Την Πέμπτη, 3 και την Παρασκευή, 4 Μαρτίου Έλληνες και ξένοι φοιτητές
στην Ουτρέχτη σήκωσαν πλακάτ και μοίρασαν φυλλάδια στο κέντρο της πόλης
και στην πανεπιστημιούπολη.
Στόχος μας ήταν να δηλώσουμε τη συμπαράστασή μας σ’ εκείνους που θέτουν τη
ζωή τους στον αγώνα όλων των μεταναστών, όπως και η ενημέρωση
ευαισθητοποίηση της Ολλανδικής κοινωνίας. Οι πολίτες της Ουτρέχτης
κλήθηκαν να λάβουν θέση και να πιέσουν την ελληνική κυβέρνηση να
αναγνωρίσει στους μετανάστες τα δικαιώματα και τη ζωή που τους έχει
στερήσει η Δύση.
“A state is made with walls and borders,
a country with love and dreams”
(ακολουθεί το κείμενο που μοιράστηκε)
Humanitarian Crisis in Greece
300 immigrants on hunger strike
Οn January 25, 300 immigrants in Greece started the largest hunger strike Europe has ever seen, demanding something as simple as the recognition of their own existence. They are people that live and work in the country for more than 10 years. A recent change in legislation and the economic crisis caused them to lose their legal status and made them return to a life of invisibility and fear.
This lack of legal status makes immigrants vulnerable to poverty and exploitation by the employers. They are in a state of semi-slavery, deprived of any form of social policy (medical care, pension etc). They do not have any official documents and they are under the constant threat of deportation, while many of them are asylum seekers. The situation gets even worst with the constant attacks by the Media and the growing number of incidents of racist violence.
The strikers are fighting with the only thing they have: their life, demanding the legalization of all immigrants and the consolidation of equal rights.
A humanitarian crisis threatens to strike in the country any day now, especially after some of them also quit drinking water. The condition of their health is critical many of them have already been hospitalised. In the same time, the government treats them with hostility, spreading fear to the society and trying to turn people against them. It refuses to have any discussion with them and threatens them with deportation. The stance taken by the Greek government is in accordance with the European pact for immigration that forbids massive legalizations of immigrants.
The only thing the hunger strikers can depend on is our solidarity. An ever growing international social movement, including outstanding members of the academic community, supports their fight.
You can express your support by sending an e-mail to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Those that wish to sign are welcome to send their name and profession)
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