Joint Announcement by the Panhellenic Network of Antiracist and Solidarity Collectivities: Freedom to the 35 arrested at Moria

In Solidarity with the 35 people arrested after uprisings in Moria camp in July 2017, we repost this Joint Statement by the Panhellenic Network of Antiracist and Solidarity Collectivities:

“On 18/7/17 refugees and immigrants, victims of wars but also extreme poverty or persecutions in their countries, demonstrated in Moria, protesting for the failing to have their substantiated asylum claims examined, resulting in them being held in the infamous Lesvos hot spot for a very long time in which, indicatively, killed at least 5 people last winter, due to the unacceptable living conditions as well as the dozens of suicide attempts reported.

Several hours after the refugees’ protest, the MAT riot police, along with some dressed as civilians, proceeded with a “sweep” operation and arrested 35 people of African descent, without any evidence of them having committed a particular offense, but using the only criteria, the color of their skin since there were mainly people of African origin attending the morning protest.

Of the arrested thirty were detained, charged with “destroying public property” and “committing arson in a particularly dangerous manner for the public safety”, in conjunction with the aggravating provision 187 of the Penal Code (“criminal organization”). Moreover, the indictment does not contain any detailed narrative of the “danger” that occurred, while, on the contrary, BBC videos indicate the brutality of police repression and the beating of refugees far from the scene of the demonstration. The 30 out of 35 are kept scattered at Korydallos, Chios and Avlona in an attempt to render their case “invisible” and to reduce the dynamics of their resistance, but also against solidarity while the other 5 have been “released” on restrictive conditions.

The request to suspend their temporary detention measure and its
replacement by other restrictive measures will be examined on 13/12/17.

The signed collectivities express their solidarity toward the persecuted African refugees and immigrants, and demand the lifting of their temporary detention and that they be released from the accusations against them.

We demand for:

  • The immediate release of the detained refugees or immigrants and their exemption from each charge
  • The closing of the hotspots and the ensurance of dignified living
    conditions for all
  • The cancellation of the EU-Turkey agreement and end to the deportation of refugees
  • The opening of the borders for the free movement of refugees to the countries of their choice.


Ανεξάρτητη Πρωτοβουλία Νάουσας
Αλληλέγγυοι/ες Χίου
Αλληλεγγύη Λέσβου – ΠίκΠα
Αντιπολεμική Διεθνιστική Κίνηση
Αναρχοσυνδικαλιστική Πρωτοβουλία Ροσινάντε
Αντιρατσιστική Πρωτοβουλία Θεσσαλονίκης
Αντιρατσιστική Πρωτοβουλία Λάρισα
Αντιρατσιστική Πρωτοβουλία Πρέβεζα
Αντιρατσιστικό Παρατηρητήριο Πανεπιστημίου Αιγαίου
Δίκτυο Κοινωνική Υποστήριξης Προσφύγων και Μεταναστών
Δίκτυο Ελεύθερων Φαντάρων Σπάρτακος
Κίνηση Υπεράσπισης Δικαιωμάτων Προσφύγων και Μεταναστών/στριών
Κίνηση για τα Ανθρώπινα Δικαιώματα – Αλληλεγγύη στους Πρόσφυγες-Σάμος
Κοινωνικό Στέκι ROSSONERO – Τρίκαλα
Kοινωνικό Στέκι – Στέκι Μεταναστών Χανίων
Κατάληψη Στέγης Προσφύγων/Μεταναστών Νοταρά 26
Κυριακατικό Σχολείο Μεταναστών
ΛΑΘΡΑ; Επιτροπή Αλληλεγγύης στους Πρόσφυγες Χίου
Ομάδα αλληλεγγύης Γιαννιτσών
Oasis – Ομάδα Αλληλεγγύης Προσφύγων Ρόδου
Ομαδα Στήριξης Μεταναστών και Προσφύγων Καλύμνου
Πρωτοβουλία Αλληλεγγύης Λαμίας
Πίσω Θρανία – για μια Εκπαίδευση Χωρίς Διακρίσεις
Πρωτοβουλία Ηρακλείου για τους Πρόσφυγες και Μετανάστες
Πρωτοβουλία Αλληλεγγύης ΛΑΜΙΑΣ
Πρωτοβουλία Έμπρακτης Αλληλεγγύης στους Πρόσφυγες  Ρέθυμνο
Συντονισμος για το Προσφυγικο και Μεταναστων
Στέκι Μεταναστών – Αθήνα
Στέκι Μεταναστών – Βόλος
Υποστήριξη Προσφύγων Νίσυρος
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NoBorders community, Athens
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