.

Even during times of “business as usual”—when elite profit, power, and privilege is not in jeopardy, but the everyday lives of everyone else are—migrants are easy targets for blame and exploitation.

However, as material conditions worsen in Greece due to the current financial crisis, so have the lives of migrants worsened—becoming more precarious.

The statement of the Assembly of Migrant Hunger Strikers explains that the lives of migrants have become even more unbearable as workers “salaries and pensions are cut and prices rise.” Migrants have become targets more often and their lives more vulnerable.

“Far right discourse is reproduced through the media when they talk about us. On issues of migration, the propaganda of fascist and racist parties and groups has become the formal language of the State while their ‘proposals’ have already become government policy: the wall in Evros, floating detention centres and a European army in the Aegean, repression in the cities, massive deportations.”

Under these conditions faced by the striking migrants, it is imperative not to remain silent, and to lend support for the demands of the migrants.

Intellectuals of Greece, Europe, and elsewhere must express their solidarity by lending support for the demands of the migrants and participating in their struggle and defense.

Public expressions of solidarity and support are urgently needed as the deadline for striking migrants to leave the Law School of Athens’ is currently under consideration.

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We, the authors, wish to express our solidarity with the 300 migrant workers on hunger strike in Greece. Their struggle is an important part of the struggle for migrant justice and human rights all over the world.

(Signatories are listed here in personal capacity only. If you support this statement, please sign the petition.)

Michael Albert (ZNet) – USA

Peter Bohmer (Faculty in Economics at The Evergreen State College, and Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, Olympia, Washington) – USA
Irina Cerica (Global Balkans Network) – Canada

Andrej Grubacic (Global Balkans Network, ZNet) – USA

Harpreet K Paul (Project for a Participatory Society) – United Kingdom

Nikos Raptis (ZNet) – Greece

Deric Shannon (Worker Solidarity Alliance, Queers Without Borders) – USA

Chris Spannos (ZNet) – USA

Tamara Vukov (Global Balkans Network) – Canada

Abbey Willis (Worker Solidarity Alliance, Queers Without Borders) – USA
(If you support this statement, please sign the petition.)


GREECE -300 MIGRANTS ON HUNGER STRIKE -PRESS RELEASE 26 JAN 2011

PRESS RELEASE

Wednesday 26 January 2011

1. The strikers are in excellent physical and mental condition.

2. At the Press conference at noon, members of the assembly of the hunger strikers, of the solidarity assembly, of the Federation of Unions of Hospital Doctors, of the Union of State School Teachers in Secondary Education, of the first-degree union of Book-and-Paper Workers, and two lawyers called for solidarity and support for the migrants’ struggle, and explained its urgency especially in times of crisis, when society as a whole is being brutally attacked and deprived of its basic rights.

3. We are following the developments in Athens closely. No attack against our comrades and against the hunger strikers will go unanswered.

4. The hunger strikers have arranged to receive visitors between 11-1 at noon and 7-9 in the evening. During those times today, numerous people visited the strikers, members of unions who are hosted at the Labor Centre, a member of the town Council, and a delegation from the ‘Ecologist Greens’ party of Greece.

5. The team of 15 doctors who will be attending to the strikers during the course of the hunger strike, did a general health checkup on each striker, and offered medical advice and guidelines to the Safety and Security Teams of the solidarity assembly.

6. The hunger strikers assembly and the solidarity assembly agree with and will fully support the proposal of the Welcome to Europe Network for an International Action Week of Solidarity to the 300 Hunger Strikers between the 7th and the 13th of February 2011.

7. The solidarity assembly was informed that the deputy minister of Labor and Social Insurance will be in Thessaloniki for a conference on the ‘Perspectives on a New Migration Policy’ on Friday, January 28, at 7pm. The assembly of the hunger strikers announced their decision that representatives of their assembly will intervene at the conference and hand the text with their demands in person to the deputy minister.

Tuesday 25/1/2011, 1st day of hunger strike

PRESS RELEASE

JANUARY 25, 2011, 1st day of hunger strike

Today, 50 of the 300 immigrant workers began a hunger strike on the 7th floor of the Labor Centre of Thessaloniki, where they are being hosted. The hunger strikers are in very good shape, their conditions of living are excellent. Their conviction that they are fighting for a just cause, for the legalization of all migrants, keeps their spirits high. On the first day of the hunger strike the immigrant workers have received support from unions and workers’ organizations, as well as from numerous people who have visited, asking to help and contribute in any way they can.

Already on the first day of the migrant workers’ hunger strike, which puts their lives at risk for their struggle, the unholy alliance of the State, the media and the far-Right launched an orchestrated attack, condemning them or victimizing the fighting strikers, and tried to divert public opinion away from the real issues of the struggle. We believe that despite this assault, Greek society will stand by the strikers. This struggle is just and powerful, it has massive solidarity and support and it will not surrender to goebbelist propaganda techniques.

Tomorrow, Wednesday the 26th of January, the immigrant hunger strikers invite you to a Press Conference on the 1st floor of the Labor Centre.

From the Press Office

Solidarity Initiative of Thessaloniki

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THEY ARE HERE!

THEY ARE HERE!

Early this morning, 300 migrants arrived at the port of Peiraeus, Greece. They are planning to go on a hunger strike on the 25th of January, demanding the unconditional legalization of all immigrants and equal social and political rights for all.
250 of them stayed in Athens, where they will be hosted at the Law School, while 50 of them continued on the bus to Thessaloniki, where they will be staying at the Labor Centre in the centre of town.

They arrived in Thessaloniki around noon and were warmly welcomed by a cheering crowd who had prepared the space of the Labor Centre with mattresses and blankets, showers, an info-centre, as well as medical and legal aid, for the hunger strike. For the last two days before the fast, migrants and refugees who live in Thessaloniki have offered to cook for their brothers in struggle.

Tomorrow, Monday the 24th of January, workers’ first-degree unions and initiatives are invited to the Labor Centre to meet and greet the striking migrants and discuss the organization of solidarity actions. On Thursday the 27th, an open meeting is going to be held at the Labor Centre for the support and coordinaton of the struggle.

Statement of the 300 migrant workers on hunger strike from 25 January 2011

Statement of the 300 migrant workers on hunger strike from 25 January 2011

We are migrant men and women, refugees from all over Greece. We came here to escape poverty, unemployment, wars and dictatorships. The multinational companies and their political servants left us no choice but to repeatedly risk our lives to journey towards Europe’s door. The West that is exploiting our countries while benefiting from much better living conditions is our only chance to live decent lives, to live as human beings. Whether by regular or irregular entry, we came to Greece and are working to support ourselves and our families. We live without dignity, in the dark shadow of illegalness. Employers and State agencies benefit from the harsh exploitation of our labour. We live by the sweat of our brow and with the dream that one day we will have the same rights as our Greek fellow workers.

Recently our lives have become even more unbearable. As salaries and pensions are cut and prices rise, migrants are blamed for the misery and harsh exploitation of Greek workers and small businesses. Far right discourse is reproduced through the media when they talk about us.  On issues of migration, the propaganda of fascist and racist parties and groups has become the formal language of the State while their ‘proposals’ have already become government policy: the wall in Evros, floating detention centres and a European army in the Aegean, repression in the cities, massive deportations. They are trying to make Greek workers believe that we are suddenly a threat to them, that we are to blame for the unprecedented attack from their own governments.

The response to the lies and the cruelty must be provided now and it will come from us, from migrant men and women. We will put our own lives on the line to stop this injustice. We ask for the legalization of all migrant men and women, we ask for the same political and social rights and obligations as Greek workers. We ask our Greek fellow workers, everyone suffering exploitation, to stand with us. Support our struggle! Do not allow the lies, the injustice, the fascism and the despotism of political and economic elites to prevail. These are the same conditions that forced us to leave our homelands with our children in order to live with dignity.

We do not have any other way to make our voices heard, to raise awareness of our rights. Three hundred (300) of us will go on hunger strike in Athens and in Thessaloniki on the 25 January 2011. We risk our lives because, either way, there is no dignity in our living conditions. We would rather die here than allow our children to suffer what we have been through.

Assembly of migrant hunger strikers

January 2011