Greek nazis’ anti-refugee violence

This video from Greece says about itself:

Scuffles on Chios over overcrowded migrant camp

15 September 2016

A demonstration [by Golden Dawn neonazis] against the Greek government’s handling of the migrant crisis turned violent on the island of Chios on Wednesday night (September 14).

The Golden Dawn nazis bring reinforcements from elsewhere in Greece to Chios for their anti-refugee violence. They even bring reinforcements from other countries: a delegation of politicians of the Belgian extreme right Vlaams Belang party joined Golden Dawn on Chios during the violence. Vlaams Belang MP Filip Dewinter did a speech at a Golden Dawn meeting on Chios.

By John Vassilopoulos:

Greek fascists attack refugee camp

24 November 2016

Dozens of refugees were forced to flee the Souda refugee camp on the island of Chios last Thursday after a brutal attack by Golden Dawn members.

According to reports, the attack began at around 9:30 pm and lasted until the early hours of the morning. The fascists threw petrol bombs, large boulders and fireworks into the camp from surrounding elevated areas. A 42-year-old Syrian man was assaulted and a Nigerian boy was injured by one of the rocks. Three tents were burnt down and three more were damaged.

Afraid to return to the camp, the refugees that fled slept at the fishing market that night when temperatures dropped to 8 degrees Celsius. Many were still there three days later, according to reports.

On learning of the attacks, a group of aid workers rushed to help the refugees. One of these, Alexandros Panagiotakis, told CNN Greece that the group “came upon around 150 migrants at the fish market where they had sought safety from the far-right attackers. [Another aid worker and I] went to get our cars so that we could transport the migrants to a safer place.”

On their way to get their cars Panagiotakis and his colleague were set upon by a mob of 30 Golden Dawn members, who attacked them verbally and physically. “They threw us down and started to kick and swear at us,” said Panagiotakis. “They stopped only when a riot police squad arrived. They hit me on my sides and legs and the girl [the other aid worker] was semi-conscious. We were taken immediately to hospital.”

Similar attacks had taken place the previous evening, when Golden Dawn members armed with makeshift clubs and crowbars attacked refugees outside the Souda refugee camp while large stones were also thrown into the camp. According to reports a 25 year-old Algerian man is still in intensive care after being hit in the head.

In covering the events, the media lay the blame on the refugees by claiming that the troubles on Wednesday evening began after a group of migrants broke into a fireworks shop and then reportedly proceeded to set them off towards police and local residents. Refugees who spoke to Greek daily I Efimerida Ton Syntakton (Ef.Syn.) paint a different picture and claim that the trouble started two hours before when a group of locals attacked a group of Algerians sitting at the Chios public park. “The group had firecrackers and started to throw them [at the refugees] for no reason,” said a Syrian refugee.

The wave of violence was in fact stoked by the visit of Golden Dawn MPs Ilias Kasidiaris and Yiannis Lagos to Chios on Tuesday, where they spoke at a public meeting that evening calling for mass deportations of all refugees and migrants. This was part of a wider tour with a similar event taking place on the neighbouring island of Lesbos. Kasidiaris and Lagos were accompanied by a delegation of parliamentarians from Belgium, members of the Flemish far-right Vlaams Belang party.

There are currently more than 16,000 refugees and migrants being detained in refugee camps on Greek islands in the Aegean, while existing infrastructure is only adequate for around 7,500 people. The overwhelming majority have fled from the imperialist-driven conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. In Chios alone there are 4,000 refugees and migrants–nearly four times more than the current capacity.

Overcrowding is directly linked to the March agreement between the European Union and Turkey, which stipulates that Turkey take back all refugees who come across the Aegean to Greece. As a result, refugee camps in Greece have become internment camps of people–most of whom are destined to be deported back to Turkey after their cases have been assessed. The process is extremely slow, and meanwhile arrivals continue to flow in, which places even more pressure on existing infrastructure. According to figures from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), nearly 3,000 people crossed into Greece from Turkey in the last four weeks alone.

The Golden Dawn meetings sought to exploit tensions among sections of the local population, partly due to the increase in petty theft as a result of the economic desperation of the migrant and refugee population and partly due to the effects the refugee crisis has had on the tourist industry, the backbone of the local economy. Their timing was also designed to cause maximum provocation, given that they coincided with the commemoration of the student uprising against the military junta on November 17, 1973.

A counter-protest was held that same evening in Chios, with around 200 people holding a march through the island’s main town towards the Grecian Castle Hotel where the Golden Dawn meeting was taking place. The demonstrators’ path was blocked by riot police.

According to various accounts from eyewitnesses, the attacks on Wednesday and Thursday were carried out under the nose of the police, despite their having been officially placed on high alert since the Golden Dawn meeting on Tuesday. Riot police only intervened to stop Thursday’s attacks on the camp in the early hours of the morning, after they had gone on for five hours. There was a notable delay in police intervening in the attack on the two aid workers, which took place a few metres away from two patrol cars.

Tolerance of far-right attacks by the Greek police, delaying intervention or letting perpetrators get away, is a common occurrence. Golden Dawn enjoys substantial support among officers, especially in riot police units. Three years ago rapper Pavlos Fyssas was murdered in Keratsini by a Golden Dawn member while police stood near-by and did nothing.

The police have arrested none of the perpetrators. The only people arrested so far were 37 refugees and three foreign aid workers during the altercations on Wednesday evening.

In a speech to his parliamentary group, Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos openly defended the attacks while railing against the “progressive journalists of this country who lay the blame at the door of far-right elements.” He added, “You know what? Yes! For them every Greek that resists is a Golden Dawn member. For us that’s a badge of honour. Golden Dawn is the national defence of Greece.”

Like their far-right counterparts throughout Europe, Golden Dawn has been emboldened by the victory of the fascistic Donald Trump in the United States—which Michaloliakos referred to in his speech as “a true victory against globalisation.”

Refugee mother and children die in fire in Lesbos refugee camp: here. And here.

Trump’s biographer, now refugee from the USA?

Trump's biographer Tony Schwartz in the Netherlands, NOS photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Tony Schwartz wrote a book for Trump: ‘I’m not proud of it’

Today, 09:51

It is not often that a writer regrets writing a bestseller. Certainly not if the protagonist has just become president of the United States of America. Tony Schwartz does have regrets. Regrets about his book The Art of the Deal on Donald Trump. Schwartz is deeply concerned about the future of America. In fact, he’s been looking for an apartment in Amsterdam.

He loves Amsterdam, because his daughter and son-in-law have lived here for 3.5 years with their eight-months-old daughter. “I love it here.” He is in the Netherlands due to the Thanksgiving holiday. “I hope I will be able to continue to live in the US, currently mainly to help that the voice of opposition is heard.”

Ironically, precisely Schwartz wrote the book about which it is said it was the stepping stone for Trump‘s success. It was then a bestseller about a petty trader who had risen to real estate magnate.

The book now flies again over the counter and sales will continue to rise, once Trump will live in the White House. “My royalties for that all go to a migrant organization. That’s the only reason I am glad that the book is still being sold.”

“I wrote the book for the money and I’m not proud of it. I was then insufficiently aware that such a decision might haunt me for many years. It is intolerable that precisely Trump has ensured that I could have a comfortable life. And so, with that book I contributed that he came so far. My stomach turns when I think about it.”

“When Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency he said: “America needs the man who has written The Art of the Deal“. Then I thought: Hey, I wrote that book. When he dares to lie about something that is demonstrably false, then he dares to lie about everything.”

The Art of the Deal

The book was published in 1987 and is a combination of biography and Trump’s tips for doing good business. The bestseller was for 13 weeks at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list. The book was given extra attention during his election campaign.

Meanwhile, Trump won one victory after another in his campaign and Schwartz began to realize what he had done. “It felt like a huge punch in my stomach. At one point I decided to go public about how he works. I knew him, after all, like few others. I wanted to stop him.”

He is not afraid that Trump will take revenge on him for his treason. “He is certainly able to, but I will now only just assume that he has more important things on his mind.”

Schwartz is now in the Netherlands, this does not mean that he is a political refugee. Schwartz and his wife, however, are looking for an apartment in Amsterdam, but that has more to do with their granddaughter than with Trump. Provisionally. “But you could say that I just try out the role of a refugee.”

Maybe a refugee yet

“There might come a time when I will have to flee. If the president-elect will start to make life difficult for me and others that he sees as his enemies, with the resources he in that position will have at his disposal. What is really at stake is freedom of speech. Trump has no respect for the legitimate opposition that is precisely characteristic of a functioning democratic society”, says Schwartz.

“And then he is also a person without any experience in this field. He is touchy. He’s impulsive. If he feels offended or cornered, he responds in thoughtless and aggressive ways. And this man for the next four years will control our nuclear arsenal. If he will be annoyed enough he will use it. In four seconds.”

“Also consider the people he has in his team: which are all white men who are strongly inclined to the right, we have never had a government with such extreme political views. Women, blacks, immigrants, Jews,.. all of them have been attacked. Panic is perhaps a bit exaggerated, but there should be serious concern”, says Schwartz.

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Anti-refugee ‘super Berlin’ wall in Germany

This 10 November 2016 German video is about the four meter high wall anti-refugee wall in Neuperlach near Munich.

By Anna Rombach in Germany:

German city builds four-metre-high wall in front of refugee shelter

22 November 2016

The building of a four-metre (13-foot) high wall in front of a refugee shelter in a Munich suburb has provoked consternation and outrage. Criticism has been directed not only against the Munich politicians responsible, but also the reactionary refugee and war policies of the grand coalition (Christian Democratic and Social Democratic) government in Berlin.

For two years, seven residents of an owner-occupied development in the Neuperlach district of Munich have been blocking the construction of a refugee shelter. They justified their actions by citing expected noise nuisance due to the 160 unaccompanied minors and young asylum seekers who would move into the home.

The sinister “compromise solution” of the Administrative Court is the construction of a massive stone wall that separates the residential area from the refugees.

Its huge mass is reminiscent of a prison wall. Even for a sound-protection barrier it is over-sized. Nearby there is another facility for refugees, which, despite being only 50 metres from the autobahn, has just a three-metre-high noise barrier.

Guido Bucholtz, a member of the Ramersdorf-Perlach district council and former Green Party member, said he was shocked when he saw the wall at the beginning of November. He uploaded a video clip of it onto the Internet, triggering a wave of protests. “How can things be like this here, that we have to build a wall between refugees and residents using the transparent argument of noise protection,” Bucholtz told the Deutsche Presse-Agentur. “This is a signal: The refugees are sealed off because we don’t want to have them anyway.”

Media interest rapidly developed. Thousands criticized the building of the wall on social media, which runs diametrically against previous practices in Munich. Many Neuperlach residents were also shocked.

“Madness,” “It looks like what happened under Hitler,” “Like the Berlin Wall,” “Like World War II,” “Terrible,” “Horrible” and “Impossible,” were some comments made by Neuperlach residents on YouTube.

Many have pointed out that the wall is higher than the Berlin Wall (3.6 metres). Others have noted that the trees and bushes next to the refugee home provide enough sound damping, and that a cycle path and footpath also separate the home from adjacent properties. The houses are approximately 25 meters from the boundary marked by a planted embankment.

Numerous media outlets have reported on the dispute in Munich, including newspapers (and also right-wing web sites) in England, France, Austria, Italy and the US. Some of them have used the xenophobic example for their own propaganda purposes. …

The broadcaster Bayrische Rundfunk took the anti-immigrant residents’ side, and argued that the value of their homes could fall as a result of the new shelter. Security was also at risk: “An elderly woman expressed grave fears because she was walking alone on the pavement at night.”

By contrast, an online petition against the wall on received thousands of signatures in no time. It is addressed to Mayor Dieter Reichert (Social Democratic Party, SPD), the Munich City Council and the Bavaria Higher Administrative Court. It says: “The wall 2.0 is a disgrace for Germany and even more so for the otherwise cosmopolitan and multicultural Munich.”

In 2015, many Munich inhabitants welcomed harassed and exhausted refugees, spending days and nights at the city’s main railway station to greet the new arrivals and providing them with whatever they needed after their long journey. These residents were subsequently disappointed that their assistance and efforts were not better utilised and the authorities soon sent them home.

Munich’s City Council saw heated debates. The Greens have responded to the protests and are now calling for the demolition of the wall. The SPD is torn on the issue, since its leader in the state legislature, Markus Rinderspacher, described the wall as “a symbol of separation and isolation.”

Thomas Kauer (Christian Social Union, CSU), chair of the Ramersdorf-Perlach district council, claimed that it was merely a matter of noise abatement and was not an attack on refugees: “I won’t let our district get a bad reputation.”

Politicians of all parties are seeking to conceal the real cause of the refugees’ misery. For example, none of them point to the obvious connection between the large numbers of refugees and the imperialist war policies of the Western powers, including Germany, in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa.

The official discourse also covers up the role played by the establishment parties and media when it comes to stoking up fears and hostility toward people fleeing war and poverty. The media throws up examples like New Year’s Eve in Cologne, and the false allegations of criminal activity by immigrants, to whip up divisions in the population. The wall in Neuperlach is an opportunity for the establishment mouthpieces to shift responsibility for the government’s xenophobic policies onto the backs of the population.

In reality, the resentment against refugees stems first and foremost from the operations of Germany’s establishment parties. They consciously stoke chauvinist sentiments and are responsible for the rise of right-wing movements. For example, Merkel said in September: “For the next few months, the most important thing is repatriation, repatriation and again repatriation.”

The SPD is singing the same tune, and attacks Merkel from the right. Ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) attacked Merkel for her supposed welcoming culture earlier in the year. The SPD party chair, Sigmar Gabriel, sought to play off workers in Germany and refugees against each other when he commented: “We must be careful that there are not people in Germany who feel that the politicians in Berlin always have money when, for example, it is a matter of rescuing the banks, or now to help refugees.”

… The Green state premier of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, agreed to the abolition of the right of asylum for refugees from Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In the Bundesrat (Upper Chamber of the federal parliament), Kretschmann will also vote against asylum for Tunisians, Moroccans and Algerians. His party colleague Boris Palmer, mayor of Tübingen, declared that it was necessary to deport “violent” refugees even to Syria. “There are also areas in Syria that are not at war,” Palmer said.

On Thursday last week, a meeting of the Ramersdorf-Perlach district council took place—this time under police protection, as several houses belonging to those supporting the wall had been daubed with slogans such as “Nazi filth.” The CSU representatives Kauer and Markus Blume used this and tried to ostracise Bucholtz, the critic of the wall. In a foul attempt to silence opponents of the wall, they claimed he was responsible for setting the ball rolling and disturbing the peace and quiet of law-abiding citizens.

German government sends Afghan refugees back to their deaths

This video is about Germany. Hundreds demand justice for Kunduz massacre victims in Afghanistan.

Recently, the German government Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said that the Afghan government should stop refugees from fleeing the country.

And how, Herr de Maizière, is the Kabul government supposed to stop Afghan refugees from fleeing?

By bringing peace to the country? Apparently, in Herr de Maizière’s theory, whenever German or other NATO soldiers shoot people or drop bombs in some country, that country then is automatically at peace (in practice, however, often the peace of the grave). The Kabul government and their big NATO paymasters have proved to be extremely unable to do that for the past fifteen years and longer.

By improving the situation of Afghan women? They and their big NATO paymasters have proved to be extremely unable to do that for the past fifteen years and longer.

By stopping sexual abuse of children? United States occupation generals have said it is OK for Afghan warlords to carry on with that.

By stopping the poverty and hunger? They and their big NATO paymasters have proved to be extremely unable to do that for the past fifteen years and longer. As all the trillions of money go to warfare, to corrupt Western merchants of death and to corrupt Afghan warlords.

Then, in what other way should the Afghan government stop refugees?

Recently, in Germany extreme right racist politicians advocated violently stopping Afghan and other refugees crossing the German border. Asked if they really believed that German border guards should stop refugee women and children from crossing the border through open fields with firearms they answered ‘Yes’.

Is Herr de Maizière now advising the Afghan government that their border guards should stop refugee women and children from crossing the border out of Afghanistan through open fields by killing these refugee women and children?

By the way, only a small minority of refugees from the bloody war in Afghanistan go to Germany.

Why have millions of refugees fled Afghanistan? Partly because of war crimes there by Herr de Maiziere’s German armed forces. Like the Kunduz massacre of civilians. A massacre covered up by you, Herr de Maiziere. When you were not yet Minister of the Interior like now, but Minister of War … oops, I should have used the euphemism ‘Defence’. You, Herr de Maiziere, demonstratively promoted Colonel Klein, responsible for that bloody massacre, early in 2013 to the rank of brigadier general.

Of course, refugees from Afghanistan flee not only German war crimes. If we limit ourselves to Kunduz, where the German Bundeswehr had committed their massacre: recently, the United States Air Force, your NATO allies, Herr de Maiziere, lethally attacked the MSF hospital, the only hospital in Kunduz.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Germany sends back over 12,000 Afghans

Today, 12:16

Germany has told 12,500 Afghans in the country that they must return to their country. …

According to the Interior Ministry, the security situation in Afghanistan is such that it is safe to send people back. …

It is expected that many people will object to being returned forcibly. …

The return of asylum seekers to Afghanistan is a sensitive issue in Germany because of the constant attacks by the Taliban. This week the German consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif was targeted by an attack by the Taliban.

The party Die Linke calls on the government not to send Afghans back to their country, because there are great risks involved.

LAST MONTH WAS THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN David Wood examines how the Trump administration will address America’s longest war in the failing country. [David Wood, HuffPost]

At least 340 refugees drowned in four accidents involving boats travelling from Libya to Italy in the course of two days, according to official sources: here.