“The greek state guarantees your safety”. .
These words ring out across the computer screen. Is this the same greek state that has spend the last week shooting teargas granades into family’s? The same greek state that instead of providing aid, shelter and food in a emergency situation send more police? The same greek state that has done their absolute best to guarantee only the minimum of human rights through making an immigration system that was already inhumane even worse? The same greek state that sends it’s coastguard to do illegal pushbacks that put countless people in danger and has cost many lives?
In the last days, the greek state has been hard at work at a new reception centre. And ofcourse, it will be a closed facility. A closed facitlity is a prison. A few entered voluntary, but many only entered after the greek state issued leaflets that people’s asylum procedure would not be continued if they did not cooperate with their own incarceration. In foreign media the greek state likes prides itself in the improved water and electricty system, but here all we see is comtempt. The greek state cares only about one thing and one thing only, to get away with making these’s people’s lives as miserable as possible. Year after year, day after day, the greek state sends its police dogs to shout abuses and and beat people into submission. The greek state is a state like any other. Hateful, authoritarian and racist.
“Do not trust anybody else, they are using you”.
The greek goverment is trying to insinuate that the people in Moria have been “tricked” into starting the fires by evil ngo’s with misinformation about the sitution they are in. This racist narrative implies that people of colour would not have taken action against the injustices and violence perpetrated on them without white people to “guide” them. The situation in Moria has been well known for many years. And so where the countless demonstrations inside and outside of Moria organised and attended by migrants over the last 5 years.
The greek goverment telling people that they will ensure their safety is a cruel, sad joke. While the demonstations in europe for the evacuations of the people formely cought in the camp are ongoing, the new prison will take it’s place. A prison where people will be once again forced to live in horribly conditions under the watchful eye of the greek police. But, the politicians of europe can go to sleep easy, as the unwanted immigrants are locked up once again.