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.

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]

Refugee murdered after German anti-immigrant demonstration


This 30 September 2014 video is called Asylum seekers abused in German refugee centres.

By Martin Kreickenbaum in Germany:

Germany: Refugee murdered after anti-immigrant demonstration

16 January 2015

An Eritrean refugee, Khaled Idris Bahray, was murdered Monday night in the German city of Dresden just a few hours after a right-wing anti-immigrant rally called by the Pegida movement involving, according to the police estimates, 25,000 people. The timing of the murder and the character of subsequent police investigations raise major questions.

Twenty-year-old Bahray was found at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday morning by local residents in the courtyard of a prefabricated housing block. He lived in the block in the district of Dresden Leubniz-Neuostra together with seven other refugees in a flat assigned by the city administration. A roommate found him covered in blood; rigor mortis had already set in.

According to the local police, however, “there was no evidence of third-party involvement”. Reports in the local newspaper reveal that the first reaction of the police press office on Tuesday morning was that there was “nothing to report.” The dead refugee was first mentioned by the police in the afternoon.

It was only after reports circulated in the Morgenpost Sachsen and Twitter that Bahray had been found in a pool of blood with clear injuries to his neck and chest that the police took a different tack. On Wednesday, Dresden police chief Dieter Kroll declared: “It is not possible to ascertain what happened based on the external characteristics of the corpse. There is an initial suspicion of unnatural death. The homicide commission is investigating.”

Only at this time, some 30 hours after the discovery of the corpse, were forensic specialists sent to the scene of the crime. The decision of the police to refrain from immediate follow-up after finding a bloodied corpse is scandalous. One Green Party parliamentary deputy has issued a complaint against the police claiming they deliberately decided not to intervene.

The behavior of the police and judicial authorities cannot be explained away by mere negligence. Rather, it is clear that there was a deliberate attempt to cover up a racist murder. Bahray’s body was found less than two kilometres away from the end point of the demonstration by Pegida and its crowd of far-right extremists, anti-Islam fanatics and nationalists.

Despite the likely political background to the murder, the police are restricting their enquiries to interrogating the residents of the block where the refugee was housed. Forensic scientists have searched for clues in the refugee’s apartment, but the state attorney has announced that a murder weapon had not been found.

The entire manner of the police investigation recalls the cover-up conducted by the investigating authorities in the murders carried out by the neo-fascist NSU terrorist cell. The NSU was able to carry out its series of murders and bank robberies for many years while the authorities repeatedly raised criminal allegations against the family members and friends of the murder victims.

Although the exact circumstances of the murder of Khaled Idris Bahray remains unknown, there is already evidence for a racially motivated act.

Bahray was last seen by his flat-mates at 8 p.m. on Monday. “He wanted to go shopping at the supermarket,” said one of his roommates. According to one newspaper, the pleasant and friendly young man allowed other customers to bypass him at the checkout. Bahray never returned from his shopping trip.

His roommate stated that the refugees normally only went out in groups because they feared attacks by racists. Many refugees avoid the streets altogether since the weekly Pegida demonstrations began some months ago. A friend of Bahray told the refugee aid organisation Pro Asylum: “The people here are hostile towards us, there is hatred in their eyes, we do not dare come out, we need protection.” The refugees spoke of repeated insults and threats.

Michael Nattke, a lecturer at the Cultural Office of Saxony, told the tageszeitung: “There is much hostility towards asylum seekers in Dresden, especially on Mondays.” According to Nattke, “over a thousand organised neo-Nazis with a huge potential for aggression” take part in the Pegida marches. His colleagues were surprised every Monday that “there were no incidents of outright violence.”

Robert Kusche, the head of the counseling centre for victims of right-wing violence in Dresden, confirmed the intimidating nature of Pegida demonstrations. According to his findings, the refugees have “recognised that the Pegida marches pose a danger to them even though some do not speak German.”

There was a serious incident following the Pegida demo on December 22, when a group of Alevi (Turkish) youth was attacked by a mob. The attackers were masked with Dynamo Dresden football scarves and threatened the young people with electric batons, knives and pepper spray. The police have been unable to find the suspects.

Pegida supporters have also vilified and ridiculed Bahray on Facebook and Twitter. Statements such as “now one less living here at our expense” or “If it had been a German there would have just been a police report without photo…but instead the press goes crazy about this Bimbo…damn pack!”

Also this week, the city of Dresden has abandoned plans to accommodate 94 refugees in a hotel after the owner backed down at the last minute and withdrew his agreement. The company that owns the hotel Prinz Eugen declared the decision was made for “internal reasons.” But the city administration admitted there had been “massive opposition to the project from the population and the surrounding environment.” Racist graffiti had been daubed on the hotel, and there was intimidation on social networks, including a warning in the form of a question whether asylum centres “have to burn first before the city quits the project.”

The tense conditions in the city of Dresden are the work of the media and leading politicians who embraced the Pegida movement from the beginning and built it up out of nothing. They bear responsibility for the murder of Khaled Idris Bahray, should it be confirmed that he was the victim of a racist mob.

Leading political figures ranging from federal interior minister Thomas de Maiziere (Christian Democratic Union, CDU) Saxony’s minister president Stanislaw Tillich (CDU) and Thuringian minister president Bodo Ramelow (Left Party) have all expressed their understanding for the demonstrators and the alleged “legitimate concerns and fears of the population” regarding too many foreigners and refugees. They have repeatedly offered to conduct talks with the right-wing mob and even provided them a public forum in the Regional Centre for Civic Education in Saxony to spread their racist filth.

On two occasions, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has opened its pages to Konrad Adam, the deputy chair of the right-wing nationalist Alternative for Germany, which has close links with Pegida, to agitate against Islamism. Other German newspapers have praised Pegida for making it possible to criticise asylum seekers and Islamism without being branded as a “right-wing extremist.”

In Saxony, the state government has in large part adopted the policies of Pegida. The state interior minister, Markus Ulbig, vigorously opposes any ban on deportations. Confronted with a petition of 11,000 signatures requesting that he refrain from carrying out deportations of refugees in winter, he reacted with the heartless comment: “Climate is not a category of immigration law.”

Ulbig also lobbied the federal government to declare Tunisia a “safe country of origin” in order to reject all asylum applications from Tunisian refugees and deny them any possibility of appeal. Pegida had already denounced the handful of refugees from Tunisia in Saxony as “economic refugees.”

This chauvinism and nationalism has been deliberately fanned by influential layers in political and media circles to enforce a reactionary anti-immigrant policy. The consequences arising from the mobilisation of the brown mob is now very evident in Dresden.

A roommate of the murdered Bahray was clearly stunned by his murder, saying: “Khaled was a wonderful person, he had many goals, wanted to learn German, work and live in peace. Why did he have to die in such a manner?”

A solidarity rally for Khaled Idris Bahray was held in front of Albertinum Museum in Dresden. Inside the museum, the Saxony administration was holding its New Year’s under the entirely inappropriate motto, “From all over the world—at home in Saxony.”

See also here.

Racist firebomb attack on Swedish refugees’ mosque


This video is called Somalia – War Lords part 1.

This video is called Somalia – War Lords part 2.

Somalia for many years now has been the scene of terrible war. If you are not in danger of Al-Shabaab insurgents’ violence, then you are in danger of violence by Pentagon-supported government warlords, violence by Pentagon-supported Ethiopian invaders, or violence by Pentagon-supported ‘peacekeepers’.

No wonder that many Somalis flee this war. Some of these refugees die horrible deaths on their jouneys. Some reach countries like Sweden, where they suppose they will be safe.

In Eskilstuna in Sweden, refugees from Somalia have a mosque. But it turned out, on Christmas day, that these Somalis were not safe there from racist violence.

This 25 December 2014 video is called Arson attack at Swedish mosque leaves five injured.

From the BBC:

Eskilstuna, which has a large immigrant population, was the scene of clashes involving neo-Nazi groups opposed to Sweden’s immigration policy earlier this year.

From The Local in Sweden:

Five hurt in mosque arson attack

Published: 26 Dec 2014 08:52 GMT+01:00

An arsonist set fire to a mosque in central Sweden on Thursday injuring five people, police said, in the latest of a spate of attacks targeting Muslims.

“Somebody threw an object through a closed window and afterwards a fire started inside,” police spokesman Lars Franzell told AFP.

“There were between 15 and 20 people in the premises.”

Refugee-friendly Sweden woke up to the reality of a new political landscape in early December when the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats brought down the government by refusing to back its budget proposal in parliament.

The mosque is located on the ground floor of a building in the city of Eskilstuna, some 90 kilometres west of Stockholm.

According to police, the fire started in the early afternoon.

Police said they were investigating the incident as a case of aggravated arson but had no suspects yet.

The five injured were taken to hospital to be treated for injuries including smoke inhalation, lacerations and fractures.

“There has been an intensification of hatred against Muslims,” Sweden’s Islamic Association head Omar Mustafa told public radio SR on Thursday.

In January unknown perpetrators daubed black swastikas on the front door of a Stockholm mosque and in December last year neo-Nazis attacked a peaceful anti-racist protest in a Stockholm suburb, causing three people to be hospitalized.

The Stockholm mosque attack was followed however by a love bomb attack when anti-racists decorated the door to the building with flowers. A similar response is being organized for Eskilstuna with a Facebook group urging volunteers to put up hearts on the burned out buildings.

“We want to have a society where all Eskilstuna residents can feel safe and included,” the group Eskilstuna United (Tillsammans för Eskilstuna) wrote.

I hope groups like Eskilstuna United will prevail over the spirit of mass murderer Breivik, in jail in Norway next door to Sweden.

Fascist murderer Anders Breivik has had HUNDREDS of letters intercepted by prison authorities who say he is trying to orchestrate far-right uprising from his Norwegian jail cell: here.

After Eric Garner’s killer, Jimmy Mubenga’s killers get impunity


This video from the USA says about itself:

Entire College Team Wears ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Shirts

13 December 2014

“Many high-profile NBA players have shown their sympathy for the late Eric Garner by wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts prior to recent games.

On Wednesday night, the Georgetown Hoyas became the first college team to join the movement by wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts prior to their home game against Kansas.

It’s fitting that Georgetown is the first college team to join the “I Can’t Breathe” movement because for much of the ’80s and early 90s, the Hoyas were a strong symbol of urban culture among the African-American community. Head coach John Thompson Jr., still an iconic figure in the Washington, D.C., area, was the first African-American coach to win a national championship, doing so in 1984.

The Young Turks hosts John Iadarola (TYT University), Ana Kasparian and Ben Mankiewicz break it down.

In New York City in the USA, Eric Garner, after saying: ‘I can’t breathe’ was killed by police. His killer was not indicted.

Now, something similar in Britain. Similar, but not the same. As the British case did not involve police, but the infamous ‘security’ mercenaries of G4S. And there was at least an indictment; but no conviction.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

G4S guards cleared of Jimmy Mubenga killing

Wednesday 17th December 2014

A TRIO of G4S guards accused of the 2010 manslaughter of deportee Jimmy Mubenga walked free yesterday after being cleared by an Old Bailey jury.

Campaigners branded the verdict “disappointing” and said questions remained over the death of the Angolan man onboard a plane on the Heathrow tarmac.

Terrence Hughes, Colin Kaler and Stuart Triblenig had all denied they acted improperly towards Mr Mubenga, who had allegedly been pinned to his chair face down for around 30 minutes before he died of a heart attack, with witnesses saying he’d complained that he was unable to breathe.

The father of five’s death in the custody of scandal-dogged security privateer G4S was ruled unlawful at an inquest last year, but his family’s search for a conviction failed yesterday.

Mr Mubenga’s wife Adrienne Makenda Kambana said: “Jimmy’s gone but we need justice for his children.

“My daughter was seven months at the time her father died. It breaks my heart, it makes me more determined to fight again to get justice for Jimmy and for my family.”

The guards’ solicitor Alex Preston said the trio were “delighted to have been found not guilty so quickly.”

But justice charity Inquest codirector Deborah Coles questioned how that verdict squared with the evidence.

“It is difficult to reconcile the verdict with the evidence heard at the trial that over 20 people heard Jimmy Mubenga say ‘I can’t breathe’,” she said.

“There needs to be a mechanism for state institutions and the private companies they employ to be held to account when people die. The lack of state accountability over black deaths in custody is a global issue and one that will not go away until urgently addressed.”

Amnesty International spokesman Oliver Sprague said the verdict was “extremely disappointing given the multiple failings” which led to the death.

Mr Hughes had earlier told the court that he had received no specific training in restraint techniques for use within the close confines of an aircraft.

In June, Immigration Minister James Brokenshire announced new guidelines for cases such as Mr Mubenga’s.

But Mr Sprague demanded a radical overhaul that would place “proper controls” on the firms paid by the Home Office to carry out deportations.

He added that Amnesty had documented “numerous cases of private security companies’ wholly inappropriate conduct over the last few years.

See also here.

Jimmy Mubenga: Judge refused to allow jury to hear about guards’ racist texts. Abusive and racist texts on phones of G4S security guards cleared of manslaughter of Angolan man not seen as relevant to case: here.

A JUDGE’S decision to withhold dozens of racist text messages on the phones of G4S guards acquitted of killing Jimmy Mubenga was condemned as “a shocking act of state racism” yesterday: here.

A DEMONSTRATION of over two hundred people took place on Thursday evening outside the Home Office to protest against the ‘not-guilty’ verdict for the G4S guards over the trial for Jimmy Mubenga: here.

Demonstrators outside the Home Office demanding the prosecution of G4S after the death of Jimmy Mubenga

Jimmy Mubenga verdict: Even terrorist suspects receive better treatment than immigrants in the UK. As well as allowing the use of ‘pain-based removal techniques’, Britain is the only country in the EU to detain immigrants indefinitely: here.

Californian police made 25 arrests on Monday as protesters chained themselves to the doors of the Oakland police headquarters. Demonstrators blocked streets around the building and chained shut four doors to protest against recent grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York: here.

USA: Boston College students are upset with the school administration’s choice to send out letters to demonstrators who participated in a “die-in” at a private campus building last week, threatening possible disciplinary actions for the act of civil disobedience. On December 9, dozens of BC students and faculty congregated inside of the St. Mary’s Hall residence, a place school officials said is privately owned and used for “prayer and solitude” by the Jesuit community, to protest two recent grand juries’ decisions not to indict white police officers in the shooting deaths of unarmed black men. The civil action was one of many that took place around the city in recent weeks in response to the lack of indictments in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York: here.

Lil B has released a new single that takes its name from the protest movement that sprang up in the wake of Eric Garner‘s choking death at the hands of the NYPD: “I Can’t Breathe.” Except instead of just protesting Garner’s death, Lil B also appears to be protesting the oppressive hand of Mark Zuckerberg following his own alleged ban from Facebook. On Tuesday Lil B said he’d been blocked from Facebook for 30 days after going on a rant about rape, slavery, and animal rights. “Facebook has blocked me for 30 days for speaking my mind with no intent of hate or separation,” he tweeted: here.

Freedom Rider: Ferguson Reverberates Around the World: here.

Canada: I was racially profiled, roughed up, and detained by police for being Indigenous: here.

Syrian refugee women interviewed in Greece


This video says about itself:

Hellas Hell: Refugees’ hell in Greece”

29 October 2013

Due to the reinforcement of the European border controls, the migration flow has moved to the Greco-Turkish border which has become the main point of entry for migrants to the European Union. Greece is, for most migrants, just a place of transit that they must leave as quickly as possible hoping to find better living conditions. They are forced to live in hiding, often suffer violence or are detained arbitrarily.

Over the last few years, the maritime border between Italy and Greece constitute the only route to reach the Europe they expected and to avoid their particular ‘Hell’ in Greece. Thousands of people try to leave from the Adriatic Greek port cities by hiding beneath or inside articulated lorries without the driver knowing it. They run great risks, and are most often discovered, arrested and returned. The readmission procedures lay under a bilateral agreement between Italy and Greece and the practices that have resulted from it contravene a number of fundamental rights that are guaranteed at a national, community and international level. In adittion the people arriving at the Adriatic borders are mostly potential asylum seekers, or people recognized as such on the basis of documents published by humanitarian organizations: Afghans, Iraqis, Kurds, Somalis, Sudanese or Eritreans.

The situation has become even worse due to the global financial crisis.

From the Dawn of the Greeks blog in Greece:

Interview with three women – refugees from Syria

Posted on December 16, 2014 by dawnofthegreeks

Syntagma Square, 14-12-2014, one day before their transfer to Petrou Ralli (Aliens Subdirectorate)

Interview on 0151 magazine

0151: How long is it since you’ve been here?

Fatime: 4 months

How did you get here?

I came to Greece with an inflatable boat and nearly died.

Which island did you first reach?

Rhodes.

Did all your fellow travellers on the inflatable boat live?

They damaged the inflatable so that no one can go back.

Who damaged it?

The trafficker or someone from us did it so that we can’t go back. That’s when some people died.

How many people were you on that boat?

35 people.

And how many of those died?

I don’t know how many died, because I heard several different numbers. Probably, it is young children that died when they tore the inflatable boat apart.

Did you and your family come along with Fatime?

Aziza: No, we came here via another route.

How long ago?

A month ago.

Did you come with an inflatable boat too?

No, we used a bigger inflatable which has rubber underneath, that is, it is safer.

Where did you arrive?

They got us in Alexandroupoli. They held us for 15 days in prison and then we came here (Athens).

How did you travel from Alexandroupoli to Athens?

By train.

How old are you?

24.

Do you have children?

Yes, two of them. Here they are!

Do you have family back in Syria?

My parents have died in the war in Syria.

Are you her husband?

Yes

How old are you?

40.

And you, Fatime, how old are you?

27.

Have you got children?

I’ve got two children.

Are they here?

No, they are in Turkey. I want to go to Europe and take them along when I will apply for asylum.

You don’t want to stay here, nobody wants to stay here.

You can’t have a job here, or housing, you can’t have anything.

I know, I know.

We have witnessed a lot of torture. Many rapes by the traffickers who brought us here. On the way here, the traffickers rape the women.

Where do these rapes take place? Here or in Syria?

On the road, here, there, anywhere. They rape or they do other things, otherwise they will abandon you halfway.

Does this mean you have been raped?

Something like that happened to me indeed…

I’ve learned from other Syrian contacts that in Syrian villages they storm your house and take away girls 13-24 years old. Where are they taking these girls?

The Jihadists are doing that. They take girls away and rape them. Then they sell them or simply kill them.

How are things for you here? Do you want to tell me something about your experiences here? Where do you live? How are Greek[s] treating you? What are you eating?

The first thing we realized was that the Greeks are not renting their houses to Syrians. Second, we sleep rough here because the hotels are full and those who stay there sleep on the floor too. Our children are going through this as well.

Are you facing any danger sleeping rough, other than the rain and the cold?

Here in Syntagma where we have been for several days we haven’t experienced anything. But if we were in Omonoia, I know we would see other things.

Do you have any relatives in any EU country?

Aziza: Only me. I’ve got a relative in Sweden. Our parents have all died in the war.

Can’t you prepare your papers for “family unification”?

No you cannot do that. I know this from many people who have tried and whose application was rejected. (it only covers parents with children, with the proviso that the children are underage).

You tell us, what is your demand?

Fatime: What we want from Greece is to be left free to leave. Because the traffickers will pick us up either from the sea or Macedonia, there is a route to follow on foot up to Serbia. We just want a way to leave. We don’t want asylum or anything from Greece. Just to leave by any possible means.

We learned that two people from you tried to escape and died on the way. One of them a 55 year-old doctor, as far as I know. Have you got any information on them? Do you know their names?

No, we don’t know anything about them. These things happen all the time.

I’d like us to return to what you mentioned before about the rapes by the traffickers. In these groups you travel are there no men? What is their stance?

There is no men. The groups are formed by 2-3 women. It’s not really a group, just a few people. Especially if they see a woman that wants to travel alone they put her on the spot.

Did you make any formal complaints somewhere?

There is shame…

When you come here, how do the authorities treat you, especially the women and children?

There is not much difference for us.

And you, Leyla, how long have you been here?

Leyla: Nine months. I came here pregnant and gave birth to my baby. We want you to report everything we are telling you so that the people will know. EU should know, not only Greece. We are thankful. But since Greece cannot help, we need help from abroad. When I gave birth here, they kept my baby because I didn’t have money to pay for the operation. Now we sleep rough.

Where is your husband?

My husband died two months ago in Syria.

Fatime: Mine is lost somewhere in Syria, we don’t know where.

So, your children who are they staying with in Turkey?

With my sister, she is 18 and taking care of them.

Leyla: Myself, I’ve got a big problem because I gave birth here. The hospital and the Ministries are telling me that in order to declare the birth, I need to bring some paperwork from Syria. And like I said, my husband who was there, has now been lost. In Syria everything is ruined. If I go there, I will never be able to flee again.

Can’t they do this procedure themselves?

For that to happen I need a paper from Greece proving I gave birth to this child here. At the hospital though they gave me nothing.

So, essentially, this baby does not exist.

That’s right. For instance, if I want to go back to Syria, they will not allow the baby through. It does not have any documents, they will say “where did you find it?” Here, my baby has been sleeping for a week on the square. For these reasons, we need you as much as you can to publicize our case.

It became known that the municipality and the church are giving shelter to the Syrians. Is this true?

They only give that to homeless people. The church is giving you some pasta and then you have to leave. We are all the same, after all. We are all in dire need. We cannot go [to] the church. The only support we receive is from other Syrians who are in Greece, but we cannot stay with them for long, maybe for just a day or two. After that, I have to leave because they cannot cover my expenses, let alone, my baby’s expenses.

Some time ago, I met a Syrian woman who had five children and told me she was going to the street market and collected whatever was left over. But they people were chasing her down. Have you tried something similar? Did you encounter any reactions by the public?

I have never tried it, we are really scared. If we died in Syria, we would have died once, here we die everyday.

***

The translator who helped with carrying out this interview, added: if someone is going to the airport, he is arrested, even though they know he is Syrian. In some airports they keep you and then they transfer you to the prison. I’ve heard stories like that about Thessaloniki, Kalamata, and Athens. They keep you for 20 days and then they let you go. This is despite that they have seen your papers, proving you are a refugee and according to the law the refugees cannot be legally prosecuted or imprisoned for illegal stay in a country. In Athens, you are transported to Amygdaleza, they keep you for 20 days and then they let you go with a document that says that you are obliged to leave the country within 6 months. A friend of mine has been arrested three times because his document has expired and he has been sent to Amygdaleza. He was never given any other document that would release him from this status. What’s more, this friend speaks Greek. They all say “that’s the law”, and that’s where the discussion ends. In Bulgaria, things are different. The authorities there are giving the people travel documents to continue their journey.

* * *

Leyla, Fatime and Aziza were found by L. S. in Syntagma square, 14-12-2014, and their brief chat was recorded in order to be disseminated, according to their own will. Early next morning, at 3am, the police rounded up nearly 600 refugees in Syntagma and transported them to the Aliens Sub-Directorate of the Hellenic Police, in Petrou Ralli st. All their documents were confiscated (passports etc.) and the police gave them 30 days to leave the country. Of course, they were given no other document, which they are entitled to, according to refugee law and so they cannot travel to any EU country. Today, Monday, 15-12-2014, they were released, but in lack of documents, housing and food, they have to make do again on the streets of Athens simply by their own means.

In recent days, reports from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have revealed extensive destruction and looting of Syria’s archaeological sites and treasures. The scale of the damage exceeds by far that in Iraq following the 2003 US-led invasion and occupation of the country: here.

German neo-nazi arson


This video says about itself:

The Truth Lies in Rostock – 78 minute documentary – trailer

21 June 2011

What began with a small group of youths hurling stones at a refugee hostel quickly escalated into the worst mob attack ever seen against foreigners in post-war Germany.

Rostock-Lichtenhagen: August 1992.

Over the course of just a few days, disaffected residents, fascist sympathisers and Neo-Nazi leaders joined together to express a collective hatred towards the rising presence of asylum seekers in the neighbourhood.

The level of physical and verbal assault from protesters was extreme; with little to no protection from police authorities, it was a miracle there were no fatalities. Through careful study of amateur footage from that day, as well as interviews taken by those who were present at the riot — active participants, locals, refugees, anti-fascists and police — The Truth Lies in Rostock attempts to understand how and why the violence occurred. More importantly, it questions why the events were allowed to take place despite numerous warnings received by the authorities.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Saturday 13th December 2014

Arsonists attack refugee housing

Germany: Security at asylum sites in Bavaria was stepped up yesterday after fires broke out at three empty buildings earmarked to house asylum-seekers.

Anti-foreigner slogans and swastikas were painted at one site. The fires broke out late on Thursday evening in Vorra, in southern Germany, and police said they were treating it as arson.

A spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned any potential racist motives for the attacks as “abhorrent.”