Its geting cold

days and days passes as the ppl in this shity place slowly fading

at the side-street

sitting in the hot sun in a side-street of patra. close to us the highway athens-patra. we wait at the red lights for a truck to europe. but instead of a truck only flies, heat and our lungs full of emissions. just another day in the waiting room greece.

where are my friends?

my friends are somewhere in prison. I don’t know where. the police catch people and bring them to prison in Komunisia, then to the border with Albania, then to Thessaloniki and I don’t know where. Me also they caught before and they brought me these ways. my friend called me that they brought them now to another prison, close to Florina city. who can help them?

Igoumenitsa: every day the same procedure …

Today, yesterday, the day before, every day … I try to leave for Italy. waiting for a truck, waiting for a chance. climbing inside, hiding. in the end always the same: the driver finds me, the komando finds me. somebody always finds me. then I have to leave the truck again and escape. I think of my friends who are in Italy now, in Sweden, in Autriche… in Europe. And I am still here. My family tells me to go on trying. they say everybody else arrived in better places. Greece is a bad place for you. Yes, it is bad for me. And for everybody. So I go on trying.

my shoes arrived in italy!

yesterday i was hiding in a truck with my friends, but police found us. they took our shoes away and told us to leave: “now your shoes will go to italy without you. you don’t need them anymore!” now i borrow a pair of old shoes from a friend. they are too small but i have no others.

Patras: raids in the trains!

today early in the morning a group of 25 police entered the place we live and arrested more than 70 of us. Sudanese, Somali, Palestini, Afghan refugees. Even some with pink card. police repression has to stop. we want our human rights!

finally I left!

I was in Kumenisia for two or three months. I tried going to Italy. It was not my first time in Greece. I was already deported twice back: once from the UK and once from Austria. Greece is really shit! I had a Pink Card in Greece after my deportation but anything else. I was also deported back from Italy several times upon arrival. They locked us in toilettes – 4, 5 persons together. We were brought to Patra. I immediately returned to Kumenisia because I had to leave. Now I am in Autriche with my family. I hope I find a way to stay here. I never want to go back to Greece.

to the Greek government and the Greek society

We migrants living in Greece are human beings who in our majority have faced severe political and social problems in our home countries. The real reason why we are in Greece is that we are looking for a life in security and with dignity.
Most of us were astonished when recognising the fact that applying for asylum and receiving the pink card does not offer anything to us:
– The authorities do not recognise or respect the pink card-holders as right holders and asylum seekers. In fact they treat them just like all the others.
– Basic rights of asylum seekers such as issuing a working permit or the subscription in IKA, the state health insurance become obstacles.
For these reasons nobody can find a job. Many of us moved to cities such as Patras and Igoumenitsa in order to try and leave the country although we are aware of the dangers. We can end up in prison or even be deported back to Turkey.
Furthermore, the lacking reception facilities and social support force us to try and find food and money. In many cases this wouldn’t be successful so that we end up searching the garbage bins for food.
We demand for:
– The recognition of the Pink Card by authorities
– Assistance in entering the job market or at least to the unemployment welfare by the state
– Shelters for everybody
– Access to free medical and health care
– Assistance in family reunification
– Access to legal status and papers
– Financial aid for free voluntary returns
– No arrests of asylum seekers
– No maltreatment
We will:
– respect the culture and people of Greece
– respect national and legal law
– support the development of this country
If our demands cannot be respected and our rights fulfilled we ask the civil society for the right to leave this country in a secure way.

Some facts about Patras:
At the 26th of January 2010 55 refugees were arrested in the region of the lighthouse and the trains.
At the 27th of February 2010 a refugee from Sudan was badly beaten by the authorities.
The Greek railway company OSE is planning to give the ground to the municipality, which wants to turn it into a parking space. They gave us a period of one month to leave the trains “in peace”.

keep your hands off from our settlement!

yesterday we protested together with Greek young people against our removal from the trains. It is more than one month now that we are afraid every day. we are forced by the Greek government to live under these conditions without any human rights. We have no choice. Athens is for many of us worse than Patras, because of the drugs, fights and police controls. here it is only a little better. the government want to keep us like this. we are free but we are in a prison too. Greek is a big prison to us. we even start fight among each other, but why? Because we are without papers, without food, without clothes, without money, without shelter, without medicine, without any rights. we want our rights back!

some remarks from inside the trains

Do you see this trains? We live there. It is our house! Inside now there is one men with a broken leg. Police beat him. When we leave this place the police come and tell us: “No! you have to stay inside!” How can we find some small money, something to eat in the garbage, if we are not allowed to move outside of the trains? where can we go? they say they will kick us out from here to. I don’t know. Do you have any answers?


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