Afghan war refugee’s suicide attempt in Greece


This video from Greece says about itself:

18 January 2015

Raw footage: Consisting of 4 different videos taken by inmates of the Immigrant Concentration Camp in Corinth, Greece. They were originally posted on facebook by an Afghani refugee who managed to escape Greece and is now living in Germany.

In chronological order: In the first video, an Afghani inmate has climbed on the roof of a building in the Immigrant Detention Centre in Corinth and is attempting suicide; riot police (Greek MAT: Units of Order Restoration) are called to deal with the event.

In the second video, the other inmates, seeing the riot police and their fellow inmate on the roof, are shouting and trying to get out of the building. Riot police mercilessly beat on whoever manages to gets out and make use of crowd dispersing chemicals. Inmates from the windows are pleading with the riot police to leave so that their fellow inmate doesn’t commit suicide.

The hellish images continue in the third video where the riot police attacks inmates who are peacefully staging a sit-down protest and are refusing to enter the detention building. In the fourth video we see panicked inmates entering the packed building of the Detention Centre while being chased by the riot police and falling on each other.

Images that can’t be described by words and showcase the excruciating and inhuman practices of the Greek authorities against immigrants. The Corinth Immigrant Detention Centre has repeatedly been the ground of suicide attempts by inmates.

Prior to its election victory, Syriza (Coalition of the Radical Left) had promised to close Greek deportation detention centres and provide more humane treatment for immigrants. But about eight weeks after the government takeover, this has been exposed as an empty promise. Instead, Syriza and its right-wing coalition partner, the Independent Greeks (Anel), are continuing the inhumane immigration policy of the previous government almost seamlessly. Deportation centres continue to exist, despite the minister responsible for migration issues, Anastasia Christodoulopoulou, and the vice minister of the Interior Giannis Panousis promising to release the detained immigrants within a hundred days. Christodoulopoulou also promised the new Greek government would respect all EU guidelines on refugee policy: here.

UN REPORT: AFGHANISTAN CIVILIAN CASUALTIES OVER 10,000 “The number of civilians killed or wounded in fighting in Afghanistan climbed by 22 percent in 2014 to reach the highest level in five years as foreign troops concluded their combat mission, the U.N. said in an annual report released Wednesday. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan documented 10,548 civilian casualties in 2014, the highest number in a single year since 2009. They include 3,699 civilian deaths, up 25 percent from 2013.” [AP]

U.S.-BACKED AFGHAN MILITIA LEADERS INSPIRE TERROR OF THEIR OWN “He and his neighbors did not fear the Taliban nearly as much as they did their protectors, Rahimullah’s militiamen, who have turned to kidnappings and extortion … Scattered across Afghanistan, men like Rahimullah continue to hold ground and rule villages. They are a significant part of the legacy of the American war here, brought to power amid a Special Operations counterinsurgency strategy that mobilized anti-Taliban militias in areas beyond the grasp of the Afghan Army.” [NYT]

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